I’m pretty sure you haven’t even heard of a Chinese brand called Dere. One day a company contacted me and decided to send me a new laptop model called Dere TBook T10 for review.
In this article, I will tell you about the most important advantages, and most importantly, disadvantages. And at the end of the test, you will find out if there is any point in buying a budget laptop from a no-name brand.
Of course, the first thing you pay attention to when buying any equipment is its cost. Therefore, the Dere brand has put a good emphasis on the price tag and for example, the TBook T10 laptop will cost you only $499. You might think that this is a rather high cost and I completely agree with you.
But now let’s see why the price tag seems both sweet and very high compared to other budget Chinese laptops. First of all, the new laptop model from the Dere brand received an interesting Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor. This is the tenth generation of the processor, which has been in great demand lately.
Usually, Chinese laptops from brands such as Chuwi, BMAX, Teclast, and others have the simplest processors in their performance, such as Intel Celeron N4100 and the like. Therefore, the presence of productive hardware made me very positive.
Also, onboard the device has 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory. I can also note the presence of a large 15.6-inch Full HD screen, and also a completely metal body. But is everything so good with the new laptop model from the unknown brand Dere? Let’s find out all the nuances in a detailed and in-depth review, and I plan to start my test with the unboxing.
Dere TBook T10: Specifications
|Dere TBook T10:||Specs|
|Display:||15.6 inches TN with 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|CPU:||Intel Core i3-1005G1 Dual Core 3.4GHz|
|GPU:||UHD Graphics G1|
|Memory extension:||Up to 2TB|
|Cameras:||1MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band and Bluetooth 4.2|
|OS:||Windows 10 Pro|
|Connections:||USB 3.0 x2, Type-C, Mini HDMI, 3.5 mm jeck, slot SD cards|
|Dimensions:||360 x 235 x 15.5 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
For my review, a Dere TBook T10 laptop came in a fairly standard box, if we talk about its dimensions and weight.
But the appearance of the packaging is really surprising. Since the packaging is made of durable black cardboard, where a drawing of the opening device is drawn on the front. Also here you can find the designation of the inscription laptop and Chinese characters.
Inside the package, there is a typical list of components. For example, this is the laptop itself, which was qualitatively protected from damage by foam plastic. Also included is a charger with a cable and instructions in English and Chinese.
Okay, in general, the appearance and equipment do not cause me strong disgust. But let’s check if everything is so good in terms of assembly or the new Dere brand is hiding something from us.
Design, workmanship, and materials
Naturally, the new Dere TBook T10 laptop is made of aluminum alloy. Here I want to note that the entire body is made of metal, both the outside and the inside of the device.
It may seem strange, but the build quality of the new model is not at all comparable even to budget laptops from Chinese brands such as Chuwi and others. I was very disappointed when I began to look in detail at the assembly of the TBook T10 model. I have never seen such horror and let me tell you what I didn’t like in more detail.
The first is that there are large gaps between the keyboard and the main body throughout the case. I was also surprised at the moment that the frame around the screen began to move away since it was not glued at all. I was also amazed how the manufacturer pasted their brand logo on the outside, where you can easily see traces of glue residues.
In addition, if you press your finger around the keyboard, then you can easily hear extraneous sounds and creaks. In general, there are squeaks everywhere, even when you pick up the device to move it to another place. An important point is the squeaks from the hinges when you open the screen.
Thus, the build quality of the new Dere TBook T10 notebook model wishes to be better. But let’s look at the device from the other side and find out how the new laptop model differs from its competitors.
After opening the lid of the device, I am greeted by a full-size keyboard. Only now I was surprised by the moment that there is no free distance between the keys.
At the same time, the press stroke was of average quality and I cannot say that using the keyboard was very comfortable for me. But I was pleased with one moment that the manufacturer installed a backlight in the keyboard and now you can work even in poor lighting conditions.
As for the touchpad, it received a large work surface. It is convenient to control and use it, but again, when I pressed the touchpad with my finger, I heard squeaks and extraneous sounds, and this is very bad.
Above the keyboard is a touch panel with quick settings for various functions. This feature can be found on more expensive laptop models. To be honest, I used it several times and never used it again. Therefore, for me, it was just a toy that you can do without. And yes, I’d rather get a device without this touchpad, but with the better build quality.
I probably forgot to mention that the Dere TBook T10 laptop has one interesting feature – it is a 180-degree tilting screen. This is impressive, but again, when would you use this feature? I don’t even know, so this is also a pointless and unnecessary function.
But the quality of the screen could be much better. I’m used to installing IPS screens on budget laptops. But in the case of the TBook T10, the old TN matrix is used. Thus, the quality of the screen only wants to be the best. For example, the viewing angles are very poor at about 118 degrees. Even after several hours of work behind this screen, my eyes were terribly tired and hurt.
But the manufacturer-installed here a large 15.6-inch screen size with Full HD resolution or 1080 x 1920 pixels. I also liked the small bezels around the screen, which are about 7mm on each side except for the bottom bezel. The above display is a budget camera for video calls and I can’t say anything good about its quality.
