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Teclast X5 Pro Unboxing And Hands-On

Teclast X5 Pro Unboxing And Hands-On

Yesterday my X5 Pro and type cover keyboard arrived from China, the X5 Pro is powered by the new Intel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 with Intel HD 615 GPU, this tablet looks promising with a Surface Pro 4 like design, type-c port and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Below is the unboxing and first impressions video.

I asked it be sent untouched so it came with Windows 10 Chinese, it wasn’t possible to get it in English even after adding the language pack so I did a clean install, the good thing is Windows update found all drivers. So you can safely do a clean install without having to worry about missing drivers or touch screen issues. First impressions are listing below (More than what I added in the video after 2 hours using it)

First impressions:

  • It’s a bit heavy at 1.5 kilos with the keyboard attached but feels well made & very solid.
  • The port location isn’t the greatest, all the ports are at the top of the tablet. D/C in for example I would have liked at the bottom at least
  • The type cover feels well made, good to type on. But not as good as the Surface type cover 4 or even the Cube i9’s type cover.
  • The touchpad is average, it does the job, but not the best I’ve used.
  • The type-c port doesn’t seem to accept charge even though it’s meant too. It’s not USB 3.1 spec. So only data.  Not display out.
  • The MicroUSB 2.0 port on the left doesn’t seem to work at all.
  • The 12.2 inch IPS screen is bright and seems sharp for 1200p. It’s non-laminated unlike the Tbook 12
  • 8GB LPDDR3 RAM runs at 1600Mhz
  • The SSD is a FORSEE 240GB one with around 500 reads and 400mb/s writes. 2242 M.2 SATA3 Spec
  • Intel dual-band wireless-AC 3165 is the Wifi module. I can get around 300mbps upload and download out of it. Same as my fibre line so very fast wifi no speed loss.
  • Battery life from the 50,000 wHm battery so far looks average, around 5-6 hours max. (Still need to test this)
  • Thermals, any thermal throttling I’ll need to check out. So far it has reached 75 degrees running a few benchmarks.
  • I’m trying to find a stylus that works on it. But Windows 10 does say touch and pen support.
  • Gaming test coming soon.

Currently, the only store that has it listed is Gearbest here.

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23 Comments

  1. How to change the language to English? Just use the official MS Creator Tool and create and USB flash drive image, and install it? Can the English Windows be activated with the Chinese key in the end?

  2. Looks like the Cube i9 keyboard. Could it work?

  3. How well do the keys on the keyboard respond, I currently have the Chuwei Hi12 and HiBook Pro, the kb for the Hi12 is either defective or built very poorly (metal kb) as I have to type slowly and press the keys with a little force, the kb for the HiBook Pro is fine as I am able to type normally with ease and speed. also no shops seem to have the X5 Pro keyboard in stock is Teclast abandoning this tablet?

  4. Hi Chris, please tell me step by step process how can I install windows on my Teclast X5 Pro. I have already created a bootable USB by using Windows installation media. But I’m afraid, after installing windows, will it remain activated. Will the touch remain ok? I also want to create two partitions. Please let me know.

  5. did you ever find a pen that worked with this?
    thanks

    • TL – T10S is the pen for the X5 Pro, there is a forum post stating palm rejection does not work but there is another reviewer on youtube that says there is palm rejection although it’s not as good as other offerings. Chris will you be reviewing the pen to confirm there is palm rejection?

  6. Hi Chris, great review, I totally agree with your initial estimation on the pros and cons of the device. The keyboard seems to me to be inferior than the one Cube i9 has, although they look very similar. And the screen bezels seem to be larger. Always the same, they make progress to some areas and they neglect other areas! Maybe they must pay more attention to your reviews!

  7. Hi,

    @Chris: Will you take a look inside the Tablet for the full review?
    I was wondering if it would need a thermal mod like some others do (Cube i7 or i9) to get better performance due to better cooling…
    And one other question: I saw a video of someone putting a 3G Modem inside the Cube i9, since it has one of the m.2 slots free…
    Would be interesting if the same is true for the Teclast X5 pro

    • Doesn’t look easy to open this one. So far thermals are good in my first testing around 75 degrees max. This must account for the weight of it as Teclast must have some copper in there for the heat sink. If I do open it, I’ll certainly record a video of the internals.

  8. Price seems a bit much.
    For US readers here is an alternative:
    Lenovo is putting the miix700 on sale.
    12 2″ 1440p laminated screen
    Last gen core m7
    8GB RAM, 512GB SSD
    $525, including keyboard. Pen for $25
    http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/tablets/ideapad/miix/miix-700/?action=testB

    • Sadly this only works for US.
      Here in Germany the Lenovo tablet is still selling for around 800-1200€

    • Yes only for US readers, sadly prices in Europe are twice that for this model. Which is why I review these cheaper alternatives.

  9. E-live technology limited on AliExpress said he has it in Stock and ready to ship tomorrow if I wanted. 534euro including keyboard and free shipping. I would prefer priority shipping . Will order this next week.

    • 530 euros on Aliexpress’ shitty buyer protection? You certainly are daring…If one is willing to pay that much money, better to look for some manufacturer-refurbished MS Surface Pro 3/4

      • I only do it for the site, to review it, later sell. Right now it’s expensive, just released. Remember the Cube i7 Book was about $410 when it first came out. Now it sells for $267, I don’t expect the X5 Pro to drop that much be a good $100-$150 later in the year.

  10. gearbest link seems to be broken

  11. Non-laminated… too bad, this kind of screen always irritate my eyes…

  12. Great video and first look!!
    I am really excited about this.
    Somewhere else I read that the Type C USB Port does accept power for charging?!? can you maybe try another USB C Dock??
    For me personally the USB C Port not beeing 3.1 is not a deal breaker because I am not the guy for docking stations anyways, but for other people I can understand that this might be a big problem…
    Can you tell us more what you mean about the Micro USB Port not working?? Is it not recognized at all, or does it not accept USB OTG??

    I am really looking forward to the full review, because I think this might really become my first chinese tablet.
    Half a year ago I almost bought a Cube i9. But this seems like a nice upgrade with the better CPU and 8GB of RAM.

    Can you share where you got yours ordered??
    I searched around Aliexpress, but I couldnt find it.

    • I’ve got another few type-c chargers. I tried my Xiaomi Mi Notebook one and no luck. But yes, it’s meant to charge via type-c. The MicroUSB port everything I’ve plugged into it doesn’t seem to work. I’ll try another cable.

      The seller I used is fromAliexpress, a contact I have in China. It’s not listed yet, but I ordered it from him directly not via the Aliexpress store.

      • Hi Chris,
        Thank you for your fast response!!

        The MicroUSB Port issue seems wierd… I believe in you, that you will find out whats going on.
        Can I ask you how much you paid for your X5 Pro Tablet (and the Keyboard)??
        Any chance of getting in touch with the seller? I know that Gearbest has it on preorder, but I really dont wanne wait until late January for the shipping date, and I didnt even see the Type Cover Keyboard on Gearbest yet…

        • MC Store in Aliexpress have it, but the listing is gone. PM them for it. And E-Live technology also has it. Selling for around 550 euros all up with the keyboard. Still can’t find the active pen it supports.

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