Teclast Tbook 16 Power Review

 

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Last Updated: 29th December, 2016

A successor to Teclast’s successful Tbook 16s, the Tbook 16 Power is designed to be an improvement of the previous, slightly flawed, model. Whether that’s the case or not, find out in our review below.

Design and Build

On a purely aesthetic level, the Tbook 16 Power doesn’t look much different than the previous model. Modern, state of the art design with bright and vivid color schemes makes the tablet look slightly different than most similar devices out there. Those who pay attention to aesthetics of a product should not be disappointed with it.

 

The keyboard is also quite a lot like the one on the Tbook 16S and typing on it feels great and natural. If the touchpad was a bit larger, it would have been even better. The small size of the touchpad makes it tougher to navigate the cursor, but if you get used to it, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The included stylus gets the job done, but if you’re used to tablets with styluses and have a lot of experience with them, this one might be a bit of a disappointment. Writing with the stylus is a daunting task, as it is very basic and can serve an accurate pointer at best. 

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A couple of USB slots, a micro HDMI slot and a Micro SD card slot are all there, but we feel like the device could have greatly benefited from a larger number of ports.

The cameras, as expected, are far from spectacular. The 2-megapixel front camera is perhaps decent enough for Skype calls but not much more than that, while the 5-megapixel back camera is slightly better, but still not up to today’s standards. It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to snap high quality photos with their tablet, but Teclast could have shown a bit more effort.

The speakers aren’t nothing to write home about either. Both are located on the right side of the tablet, so there is no stereo separation. The sound that they produce isn’t too bad, but placing each of them on one side would have been a much, much better (and more logical) solution.

All in all, when it comes to design and build, the Tbook 16 Power doesn’t seem like an improvement and hardly any changes have been made when we compare the device to the similarly named predecessor. 

Performance

The real difference is supposed to show in the performance. Equipped with a fast Cherry Trail Atom the X7 Z8750 processor with 16 cores and 8 GB of RAM (which is almost unheard of when it comes to Android-based devices), the Tbook 16 Power promises a lot when it comes to performance. But, does it deliver?

 

Even though the specs look great on paper, one can’t help but wonder why hasn’t that manifested into a high-performing device. The biggest problem is the screen – it is way too dim and lacks dynamic. The colors aren’t vibrant and the viewing angles are far from spectacular. Using the Tbook 16 Power outside or in any brightly lit environment is all in all an uncomfortable experience because of the screen.

The Android operating system performance is one of the best things about the Tbook 16 Power. Even demanding games are highly playable and perform well with good frame rates. However, the Windows operating system doesn’t work nearly as good. If you’re a gamer, you’re much better off with sticking to the Android operating system – glitches and crashes are too frequent in Windows, mostly because the device overheats when running on the Windows operating system. The battery life of about 7 hours isn’t much of an improvement either.

All in all, the Tbook 16 Power had potential to be a high performing tablet, but instead comes across as only a slightly better version of the 16S.

Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Windows 10 and Android 6.0
  • Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Pixels Per Inch: 189
  • Processor model: Intel Atom x7-Z8750 (Cherry Trail) 64bit Quad Core
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Disk Space: 64 GB
  • Battery Life: 7 hours
  • Battery capacity (mAh): 8500 mAh 
  • Weight in lbs: 1.97 pounds 
  • Weight in kg: 0.89
  • Dimensions: 11.93 x 7.07 x 0.39 inches

Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. Good design
  2. Good keyboard
  3. Great Android performance

Cons

  1. Speakers
  2. Stylus
  3. Cameras 
  4. Windows operating system performance

Final Verdict: Decent, But Disappointing 

Overall, even though things look great on paper, the Teclast Tbook 16 Power is a bit of a disappointment. It is not a bad device, by any means, but since it’s advertised as an improvement of the previous model, one can’t help but wonder why that isn’t so. If you already own the 16S, you shouldn’t really bother with this one. If you don’t, then perhaps it might turn out to be a good investment. 

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Technical Specifications

Teclast Tbook 16 Power
 Tablet  Teclast Tbook 16 Power
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  W10/A6.0
 CPU  Atom Cherry - 1.6 GHz
 Storage  64 GB
 RAM  8 GB
 Display  IPS - 11.6 inch
 Resolution  1920 x 1080 px - 189 ppi
 Camera  Front 2.0 / Back 5.0 MP
 Weight  0.89 kg / 1.97 lbs
 Battery life  7.0 hours
 Released  2016-12

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Battery life comparison

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Weight comparison

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