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Taking a glance at the Teclast X89 – a dirt-cheap tablet with interesting specs

by Vlad Tudorie on May 30, 2016

I’ve recently had a good experience with Gearbest in my purchase of some Xiaomi in-ear buds for my smartphone, which I had serious issues finding available at a decent price for shipping to continental Europe.

They arrived just fine, and are the best smartphone buds I’ve ever had my hands on so far. Interestingly enough, Gearbest happened to contact us for the possibility of writing some product reviews, and that piqued my interest.

I like smart deals – I want to pay as much as necessary for a quality product, and no more, and the nature of Gearbest is that of web-shop featuring Chinese products, at – usually – extremely low prices. However, the nature of Chinese products is that they are rarely high-quality. In the end, high quality does cost a lot, but I think there’s definitely a market for accessible products providing great features.

So we might start taking a look at some of the products featured on Gearbest, offering a serious and honest critique, and see what happens.

We’ll start this series with four pre-reviews (in that we haven’t had them on hand for testing, but we’ll make an honest evaluation of them based on the info we could find on the net so far). If there seems to be any interest, we’ll look into getting some samples of interesting tech and testing the hell out of’em.

The Teclast X89 Tablet (marketed as Kindow – Kindle + Window, heh), is currently at a pretty nice 53% discount, for a price of 80$.

Teclast X89 Windows 10

I checked with other vendors and this seems to be an honest discount, as it usually sells for around 160$. I suspect the low price is due to the age of the Bay Trail CPU’s, and their replacement with the new Cherry Trail.

For this price, Gearbest will send you a Dual-booting tablet, featuring Windows 10 and Android 4.4, running a quad-core Intel Baytrail Atom CPU, a Quad-Core with a speed of up to 1.83GHz, with 2GB of memory and 32GB storage.

The system also features a 7.5″ 1440×1080 IPS display (which is a decent enough resolution and should look good), front and back cams, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth.

The 4:3 form factor should make it perfect for reading and browsing, and the resolution choice should give the right amount of real estate so that browser pages render completely without requiring zooming.

At a bit over 500 grams, it also promises to be a really lightweight device.

The battery life is supposedly 3500mAh, which honestly sounds quite weak, and we thing will probably result in 2-3 hours maximum when using Wi-Fi and maybe up to 5-6 without.
Android 4.4 is nothing to write home about, but Windows 10 is, and quite honestly, I’d never use such a device on battery except in emergencies.

Gearbest are mostly marketing this device as an e-reader, which is probably the best it can hope to meet, besides some very light browsing and messaging functions.

However, for the price, this is an amazing little “throwaway” computer, with specs on par with much more expensive “budget” devices, such as computers from ASUS, HP, Dell and Lenovo.

It’s the kind of device you get to remotely control your PC, or have a bit of internet access in the kitchen or bathroom or read some content on a train or subway. Gearbest’s warranty features a 45-day money-back guarantee and DOA, as well as a one-year free repair (except return shipping).

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