Teclast F6 Plus convertible laptop review

Teclast F6 Plus convertible laptop review


Or buy?

Gearbest is selling the Teclast F6 Plus for $ 319.99 at the time of writing, a price that includes an instant rebate of $ 10. Note that, although this price includes delivery, it excludes all taxes that may be collected by the competent authorities or courier companies on behalf of the seller.

Teclast is one of the few Chinese laptop manufacturers, along with Chuwi and, to a lesser extent, Jumper, to appear regularly on Ditching in recent years. It is interesting to see how their products have evolved over time. We had the F7, the F7 Plus, the X4, the F6 Pro and about a year ago, the F5.

Design

The F6 Plus is a mixture of the F6 Pro and the F5, the trio being the so-called 360 laptops in the Teclast range; The former has a larger screen (14 inches) than its two siblings (13.3 inches and 11.6 inches respectively). The design philosophy remains the same.

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Teclast uses a space gray color scheme and an all-metal chassis to make the F6 Plus. The result? An elegant and cool to the touch device that carries a high quality stamp thanks to the aluminum alloy material in which it is designed.

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It uses two hinges to allow the screen to rotate 360 ​​degrees at a time Yoga. As expected, the F6 Plus weighs more than your average 13.3-inch laptop at less than 1.6 kg and has a slightly larger footprint than a sheet of A4 paper (320 x 210 mm). However, it never felt overwhelming thanks to its 18mm thickness.

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From left to right are a Type C connector, a microHDMI connector and a USB 3.0 port, a proprietary power port, an audio connector, a USB 2.0 port, a microSD card and the power port.

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Below, a familiar view; four round rubber feet and a removable cover that hides an M.2. location that is already equipped with an SSD.

Equipment

Technical sheet

The Teclast F6 Plus sent to us contained the following specifications:

CPU: Intel Celeron N4100, 4T / 4C, 1.1 GHz, 4 MB

Graphic: Intel UHD Graphics 600

RAM: 8 GB DDR4

Screen: 13.3 inch FHD IPS

Storage room: 256GB Teclast

ports: 1x Micro HDMI, 1x USB Type-C, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 + 1

connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-FI, Bluetooth 4.0

Camera: 2.0 MP front camera

Weight: 1.6 kg

Cut: 32.00 x 21.00 x 1.80 cm

Drums: 35.5 Wh

Intel’s chip production issues are well documented and it’s not surprising that Teclast – as is its peer – had to use a processor from 2017 to power this laptop. The N4100 is a Celeron with four cores, four threads, 4 MB of cache and a base speed of 1.1 GHz.

It is associated with 8 GB of low-consumption DDR4 memory and a 256 GB SSD. As it is a Teclast laptop, we were not surprised to find that the SSD was the NS550-2242 , an M.2 Teclast brand component commonly found on other Teclast notebooks.

The rest of the specification is decidedly mainstream; a 2-megapixel front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as a 35.5 Wh battery. Oh and Teclast have provided a wireless mouse which, in all fairness, is not worth more than a few dollars. A rather useless gift in our opinion; a free stylus would have been a much better option.

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Performance and use

Landmarks

Here’s how the Teclast F6 Plus performed in our benchmark test suite:

Average: 1175

Passmark processor: 2037

CPU-Z: 189.8 (single); 754.9 (multi)

Geekbench: 394 (single core); 1115 (multicore); 1245 (calculation)

CrystalDiskMark: 546 Mbps (read); 458 Mbps (write)

NovaBench: Did not run

Atto: 527 Mbps (read, 256 MB); 457 Mbps (write, 256 MB)

Windows Experience Index: 4.5

The F6 Plus is a mixed bag when it comes to casual use. The sluggish processor meant that it encountered difficulties in certain benchmarks, although daily office work is not expected to have a major impact. Part of that has to do with the built-in fast SSD, a much better – and logical – choice than the eMMC storage that typically plagues entry-level laptops.

One of the highlights of the device was the keyboard; a larger surface allowed a cleaner configuration of the keys. The Shift keys are well proportioned and there are separate arrow keys and dedicated PAGE UP / PAGE DOWN / HOME / END keys.

Absolutely no flex was detected during touch typing and in general, the typing experience was subjectively superior to anything we have encountered in this price range, thanks to good returns and trips. Not too mushy and not too noisy too.

The touchpad was always active in tablet mode, not ideal at all. The display is absolutely beautiful despite its brilliant appearance; 14 inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 looks great. At 2.51 am, the battery life was below average; we expect a lot more from a battery of this capacity.

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The F6 Plus’s IPS screen is bright inside, renders colors admirably and has wide viewing angles; it’s hard on the outside but that’s partly because of the glossy glass touch screen overlay.

The competition

Given the price of the device (just under $ 320) and its form factor – a convertible chassis – it was always going to be difficult to find a worthy rival.

the BMax Y13 is probably the closest candidate; it runs on Windows 10 Pro, making it a great choice for business and has a backlit keyboard but lacks full-size USB ports, doesn’t support any stylus and, at $ 370, is a proposition a lot more expensive.

Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 Laptop is the closest competitor to a well-known brand. At $ 490, it offers a 55% premium and its HD + screen is far from that in Full HD of the F6 Plus. The Core i3-8145U processor will triumph over the N4100, ditto for Dell’s NVMe SSD against its counterpart Teclast.

There is another rival not to be overlooked; the Teclast F5 is the smaller version of the F6 Plus and shares a lot of the hardware (always a good way to maximize economies of scale). It is smaller thanks to the 11.6 inch screen but is also much more expensive at around $ 363. Ouch!

Business taking

The F6 Plus continues Teclast’s legacy with confidence. It is an entry-level thin convertible laptop and its biggest issues are its battery life and the processor is quite long in the tooth. Intel, the CPU maker, should it take some of the blame? Probably. Elsewhere, the F6 Plus manages to produce an ace spec sheet.

The award will inspire small businesses and startup owners looking for a real deal. Yes, it doesn’t have the appeal of an Apple MacBook or Dell XPS, but it also costs about a quarter. 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of built-in storage should be enough for most tasks. Everywhere else, it’s decent and the only real problem is the battery life.

Overall, it gets our seal of approval if you’re looking for a convertible laptop that goes all the way and doesn’t cost Earth. And as a bonus, you can use it with an optional Teclast stylus.

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