Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12 Inch Review

Despite some very evident design flaws, the most notable one being the lackluster display, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was a runaway success. So much so, that it spurred Microsoft into going the OEM route. After very little time on the drawing board, we have the fourth iteration of the Surface Pro, ready to blaze new trails. But does it? Reviews on the Pro 3 are a mixed bag, but the much improved Surface Pro 4 fares considerably better in many key areas.


Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12 Inch Review
When you have a Surface Pro launching once every eight months, you are kind of forced to believe that there aren’t going to be any groundbreaking new developments. Eight months are too little time to ramp up anything from the ground up. Isn’t it? But Microsoft has clearly upped the ante here. For the new one gives you ample reasons to consider an upgrade from a Pro 3 or ditch the brand loyalty to other brands. At the forefront are a sleeker form factor, a slightly bigger display, better responsiveness and a brilliant screen that gives the MacBook Air a sucker punch. If this is the first time you are witnessing Microsoft’s 2-in-one tablet/laptop hybrid, then get ready to drool.

Sleek, fast and bright


Out of the box, you might feel that the Surface Pro 4 looks very similar to its predecessor. But upon a closer glance, you can spot the differences. Microsoft’s new logo gets a nod ahead of the Surface Pro logo. The casing is still the same all-magnesium one though.

The new display is 12.3 inches and it is incredibly sleek at just 8.4 mm. The core M model weighs a paltry 766g while the I model weighs an extra 20g for the fan. This is as portable and lightweight as it can get for a 2-in-one. If you opt for the keyboard cover and the stylus pens, it weighs 1.13 kg which again, is pretty light when compared to other rivals.

It may still seem a tad bulky for use as a stand-alone tablet especially if comparisons are drawn to the Samsung TabPro S or Huawei’s new offering, the Matebook. But hey, there’s only so much that you can cram into a feature rich device like this. Does the reduced thickness come at a tradeoff? Thankfully, it does not. The USB port is retained in the Surface Pro 4.


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According to Microsoft, the reduced dimension is courtesy of the missing capacitive Windows button which was rendered obsolete with the arrival of Windows 10 and thanks to Microsoft’s PixelSense technology, which also has an important part to play in the enhanced responsiveness of the tablet.

The screen resolution is increased to 2,736 x 1,824 which delivers a stunning 267 PPI, making this one of the most pixel-dense tablets in the market currently. (The iPad Pro is only 264 PPI). While we don’t really get swayed by increased pixels on paper, one look at the screen of the Surface Pro 4 and you will notice the enhanced colour accuracy and luminosity.

This will be one of the biggest draws for artists who use it primarily as a graphics tablet, motivating them to look beyond their Wacom devices. Also, the Pro 4’s kickstand makes it extremely easy to adjust the device to almost any angle from 22 to 150 degrees. The tablet stays rock steady and there isn’t the slightest wobble at any of these angles.

Extremely responsive & an improvised Surface Pen


We briefly spoke about the enhanced responsiveness before. Here’s what it translates into. Even a single stroke with the surface pen brings 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. For a graphics artist, this delivers a fluid experience while creating design-intensive artwork.

What makes this even better is a revamped surface pen (not included in the package) that has been designed more like a pencil. It is more comfortable to hold and features tiny magnetic strips that adhere to the screen. A new and improved eraser button doubles up as the eraser and a shortcut to summon Cortana or open Onenote or just grab a screenshot. Slick! The best part is that the pen does not strain your wrists or your fingers despite being feature rich. This is truly, a standout of the graphic experience with the Surface Pro 4.

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Well, this just keeps getting better. The awkward keyboard experience that was one of the biggest niggles of the Surface Pro range just got a much-needed boost. The Surface Pro 4 comes with a swanky new type cover (backward compatible with the Pro 3 and an optional purchase) that provides a more responsive typing experience. The chiclet styled layout is spacious and your fingers don’t grope trying to find the keys which brings it a notch closer to the true laptop experience. Intel's 6th-Generation Core chips (With 4GB or 8GB RAM) and a 1GB Iris Graphics card complete what is truly an ingenious package.

