The notebooks market like other markets has at least three categories – low-end, mid-range and high-end. The features and pricing change in accordance with the niche they are designed for. But no one can ever imagine that a notebook can cost $99.99. Regardless its specs list this price tag sounds unthinkable. But when it comes to Chinese products, anything is possible. Today we are going to review one of the cheapest laptops in the globe coming our way from a more or less unknown brand. Meet the T-bao Tbook X7 priced at $99.99 only. Of course, such a laptop should sport non-attractive features, but seems this is not the case because any product has a selling point. Let’s find out what key features it comes with and what a selling point there is, besides the price.
T-bao Tbook X7 Specs List
- OS: Windows 10 Home 32-bit
- CPU: Intel Atom Z3735F
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 32GB eMMC
- Display: 14.1 inches (1,366 x 768)
- Network: 802.11b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera: 0.3MP
- Interfaces: USB 2.0 × 2, MiniHDMI, microSD, audio, DC-IN
- Battery: 6,000mAh
- Size: 350 x 232 x 18 mm / 1,395 g
The first thing catching our eyes is the chip. Though this Bay Trail-gen chip has been launched back in 2014, it’s a quad-core SoC clocked at 1.33GHz. The Intel Atom Z3735F runs on 22nm process technology and can boost up to 1.83GHz.
The screen is larger than expected. It comes with a diagonal of 14.1 inches. Of course, it’s a HD resolution.
There are too many interfaces in comparison with many current laptops, but it lacks a USB 3.0 port. Instead of it, we can find two USB 2.0 ports as well as miniHDMI port.
T-bao Tbook X7 Appearance
As usual, the T-bao Tbook X7 package comes with the laptop itself, AC adapter, user’s manual, and a test certificate.
The laptop’s housing is made of plastic. Honestly, it’s been expected as low-end and mid-range laptops always come with such a body. But the overall look is satisfactory. The front side comes with the company’s logo only. I have heard from many customers that the manufacturer should do something with the logo, because it looks ‘cartoonish’, and they can’t take its products seriously.
Most of the interfaces are located on the left side. The DC-IN, USB 2.0, miniHDMI ports are there. This shot from aside also showcases we are dealing with a thin notebook that look stylish regardless its price category.
There is only a ‘clue’ for making it easier to open the device.
The second bunch of interfaces is located on the right side – microSD card slot, audio jack and USB 2.0.
The back is blank.
As expected, the bottom panel is made of plastic as well. Two stereo speakers are located on both sides of the panel.
There is a regular keyboard with acceptable keystrokes and key height. However, the manufacturer has decided not to come in with a full-size keyboard – the numerical part lacks. At last, the power button is located on the upper right corner just like the Apple Mac.
T-bao Tbook X7 Performance
The manufacturer doesn’t disclose the display matrix and technology. Let’s do some assumptions. It’s not LCD for sure. So it is either IPS or TN. However, I think it’s not TN, because the viewing angle is very narrow. Say, it becomes whitish when looking from any side at TN. This product doesn’t behave in this way. Generally, the screen viewing experience is acceptable. But if compared to LCD it yields a bit.
There are two speakers placed on the bottom panel. Chinese laptops have never been known for good audio experience, but no one complains about them as well. I mean people used to see stereo speakers on those devices, but those speakers are used only for listening music when working and nothing more. In this sense, the T-bao Tbook X7’s speakers are satisfactory but do not expect to see a great audio performance from them.
The notebook comes with a 6000mAh battery. Seems this is not enough. Moreover, taking into account the Jumper EzBook 3 series laptops that can be considered as the direct rivals to this handset come with a 10.000mAh battery. But we decided to test it ourselves. The display brightness was set at 75%. We were typing, surfing the net, playing online games and listening to music on YouTube. After 1 hour of the test, the power consumption was 20%. This means it should last about 5 hours. But the manufacturer claims the lifetime provided by its battery is 7 hours. Probably, we should use it at a lower brightness.
As for the CPU, we have already talked about it. This chip was benchmarked via Dragon Quest X Benchmark and it scored 1113 points. That’s not the result we’ve been expecting for, but we have to take everything as it is. You only have to know the HP Pavilion, Acer Aspire Switch or the Teclast X 89 Kindow showcase similar results. So all is not lost.
- Apple MacBook-like Appearance
- Windows 10 OS
- Acceptable Set of Interfaces
- Satisfying Build Quality
- Large Screen
I guess no one thinks a top-end laptop can be bought for $100. The T-bao Tbook X7 is a low-end laptop and not hiding it at all. But what’s amazing this notebook is capable of doing most of your daily tasks. Thus it can be a great gift for those who are going to acquire his/her first laptop and doesn’t want to spend much. On the other hand, it can be useful for those who use notebooks for professional tasks such as checking emails, watching videos, typing texts, etc. The only thing you shouldn’t do with this device is to open a lot of tabs in a browser, or too many files simultaneously. Well, the T-bao Tbook X7 is currently available at GeekBuying for $99.99 only.