Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

The Teclast F5 is a reasonably priced 2-in-1 convertible with an Intel Gemini Lake processor and an 11.6-inch touchscreen. Here are my first impression and review of new Teclast F5.

The Chinese manufacturer Teclast has shown at the Computex 2018 in Taiwan, a new convertible laptop which is equipped with an Intel Gemini Lake SoC.

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Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

Teclast F5 Laptop

Intel Celeron N4100 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD, 11.6 inch IPS
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The Teclast F5 is an 11.6-inch laptop with a rotating touchscreen and an Intel Celeron N4100 quad-core processor. I took a closer look at the 2-in-1 at the computer fair.

By the way, the Teclast F5 will be available at the usual China shops like GearBest, partly under the name Teclast. There it is also listed for less than $370.

According to a staff member of Teclast prices are from $190 possible. But that is the purchase price without any tax if you order very large quantities. So 1000 pieces or more. For end users, an EIA of $370 to $400 is more likely.

Teclast F5: Specifications

Teclast F5:Specs
Display: 11.6 inches IPS Screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels
CPU: Intel Celeron N4100 quad-core up to 2.4GHz
GPU:Intel UHD Graphics 600
RAM: 8GB
Internal memory: 128GB of SSD
Memory extension: up to 256GB
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band and Bluetooth 4.1
Battery: 60Wh/100-240V
OS: Microsoft Windows 10
Connections: HDMI, 1x USB Type-C, 1x SD card reader, Micro USB 1x
Weight: 980g
Dimensions: 274.0 x 188.0 x 12.0 mm
Price: $370

Teclast F5: Design and Appearance

The Teclast F5 is an 11.6-inch convertible laptop. As is usual with 2-in-1 devices of this type, you can turn the display and fold it on the back.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

This turns the notebook into a tablet in the test. As far as I could see at the show, the hinge is stable enough. How good it really is, but you can only find out with time.

Although the Teclast F5 in our analisis will be very cheap, the back is actually made of metal.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

But both the frame around the display, as well as the keyboard and the palm rest are made of plastic.

The processing seemed sufficient to me at the fair. It does not feel really high quality either.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

It is nice that in tablet mode, the keyboard is disabled. That’s how it should be. The keyboard itself is fine.

I could write quite solid on it, but of course, the keyboard of a more expensive notebook is better.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

It is a US layout, who wants to write German umlauts, the keyboard must be in the software in English.

There is a capacitive Windows button under the display and a VGA webcam on the right side under the display.

The position is unusual as it looks directly into the nostrils. But good, that’s why the frames above should be smaller. Even the popular Dell XPS 13 has a similar design for years.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

On the sides of Teclast F5, there are two speakers, a power button, and the volume control. This allows you to turn the convertible on and off in tablet mode and adjust the volume.

There is a USB C port, a micro USB port, a headphone jack and an HDMI output.

Teclast F5: Display

The display of the Teclast F5 has 11.6 inches and compared to other China laptops it’s actually pretty good.

From the factory, a protective foil sticks on the display, which can be pulled off. But the display itself is laminated.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

So there is no distance between the touch screen and IPS panel, that’s great. This makes it better than the Teclast F6 Pro, a very similar competitor. This has a huge gap.

Teclast F5 in the test has an IPS panel with good viewing angles and a FullHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

The brightness seemed sufficient, but there are much brighter screens. A coating that minimizes fingerprints does not exist.

Very good is the readability outdoors. Although the maximum brightness is slightly lower than the Teclast F5, that makes hardly noticeable.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

We also like the thin bezels of the Teclast F5. With a width of 1cm left and right of the panel, these are really narrow.

Furthermore, there is hardly a black border. The image is almost exactly on the aluminum border of the panel, which visually leaves a very good impression.

Teclast F5: Hardware and Performance

The Teclast F5 in the analisis has an Intel Celeron N4100 quad-core processor with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB of SSD memory. On the back, you can open a small flap to install your own M.2 SSD.

We already know such a design from the TrekStor Primebook Convertibles. If you need a faster memory or more capacity, you can upgrade it yourself.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

The Intel Celeron N4100 is a SoC of the new Gemini Lake generation. We can see it as a successor to the N3450, which we know from the Chuwi SurBook Mini (review).

It is a quad-core chip whose four cores clock at 1.1GHz to 2.5GHz. In benchmarks, he should perform similarly to the N4200 of the Acer Switch 3.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

For office work and light multitasking, the performance of the N4100 should be sufficient. Programs like Photoshop can work, but if you work with large files and complex layers, of course, more powerful hardware makes sense.

But we remain realistic: The Teclast F5 is made for surfing and office work and not for demanding tasks.

If you expect to be able to cut videos on a laptop of this price range, you’re in for a treat.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

Even when playing one has to screw back his claims. Classic store games like Asphalt Xtreme? No problem!

Demanding games like Battlefield, GTA V or Mass Effect? Forget it! Just halfway playable are League of Legends and World of Tanks, but also only with neat reduced graphics.

Teclast F5: Software

The Teclast F5 ships with Windows 10 Home 64-bit. The system is fully licensed and the key is deposited in the UEFI.

By default, Windows 10 is set to English. In the settings but any language can be installed later.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

We did not find any malicious software on the laptop. Bloatware is not available except for a touchpad tool.

This tool is relatively useless and can be easily uninstalled. Windows updates work smoothly.

The Windows 10 Creators update has been installed without incident. The UEFI menu is accessible.

The launch of Ubuntu did not work in our test. As with Teclast F5, the UEFI crashes while loading GRUB and remains stuck in a black screen. And yes, on any other computer, the stick starts easily.

Teclast F5: Keyboard

Another point that surprised us right at the beginning and during the test is the keyboard in the Teclast F5.

As usual, you can rely on a black keyboard that is based on Apple keyboards. However, this works very well in this case.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

We wrote several reviews and numerous blog entries on the Teclast F5. After over a week, we can say that the keyboard barely lags behind in a MacBook – and Apple is known for building the best keyboards.

Fast writing is no problem with the Teclast F5. The writing feeling is extremely pleasant.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

The stroke of the keys was chosen just right and the individual keys are very stable – so do not wobble.

This also causes the writing noise is quite quiet. When typing, there is never a bending of the keyboard, as was the case with previous devices.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

This is true even if you strike the keys unnaturally firm. Furthermore, there were never any problems with hanging buttons and double or skipped attacks.

For the function keys, the Teclast F5 also has buttons for adjusting the display brightness. This was not the case with the predecessor.

Teclast F5: Conclusions and Reviews

Although I spent a lot of time at Teclast F5 in our review and test. My first impression is good if the final price is not too high.

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

It is nice that there is no big air gap in the display and we get the latest hardware.

With China devices like this one, we often get decent hardware at a very reasonable price. You may have to do without guarantees and support.

Teclast F5: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

In this section, we will tell you about the price and where you can buy cheaper of Teclast F5.

First, this laptop can now be bought at a good price for only $369.99. But from 13 to 17 August, you can buy for only $164.99 first 2 units daily. This is a remarkable price for its specs and design of a 2-in-1 laptop.

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Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU 2018

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Teclast F5 Review: Cheap Laptop with Intel Gemini Lake CPU was last modified: August 14th, 2018 by Boby Sanburn

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