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CHUWI LarkBox - Will Shadow Run on it?

  • 12 July 2020
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Thinking of buying the CHUWI LarkBox, for the sole purpose of having Shadow running on it. Do you guys think its a good idea? 

Link here: https://www.techradar.com/reviews/chuwi-larkbox-thin-client-mini-pc

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Best answer by TenThousandImmortals 15 July 2020, 06:30

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It really depends on what you have right now. I for example, have a Mac for daily use. The reason I like shadow is that I own several games that only work on Windows and therefore need a device to play them on (I don’t want to build my own pc just for gaming). 

So if you have something that can run shadow already, then no, its not worth it. If you don’t already have a device to run shadow, it might be better just to buy something more powerful than the CHUWI as then it can fulfill all possible roles. You would not want to later have to buy a full laptop anyway because the CHUWI wasn’t enough for your other tasks. 

A niche for the CHUWI would be something like what I need. I am a student who is usually traveling and running from place to place (well, not now cause of COVID). Therefore running shadow on my phone is sometimes for me a better option than having my mac with me. I am planning to buy a NexDock (a shell where I can hook up my android phone and run in desktop mode). In this way I can basically carry around a screen (the NexDock shell), my phone (which I already carry around) and have a full windows experience. However, if I didn’t move around as much as I did (and this might be the case with the pandemic restrictions) it might not be worth it. Might as well just stick with what I have. 

Hope my example helps you decide! I love buying new tech but hate spending money. 

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@TenThousandImmortals  thanks so much for your detailed reply! At the moment I only have my work laptop, which runs Shadow fine, but I have limited configurability over it. I also have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, which I was considering getting the Razer Kishi for, until Linus said that that specific Android controller messes with the WiFi connectivity. I would like to test it for myself, but yeah still. 

The reason I was looking at the CHUWI was firstly the price. Its super cheap when compared to getting a full blow gaming laptop, or even just a regular good Windows laptop. Secondly I already have a gaming keyboard and gaming mouse, with a Dell 27” screen (I used to have the Razer Blade laptop but it got stolen, hence my use now of Shadow). So pairing the CHUWI up with my peripherals and effectively I have a “gaming desktop”, without the need to shell out thousands of dollars/euros/sterling. I’ve ordered one in the mean time, and when (if?) it arrives in August, I will be sure to update this thread and let you know how it goes and whether it was worth the $150 I ended up paying for it :) 

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@TenThousandImmortals  thanks so much for your detailed reply! At the moment I only have my work laptop, which runs Shadow fine, but I have limited configurability over it. I also have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, which I was considering getting the Razer Kishi for, until Linus said that that specific Android controller messes with the WiFi connectivity. I would like to test it for myself, but yeah still. 

The reason I was looking at the CHUWI was firstly the price. Its super cheap when compared to getting a full blow gaming laptop, or even just a regular good Windows laptop. Secondly I already have a gaming keyboard and gaming mouse, with a Dell 27” screen (I used to have the Razer Blade laptop but it got stolen, hence my use now of Shadow). So pairing the CHUWI up with my peripherals and effectively I have a “gaming desktop”, without the need to shell out thousands of dollars/euros/sterling. I’ve ordered one in the mean time, and when (if?) it arrives in August, I will be sure to update this thread and let you know how it goes and whether it was worth the $150 I ended up paying for it :) 

Yup, sounds like a plan! Let me know how it goes, I’m always exploring new ways of using tech. 

While I don’t have any gaming specific hardware per se, I have a good screen, mouse, and keyboard, which makes the whole process more enjoyable. (My screen is also dell)

I have never actually owned a full PC, the builds were always horrible plastic looking boxes compared to mac, my phone usually had more ram than entry level computers (note 10+), and my ipad ran everything on my workload just fine. When I actually started to need a computer to code, I managed to get my hands on a mac for a lower price and never really completed my pc search. Some of the dell and spectre laptops look good but still have not found anything that can beat my note 10’s screen. (I enjoy looking at media very much)