XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro Touchscreen Ultrabook review

XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro Touchscreen Ultrabook review

XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro Touchscreen Ultrabook laptop has an ultra-slim body in rose gold magnalium material, only 0.6 inches thickness, and 2.65 lbs weight, full-size backlit keyboard, making it both stylish and portable, keeping you mobile at work and play. Your fingerprint is your password. Log in to your laptop in less than one second with the fingerprint reader. Enabled with Windows Hello, it’s the fastest, most secure way to sign in to Windows devices without a password. Find more in XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro Touchscreen Ultrabook review.

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Pros & Cons

Pros 

  • Good 1440p IPS touchscreen
  • Excellent backlit keyboard
  • Space for a second SSD

Cons 

  • Battery life only adequate
  • Dual-core Celeron chip a little puny
  • Only one USB-A port

Specification – XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro Touchscreen Ultrabook

  • Processor Intel Celeron 3867U
  • RAM 8GB
  • Additional memory slots None
  • Max. memory 8GB
  • Graphics adapter Intel HD610
  • Graphics memory shared
  • Storage 128GB SATA3 SSD
  • Screen size 12.5
  • Screen resolution 2560 x 1440
  • Pixel density 235dpi
  • Screen type IPS
  • Touchscreen Yes
  • Pointing devices Touchpad, touchscreen
  • Optical drive No
  • Memory card slot MicroSD
  • 3.5mm audio jack Yes
  • Graphics outputs Type-C
  • Other ports Type-A 3.0
  • Web Cam 1280 x 720
  • Speakers Stereo
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth Yes 4.2
  • NFC No
  • Dimensions (WDH) 290 x 200 x 10mm
  • Weight 1240
  • Battery size 38WHr
  • Operating system Windows 10 Home
  • Operating system restore option No

Xidu Tour Pro review: Price & Competition

At the time of writing the Tour Pro is available for £460 from Amazon but Xidu has shared a voucher code (O3RA4CCR) to knock a further £30 off that. Combine that with the £30 Amazon page discount and the price drops to £400. These discounts should be good until January 31st.

Is it good for student?

For a student that takes online courses, the 2K display is brilliant and the GPU capabilities are a surprise. We tested Skyrim and it run well, albeit at low graphics settings. Don’t forget that we are talking about a device without a dedicated video card. Also, we used Blender for 3D design and 3D printing and no serious problems were faced there either. Again, nothing runs blazing fast but everything runs without problems.

Compare XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro vs ACER Aspire 5 vs HP Stream

XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro Touchscreen Ultrabook Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS 2020 HP Stream 14″ HD SVA Laptop Computer
Computer Memory Size8 GB4 GB4 GB
CPU Model ManufacturerIntelAMDIntel
CPU Speed1.80 GHz3.5 GHz1.10 GHz
Display Resolution Maximum2560 x 1440 pixels1920 x 10801366 x 768 pixels
Screen Size12.5 inches15.6 inches14 inches
Hard Disk Size128 GB128 GB64
Item Dimensions11.44 x 7.93 x 0.59 inches14.31 x 9.74 x 0.71 inches13.27 x 8.90 x 0.70 inches
Item Weight2.65 lbs3.97 lbs3.17 lbs
Operating SystemWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 SWindows 10 S
Processor Count222
RAM TypeDDR3 SDRAMDDR4 SDRAMDDR4 SDRAM
Wireless Communication Standard802.11bgn, 801.11ac802.11acBluetooth

XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro Touchscreen Ultrabook review

Build

The device is made of metal and it’s pretty thin (0.62″) and light (3.5 pounds) despite the fact that it comes with a 180° hinge that allows the display to open all the way back on a table. It is well-built, lightweight, and the body feels sturdy. The hinge is well-calibrated to allow opening the lid with one hand and it is stiff enough when using the touch display. The lid bounce is practically non-existent while the touchpad doesn’t experience the ill effects of the sluggishness.

Display & bezel

Speaking of the display, it’s a 12.5″ one with 2K resolution and 10-point multitouch. The bezels around it are relatively thin and the screen/body ratio goes up to 88%. Also, XIDU managed to fit a full-sized backlit keyboard there too. The overall volume stays low and makes the laptop very portable. The Xidu Tour Pro is an ultra-compact Windows 10 laptop with a mid-sized 2,560 x 1,440 12.5in IPS touchscreen.

Keyboard

The keyboard deck is rock solid. It also has an impressively uniform single-stage backlight. The key action is nigh on perfect and it’s quiet too. The keyboard uses the international layout but Xidu thoughtfully includes a UK-layout silicon keyboard protector in the box.

Hardware

featuring the Intel Kaby Lake R 3867U 1.8GHz CPU with a top clock speed of 4.0GHz. In order to make multitasking more comfortable, XIDU added 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD which can be expanded up to 512GB more via the SSD extra slot. What’s more, connectivity is decent as it sports more ports than a usual ultrabook like 1 x USB Type-C, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x MicroSD reader, 1 x Headphone jack, and 1 x Charging Port. Obviously, the killer feature is the 2K resolution on such a small display as the usual resolution at this price range is HD or FHD.

XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro Touchscreen Ultrabook performance review

Performance-wise, the XIDU Tour Pro is a perfect decision for expending media content (videos/music) and doing office work. The moderately powerful CPU backed by the 8GB of RAM and SSD (not eMMC) offers smooth performance and stable multitasking experience. No problems were reported during 2K video playback on YouTube while performing other tasks at the same time.

Battery

The 38WHr battery can deliver a maximum run time of around six and a half hours. That’s the best you’ll get. Push it hard with the screen brightness set to maximum and you’ll drain it in just over four hours.

2K video & game

We even tried some 2K video editing as well as some 2K gaming during the hands-on and although the performance was obviously lower than gaming or workstation machine, it was acceptable. Lastly, the one-touch power button that allows you to power on the device while performing the fingerprint authentication using the Windows Hello platform, worked well and you jump into the Desktop in just 3 seconds.

Alternate of XIDU 12.5 Tour Pro Touchscreen Ultrabook

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is a nice laptop with the same sized screen but only has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and no touchscreen. Its Core m3-8100Y chip makes it more powerful than the Tour Pro on paper but you only get 4GB of RAM rather than 8GB and it is more expensive, giving little change from £500.

Elsewhere, devices like the Huawei MateBook X Pro, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5in), Dell’s XPS 13 and Apple’s cheapest 13in MacBook Pro occupy a similar consumer space but they’re more powerful than the Xidu and also massively more expensive.

Also keep in mind that Xiaomi laptops bought from China often arrive with a Chinese-only version of Windows 10. Reinstalling an English version is not the most straightforward of operations. The Xidu, on the other hand, runs Windows 10 Home in English and updated to build 1909 within half an hour of my first switching it on.

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