Teclast F7 Review – The Best Budget Laptop So Far
. This is the Teclast F7 now it's, using the Apollo Lake in thirty four fifty that's, a Celeron processor with 4 cores it's soon to be replaced. It'S the end of the line for this CPU it's, going to be replaced via the Gemini Lake N4100 that'll be coming out in devices within the next month or two. But until then this really is a fantastic laptop. So it's got a very similar spec to the jumper easy book, 3 pro or in fact the easy book 3l pro, which is basically the same. So fourteen point, one inch 1080p screen six gigabytes of RAM. It has 64 gigabytes of e MMC 5.1 spec storage, and it has also a hatch and it's SD slot underneath so you can expand upon that storage, something that was brought in first with the EZ book 3 pro the first model that came out later, they had Quite a few revisions now those revisions kind of went a little bit sideways with a jumper lately because there's some issues that crept up. So there was some some lag on the keyboard problems with the SSD slot, and luckily none of that is happening here with this f7 model. This really is fantastic laptop. Considering what you pay for this. You know around about 250 us it was as low as 219. So what we get is a full alloy bill, that's lightweight. This only weighs 1.3 kilos and it's only thirteen point: five millimeters thin metal lid, as you can see, and the palm rest is also made out of metal.
Even the bezel around the screen. That'S all a lie there, which is great now the keyboard on it, is more or less about the same size as a jumper, easy book three pros, but of course, it's got this extra column here, with the homepage up down and in keys the power key. There is next to the Delete key. I wish it was actually separated away from the keyboard, so you don't accidentally tap it but typing on this keyboard really good. It has hardly any flex its very firm, its rock solid nice feedback from those keys. The keys does feel better than the easy book three prose to type on and I'm happy to report. I have no issues with missed keystrokes or any keyboard lag. None of that is happening here with this keyboard it's great now. The touchpad also is rather large, as you can see, it has a smooth finish to it and silver paint, job it's, not glass or anything like that. Like it's, not a super premium touchpad, but it is using Windows, precision drivers, so you can control the gestures. It'S accurate – and I really do like it now – it does have incorporated mouse buttons in there left and right, and they have a nice feel to them. When you press down on them, it doesn't go down too deep, either they're, not also too shallow. They seem just right to me so overall, quite good. There now for ports on the right hand, side here, sorry, the left hand, side we've got a micro HDMI out that supports up to 4k 30 Hertz status, LED which is red when charging green once fully charged.
Full sized USB 3 port always need to have these don't, we on laptops and it will power external hard drives. I'Ve tested up to 4 gigabytes without any problems, and then, on the right hand, side we've got a micro SD card slot. Now this is only USB 2 specs, so don't worry about using or buying a really high spec card. For that, because you can't take advantage of the full speed of it another USB 3 port. Then we have a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. Now this headphone jack, actually outputs, really good sound because it doesn't have the typical common interference and static that you often see – and I hear so often on the Apollo Lakes and the essence. None of that which was really good. But what it does sometimes exhibit is a little bit of popping. So when the sound card goes to sleep and then you play a sound it'll wake up and about 50 of the time it will do a little pop, which is slightly annoying now. That comes through also on the speakers. It'S definitely related to the realtek sound card that this has on here and then, of course, the DC on there for charging 12 volts 2 amps. Now up the top we've got a 720p webcam shoots up to 30 frames per. Second, the quality is actually than the jumper easy book. Three pro two microphones, either side as well said. You array a little bit of stuff s through these microphones, but I will give you a sample of that later on in this review.
Now, taking a look at that screen, so it's an IPS panel, 1080p it's, either anti glare or glossy my ones glossy. Now a lot of people in Twitter and other comments and even messages sent to me said: hey you've got a screen protector on it, just remove it and it is anti glare. Now that may be the case for some people, I would actually went digging around here lifted up the bezel. I used my knife to try and lift up this screen protector that I thought was on there and I scratched and damaged the surface of the glossy panel and damaged it a little bit my bizzle so that's. Why I basil looks like someone's attacked it with a knife, because I did attack it with a knife. So if you cannot see any edges, you cannot see any dust or bubbles. You do not have a screen protector, it's a glossy display, so it's a lottery there. Whether you get anti clear or glossy, I really wish it was anti clear on my unit now. The maximum brightness is only about 190 lux, which is not a lot but it's perfectly fine for indoors or right now, with this bright studio, lights on I've got it set to about 70, and you can see it looks really bright. I normally just use it around 30 to 40 without any problems whatsoever. If you wanted to use it outdoors that's when you'll run into problems, a reflective glossy screen is going to be another nightmare, so slap on an anti glare screen protector now to comment on the whites.