What we liked the most about it


We were hard pressed to pick a list of favourite features from a device that is packed to the brim with them. But here is a shortlist of some that stood out the most.
  • Sleek form factor and light weight
  • Larger display at 12.3 inches
  • Better screen resolution at 2,736 x 1,824 with 267 PPI
  • Bright, luminous and true colour accuracy
  • Incredibly responsive with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Redesigned surface pen
  • Revamped keyboard and type cover
  • Extremely fluid user experience for both tablet as well as graphical use
  • Excellent battery life


What could have been better


Microsoft’s attempts look clearly directed to push closer to the laptop replacement category for its Surface line. And despite the super-impressive performance, the Surface Pro 4 is not really the ideal choice for gaming. It lags behind, especially when you throw resource intensive games at it. Another feature that we were not too impressed with is the magnetic storage for the surface pen on the flanks. This is like a disaster waiting to happen and there is a real possibility of the pen being knocked off as you move around.

Verdict


Despite a few very minor flaws, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is hands down the best 2 in one tablet that money can buy right now. The customer ratings are top-notch on most online retail portals and only back up what we have discovered in this review. Irrespective of whether you intend to use it as a tablet or for graphical use, get ready to be awed with the performance. For further reading, check out what Techradar has to say about the Pro 4 in their extensive review.

Yuntab E706 Seven Inch Phablet

Yuntab E706 Seven Inch Phablet
Yuntab Tablets have been mentioned here a few times. They are very cheap to buy, and middle of the road when it comes to performance. One Yuntab that hasn't been talked about here is the E706. It's a Phablet / Tablet hybrid that's fitted with dual SIM card slots. So amongst other phone functions, such as using your phones data to connect to the Internet, it can also be used to make and take phone calls. Other than that it also doubles up as a pretty good Tablet for general everyday usage. Making it a great, cost-effective Christmas stocking filler. Take a look at the latest model.

It has quite a strange specification. On the downside, the Android Lollipop operated E706 only has 8GB of internal storage space, the standard low quality dual cameras, and a low (But IPS) screen resolution. But aside from those mediocre features it is packing quite a good specification considering the price. Regarding the 8GB of storage, a 32GB SD Card is so cheap to buy these days that it makes sense to just buy one straight away with your purchase. 32GB is the maximum amount of additional storage this Phablet can hold. Need a device with a much bigger storage capacity? Take a look at the 400GB Neocore E1.

The Yuntab E706 has an A7 Quad Core Processor running at 1.3GHz. 1GB RAM also helps it chug along rather smoothly when performing general tasks. Surprisingly, this model also has a Quad Core Graphics Processor, so it's actually quite a good device for video related activities (Netflix, YouTube, Catch up TV) and even gaming to a certain extent. Excellent device for travelling with. It's capable, easy to live with, and if you lose it, or it gets damaged, it's very cheap and easy to replace.

Build quality is rather nice, and it has the added bonus of being 3G compatible. Furthermore, we see other features which we have come to expect from a device like this. Such as GPS, a Micro SD card slot, Micro USB port, Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This model works with Sky Go. For some reason this Phablet is more highly regarded in Canada than it is in the UK. It's no iPad Mini, but for the price this is a Phabulous little deal.

Buy An Apple iPad 4 Mini 64GB Tablet

iPad 4 Mini-64gb-whiteEight Inch Tablets are widely considered as the perfect size for most uses. Small and light enough to still be portable, but big enough to make pass times like streaming and watching movies an enjoyable experience. At 7.9", the Apple iPad 4 Mini falls just under the eight inch size range. However, for what it gives away in size, which is minute anyway, it more than makes up for in other areas.

The screen alone beats almost everything else in its category and beyond. If you're looking for something at the pinnacle of small screen technology, look no further. The deepness and most colour abundant champion of small screens is the Apple iPad Mini 4. The quality can only be described as amazing, and the colour gamut range really is top shelf.

Excellent Display


The Apple iPad Mini 3 has an excellent display, and although they both share the same resolution PPI, the Mini 4 beats it in colour gamut by over 25%. Such an excellent colour range and razor-sharp clarity from the 2048 x 1536 laminated IPS retina screen. The operating system installed on this model is iOS 9.2.#

iPads are superior to most


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As with all Apple iPad's, the build quality is superb. It's light in weight (around 300 Grams) and slim beyond belief. In the hand, top quality brushed aluminium is a far cry from anything else that isn't finished using the same material. As crazy as this might sound to some, it's such a beautiful device to handle that it makes you want to treat it delicately with care and respect.

Even more worthy of respect is the performance. In a world that see's more Cores as being better (Which a lot of the time isn't the case), would you believe that the iPad Mini 4th Generation still uses a Two Core Processor? Well, it does. It uses a Dual Core A8 (64‑bit) Processor @ 1.5 GHz. Which goes to prove, more Cores doesn't always mean better performance.

Adding more horsepower to the overall specification is the Quad Core Graphics Processor (PowerVR GX6450) and 2GB of RAM. The battery life from the advanced Lithium Polymer 5124 mAh battery is also impressive.

