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The Teclast TBook 16 Pro is a hybrid tablet with detachable keyboard that dual boots both Windows 10 and Android 5.1. The tablet is available for around $200, while the keyboard is an additional $50 accessory.

Specifications and Design

  • Intel Atom X5 Z8300 CPU
  • 4Gb RAM
  • 11.6″ IPS display
  • 64Gb eMMC storage
  • 2MP front facing camera
  • 7200mAh Li-Po battery
  • Windows 10 (full) and Android 5.1 dual-boot
  • USB OTG adaptor, Micro-USB and DC cable included

The tablet alone weighs 774g, measuring 290mm x 181mm and 5mm thickness at the edges, tapering to 7mm at the thickest part. It’s solidly built, with metal side and rear, though I did find the screen was quite prone to light scratches.

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wireless up to 802.11N
  • HDMI out
  • USB OTG (adaptor included)
  • 3.5mm headphone socket

There’s also a DC power jack for fast charging. This must be paired with the supplied 2.5A adaptor (or a similarly rated USB wall adaptor) for fast charging capabilities though.

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Screen quality

The 11.6″ 1920x1080p IPS display at 16:9 aspect ratio is great for movies and text reflowable books, but can feel awkward for general browsing. You either get a limited vertical screen space resulting in lots of scrolling, or limited horizontal space with webpages rendering a little off-screen.

At around 190 pixels-per-inch, the screen falls short of 300 required to be classed as “retina” quality at 10 inches from your eye, but it indistinguishable from one at a viewing distance of 18″.

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Subjectively, it looks great to me. It’s bright, clear, not pixelated, and perfect for media consumption. It takes a little getting used to web browsing with the wide aspect ratio, but it shouldn’t be a huge problem.

Sound

Loud sound is produced from the stereo speakers, located on the lower left and right of the tablet when viewed landscape. Considering the size of the device, they deliver a good dynamic range. These are more than loud enough for kids in the back of the car or multiple people to view.

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Keyboard

The keyboard looks to be the strongest part of the package, but my test model appeared to have an overactive space key, making long term testing of it difficult.

The Surface-like clamshell design with magnetic attachment points is great, but I wasn’t particularly keen on the feel of the actual keys. If you’re used to cheap-feeling keyboards for tablets I’m sure you’ll get along fine with it, but my general point of comparison is a Mac keyboard, and it just doesn’t compare.

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The trackpad is the worst part of this otherwise lovely looking attachment, with inconsistent click densities across the pad. In the middle, it actually appeared to click twice the harder you pushed. Combined with generally unresponsive Windows, it was difficult to tell if you’d clicked or not (so you keep clicking, and then 15 windows would pop open at once).

The keyboard also adds a useful USB port on either side, so you could plug in an external mouse in if you wanted, or USB sticks for storage.

Windows Performance

On paper, it’s quite a workhorse, but sadly that doesn’t transfer to real world Windows usage. Windows was just never designed for such low power devices, and the performance is abysmal – as expected. This isn’t a failing of this tablet in particular compared to others though – I have yet to see a budget device that does run Windows to any satisfactory standard. A generally laggy interface combined with the periods of complete unresponsiveness make windows 10 a frustrating experience on mobile, even for something as simple as browsing a webpage. It’ll do in an emergency, but I wouldn’t recommend this (or any budget tablet device) if Windows is going to be your primary method of interaction.

Android Performance

Android fares better, scoring a respectable Antutu score of 57,000 – it’s a solid mid-range device. The stock Android 5.1 interface is snappy, and basic 3D games run well. I had no issues streaming HD shows. As long as you’re happy with an older version of Android, you shouldn’t have too many complaints on this front.

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There’s very little bloatware installed out of the box, just some basic Chinese apps, and it’s a stock experience otherwise with no dramatic re-skins. MalwareBytes showed the system as clean.

Battery Life

Despite a large 7200mAh Lithium Polymer, battery life isn’t amazing, but it’s reasonable enough. I got about 5-6 hours of general usage. Under intensive use, streaming a movie on full volume and full brightness, it managed a respectable 2.5 hours.

Unfortunately, there’s appears to be a bug that means the device won’t actually enter sleep mode (or has an abnormally high self-discharge), so the standby time is about a day. In my experience, approximately 20-50% of battery was lost overnight, every night. More often than not, you’ll find when you pick up your device again in the morning, the battery is completely or almost entirely depleted. Hopefully this is a simple firmware bug they can fix with an update.