They are quite neutral, they're, leaning towards perhaps a little bit warm white a lot better than the super cool white. We have on the jumper easy books, three pro screen, but that one is anti glare, which I tend to prefer now: the blacks look good, nice and deep, because it's, a glossy display it's IPS over viewing angles perfectly fine, color reproduction looks good on this kind of Screen considering the price overall, a very decent panel Bay, you have used on this it's that made by sharp as well this panel that's in here, quick peek now at the internals, so it's all positive here, good news with the heatsink it's very large and, as you See later on with the thermals that this does not run into thermal throttling, in fact, without any power limits, so it can use up to 15 watts it doesn't overheat. It only gets up to 74 degrees Celsius, maximum, which is pretty much unheard of. So tech must have done an excellent job here and it's really amazing, because other laptops with the N 3450 would end up getting up to about 8090 degrees without the power limits there. Now the SSD you can see here, you can actually install a 20 to 60. Here there is room for it as long as you cut out this little plastic here use a dream or something, but once you put the SSD in place here, this is what's going to happen. You'Ll have to cut out this as well, so it'll lay nice and flat.
When you put the rear lid back on, you will not be able to remove that SSD without removing the whole lid again, so you might run into a few little issues there with that. But to me it looks like going to be able to fit it now Motors out there. If you wanted to put a thermal pad here, you could to transfer heat to the rear case there and that would even lower temperatures by another 5 or 10 degrees. Even there is metal behind the keyboard backing here, which is another positive. This is why the keyboard is so firm and doesn't really have any flex whatsoever. Now a lot of people are saying you can upgrade the RAM on this, and that is normally never the case. With the cell Ron in 34 50s with the Apollo Lakes, because there are no sodam slots on there, so you cannot upgrade the RAM you can only upgrade the RAM on the cell runs normally with this, the many pcs, some of those do include sodam slots. These. You can swap RAM or upgrade RAM, but not the case here, but the internals, the layout, the build quality. Everything does look good they've got the plugs everything taped in place. So if you were to drop the laptop, none of those plugs should pop out. So, overall yeah it's, looking very good, the internals really good to me, and especially those thermals due to that copper heatsink. Now, if you want to really get maximum performance with literally no trade off here it doesn't overheat, I recommend going along into the advanced menu of the BIOS.
Go to CPU configuration CPU power management and long hair power limit one enabled will be set to nine. What okay so go on and change that from enabled to disabled – and this is gon na – really boost up the performance now I know the screen is flickering like crazy, but it's not doing that in person now so overall. It feels quick and snappy this laptop here, but these are a couple of benchmarks of runs as Geekbench for very good score. This is kind of the definitely one of the faster ones you will see out of the this chipset here. The end 3450, with its quad cores, so that's really good and right here is the OpenCL scores. That'S testing out the integrated Intel 500 HD GPU that this has on here, not a bad score as well, considering this integrated graphics now the wireless I tested this out here now. I know this isn't the best way to gauge the speed. I did use an FTP server at home and I managed to get close to 400 megabits per second, but this test I've run as well, because there's, a lot of networks around order, interference and my show me meet notebook pro with a much better chipset in it. Can get around 300 so the full fiber speed I have here now. I just wanted to point out the thermals, because they are so good on the f7 here they're crazy good, considering I have disabled the power limit so only 74 degrees maximum after 6 hours.
