When you think of Windows tablets that you can bank on, the name Teclast doesn’t immediately come to mind. That’s a shame since they’ve been putting out consistently excellent 2-in-1 tablets for years now.
The all-new X5 Pro is the latest offering from Teclast that looks to unseat the Surface Pro from its position at the top of the Windows tablet heap. With a little word-of-mouth marketing, the X5 Pro could become an underground hit.
Layout and Aesthetics
Measuring 305 mm by 202 mm by 10.4mm and weighing in at 1,192 grams, the X5 Pro is a hefty tablet by most standards. Those dimensions combined with its metal uni-body make for a substantial feel that few Windows tablets can match.
In terms of aesthetics, it’s basically a Surface Pro knock-off. It’s equipped with the expected 2.0 MP front and 5.0 MP rear cameras as well as dual speakers.
Horsepower, Storage & Display
Under the hood, the X5 Pro boasts 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD and the peppy Intel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 CPU capable of 2.6 GHz using Turbo Boost.
The 12.2-inch IPS touchscreen has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels (185 pixels per inch). While the display isn’t exactly a Retina, the lower resolution allows users to get the most out of the X5 Pro’s Intel HD Graphic 615 GPU.
OS, UI and Included Software
The X5 Pro ships with both Windows 10 and the latest stable version of Android. Like most dual-boot tablets, users can switch between operating systems simply by tapping an on-screen icon.
The typical Windows apps like the Edge browser and Cortana come standard. Android fans can download all of the apps that they want via Google Play. You won’t usually find any bloatware on Teclast’s tablets and the X5 Pro is no exception.
Networking and Peripherals
As far as wireless networking goes, the Teclast X5 Pro boasts the usual standards like Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi. On-board ports include Type-C USB, TF card and Micro HDMI.
Like the Microsoft Surface, the X5 Pro supports an optional type cover that attaches via a magnetic dock. While the full-QWERTY keyboard gets the job done, it’s not quite as sturdy as similar models from manufacturers like Microsoft and Cube.
Performance in the Field
Thanks to its snappy Intel silicon, the X5 Pro more than holds its own in the performance department. In Geekbench 4.0.3, it manages a single-core score of 3,018 and a multi-core score of 5,664. In Cinebench R15, it achieves an OpenGL score of 31.33 fps.
Thanks to the on-board SSD, write times can reach 505 MB/s. The 5,000 mAh battery delivers roughly 5 hours of life under normal operating conditions.
Pros and Cons worth Considering
On the plus side, the X5 Pro offers solid build quality, a decent display, above-average performance and two operating systems to choose from. What’s more, it boasts the versatility of a Surface Pro for half the price.
The only real downsides of this tablet are weak speakers and a less-than-stellar keyboard. If those minor drawbacks don’t bother you, the X5 Pro is a bargain.
The Ideal Teclast X5 Buyer
The Teclast X5 Pro fits somewhere between the Surface Pro and the iPad when it comes to capabilities and target demographics. It can handle mundane office work, graphical design tasks and even light gaming without crumbling under the pressure.
If you want a versatile 2-in-1 tablet with both Windows 10 and Android at an attractive price point, the Teclast X5 Pro is one of the best options around.