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Fast charging is done using the supplied DC cable, inserted into a 5v 2.5A USB charger. You can still charge using the micro-USB port though, if you don’t mind waiting a little longer.

Update Woes

After attempting to update the device using the built-in over-the-air Android update utility, the Android part of the system was stuck in a boot loop. After a few tries, it went in recovery mode. Unfortunately, the firmware for just the Android portion isn’t available to download and restore using ADB. Instead you need to grab an 8GB disk image and restore the entire system from that. Adding further to my frustrations, Teclast decided to host the English firmware on Microsoft OneDrive, which promptly broke in the middle of the download and complained that the user had exceeded their bandwidth limits. I even tried to enlist the help of my Chinese wife to grab the native version of the firmware using some obscure Baidu download manager, but sadly, Baidu requires you to verify your account with a Chinese phone number before downloading. Eventually, I had to contact support and get them to re-upload the full disk image again.

Their instructions were worthless, but here’s a simple step by step guide for you in case you face the same. You’ll need two USB drives to restore:

1. Burn the included WinPE ISO onto a FAT32 formatted drive.
2. On a separate, 16GB+ USB drive, formatted as NTFS, copy the Images and Scripts directory.
3. Boot up the TBook 16 Pro, and press some random combination of ESC, DEL and BACKSPACE in frenzied fashion until the BIOS screen comes up.
4. Find the option called “Boot from file”, and choose your WINPE USB drive, then bootmanager.efi (or something like that).
5. When you get to a command prompt, navigate to the D: drive, and run main.cmd.
6. Let it do its thing. The process takes a good hour or so.

All your data will be completely wiped in this process, back to the state it was when leaving the factory. This includes needing to change the language back from Chinese.

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Should You Buy an Teclast TBook 16 Pro?

There’s a lot to like about the TBook 16 Pro, but I’m struggling to recommend it. The snap-on keyboard which closes to a neat clamshell is great, though the built-in trackpad is horrible. Dual-boot can be a big benefit to those who actually need to run one specific Windows app but still spend most of their time in Android, but I can’t help feeling that by catering for both operating systems, it excels at neither.

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Like most of these hybrid devices, Windows performance is painfully slow at best, and at times completely unresponsive. The Android side of things is reasonably snappy – albeit running an old version of Android now that’s unlikely to get updated.

The standout feature of this tablet for me was the gorgeous screen: it’s bright, with beautiful high resolution and really clear text. The wide screen ratio makes it perfect for movies, though can take some getting used to for everyday usage. However, I just can’t see myself getting any actual work done on the Windows side of things, which is a shame given the otherwise great design of the snap-on keyboard.

Our verdict of the Teclast TBook 16 Pro:
A powerful portable media player. The clamshell snap-on keyboard is well designed, but disappointing Windows performance means you’ll likely get little use of it.
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  1. Rena Walter
    April 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Great! My son would love this!

  2. Lissandro
    April 23, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Hello, I tried downloading from the link in http://www.teclast.com/en/firmware/ with my device ID E6C1, but it gives me a dropbox link to an ~unfortunately~now unavailable file. Whom am I suposed to speak to if I am to ask for a new link?

    • James Bruce
      April 24, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Hi Lissandro, I'm afraid *both* our media contacts stopped responding, so we can't be of much help. Your best bet is to find someone else who already has the firmware and get them to upload, support from this company is very sketchy. We won't be reviewing their products again.

  3. John
    March 21, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    James,
    I was on vacation when I asked and you posted (March 2nd) a link for the 8 GB firmware for fixing my Teclast Tbook 16 pro. I just got home from vacation and I have tried downloading the link you posted but it doesn't seem to be working (too many downloads from Onedrive) now. Do you have any alternative links where I might be able to download this firmware? Thanks again in advance for any help you can provide.

    • James Bruce
      March 23, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Hi John. It's huge, so I couldn't find a suitable web storage thing, but you can use the following link to download directly from my machine using Resilio Sync. It contains everything in their archive, though I don't think you actually need the UltraISO thing, I think I used Rufus instead (or if you're already familiar with putting ISOs to a USB drive, that should work fine).

      https://link.getsync.com/#f=TECLAST%20RESTORE%20TBOOK16PRO&sz=0&t=1&s=3SXSWXKZF6DFM5N7WHMP7J6JUB4FYQUF&i=CPJLO6BHSJJ3ID6FC6SRIVZ4SG47B3QF7&v=2.4

      • JhmMke
        March 23, 2017 at 6:37 pm

        James,
        Thanks much! I was able to get the sync started and I'll keep you updated as to how it goes. When I first texted, I had Windows 10 working but I screwed up the Android partition by trying to back it up and restore it with Ghost (Norton). From your Teclast link I was able to pickup the Android ".rar" and I installed that but it wiped out the Windows 10 stuff, so I'm hoping this will help me restore Windows 10 without mucking up Android. You are right, it's a big file and will take all day even though I see it's downloading at ~350KB/s.