This included two hours of non stop gaming it's hard to believe, but the copper heatsink does its job they're so well on this really really good, most other laptops, even the easy buck. 3 Pro. If you disable the power limit on one that has it it'll climb up to almost 90 degrees after 2 hours of gaming, you need to do a copper, heatsink mod and some thermal pads in there, as well just to help improve things. But you don't need to do any mods with this amazingly good. I don't know what really tick lasted down there, but hats off to them. The thermals on this are so good there's, another test as well with the thermals yeah, so I mean that's even lower than Co. 74 it's not going to go past 74. This my unit here that I have now on to some battery life tests very important. Now it does fall short of the jumper easy book 3 Pro right right here I did YouTube 1080p and I lost after 2 hours, 20 percent, so that's not bad. It looks like you know: you're gon na be able to get 9 or 10 hours of just straight streaming. Video, so it's very light use of the CPU. So I did later step things up in another day of testing. I cycled the battery. I think four times in total with my testing here, and this is more what I would call real world use, so my own personal use updating my website using Chrome with about seven or eight tabs, 30 brightness and I'm, looking at six and a half hours.
So this is short because the jumper is about three Pro will be able to do seven to eight hours now. The reason behind this is the power limit. So by default they set nine watts. This test was with the default 9 watts. Okay, so the stock configuration that's. Why it's not getting the eight hours like these about three pro, which has a lower setting that's, set to seven so that's? What a the counts for really the higher battery consumption that's. Sorry, the higher power use is because of that. So if you're worried about that – and you want to get eight hours lower the power limit – and I think that will solve the problem there, but I'm happy for the trade off for the power you've got extra power. I don't mind losing an hour battery life here with this, and this is the sitting I had set in Windows. Okay, so I've set it on the not the best battery life tab, but there's the one up from it, so it's. The latest version of Windows that I've been running on my SSD and just to point out to the SSD speed. So perfectly fine it's set of three running at full set of three speeds. My king spec, 512 gigabyte SSD works perfectly fine. So no issues with that. Usb 3 port speeds running at maximum speed, no problems again and the e MMC it's 5.1 spec. So a lot faster than the old 4.
5 spec very good speeds here out of that SanDisk 64 gigabyte emmc so now I'm, just going to test out a 4k clip here. So this is a TV see 140 megabits per second, so quite a high bitrate and he cuz it's choppy, but only at the start once it gets past that it's actually quite smooth it's demanding file for this kind of hardware, but it handles it. Okay and if you skip ahead there's a little bit of a delay choppy for a little bit, then once it gets going it'll smooth out against so there we go so it's good to see it can play these kind of files. Vp9 codec support as well and it's, also just streaming at the same time here 4k video, so that's a little bit demanding for it to be doing both of those things at the same time now, that's, probably why it's got the drop frames but it's doing well. Okay, here cuz, this is Chrome 4k YouTube streaming is normally a little bit choppy, but you see this is going perfectly fine and that's down to that 9 watt TDP the power limit that they sit on. This are just really helping out. So the speakers on the. If sieve and they're located just right here, so you don't see them they're hidden away, and I do like this – the sound is transmitted and comes up up this way here and they do actually sound a little bit better.
I feel then, the jumper easy book 3 pro speakers give you a sample of them now so now sample off the webcam 720p 30 frames per second on recording the audio through those dual mics. It has either side and the quality of those mics, I feel, is really good. Considering the price of this laptop and even the video quality it's, not bad, ok looks a little bit pixelated, but it's perfectly fine for Skype calls. I have used it a few times and I've had no issues with it all the built in microphones now moving on to have a look at a little bit of gaming, so this is League of Legends, very light title it's running in the native screen resolution. So 1080p very low, graphics, preset and we're getting close to 60 frames per second and even above 60 frames per second, so this is really good. This is just a BOTS game here so to other BOTS, and one on my team I'm really pleased with this performance. Remember this is what the power limit disabled, that I showed you at the start of the video. This is project cars and see it's, pretty laggy only running at 18 frames per second, so that is not ideal and I'm driving terrible. I wasn't even paying attention there. So games like this, the triple a titles you know you don't really want to be attempting to play them at all, because it's kind of arenas really trying to play with only 17 frames per.