This model (64GB) is WiFi only (No 3G or 4G). However, although not a new technology, the Mini 4th Generation supports the faster WiFi IEEE 802.11ac, as well as 802.11 a/b/g/n. This means you can use either 2.4GHz WiFI, or the faster and less crowded 5GHz frequency band. Please be aware: If you haven't already, you will have to upgrade to a faster router via your Internet Service Provider if you want to take advantage of this feature. It's not automatically activated once you use your Mini 4 on your WiFi network.

However, it's not really needed if you are happy with your Internet connection. The sound quality of the speakers is superior to quite a lot of devices of similar size. Also built-in is a front facing 1.2mp camera (720p) and an 8mp iSight rear camera, which is capable of so much. Including slow motion, burst mode, Panorama, and quality as high as 1080p.

More features and considerations


The inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.2 and Touch ID do soften the blow slightly, but the lack of easy, convenient connectivity can't be ignored. There is no USB Port, no HDMI Port and no Micro SD card slot. Of course, they are ways round these limitations but some require additional purchases, and that is a bit disappointing really. Limitations aside, this is one of the best eight inch tablets out there. Colours available: Gold, Silver and Space Grey.

Ready to buy the Apple iPad 4 Mini? Make sure to get a case / cover with your purchase. You'll be glad you did. If you want to save some money but still get the full Apple experience, the iPad Air 2 is well worth considering. Budget not an issue? Apple iPad Pro is the way to go!

Fusion5® 108 10.6 Inch Octa Core Tablet

The Fusion5® 108 is definitely one of the Tablets that offers the best "Bang for your buck" within its price bracket. 10.6 Inch screen means this isn't for those who like the smaller, more concealable devices. It's still very portable, but this is for the people who want maximum viewing area without having to spend iPad Pro (12.9‑Inch) money. Of course, this is not on the level of an iPad Pro, as the price reflects, but for the money it is a very capable and pleasant device to use. As hundreds of users have discovered.

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Screen colours, viewing angles, and sharpness are really good. It's very easy for newbie tablet users to set up and get up and running quite quickly. The performance is perfect for those who want a smooth experience while performing the tasks most us now do online on a daily basis, like social media, catch up TV, YouTube, emailing, Netflix, browsing the Internet and playing the odd game or two. The touch screen is sensitive and very responsive. It also has adequate build quality, better than average battery life (Could be better considering the batteries high-capacity), and comes with minimal bloatware installed.

The Bare Bones Spec


Android Lollipop comes pre-installed on this device, and can be updated to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with minimal fuss. The core specification consists of an A83T Octa Core Processor, 1366 x 768 10.6 Inch IPS display, 2GB RAM, 16GB Internal storage and a 7200mAh battery capacity.

With the 108 you also have dual cameras (2mp front + 5mp back), a Micro SD slot (64GB max), headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and the added benefit of having two internal speakers rather than one (Could be a bit louder). Connectivity is great with the 108. A very convenient full-sized USB port, along with a micro USB and mini HDMI, gives the user many options for connecting whatever device they need to without any hassle.

The 108 is versatile. And while it does have a pretty good A83T Octa Core processor, it also has a respectable GPU (Graphics Processor). This model uses the PowerVR SGX544 GPU. These specifications, coupled with 2GB RAM not only make it a great tablet for watching high-definition films and everyday multi-tasking, but also make it a decent, cost-effective tablet for gaming.

The Core Argument


8 Cores are not necessarily better than 4. In some cases more Cores can mean less battery life and, in some instances, a slower response performance. But this model has DVFS, which stands for Dynamic Voltage Frequency Scaling. This ultimately helps conserve energy, and allows for faster loading / starting up of programs and processes. Also, when it comes to Processors, let's not forget, many models of Apple iPad are actually Dual Core, and look how well they perform.

No GPS


There are a few Tablets from Fusion5® which are all very similar to the 108. You have Quad Core models 104 and 104A. Both of them have a 10.1" IPS screen and do have built-in GPS. The Octa Core 108 does not have GPS, but it does have the bigger, higher resolution screen. If GPS is a feature you need, then the 104 or 104A would be the more suitable device.If you're looking for a Windows based tablet from this brand, a good model worth considering is the FWIN232.