      • JhmMke
        March 24, 2017 at 8:14 pm

        James,
        I'm not out of the woods yet? In the "Doc" file it explains how to install Windows but it doesn't make sense? It says format a USB as WinPE which I did and then it says "3.2Unzip the “Windows10 ”files and copy all of the them into the USB flash ." I didn't see any file named "Windows10" to unzip? I did then try rufus and was able to get it to boot from the hub in a Windows 10-Command Prompt. The actual big file where an "image" is contained won't fit on the USB card because the image file is too big for a FAT32 format? I'm a little confused on where to go now?

        • James Bruce
          March 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm

          Ignore the instructions in that doc, go with what I pasted above in the review. You need two USB drives, one with WinPE to boot from (small USB drive fine), the other with the scripts and images directory from the download (big, 16gb size drive). Once you're at the winpe command prompt, run the main.cmd script from your other drive.

  4. John
    March 1, 2017 at 4:17 am

    I have the same problem and need to rebuild my Teclast Tbook 16 pro, who do I call or where do I go to get the 8gb is so I can get it function again?

    • James Bruce
      March 1, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Hi John: http://www.teclast.com/en/firmware/ - you'll need to type in the model code on the back on the device, the 4 letter/number one.

      • John
        March 2, 2017 at 1:03 am

        Thanks for the prompt response, I really appreciate your article and help!

  5. George
    February 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Hey i'm really interested in buy this Teclast TBook 16 Pro, please back to me so as to know on how to make the payment, thanks.

  6. Campbell Leonard
    February 4, 2017 at 6:14 am

    The machine looks the part. After that, any pretence at being a useful machine falls away. It is probably the worst bit of hardware it has been my misfortune to own. Save your money.

  7. wokna
    February 2, 2017 at 11:25 am

    i will very much like to have this. will start saving.

  8. Victor Osorno
    January 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    where is the announcement of the winners from this giveaway?

  9. Victor Osorno
    January 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    and the winner announcement?

  10. Anshul/Supa dupa
    January 21, 2017 at 9:04 am

    God let me win

  11. Alfred C
    January 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Wow, this is real cool.

  12. Joey
    January 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Maybe this is one of the device for me to consider...

  13. Joey
    January 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Maybe, this is an option for me.

  14. Kimi
    January 13, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    It looks alright, with some tuning I can make it a bit greater

  15. JOHANNE STONE
    January 11, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    What a awesomely compact media player. Perfect for travel or just at home with the kids. Would love to try this one out. Looks like a lot of fun
    Thanks Guys Again

  16. Ed Roth
    January 10, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Sure, why not?

  17. Gary
    January 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    This would be nice as my tablet just died. Can't afford to purchase anything right now, so this would be great for my needs. TY!

  18. William Peckham
    January 5, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    This comment system drives my phone crazy! Nice toy. Prize me please.

  19. William Peckham
    January 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Nice as a toy, but while I might like to win one I would probably not buy one.

  20. Saku
    January 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I'll just enter to be heartbroken again... ?

  21. Jerry Kobriger
    January 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Awesome!

  22. Vlera Bajraktari
    January 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    This is such an amazing giveaway as always. I really love it and hope I can win cause it would help me a lot with my school projects . Thank you for this guys you're doing a great job. ??

  23. Vlera Bajraktari
    January 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I love it. It looks great ??

  24. NASSER MEHANNI
    January 4, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Awesome,I like it.

  25. Brandon Morris
    January 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Very similar to the Chuwi Hibook I won in a previous contest. I love the little 2-in-1, it's actually pretty useful!
    Don't get me wrong, if you're trying to game or do some heavy streaming/web browsing, these little laptops are not for you. They are highly portable, lightweight, and sleek. Great for students, office visits, or a tablet alternative.

    • Rain
      January 13, 2017 at 1:30 am

      Chuwi H10 Pro ,battery broken after a few months and software untrained.

    • Rain
      January 13, 2017 at 1:34 am

      Chuwi H10 Pro, battery broken after a few months and software untrained!

      Don't use Chuwi again,just rubbish!

  26. Dexter Cruz
    January 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Awesome giveaway!