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The best value 15-inch laptop out there has a surprising design that will split the room

15.6-inch laptops are slowly falling out of favour, pushed to the sidelines by the smaller 13.3-inch and 14-inch models, which many see as more portable. The larger form factor has its advantages though, especially if you’re after a business laptop.

Teclast F15 15.6-inch laptop - $348.99 from Gearbest

Teclast F15 15.6-inch laptop - $348.99 from Gearbest
(£286.18/AU$561.88)
The Teclast F15 is living proof that 15-inch laptops aren't dead quite yet. The attractive all metal body, backlit keyboard and generous screen are all enticing qualities. If you don't mind ports sitting at the back of the device, this could be the laptop for you.

At just under $350 (or £286.19/AU$561.88) excluding shipping and tax, the Teclast F15 is almost certainly the best value 15.6-inch laptop on the market right now, for a number of reasons.

The big screen means there's plenty of real estate for a dedicated numeric keypad - a boon for bean counters, spreadsheet aficionados and anyone that relies on ASCII codes.

The F15 also features a quad-core Intel Celeron N4100 CPU, paired with 8GB of LPDDR4 memory and a 256GB M2 SATA solid state drive. While you might consider the CPU underwhelming, the Celeron shouldn't be underestimated; according to CPUBenchmark, it's as fast as an Intel Core i3-7020U.

What's more, this all metal device is both thin (only 15mm thick) and relatively light (1.8kg), with a 7mm bezel and a 91% screen-to-body ratio.

To achieve this impressive feat, the engineers brought in a barrel hinge and shoved most of the connectors to the back - a very rare design feature, mostly because you can’t see the ports you're plugging into.

Bear in mind...

If this product comes from mainland China, it will take at least a month to reach either the US or the UK (and potentially more). You may be levied a tax either directly or through the courier. 

Have you managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new? Let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.

The device features two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI connector and a microSD slot at the back, with a DC socket and earphone jack on either side.

The F15's eccentric design might be the source of frustration for some, but that doesn't mean it's not the best value 15-inch laptop on the market.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.