Considerations


It's closest competitor, other than it's own family members (As talked about above), is the NeoCore E1. Similarly priced and sharing some of the same features, they are comparable to each other. Both are at the top of the tree for the price point, and it will come down to personal preference as to which one you end up purchasing. Do you want a glass screen rather than plastic, and a higher amount of maximum SD storage space (up to 200GB), go with the E1. Looking for the biggest viewing area, although not by much, go for the 108. You can't go far wrong with either model considering the price. And the warranty offered by both Fusion5® and NeoCore just seals the deal.

Does Artwork Have a Digital Future

In an exhibition held last year in London, 11 painters showcased their latest digital artworks which were created using a graphics tablet instead of the conventional pencil, paint and paper. Some of the works were so flawlessly designed that it would take the keen eye of an expert to spot the difference between it and a real painting.

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Perfectly done to within the minutest of details, intricate patterns, fine nuances of the brush and impeccable shading dominated the exhibition. And it goes without saying that most of the people were left dumbstruck with the stunning display. As expected, it also created a few doubts in the minds of everyone who was privy to the artwork.

Does the digital era usher the end of art as we now know it? Is the idea of an artist with his ragged clothes splattered with paint and peering into his canvas too mundane to be true in this age?

The rise of digital art

Today, an artist’s workshop looks different. Picture a young artist making deft strokes on his graphics tablet, like the Wacom 13HD, for example, which happens to be one of the most popular graphics tablets in the market currently.

The creation comes alive on the large computer monitor in front of him. A bright and clear screen that gives a precise representation of the colours and hues.

Digital art empowers the artist with tools and abilities that they did not have access to in the world of conventional art. Erasing a false stroke for example, is now a possibility. Undoing a mistake is as easy as clicking a keyboard shortcut. The artist can play with layers adding more depth to their works as their creativity unfolds and just delete the layer if it doesn’t seem like what was anticipated.

The potential and the power of digital art are immense and this is one of the main reasons why artists are slowly transitioning towards it.

As of now, a significant percentage of the population has already made the switch and a lot more are expected to follow as graphics tablets continue to evolve. The pressure sensitivity has already undergone a sea of change as compared to the early graphic tablet models. If you have never tried some of the newer Wacom models, then you have no idea what you are missing out on.

What does the future hold


Rather than looking at digital artwork as a successor to conventional art, it should be looked upon as a new tool that lets artists explore their creativity and venture into uncharted turf. All of the advantages that it brings to the table are impossible to ignore.

And the commercial potential is definitely there too. The market may still be nascent and the idea of paying astronomical sums for artwork created on a graphics tablet and a computer may seem alien.

But there are telltale signs that it is definitely warming up to digital art. For example, David Hockney’s ‘Arrival of Spring’ which is a digital artwork has sold 25 limited edition copies priced at $28,000 each. For now, digital art is here to stay, and we are not complaining.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Review

Wacom has barely managed to cling on to its position as the chosen graphics tablet brand for artists and designers in the past couple of years. Its dominance has been seriously challenged by the arrival of the iPad Pro, with its uber-luxe display and larger screen. Clubbed with the immensely popular Apple Pencil, artists and designers were flocking in droves to it. But the Japanese manufacturer has turned the table of late with a slew of new and impressive products in their range that was for a long time dominated by the obsolete Cintiq 12WX and the mundane Intuous 5.

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At the forefront, is its smallest and most compact offering, the Cintiq 13HD Interactive. With a form factor that borders on tablet turf and a bunch of other features, (including a touch screen full HD display) that manages to impress even Apple aficionados, the Cintiq 13 HD can easily be termed Wacom’s most promising offering in the past few years. Here’s our Wacom Cintiq 13 HD review that puts this swanky new design tablet to the test and answers the most important question that users may have. Does it justify the high price tag?

Sleek and practical


At first glance, you can’t help but notice the similarity of the Cintiq 13HD to the Wacom Intuous. It is noticeably smaller but retains the same all-black matte casing and the set of express keys on the left. The keys are slightly smaller too but have a more tactile feel to it. They have the same soft veneer finish which provides some much-needed respite for the fingers after a long and exhausting design session. You can customize the keys and set shortcuts for frequently accessed tools and functions, which makes life simpler, especially with repetitive tasks. On the opposite side of the control panel, there is an LED indicator light and the connectivity ports.

In the center, is the beautiful semi-gloss LED display, which is pen enabled by the way. It is approximately 13.3 inches when measured diagonally and weighs a pleasant 2.65 pounds, which translates into easy portability unlike its larger brethren, the beefy Cintiq 24HD Touch.

