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.
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
|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|
|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|
|OS:||Microsoft Windows 10|
|Connections:||HDMI, 1x USB Type-C, 1x SD card reader, Micro USB 1x|
|Dimensions:||274.0 x 188.0 x 12.0 mm|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.