I do a lot of video editing so my laptop is pretty tricked out. But, the more powerful a laptop is, the larger it has to be. Because of this, it is a pain to carry around. It takes up a very large amount of space in any backpack big enough to carry it. Add the power cables and your backpack is pretty well filled. Don’t get me wrong, I love my laptop, but it isn’t exactly convenient to take on a trip.
I’ve looked into tablets but they have their own limitations. The operating system (beit Android or iOS) is somewhat limited compared to an operating system like Windows or Apple’s OS X. I needed something that was a hybrid of sorts; a nice compromise between size, operating system, and usability. My biggest need would be light multimedia applications like Netflix and some word processing wrapped in a small package to take on trips.
The E-Fun Nextbook 10 2-in-1 tablet fit the bill and it’s under $250!
The Nextbook 10 is packed with features for its price including:
- Windows 8.1 operating system (free upgrade to Windows 10 later this year)
- Free year of Office 365 Personal with 1TB OneDrive online cloud storage
- 10.1” 1280 x 800 IPS capacitive touch screen
- Quad-Core Intel® AtomTM Z3735G Processor (X86, 1.8GHz)
- 1GB DDR3L system memory; 32GB onboard storage memory
- Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- 2.0 megapixel front and rear cameras with integrated microphone
- microHDMI, microUSB, and microSD ports
- Preloaded VUDU Movies and TV app; NOOK for Windows 8 app
The keyboard attaches via two physical clips and a magnet that are released by pressing the silver button positioned just in front of the screen. The clips hold pretty well with only the occasional loss of electronic connection if you move the unit abruptly or pick it up by the screen. The touch pad works well enough considering that the Nextbook is less than $250 but I often find myself using a wireless mouse for added convenience and speed. The keyboard hosts two USB ports, a microphone/headphone jack, a microUSB port, a microHDMI port, and a microSD port for expanding the internal memory which sits at 32GB. If you like to save a lot of media on your devices, I’d suggest investing in a large capacity microSD card. The Nextbook 10 also comes with a free year of 1 TB OneDrive cloud storage and Office 365 Personal!
The screen is a high resolution (1280×800) 10.1″ IPS touch screen. It’s not high definition but at its size, you hardly notice. Touch sensitivity works very well overall. Sometimes the calibration seems slightly off, but it has become less of an issue as I have continued to use the tablet. I’ve become quite good at typing with sufficient speed on the onscreen keyboard, if I do say so myself! I’ve been slowly learning all the tricks of using a tablet with a Windows operating system. For example, to right-click, you press and hold on whatever you are right-clicking. A box will appear and as you let go of the screen, the right-click menu will appear. As another example, you can cycle back to your previous screen or app by sliding from left to right on the left side of the screen. As this is my first Windows tablet, I am sure I will discover many other useful screen gestures.
The quad core processor provides a decent amount of power. I’ve experienced very few hiccups as I’ve used the Nextbook 10. The only app that has given me any sort of issue was Flixster, so I have to assume the issue was with the app itself and not the device. Every other app I’ve used has performed flawlessly.
I’m not a Skype user, nor am I a shutter bug, but the Nextbook 10 has a 2.0 MP camera on both the front and back of the device should I ever need to capture a moment and my camera is not near by.
The battery is not long-lived especially if you don’t completely log out of your user profile before closing the lid. It will be dead within a few hours unless it is plugged in. The battery lasts longer if you do log out before closing the lid. Otherwise, the battery lasts plenty long enough for my daily uses. In general, I think it would meet the needs of most users.
Overall, I love my new Nextbook 10 2-in-1 tablet. Having the convenience of a laptop or tablet at my whim is a fantastic feature and one that I had no idea I’d love so much! If you’ve never tried a 2-in-1, I’d highly suggest you give the Nextbook 10 a try. You’ll love the convenience of the combination!
When you are ready to try the Nextbook 10, you can pick it up at your local Target for just $219.99! Bang-for-your-buck, you can’t beat the Nextbook 10. For under $250, the Nextbook 10 allows the entire family to stay connected, entertained, and productive with everything they want at their fingertips. Browse the Internet, reply to emails, read books, play games from the Windows Store, watch movies, video chat, and much more on the sleek, 10.1” tablet with detachable keyboard!
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Disclosure: I received the Nextbook 10 at no cost to facilitate this review. I have been compensated for hosting a giveaway. All opinions are my own.