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Thought some of you may be interested in the performance of the new iMac Pro. This is the 8 Core one.

 

 

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Mac, I appreciate this might not be your area of expertise, not being the latest most powerful machine, but I'd appreciate your advice none the less.

 

I've been looking for a half decent laptop for the kids schoolwork, general internet browsing, some accounting work, word processing, light gaming and a bit of video editing up to 1080p and have come across the Teclast F6 Pro, now aside from the fact it's Chinese and therefore support/built quality are currently an unknown (although I'm not worried, my sister in law is currently living out that way and has purchased plenty of Chinese brands without any issues), I was just wondering if you thought I could do any better with the more mainstream/recognised brands locally?

 

To save you looking it up if you haven't heard of it I'll post the specs below, it's currently available for £381, although usually averages around £450, any opinion you have would be gratefully received.

 

  • Device Type – Windows OS Laptop
  • Brand – Teclast
  • Model – F6 Pro
  • Alternative Name – F6 Pro Notebook
  • CPU Clock speed – Dual Core 1.0GHz up to 2.6GHz CPU clock
  • Chipset – Intel Core m3 7Y30, 64-bit Processor
  • GPU – Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Camera – Single 2.0 Megapixel Front-facing camera
  • Memory – RAM 8GB DDR3L RAM | Storage 128GB SSD Storage Capacity
  • Display – 13.3 Inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel, with IPS Display, and Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Dimension – 31.50 x 20.85 x 1.50 cm
  • Weight – 1.3930 Kg
  • Battery – 5,000 mAh Lithium-ion-Polymer Battery
  • Connectors -2 x USB 3.0, 1xType-C Port, SD Card Slot, Mini HDMI Port, 3.5 mm Headset Jack
  • Input – Power, Keyboard, Mouse
  • Color – Silver
  • Optical Storage – Not Included
  • Sensor – Fingerprint
  • Operating System – Microsoft Windows OS, 64-bit OS (English Version)
  • Version – 128GB SSD ROM / 8GB DDR3L RAM,
  • Mode – Only Laptop Mode
  • More Features -300MHz-900MHz Graphics Card Frequency, Aluminium Alloy Body, Intel HD Graphics 615 Chipset, WLAN Card, LAN Card, Bluetooth, 7W Power Consumption, 14nm Process Technology, 4 Threads, SSD Drives, 12V/2A Charger Output Power, 2 USB Port Available, Bluetooth, Built-in Dual Speakers, MIC Supported, M.2 Type Hard Disk Interface, Fingerprint Identification, Intel Turbo Boost Technology, On-Processor Graphics.

 

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Chipset – Intel Core m3 7Y30,

Version – 128GB SSD ROM

 
 

If you want a lightweight, energy efficient laptop then I'd say those specs are ok. But for light gaming / video editing / accounts, it will struggle.

I'd rather (for around the same budget) be looking at something like this: https://www.ebuyer.com/800868-lenovo-v110-laptop-80th0013uk  it's got a significantly faster 7th Gen i5 processor, 15.6" HD display and a DVDRW drive should you want to pump out some home movies - is that still a thing? On the downside, it only has 4GB RAM (one spare slot for an upgrade) & has the same 128GB M.2 HDD but USB3 memory sticks are cheap enough.

If you want a 1080p 13.3" display then this could be the closest match (with a much better CPU):  https://www.tesco.com/direct/lenovo-ideapad-510s-133-laptop-intel-core-i3-7100u-4gb-128gb-ssd-win-10-80v0004xuk/174-4796.prd?skuId=174-4796

You can save about £50 on those prices by specing a 1TB HDD/6th Gen i3 instead of the 128GB M.2 SSD.

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This ^

I was about to reply and say that there was a lot better machinery available for the same money as that Teclast machine.

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Haven't looked at detail specs for a while, but I can recommend Lenovo as a good, solid mainstream brand that makes laptops robust enough for kids (and elderly parents...).

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Many thanks, thought it was probably being hyped up a bit more than it should have been, the other issue with Chinese machines I'm told is driver support, that won't be an issue with Lenovo I'm sure.

 

I'm guessing it's simple enough to put another 4gb ram in, or is it better to put a single 8gb in? or more if there is a sweet spot with regards to £ per GB?

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I think you should get one of the newer models.  The interiors are much nicer.

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RAM and SSD prices have increased recently but they still won’t break the bank.  Something like 45 quid for a 4GB module and 80 for an extra 8GB module. An easy 5min upgrade  

I’d see how the machine runs before upgrading, I find a fast win 10 machine doesn’t need as much ram as past operating systems  

Long term driver support would be one of my main concerns on an unbranded machine. 

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8 minutes ago, patently said:

I think you should get one of the newer models.  The interiors are much nicer.

Bet you wouldn’t say that in front of your wife ;)

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