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Topton L4 | Revenge of the Netbook?

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robertojones Page Icon Posted 2022-03-12 12:55 PM
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gct - 2022-03-11 9:33 PM

Thank you so much Robert!

I updated the Goodix Touch driver from the device manager using the package you have generously shared, and the touch screen worked instantly. This is great now that I at least have a fallback pointing method for those rare windows/dialogues where the mouse buttons don't work.

I feel a bit guilty since I was basically begging for a file download, before seeing the forum's contributor policy. I have been enthusiastic about UMPCs and owned a few since 2008 or so, but never knew about the HPC so I wouldn't even know what I could contribute.

Let me know if it would be polite to make a $10 or $15 Paypal donation to you or the forum operator to contribute a bit to coffee or hosting expenses.


You're welcome, and I'm glad to hear you got your touchscreen working.

I would absolutely encourage you to make a donation if you're in a position to do so - This is so far the only real, honest review of the device I'm aware of (not to toot my own horn too much) and it's only available because of this site and C:Amie's help both in hosting the review and providing valuable guidance and editing. Not to mention the valuable resource and community that this site provides.

I'm encouraged to hear you're getting some use out of your L4 (or whatever your name of choice for it is), although I regret my review wasn't available before you bought yours. If you can live with the battery life it is at least powerful enough to run Windows 10 acceptably, where some of the Atom-based devices I've used did struggle somewhat.
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robertojones Page Icon Posted 2022-03-12 1:15 PM
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Jake - 2022-03-11 10:05 PM

https://liliputing.com/2022/03/chuwis-new-minibook-is-an-8-inch-conv...

This is interesting, especially the price. I have the original Chuwi, which has a weird battery monitor bug to the point where you have to physically disconnect/connect battery to get a proper read-out (the battery life itself is fine).

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This is indeed very interesting - It seems to be a far better thought-out device than the L4, and for that price - Very tempting. I'm with you in your concerns about the 6GB of RAM - I would consider 8GB to be about the minimum for modern Windows machines, though as you note this class of machine is unlikely to be doing as many RAM-intensive tasks as a desktop or larger laptop. The desktop I'm writing on is currently using 5.4GB (of 16GB total) with 10 browser tabs open, as well as an email client, word processor and CAD application, so it seems it would be usable, if a little uncomfortable in terms of 'headroom'. USB-C fast charging is a major bonus (and a reasonable expectation in 2022), as is the 1200p screen. I'm not so sure about the battery (26.6Wh) but I would hope the newer processor is more power-efficient at idle / low loads. It would also be interesting to find out if it has proper fan control and/or a silent operating mode.
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Jake Page Icon Posted 2022-03-12 3:26 PM
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I know that the GPD MicroPC initially had 6GB, that was then upped to 8GB before the machine actually shipped. I still backed it with 6GB since Windows-on-UMPC rarely interests me at any level of RAM and 6GB will pretty much run any Linux flavor.

That said, I run Win10 exclusively on my Chuwi. I can't really remember why; perhaps Chuwi didn't have much Linux support or I was just avoiding hassle. Mine has the faster CPU and 8GB so Win10 boots slowly but runs fine, as Win10 always does on UMPC.

I suppose we could watch Linux developments and if it did actually work on the new Chuwi, a prospective buyer could then pull the trigger.

Still, the price is amazing, though Chuwi's seemingly poor support has angered many folks on Chuwi forums/facebook.

Jake
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PDXMark Page Icon Posted 2022-03-12 5:17 PM
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Just saw this on liliputing...looks like a slew of 7-inch laptops is hitting the market.

https://liliputing.com/2022/03/this-7-inch-mini-laptop-with-a-celero...
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gct Page Icon Posted 2022-03-13 6:36 AM
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Thank you all - I have made a small site donation as it is thanks to the review hosted here that I was able to get full hardware functionality returned

I remember seeing the original Chuwi Mini Book, but it somehow seemed to disappear from the market, and I then kept browsing other devices that still cost more than I could justify spending.

Nice to see it coming back at a lower price. Having a higher resolution screen will definitely be welcome, along with USB-C charging. I can't get an accurate measurement of the L4's barrel plug because it seems to be some uncommon size.
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-03-13 9:53 AM
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Thank-you & thanks to @robertojones
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