Second. This is on the lower settings in 720p by the way it's amazing, just to show you that it's actually able to at least run the game and get these kind of frame rates. Now I would love to show you some counter strike but it's down the servers. There'S something going on I've been trying all afternoon without any luck whatsoever, so I can't do an online game. I can't even run a game against bots because it will come up with this area here. So if you set the resolution quite low and the settings on the lowest possible you're, looking around 40, sometimes 250 frames per second, it does dip down to 30 and even below, if there's, lots and lots going on the performance. Isn'T amazing, but you can get away with playing a little bit of Counter Strike on the side. Now it runs Linux perfectly fine and one thing to note here with the screen. I can actually capture it a lot better I'm, not getting the flicker in Linux, which is a little strange. So I don't know what is causing that something to do with the graphics drivers. Perhaps so Wireless works. The touchpad on the latest Manjaro 17 point 1.4 bill that I'm running. It does not work so that's. The only thing that's not working, brightness controls the sound that all seems to be working, just fine it's just that the touchpad is the only issue in Linux. Alright, so wrapping up this review here, it really is a fantastic laptop, especially if you pick this up for only 219, so look out for another flash sale.
If not, I feel even the 250 price tag that I've seen it selling for at the time of when I posted this review, that's not actually too bad. Considering what you were getting, especially here in Spain, you compare that to what's available in the local market and they're all running still cheery trail items. They'Ve only got four gigabytes of RAM plastic, build the keyboard that touchpads and not precision ones, there's. Just so much to like about this now the screen might get glossy. You might get an anti glare screen, but to me the screen is better than the jumper easy book. Three pros literally. Every single aspect of this is better. Apart from battery life, so that's, where you run into the cons, so it's got about an hour's less battery life, but I believe the culprit is the higher power limits. So this thing here runs out of the box with nine watts, power limit and so that's a little bit more than the jumper easy put three Pro so that's. Why it burns through the barre a little faster, but I feel that's a good trade off, because the performance of this is really good, it's fast and I in fact disabled the power limit on here. So that means it's, unlimited let's that CPU stretch its legs. It can use all the power at once it's only up to about 15 watts. I think maximum combined with the integrated GPU and the CPU, so it doesn't even get hot.
The thermals on this are amazing. Really they so good. Tick last has done a really good job of this because they put a huge copper heat sink in there, it's quite big, a little bit bigger than what we normally see here and it's. Just perfect. I mean it: doesn't go over 74 degrees after gaming, with no power limit is kind of crazy, good that's. I have never seen that before. This is the first time that's happened normally on other models like the jumper easy book 3 Pro with no power limit. Those temps will really start to creep up and hit close to 85 degrees even 90, which is why I recommend you do a copper heatsink model put a thermal pad and there you don't need to do that. So there is another couple of cons here: it's, not perfect. The speaker does that pop noise and it's a little annoying when that happens, but it's minor, very minor to me and the other thing too. I noticed it could just be my unit that, when it's plugged in 100 charged put your ear down around this area – and you can hear a buzzing noise from the speaker or it could even be coil whine or something coming from the CPU, it might be related To me having the power limit disabled, but I don't think it is, I think it's just statically comes through on the speakers there, overall, fantastic laptop, considering the price you're.
Just getting so much here on offer now don't be confused about what the Apollo Lake can do. People please, because so many people have emailed saying, can i edit 4k videos? No, you cannot on this chipset I mean 1080p. Maybe this is a entry level kind of process, so you have to remember that it's fanless, you can do quite a lot, though, will surprise people you can open multiple tabs in chrome. You can edit spreadsheets. You can watch 4k videos, MH EVC codec files vp9. It can play them natively, decode them, which is great, so you're not taking a huge performance hit, but you can't go and play battlefield 1. On this. I don't know why some people seem to be fooled by perhaps that's marketing or something they show images of it. Playing the latest games from – maybe I don't think tickets have done that, but a lot of manufacturers do do that, so they put an image there of a battlefield, 1 and people think oh, I can play the latest triple a titles on a 200 in that top. No, but anyway, thank you so much for watching this review here of the best Apollo 8 laptop. That is the tick last if7 and check out my review of the jumper easy book 3 pro.