Ok, now is the time to talk about external connections on the Dere TBook T10 device. On the right side, there are connections such as Type-C, HDMI, USB 3.0 ports, and a DC power connector. But on the left side, you can see – this is an Ethernet LAN connection, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, another USB 3.0 port, and a slot for an SD memory card. That is, there are not so many external interfaces, and therefore it will be difficult without an additional USB-hub.
The underside of the device received two long rubber anti-slip strips along the entire length. Also, one speaker is located on the right and left sides. I can’t say anything good about the sound quality, since the volume level is not the highest, and there is practically no bass.
The last thing I want to talk about in this section is the size and weight of the new Dere TBook T10 laptop. The dimensions of the device were 360 x 235 x 15.5 mm, and the weight of the laptop was about 1.5 kg. Therefore, I can draw a small conclusion that the laptop has received many interesting features. Such as an all-metal body, keyboard backlighting, touchpad with quick setting functions, and even lightweight and size. But only the quality of workmanship wants to be the best and this is the main problem for the Dere brand.
Performance, benchmarks tests, and games
The Dere TBook T10 uses a decent processor called the Intel Core i3-1005G1. Also, you can find various modifications such as i5 and i7 chipsets of the tenth generation. This is not the worst processor that I have been able to test, despite the fact that I have the simplest version of the i3 in my review.
I want to tell you a little information about the processor itself. This chipset was introduced in mid-2019, so it’s a relatively fresh processor. Although if you count it for almost two years and as for technology, this is quite a long time. But the results in various benchmarks were not the worst. Below I will leave an album with benchmark tests, and you yourself may be surprised at this.
Perhaps there is no separate graphics accelerator, but the processor has received good integrated graphics called UHD Graphics G1. It showed good results in terms of games.
For example, I was able to play demanding games such as Medal of Courage and others. Naturally, I first set the resolution, not to Full HD, but simply HD. Since this game was released in 2010, I managed to achieve FPS in the region of 60 frames per second. As soon as I set the resolution to 1080p, the number of frames per second dropped to 30-35 and it became not so comfortable to play.
Also on the Dere TBook T10 laptop in my modification, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory were installed. In addition, you can upgrade the device and install both RAM and internal memory. At the same time, the speed of the built-in memory is not the most impressive and it lies within 550 MBps read speed and 430 MBps write speed.
In general, there is enough performance headlong, both for everyday tasks and for work. In addition, you can easily edit 4K videos, but only without strong effects and not long videos. Also, this laptop will be useful for photo editing only if you connect another screen for work. Otherwise, this is a great workhorse that will serve you happily ever after. In addition, I was able to watch videos on YouTube with a resolution of 4K and I did not find strong delays.
It is also worth noting that the device received a good cooling system. Thus, I had no problems with overheating, and the temperature was within the operating range of about 60-80 degrees, depending on the degree of load. I also liked how the laptop performed in terms of noise emissions. It is very quiet and almost inaudible.
In terms of wireless features, everything is standard, the Dere TBook T10 laptop has a Bluetooth 4.2 version and a dual-band Wi-Fi module with ac frequencies. I did not find any strong problems with the signal quality and everything worked well here and without strong claims.
A device from the Chinese brand Dere is controlled under the Windows 10 Pro operating system. Initially, after the first start-up, English was used. All the functions and features of the user interface worked well. But the speed of the built-in memory did not give me positive emotions.
Battery and run time
The Dere TBook T10 laptop model uses a decent 45.6 Wh battery. During my testing, I discharged the laptop by about 45% after watching a movie for 3 hours. I believe you should be able to achieve around 6-7 hours of battery life if you are not using the device under the heaviest loads.
It took me about 2 hours to fully charge it. Overall, I am completely satisfied with how durable the laptop is during real use.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
After several days of testing the new Dere TBook T10 laptop, I was left with very mixed impressions. Therefore, let me tell you in more detail what I liked and what I did not like about this device.
The first thing that sets the laptop apart from other Chinese competitors is its good performance at a relatively low cost. That is, it is currently difficult to find a laptop that will have a tenth-generation processor from Intel. Therefore, in terms of games, simple programs, including video editing, this laptop will be a good choice.
But the big drawback for me was the build quality. There are many bugs on the laptop that need to be corrected. So, when you buy a $ 500 device, you want a completely perfect laptop. Another disadvantage for me was the quality of the screen used. This TN matrix has very weak viewing angles and using a laptop for a long time will not be the most comfortable for your eyes.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
You can now grab a Dere TBook T10 laptop at a very attractive price point for just $499.99 for the Intel Core i3-1005G1 version. Each next-generation i5 or i7 will cost $ 100 more.
I agree the price tag is very tempting for such an offer, but I will not recommend this laptop model to you. Maybe in one or two generations, the manufacturer will correct its mistakes and then there is a high probability of getting a good device with the perfect build quality and a lot of functions.