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It is Time For Another Video Worth Sharing: Teclast X3 Plus Review

Teclast X3 Plus

The Teclast X3 Plus appears to be a fairly decent product although it has some drawbacks, especially when it comes to battery life. Of course it has a nice super fast Celeron, Apollo Lake processor and a decent display.

The short list of specs are:

  • CPU: Intel Celeron N3450  Quad Core running at 1.1 Ghz
  • GPU::Intel HD Graphics 500
  • 6 GB RAM
  • Display is 1920 x 1080 (FHD), 11.6 inch

So I will let you get all the details from Chris over at Techtablets.com just by watching this handy video!

That is all for this evening,

Tim

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If You Have Followed This Blog, You Will Remember My Annoying Posts About My BLU Studio Energy 2 Battery Life, Well…The Chuwi Hi12 is The King Of Tablet Battery Life!

Of course I have had the Chuwi Hi12 for only about 6 days, but folks this thing has a killer battery! The 11000 mAh battery lasts all damned day! I used it at work yesterday morning and then all afternoon and until about 8 pm when I finally decided to slap it on the charger. That means roughly 12 hrs of on time with about 4-5 hrs of screen on time. When I put it on the charger it had 38% battery left.

Yes, even with the 3A  charger it does take just short of forever to charge (about 4 hrs), but that is because it is a huge battery. This is by far the best tablet I have ever owned/tested/abused and I could not be happier with the display and the battery life.

Sure I use it with the screen timeout at 2 minutes and the brightness set to about 34% but I do the same with the HiBook. But that is simply a practice I use with all devices. I can’t remember the last time I ever used full brightness on any tablet nor my BLU Studio Energy 2 smartphone.

Today I walked out the door with just the Hi12 and a Logitech K480 keyboard and a mouse.  No charger, no extra cables for the mouse, that is all that is necessary. The 2 full size USB ports make life so much easier! As far as tweaking the RAM speed on this device, I am still researching that, because right now it is running at the default 1066 MHz even though it should run at 1600 MHz, but  that really isn’t a major issue. It is much faster than one would expect from a tablet unless you are paying $800-$900 for one.

Incidentally you can still grab a Chuwi Hi12 for a mere $235 on Banggood right now! Also do not forget that this post is being written on a web server running right now on a Chuwi HiBook which is still a great tablet!

That is all for now,

Tim

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Chuwi Hi12 Quick Comparison With The Chuwi HiBook

The Hi12 and the HiBook

Both the Hi12 and the HiBook have very good displays, but the Hi12 is the winner here via sheer size and a higher resolution and a bit of an overall edge in brightness.

Obviously CPU wise the  Hi12 has the edge with a Z8350 versus the HiBook Z8300. It is a minor bump in processor but enough to win a Geekbench CPU test. But the HiBook wins the overall hands on performance test because I was able to tweak the BIOS on it and boost the RAM speed to 1600 MHz. I tried numerous times last evening to do the same with the Hi12 and each time it would not boot until I reset it back to factory defaults. So in hands on use, with real work apps such as Chrome and Microsoft Excel and even Paintshop Pro, the HiBook is a bit quicker in response times.

Now the real star of the show here is the Hi12 battery! I can use the device all day at work and when I get home it still has 46-50% battery life left! So that is 8 hrs of real world use, watching a few videos, editing web sites and writing some articles, editing images and the occasional spreadsheet. The HiBook usually requires a charge after about 5 hrs of use, to get through a workday.

Overall the Hi12 is the better tablet, but if you are looking for a good 10 inch tablet, the HiBook is still a slightly better deal price wise, the HiBook Pro with the larger battery and a Z8350 processor is only $215 on BangGood.com right now.

That is all for now,

Tim

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So What is Going on at HiBook Labs This Week? Actually a Lot! Tablets and Mini PC’s and More

Originally posted 2016-12-20 22:11:21.

For my tens of regular visitors you have been reading about my decisions about a new 12 inch tablet. I have found a few promising ones only to discard them after watching a video review or seeing a trend  towards bad quality control.

So in that department I have pretty much decided to go with the slightly less powerful but totally adequate Chuwi Hi12 tablet, primarily due to the great display and long battery life and lack of negative complaints.

That of course will free up a few hundred dollars for me to get an SSD for the Asus X553SA thereby increasing its battery life by a large margin. I might even upgrade the ram while I have it torn apart. That will be quite the adventure. Bottom line on the Asus notebook is that it is utterly reliable, reasonably competent at all day to day chores and works well as a backup server.

Now as to the reasons I am choosing the Hi12, to be honest, it is an economy move and quite logical. After all the Chuwi Hibook that I am writing this post on works great as a notebook/server, but a larger display would be quite handy. The only concession is that the Hi12 will need a case/stand, but it will still work fine with the Logitech Keyboard (K480) and my wireless mouse. Below is another gratuitous shot of the HiBook in LogiTab mode…incidentally you can get the HiBook Pro really cheap at this site.

Moving on here, the Dell that runs my “Tim’s Tablet Web Site” just might find itself getting replaced by a mini PC in the near future. There are some pretty nice ones out there, the first of which I have looked at being the Voyo V1 Mini PC. Which seems like a great unit based on an unboxing video I ran across. It has a faster quad core processor and is easily upgraded as far as RAM and the SSD are concerned. It is on flash sale right now for $219, not a bad price.

Below is a short video I found just this evening:

Last but not least, I may be combining Tim’s Tablet Web Site and THE Tablet Test Server onto a single domain, tabletserver.com, even though they will be hosted on different machines of course. That involves a lot of editing, so it might be a few weeks, depends on the feedback I get on the idea. That is simply to shorten the URL to the big site. That is a decision I will make in the near future. The URL for this site won’t change at all of course. Just the port 8080 will be removed for those visiting the Tim’s Tablet Web Site server.

On a final note here, if I order the Chuwi Hi12 I will be selling the current Tablet, (the HiBook), for only $170, with a 64 gb microSD included!

That is tonight’s HiBook News report,

Tim

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The HiBook News: This Edition; Cleaning Up the Hi12 Tablet After The Creators Update and Other Stuff

Tonight I decided to quit waiting on Microsoft for the latest Windows 10 update and went ahead and followed their instructions to update both my Zotac Mini-PC and the new Hi12.

Of course there were glitches, like the fact that on the Hi12 it was virtually impossible to delete the previous version no matter how many times I ran the Microcrap Disk Cleanup program. This didn’t shock me and I just happened to run across an article mentioning that Win 10 would dump that folder after a month, so I simply changed the date to May 22, (it is currently April 21), then I rebooted and lo and behold this time Disk cleanup worked as advertised. I went from 6 GB free space to 14.1 GB free.

Had that failed I would have simply went into the bios and booted to a “Live CD” version of Linux via a USB stick and then deleted that c:\windows.old folder.

So here we are running on the Hi12 at this time with a decent amount of free disk space and all seems well.

Of course the other thing I realized tonight is that I do not pay much attention to detail when watching all the video reviews before I purchase a product. I finally remembered that the Hi12 has a shipping screen protector that is quite obvious because of the little tab that says tear me off, but I failed to remove the second screen protector that is under the shipping one! So I pulled it off and all I can say is holy shit what a bright display!

Of course that isn’t that big of a deal, it was rather obvious when looking at the front facing camera, since you could see the hole in it for the cam. However, I must admit I have had the HiBook since August and it does not have that telltale hole for the from cam and guess what? Uh, yep, it had a factory screen protector also and all I can say after removing it is, Holy SHIT that is a great display!

That is all for this evening,

Tim

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