Teclast’s first two notebooks, both winners the convertible F6 pro with a Core M3 and this F7. The Teclast F7 is a budget/entry level laptop powered by the Intel Celeron N3450 (Apollo Lake) quad-core. With 6GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB of fast eMMC 5.1 spec storage. It’s got a 14.1″ 1080p IPS glossy screen with a matte anti-glare protector on it and the base build and design of it is from the same ODM as the Jumper EZbook 3L Pro. However, in Teclast’s hands, it’s been tweaked further and is truly the best Apollo Lake or under $250 laptop out there.
The laptop weighs only 1.32 kilos and under 14mm thin. The full metal body is made of a lightweight, but a rather soft alloy so easy to scratch. On the underside, you’ll find an SSD hatch that lets you add a M.2 2242 SATA3 spec SSD to expand the storage up to 512GB. It will take a 22 x 60mm sized one, with some work – removing the rear and cutting some plastic. I highly recommend installing an SSD, even if it’s only 128GB for two reasons, it will speed up the overall response of the laptop and most importantly give you more free space as on the eMMC drive it has only around 38GB free on first boot.
The laptop has micro HDMI out, two USB 3.0 ports and a MicroSD slot. This slot is only a Realtek USB 2.0 reader. So no point buying a super fast expensive card for it as you can’t take advantage of its speed as it will cap out at around 23 MBs reads and writes.
01:22 – Build & design 01:50 – Keyboard 02:29 – Touchpad 03:01 – Ports 04:37 – Screen 06:29 – Internals 08:29 – Bios / TDP 09:02 – Benchmarks 09:59 – Thermals 11:01 – Battery Life 13:17 – 4k HEVC 14:17 – Audio 15:00 – Webcam sample 15:25 – Gaming 17:10 – Linux 17:44 – Final words 19:32 – Pros & Cons
Teclast F7 Review snapshots:
Thanks to a 9W power limit and great cooling with a large copper heatsink the Teclast F7 performs well, it’s the fastest Celeron N3450 laptop I’ve tested and I’ve seen a lot since it’s release. Best of all if you go into the bios which is unlocked by the way, disable that power limit you’ll boost that performance even further and due to the huge heatsink, thermals don’t exceed 74 degrees C on my unit. Something I’ve not seen until now, normally there is just enough copper in there for the stock power limits. Not here, which is great news.
Overall the Teclast F7 is a fantastic laptop for the price when you look at just what you’re getting it’s hard to imagine it selling for as low as $219 sometimes. It’s almost as if Teclast looked at the popular EZbook 3 Pro and went and improved on almost every aspect. Below is the detailed video review of the laptop, covering everything from the internals, speaker test to gaming and Linux.