Teclast x98 Plus Review
Worth a punt or worth punting into the next state?
Posted: May 7th, 2016
An inexpensive option among tablets, the Teclast X98 provides a range of benefits for those looking for a budget tablet. At the same time, the Teclast X98 battles against many of the limitations that define cheaper tablets. A range of notable features set it apart from the competition, providing a reasonable tablet for those not looking to push the system specs too much. If you don’t mind a few hassles with setup and operation, then the Teclast X98 is right for you.
Why should you consider getting or avoiding the Teclast X98? Let’s answer this question with a more detailed review that gets into the design and aesthetics, the computing hardware and display, the UI and installed software, networking capabilities, and performance.
Design and Aesthetics
The Teclast X98 comes with a sleek design common among tablets. Featuring a light grey coating around the screen, the tablet feels smooth to the touch. It is relatively lightweight, easy to handle, and offers enough grip to not fall easily from your hands. The unobtrusive buttons and camera are another nice aesthetic tough.
Computing Hardware & Display
The display is 9.7 inches with a resolution of 2048x1536. The tablet comes with a 64 GB hard drive, SO-DIMM DDR3 of 4GB of ram, and an Intel Cherry Trail T3 Z8300 Quad Core. The operating system is Windows 10, (it's possible to get a dual boot version running Windows 10 with Android 5.1). Cameras include the 2.0MP front facing camera as well as the 5MP auto focusing back camera.
UI & Installed Software
The installed software can be a bit of a hassle as there are many programs you will probably want to delete. The UI itself is clean and relatively easy to operate. Anyone familiar with Android or Windows 10 will not have a problem.
The Teclast X98 comes with a 802.11 b/g/n standard WiFi wireless network with signal stability options. It also includes multi level Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for things like mice, keyboards, and controllers.
Performance holds up well for basic use. However, there can sometimes be issue with performance when installing a program. Additional issues include it heating up a lot when running it at peak performance. Beyond that, the operating system and UI work well together, providing a fairly seamless, though slow, experience.
Pros & Cons
The Teclast X98 comes with a great overall design; great rear facing camera, a solid operating system, and Intel processer. People also love how simple it is to pick up and use. As a final benefit, the 64 GB of storage is more than what most people have reported needing.
The cons of the Teclast X98 include exceptionally long battery recharge time of 6+ hours. Overheating can be an issue. There is no 3G or 4G slot available. The sound output is either poor or none at all. The screen is particularly susceptible to being scratched and will require a protective screen.
Who Is The Ideal User Of The Teclast X98?
The Teclast X98 is an okay second tablet for doing smaller things on. It is a decent fallback device. While it may have issues being a primary tablet, it offers a relatively stable experience for those who need temporary tablet use. It should be bought by someone comfortable with tinkering with a tablet to get the most out of it.
|Tablet||Teclast x98 Plus|
|CPU||Cherry Trail Z8300 - 1.84 GHz|
|Display||- 9.7 inch|
|Resolution||2048 x 1536 px - 264 ppi|
|Camera||Front 2.0 / Back 5.0 MP|
|Weight||0.53 kg / 1.16 lbs|
|Battery life||8.5 hours|
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