CHUWI AeroBook – the “Windows version of MacBook Pro” for just $399

CHUWI AeroBook

A few days ago, CHUWI launched AeroBook, a full-view budget laptop, currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo where it has already achieved presales nearing $120,000. As soon as it was announced, Aerobook was dubbed “A Windows version of MacBook Pro” by a number of industry insiders. Let’s dig a little deeper and find out why.

From the moment you first meet Aerobook, it’s hard to believe it retails for just $399. After all, it boasts the same metal body as a MacBook Pro. CHUWI has been through 30 processes from proofing to shaping in order to polish the delicate surface of AeroBook, before an aluminium-magnesium alloy coating and sandblasting have been applied, for the perfect finish.

Unlike the MacBook Pro, AeroBook is designed with relatively clear edges and corners, in contrast to the Macbook’s more rounded edges, which brings a uniform aesthetic and a sense of order and symmetry.

The form factor of both machines is very similar, with both offering a similar size and weight, and both are super-thin at around 15mm.

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Under the hood, you can see that CHUWI has adopted the latest in ultra-narrow bezels for Aerobook, with two of the sides actually being about 30% narrower than MacBook Pro’s at just 5mm. The design of MacBook Pro still seems slightly conservative in comparison!

Looking at the keyboard layout, you can see that these are two products of equal quality, but look closer – there are some differences. Whilst Aerobook has no touch bar, the most noticeable difference comes from CHUWI AeroBook’s narrow bezel keyboard, which shares a visual unity with the narrow bezel screens and enables you to type comfortably, just like a full-sized keyboard, yet in more compact and portable form. Look even closer –  AeroBook also has five more keys and offers full-size directional keys compared to MacBook Pro. That subtle change ensures the typing experience of AeroBook is as comfortable as it can be.

To sum up, you can see CHUWI AeroBook really does deserve the title of “Windows MacBook Pro” in every way – design, material or technology. If you are looking for an alternative to MacBook, but still crave a great-looking, powerful laptop, CHUWI AeroBook is definitely worth a look.

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8GB+128GB $399
8GB+256GB $429
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  1. Charles Clarke
    March 6, 2019

    I farted in an Apple store once. Smelled for hours. Finally, I just yelled. Hey, its not my fault you don’t have windows.

    • Cyril Dieudonne
      September 24, 2019


  2. Cyril Dieudonne
    March 7, 2019

    so… the specs of this “amazing” laptop are: thin screen bezels, thin keyboard bezels… mmmm, ye you are right, it’s obvious that it’s way better than a vulgar macbook pro. Who cares about CPU, RAM, Heat management, connectivity, screen definition, color reproduction, battery life, GPU, ROM, mmh? Who cares about that? the most important is that Chuwi has thinner screen and keyboard bezels.
    What a miserable article, pure waste of time.

    • Freeje238
      March 7, 2019

      Yeah so long as it looks nice, who cares?

    • EvoReb
      March 8, 2019

      The flaw in this article is that it’s trying to do a direct comparison between the Macbook Pro and the Chuwi Aerobook. But it really only talks about the look and feel of the device. Yes it does look batter than the older macbook pro and performance wise is better than the 2015 Macbook Air which is a better comparison.
      This device was not meant for people looking for windows version of a Macbook, but users looking for a mid-range yet decent performing device that will not break the bank. Which is what those of us looking at this product want.

    • Terran Space
      March 8, 2019

      I agree, no one looking to buy a Mac alternative is going to buy the aerobook, they are not built for the same kind of people. Personally I think this is a good student device for those who want something affordable and are not doing heavy workload live 4k editing.

    • James Masters
      March 8, 2019

      Very true… When I think of Mackbooks the first thing that comes to my mind is expensive…

    • Cyril Dieudonne
      March 19, 2019

      That’s my point, if this article is meant to present a mid range product to people seeking for an affordable mid range product, maybe would be nicer to not dedicate 80% of the article talking about how Apple-like this device feels, but actually talk about what the device offers for the price. It’s stupid to talk about how macbooky this laptop if it’s in fine to say “it’s not an article designed for people willing to compare Chuwy with Apple”… lol. Give us the damn specs, and let readers compare this device with whatever they like…

  3. castersx9
    March 8, 2019

    The article is focusing too much on the look of the system, its a nice budget laptop with good specs and with the under $400 price tag and free shipping in the indiegogo campaign. That should be the story.

  4. James Masters
    March 8, 2019

    Instead of getting the 1TB version, I think I’ll be getting the 128GB variant and buying extra ssd to use in the valuable M.2 slot.