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This laptop has a unique, odd-looking keyboard that will divide opinions

(Image credit: Tbao)

TBao may not be the most familiar brand name to many people, but this Chinese vendor is trying pretty hard to differentiate itself from the army of smaller identikit laptop vendors that operate in South East Asia.

One of its latest products is the TBOOK5 Pro laptop, and it looks to stand out from the crowd with one very unique selling point (editor's note: the laptop now costs $470 with coupon code O3AC1635DC0F4000)

The keys on its keyboard have rounded edges that give it a rather peculiar look. The marketing department at TBao calls it "retro punk", claiming that it has a "realistic knocking and light rebound, so that it has a retro charm in both appearance and trial feel". 

(Image credit: tbao)

Steampunk appeal?

At $489.00 at the time of writing, the TBOOK5 Pro is quite expensive for what it offers in terms of components; there's an Intel Celeron 3867U paired with a dedicated Geforce 940MX GPU with 2GB video memory, a full HD display, a full metal body, a backlit keboard and a fingerprint reader.

This makes it as expensive as outrageously stunning Inspiron 14 5000 (5481) from Dell, which also has 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD with Windows 10 and a 14-inch display.

Its keyboard remains its main attraction and we can’t wait to see other rivals come up with similar designs although, truth be told, it is very unlikely that any of them will replicate the touch and feel of a true mechanical keyboard.

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.