Teclast X5 Pro – Surface Pro 4 Clone with Intel Core M3-7Y30 Kaby Lake

Teclast’s successor to the X3 Pro is heavily referenced to the Surface Pro, but also comes with the latest Kaby Lake Core M3 Chipset. Is this the tablet to beat of 2017?

Quite possibly its biggest competitor is the Cube Mix Plus, which is also regarded as the successor to the Cube i7 Book and also a whole lot cheaper. The Teclast X5 Pro follows the footsteps of its successor, the X3 Pro but now adds a few design improvements. It also comes with a Surface Pro inspired keyboard design and Kickstand. So basically it is a Surface Pro Clone. At a higher price tag compared to the Cube Mix Plus, does it offer a better value?

Pros:

  • Powered by the Intel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 Chip, 10% faster when compared to Benchmarks from the last Skylake Chipset
  • Premium build Quality (All Aluminum Alloy Build)
  • The design is referenced heavily on the Surface Pro 4 (including the keyboard)
  • It will come with its very own kickstand (referenced to the Surface Pro)
  • Equipped with 8 GB RAM LPDDR3
  • 240 GB M.2 SATA SSD Foresee (same used on the Cube Mix Plus)
  • Foresee SSD speed (Read: 505Mbps) and (Write: 210Mbps)
  • Foresee 240 GB M.2 SATA SSD (storage) – 500bMbps Read and 400Mbps Write Speeds
  • Intel HD615 Graphics (performs about the same with the HD515)
  • Dual Band Wireless Chip (Intel 3165 Wireless AC)
  • USB 3.0 Standard and USB Type C (for Data only, no charging)
  • Front facing loudspeakers
  • Temps can go as high as 75-80C, but no thermal throttling issues
  • Strong Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 3165 (Same with the Cube Mix Plus)
  • Front facing loudspeakers
  • Acceptable Thermals, ranges between 70-80C on gaming
  • Can Game at 1200p, 720p HD at very good fps, above 30fps on most mainstream games (Dota 2, LOL, CSGO, BF4) – on lowest detail
  • 5000mAh Battery (rated at around 5-6 hours of use)
  • Good Benchmark scores: Cinebench (OpenGL: 33 fps) and (CPU: 225 cb)
  • Geekbench scores: (single: 3030) and (Multicore: 5710)

Cons:

  • Pricy compared to the Cube Mix Plus
  • Screen is not as bright, struggles on direct sunlight
  • Not fully laminated screen
  • Front facing speakers but audio quality is average at best
  • RAM only runs at 1600MHz, compared to 1866MHz on the Cube Mix Plus
  • No Active and Wacom Stylus support
  • Average Keyboard and Touchpad (Keyboard flexes)
  • Gaming performance is the same with the older Intel HD515 (Skylake)
  • USB Type C does not support Charging
  • Heavy around 1.5 kg (with keyboard cover)

SpecsTeclast X5 Pro
ChipsetIntel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 1.61-2.6GHz Dual Core
GPU: Intel HD615 Graphics
MemoryRAM: 8 GB LPDDR3
ROM: Foresee 240 GB M.2 SATA SSD
Expansion: MicroSD Card Slot Supported
OS64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition
Display12.2 inch IPS 16:10 Aspect
1920 x 1200 pixels, non-illuminated
CamerasRear: 5.0 MP
Front: 2.0 MP
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
Intel Dual Band AC3165 Wireless Chip
USB 3.0
SensorsGravity
IO1x USB Type C
1x USB 3.0 (Standard Port)
1x DC Charging Dock
Magnetic Docking Interface
Dimensions299 x 202 x 8.0 mm
Weight: 1.5kg
Battery7.6v/ 5000mAh (5-6 hours)
Charger: 110-240V/ 12V 2A

WHERE TO BUY? (June 26)

Teclast X5 Pro retails at $610 – Buy here

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Teclast is out to a new start, the X5 Pro is quite a good looking tablet, if it were not so pricy. I mean, it costs more than the Xiaomi Mi Air 12, which was no doubt an incredible Ultrabook. It also costs more than the Cube Mix Plus, which also offers the same hardware, despite it being just a rehash of the Cube i7 Book. Anyway, the performance is also clearly felt, it is faster than Skylake and Benchmark scores proves that, a good 10% faster. But gaming performance remains the same. What is also good is the thermals, it seems to stick below 80C which is quite acceptable, thermals is the area where the Cube Mix Plus and Cube i7 Book had issues. Overall, is it the best tablet of 2017? Not really, but it is an exciting tablet and a good start for 2017. It is also too early to say, but it could be a better value if it costs less than $400 or maybe within $300.

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