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On the connectivity front, you have a USB 2.0 port and a cable jack with a uniquely designed cable that borrows the 30 pin connector from Apple’s 13HD on one end and splits into HDMI, USB and power adapter connections on the other end. If you are a new gen Mac user or Laptop user with a Display Port output, then that’s an indication that you’d need to invest in a converter cable. The package also includes the stand with multiple viewing angles. You can use the slots for 22, 35 and 50 degrees or even keep it flat. The Cintiq 13HD stays rock steady allowing the artist to work to their comfort.

Bright and Sharp display with excellent responsiveness


The standout feature that makes the Cintiq 13HD a desirable proposition for artists and designers is the semi-gloss display with a 1920x1080 resolution in full HD. With 16.7 million colours and 250 cd/m2 brightness, it offers the perfect bright surface with a gamut of viewing angles. Irrespective of whether it is exhaustive design work or cumbersome photo editing, the colours pop out and the razor sharpness ensures precision.

The Pro Pen is Wacom’s answer to the Apple Pencil and it really shines with its pressure sensitivity (2,048 levels). Wacom has given the pen a much-needed external makeover. It boasts of a sleek carrying case, a dual tone external casing with a hint of chrome. Performance wise, there is minimal lag between the pen input and the cursor responsiveness.

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The express keys with the frequently accessed shortcuts, the radial menu with one-button access to eight different actions and the tilt sensitivity of the Pro Pen speed up your drawing. While it is not nearly as popular as Wacom, it would be unfair not to mention the Artisul D13, which nearly rivals the Cintiq HD 13 in performance and beats it hands down in the price bracket.

What we liked the most about it

  • Sleek and compact form factor
  • 13 inch (diagonal) LED display with full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Quick access shortcut express keys which are fully customizable
  • Detachable stand with preset viewing angled slots
  • Dedicated home button
  • Pro Pen with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity for both nib and the eraser
  • Excellent viewing angles


What could have been better


Despite being one of the most ingeniously designed offerings in recent times from Wacom, we did find a few nits to pick with the Cintiq 13HD. The most important one would be the lack of wireless connectivity. Considering the money outlay, staying tethered to the laptop or the mac feels limited. Furthermore, if you like to move about as you draw and are habituated to lift and turn the device, the tablet disconnects occasionally as the 3-in-1 cable connection is a tad weak. While this is not a major flaw, it does mar the experience of a seamless workflow.

Looking for something a bit bigger? Take a look at one of Wacom's newer models. The 15.6 Inch Cintiq 16HD. 


Verdict

With a super bright display, excellent resolution and Wacom’s Pro Pen, the Cintiq 13HD is an excellent package. Is it worth the price tag? It would be fair to say that it is. With the portability of a tablet and Wacom’s durability, you’d be hard pressed to find a better performing graphics tablet at this price point.

NeoCore E1 Tablet Review (Latest Model)

NeoCore-E1-Glass-Screen-2019-2020-generationThe NeoCore E1 (E1A16) is the latest addition to the NeoCore family of Tablets, and it promises to be one of their best yet. The specification is excellent for the price bracket, and it has some features which separate it from most others in it's category. What NeoCore have done here with the E1 is took a long look at the areas which customers are most eager to see improvements in and tried to address those with the new NeoCore E1. They have definitely hit the spot with this model.

Updated in 2019 - Check out the newer 400GB model (Excellent).


First off, the Operating System on the new NeoCore E1 (Android 6.0) is easily updatable. It will literally update itself automatically. A lot of the cheaper Tablets do not have this capability and can be annoying to upgrade. Second, the E1 has a glass screen, not a plastic one which is commonly used in devices sitting slightly under the hundred pound mark. This makes for a nicer, clearer screen which is less prone to screen scuffs and blemishes. And of course, glass just adds a more quality look and feel to the device.

Latest Model


NeoCore's new E1 has an increased storage limit. It can hold an additional 200GB (Now upgraded to 400GB in the latest generation) of storage space via the MicroSD slot, beating almost everything else at this price point. The WiFi connection has also been enhanced in this device, giving it an extra strong signal. There's not one, but two internal speakers, for better, more balanced sound.

A high-capacity 7000mAh battery powers the E1. Again, this is considerably larger than almost everything else in its category, allowing for longer battery life and less recharging between uses. It can last from between 6 - 12 hours (dependant on user habits + energy usage).

Specification


The E1's core specification consists of a 10.1" 1280 x 800 IPS display, excellent Quad Core Processor (4x Cortex A53 @ 1.5GHz), 1GB RAM (now 2GB in the updated model) (DDR3L), Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System, 16GB internal storage space and a Mali-T720 MP2 graphics Processor @ 600MHz2. Other essentials include, Bluetooth, GPS, Dual WiFi, 3.5mm headphone jack, mini HDMI, Micro USB port and SD card slot. The dual cameras are only 2 mega pixels each but that's acceptable given the overall package. You are getting supreme value for money here.

