The Teclast Tbook 16 Pro is an 11.6” tablet with an associated keyboard. It is definitely not a unique device; there are myriads of other devices with almost the exact same specs and a keyboard connector. In fact, it has a brother; the Teclast Tbook 16s which for all intents and purposes is the exact same device, except the keyboard connection takes a Surface like keyboard instead of a transformer style keyboard. It has a 1080p screen, X8300 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage which are all very decent specs, and the metal body is nothing to laugh at either. Starting at $210, is this tablet worth your money? Check out the full review below.
The Teclast Tbook 16 Pro has some pretty great build quality. The body is metal and it looks and feels much more expensive than the price tag suggests. Teclast claims a 4.9mm thickness but the tablet is much closer to 8mm. Nevertheless, it still does feel thin. It’s not light, and to use it as a tablet in portrait mode is a little unwieldy because of how long it is, it is much more suited to be used in landscape mode. The bezels surrounding the screen of the tablet, while not insignificant, are a lot smaller than other tablets that have associated keyboards. I much prefer tablets with very small bezels (think 1cm or less) but for the price range this tablet is in ($210) that might be too much to ask.
The left side of the tablet contains the MicroUSB port, MicroHDMI port, headphone jack, MicroSD card slot, and one of the two speakers. The right side has the other speaker.
The top of the tablet has the hardware buttons and the bottom of the tablet contains the keyboard connector. The tablet itself is very solid and feels like it can take a beating.
The screen really surprised me. Having reviewed many 10” or larger tablets and very recently the Chuwi Vi10 Plus with its Surface 3 screen, I’m not easily impressed by screens anymore. However, when I got some photos and looked at them on the screen, it definitely wowed me. I’m not really sure why I was so impressed with the screen, but it is definitely is good quality.
There is no protective glass such as Gorilla Glass covering the display, neither is it laminated or OGS, meaning there is an air gap between the glass and digitizer. While the screen brightness is not the brightest, topping out at 300 lux, you can see it in sunlight, but you will have to fight through reflections as it is pretty reflective. The touch sensitivity is actually pretty good for such a big tablet, and the touch response is quite instant and sensitive. The screen is definitely a strong point here, with some minor caveats such as a non laminated display meaning reflections outside.
The stereo effect is quite strong due to the separation of the speakers, one on each side of the tablet. They output some strong sound, more than loud enough for music and TV. Audio quality is surprisingly decent, with clear mids and highs, however bass is definitely less strong. Bass is still there, it just doesn’t have the same strength as the mids and highs do.
There is a smaller 7200mAh battery in this tablet, and battery life should be OK, so let’s test it. I ran the web browsing test in Windows and it got about 6 and a half hours of screen on time before dying. Video playback is a little better at 8 hours. Those are OK results, but definitely not great. I could get generally a full day of use, but there were some days when it would die before bedtime. This would be around 4 hours of screen on time with news, web browsing, and TV. In Android battery life is actually a tiny bit better, but should be around the same. Heavy users will need to charge occasionally before bedtime, but medium and light users will be fine.
Software & Performance
The BIOS to switch between Windows and Android is actually pretty good, nice big icons and you can select either one. I’ll start with Android, which is running 5.1 Lollipop, and stuff is pretty good. I kinda wish it was running Remix OS which is way better than stock Android, but at least stock Android works OK. Stuff launches fast and multitasking is good because of the 4GB of RAM, and you can play intense games on low settings. You can switch to Windows using the BIOS switcher. Windows 10 in tablet mode actually works quite well and stuff generally works fast. Launching and using apps is zippy and doesn’t slow down generally. However, one weird thing is that Microsoft Edge will just freeze for a few seconds randomly and then continue working as if nothing happened. Installing Chrome solves that problem. You can play games like Asphalt 8 on low settings as well.
The Teclast Tbook 16 Pro, its a pretty long name, but overall its a pretty decent tablet. Build quality is great, the screen looks crisp and audio is not bad. Both windows and Android work well, i prefer Windows over Android and it works good, the one thing to know is that Microsoft Edge freezes randomly. The one downside if you consider that a downside is that thte battery life is just OK, not great. The tablet is a tad pricey at $210, there are cheaper options out there, but if you have your mind set on this tablet, you won’t be disappointed.