Anyone who has opened up their lapbook has probably noticed the big and heavy metal bar below the keyboard.|
I removed mine two weeks ago and my conclusion is that it's not really needed. It's not necessary as a counterbalance nor does it appear to add much extra stiffness. It does add about 12% total weight, so not insignificant. My guess is that Chuwi added it only to make the lapbook feel more expensive, i.e. psychological marketing reasons: a heavy machine "feels" more solid and expensive. Would have been nice with more battery instead if that's the case, but maybe there wasn't room for that. Anyway, if you commute with your lapbook like I do, you can reduce the weight of your bag by about 160 gram (5.6 ounces) by removing it (about 12% of total weight of the lapbook). But do it at your own risk of course, and maybe be extra careful not to bend it afterwards .
Anyway, I'm still very happy with mine. Now even more lightweight.