The MTK Quad Core Processor in the E1 is very capable. It's a great multi-tasker that sips power. In the updated model, the system itself can also use minimal power when in standby mode. Kind of a like a super power saving hibernation mode which is something that a lot of tablets lack This, and the energy resourceful processor are some of the reasons why this model has such an impressive battery life. NeoCore have some great models out there for sale, but this one is their most advanced so far. A 2 year warranty is also included. This new model is slimmer too. An excellent bargain. Get one while you can. They are selling like hot cakes on Amazon.

Fusion5® FWIN232 Windows Tablet Review

As far as cheap Windows 10 Tablets go, this offering from Fusion5® is pretty impressive. It's not their only cheap Windows-based offering, they also have a few others of various specifications and screen sizes that are mostly of the thinner variety. One of those being the cheaper 8 inch model. Fusion5® have so many good devices for sale in the market place that its becoming hard to keep up! They are one of the leading brands in and around this lower price range and do, for the most part, build a really good product.

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One of the main advantages of owning a Tablet that's running Microsoft Windows is that it can basically do anything a normal PC can. And needless to say, having that capability in miniature form makes things much more convenient. Also, with the added benefit of having a full-sized USB port, (As well as a Micro USB) its plug and play. External hard drives, keyboards, mice, non WiFi printers, all of which can easily be connected via the USB port.

This is marketed as the slimmer version. And it does qualify to be called that. It's around ⅓ of an inch thick. Build quality is on par for the price. Performance wise, the Fusion5® FWIN232 is no slouch. It's responsive and will happily lap up most of what you care to throw at it. Just don't throw too much at it. Although this is a very capable device for general everyday use, it's probably not the best choice out there for gaming. There are many other, much more suitable devices available within this price bracket for keen gamers. With that said, let's move on to some of its good points.

The 1280 x 800 IPS display is clear, and the touch screen is responsive. Needing just a light tap to prompt an instant reaction. The FWIN232 works well with iTunes, Kindle, MS Office, email, Internet, YouTube and catch up TV. It offers a good versatile package with its crossbred / hybrid Tablet / PC mix. For some people, this mix offers the best of both worlds. On one side it's a serious tablet that's capable of completing professional work related tasks while on the go, and on the other side it can function just fine as a device for more entertaining pastimes.

A trial version of Microsoft Office is available to be installed. After the trial expires you will have to buy the software to continue using it. Or, you can just download Apache Open Office instead (Free). There is the choice between 1GB and 2GB RAM. For the small extra outlay the 2GB model will be more appropriate for Windows 10. 1GB is adequate, but Windows 10 can be quite demanding, and sometimes even a little temperamental. So for smoother overall performance it's worth spending the extra cash to achieve that. The more RAM the better.

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A generous 32GB of internal storage comes as standard, and can be upgraded via Micro SD card up to an additional 64GB. Battery life is also above average, lasting from between 4 - 8 hours. Front and rear cameras consist of a 2 megapixel front and 5 megapixel rear camera. Make sure you don't get caught out with the mini HDMI port on this machine. This has caught a few people out as they presume the more common Micro or full-sized HDMI port is present instead.

Fusion5® FWIN232 Processor


This model uses the Intel® Atom™ Quad Core Z3735F (64bit) Processor, which is running at a base standard 1.33 GHz (per core). This Processor can run at variable rates. It's limit, or "Burst", is 1.83 GHz. Windows 10 (32bit) Home Edition comes pre-installed, and for the most part it's a decent operating system. However, with the Atom™ Quad Core Processor being 64bit, it would have been nice if Fusion5® kept things nicely balanced and installed a 64bit version of Windows 10 instead.

But saying that, in most instances, get a fault free Tablet (Read more about that below) and it does have the potential to run well with this mixed combination. However, I can't help thinking that this combination could be one of the reasons for some of the issues relating to sluggish performance under certain conditions which some customers have been experiencing with this particular model.

Hit & Miss


While the positive reviews far outweigh the negative, the Fusion5® FWIN232 10 Inch does appear to have it's fair share of disgruntled customers. Generally, it's quality control that appears to be the main culprit. But there's an almost even mix of software and hardware related problems reported. So be aware: All of what is stated here in this review, in terms of good performance and a product worthy of purchasing, really depends on whether you get a fault free device or not. If you get sent one which has no issues, then this is a good companion for general everyday use for both work and play.

If you're unlucky enough to end up being sent one that does have underlying issues, you will be glad to discover that Fusion5® have an excellent refund / returns policy. With such a varied mix of customers who are either extremely happy with this device, or are so frustrated that they are throwing them at the wall, it seems like there are two entirely different products being sold. But there isn't.

The good news is your chances of being sent a fault free product are considerably higher than receiving a faulty one. In defense of the FWIN232, if you take a close look at all the Windows-based Tablets from this price bracket and beyond, you will notice that not many of them are 100% perfect all the time. Each one has its own unique set of issues, software, and or hardware related, which affects a small minority of machines. That goes for Android based examples too. Although some brands are more consistent than others. So don't be too put off. This is definitely a contender to the Linx 1010. There is now a newer version of the 232 available. That is the FWIN232+ (Plus) with 4GB RAM.

Fusion5® KD077 Seven Inch Kids Tablet

Well, it's approaching that time of year again. Christmas is a notorious time for products selling out far quicker than most people would like them to. Tablets are no different. From small to large, cheap to expensive, they are now a yearly fixture on many Christmas lists. One of the areas in the Tablet market that is severely lacking in good quality products is the kids section. It is filled with products that are so poor, they shouldn't even be listed for sale. However, there are a few knights in shining armour out there that can save the day! The Fusion5® KD077 Kidlet is certainly one of them.

Fusion5® KD077 Seven Inch Kids Tablet

Not only is this device specifically made to be child friendly, and have full parental controls (very safe), it also has solid build quality and a great specification. Watch videos, listen to music, play games, it can do it all. This is not a cheap toy, it's a real Tablet in disguise that possess many of the performance specifications that "Grown up" devices have. Some of those features include: A good quality IPS Screen, Quad Core Processor, Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating System, 1GB RAM, Two (Standard) built-in cameras (Front and back), Bluetooth, headphone Jack, internal speaker and microphone. And of course, WiFi. Even an adult can use this device if needed by disabling the parental controls.

As part of the package, the KD077 comes with lots of software programs pre-installed so it's ready to go straight out the box without the need to download anything. Although, you can start downloading if required. Google Play is installed. It's fully Internet enabled but limited via parental controls so it's safe for kids. These settings can be changed and password protected by an adult. That also applies to the buying of Apps. The child won't be able to run you up a nice big bill of App purchases.

The games and apps that come with the device offer a variety of educational, fun learning mind teasers that will get the child thinking and learning while having fun at the same time. The design is not only very appealing to kids, but the plastic surround offers great kid-proof protection, including extra plastic ears that do a good job working as corner protectors.

The only thing that's on the low side is the storage space, which is 8GB. That's not too bad, and the remaining space (taking into account the space used by the Operating System) should last a while before needing any additional storage capacity. However, this can be upgraded very easily when the time comes by purchasing a MicroSDHC card. They don't cost much and will literally quadruple the storage capacity (32GB).

You may find cheaper, but I can guarantee you that the little savings you do make will not be worth the potentially short product life and annoyance that awaits you. This is one of the best Tablets for kids. It's stable, responsive and well-built. What you get here is happy kids, and parents, with a product that actually works well.

The only other kids seven-inch Tablet in this price range that can come close to competing with this one is the Dragon Touch Y88X Plus kids model. The Fusion5® KD077 Kidlet leaves almost everything else in its category for dust. With one exception being the iRULU BabyPad Y1.

The battery life on this model could, and should be better, but that's the one area you will have to compromise on. It's a fairly small price to pay for such a great device. This is one of the best Tablets for kids. A 12 Month warranty and a four-week return and get your money back guarantee is included. Excellent deal. Be quick before the Xmas rush starts and they sell out before you get the chance to grab one.

Huawei MediaPad M3 8" Kirin 950 Tablet

Huawei-8-4GB-RAM-4G-Tablet-KirinA wolf in a smooth metal casing? It's pretty to look at, beautiful to hold, streamlined, and has a ginormous specification. What more could anyone ask for. Everything about the M3 can be summed up in one word. Smooth. The finish is spectacular and the performance is, well, extremely smooth. It's definitely up there with the iPad's and Samsung's of the world. Yes, that includes price wise too. Don't let that deter you. This is worth the price. In fact, if you are dead-set on buying an eight inch Tablet, I doubt you will find a better one from now until early to mid 2017 than the Huawei MediaPad M3.

The new Huawei M3 uses the high performance Hisilicon Octa Core Kirin 950 Processor, consisting of 4 x A72 Cores @2.3 GHz plus 4 x A53 Cores @1.8 GHz. This is the same Processor that's installed in some of their cutting edge Smartphones, including the Mate 8. The Kirin 950 Processor is super quick and extremely energy-efficient.

Combined with the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU (Graphics Processor) and the 4GB RAM that comes as standard in this model, the M3 is capable of running even the most heavy resource-sapping programs, games and Apps while still remaining stable and lag-free.

Huawei MediaPad M3 (BTV-DL09) Quick Specification

  • Hisilicon Octa Core Kirin 950 Processor
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System + Emotion UI 4.1
  • 8.4" IPS screen (2560 x 1600) with ClariVU for that extra sparkle
  • Dual cameras, both of which are 8 Megapixels a piece
  • 4GB RAM (LPDDR4)
  • 32GB Storage Space
  • 4G / LTE Compatible
  • Harman Kardon Speakers
  • Micro USB Port
  • Micro SD Card Slot (Max 128GB)
  • Fingerprint I.D Feature
  • Internal Microphone
  • Nano Sized SIM Card Slot
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi

Huawei-8-4GB-RAM-4G-TabletHaving such a high specification makes the M3 a pleasure to use for browsing the Internet, social media, watching video clips and catch up TV. It can do all those tasks and more without really using much of its resources. Incredible performance. Great for multi-tasking. You may have noticed in the spec list that there was no HDMI port. There isn't one. However, all you need to do is buy the appropriate USB to HDMI cable (cheap), or you can connect the two devices via WiFi if the other device has this feature.

If you're an avid Kindle user, or spend a long time on the Tablet and suffer from eye strain as a result, you may find the clever, softer on the eyes smart display feature (Ambient Light Sensor) a real joy. It basically manages to keep the brightness feeling mellow on the eyes. Automatically fine tuning the displays brightness level to suit the environment you're in so that it's a perfect match. Not too dark and not too bright. This technology is nothing new but it works especially well, or just appears to look better than usual in this device due to the super vivid ClariVu 3 enhanced IPS display.

How much coverage do you need? The Huawei M3 (53017209) has an impressive array of GPS capabilities. It has normal GPS and Glonass (Russian GPS). These two can be used in conjunction for more location accuracy. It also has A-GPS (Assisted GPS). This works alongside GPS as a backup, helping to take advantage of mobile phone towers when Satellite signals are lacking. Having the ability to use both gives a helping hand when the device is being used in built up areas where the Satellite's ability to make a strong connection is limited. If that isn't enough tracking for you, the M3 even has BeiDou. The Chinese Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

In every regard, the MediaPad M3 seems very stable. But only time will tell to see if it stays that way after months of use. But wow, what a device. Weighing in at a little over 300 grams, it's also light in weight, less than a ⅓ of an inch thick and has an impressive 5100mAh battery. Colours available: Silver or Gold.

PolaTab Q10.3 10.6" Octa Core Review

PolaTab Q10.3Just when you thought that the boundary for quality had reached its highest possible limit when it comes to low-budget Tablets, PolaTab comes out with a new release for 2016 that takes that boundary to a new level. The build quality of the PolaTab Q10.3 is nothing short of spectacular when considering how cheap it is to buy.

It has a build quality similar to Tablets that cost considerably more money to buy. In fact, almost everything about the Q10.3 is impressive and will leave most people pleasantly surprised. The specification surpasses almost everything else in its category. First off, the screen size is 10.6 Inches.

This is around half an inch bigger than the "standard" screen size that the rest of the 10 Inch Tablets have, as most are 10.1". And although it's not a massive size difference, it is a nice improvement. Great for someone who's looking for maximum viewing area without compromising on-screen quality. Some Tablets that have tried to increase the size of the screen have, from being stretched to fit, lost some of the sharpness that is achieved with the smaller screened Tablets of the same brand.

But with the PolaTab Q10.3 having a respectable 1366 x 768 IPS display, and having adequate processor support, there is no issue with quality being reduced. The colours, graphics and sharpness are all superb for a Tablet in this price range. And they remain that way even when viewing the screen from unusual angles.

The Q10.3 starts up very fast and is extremely clean of much bloatware, like pre-installed Apps and software programs that routinely come as standard on many Tablets. Battery life is good, lasting between 3 - 6+ hours on average depending on how demanding you are. And the charge time is also fairly swift. Movies and clips run smoothly and the WiFi works great.

Overall, it's a very responsive device, that runs really well and feels solidly built. If you're after a low-priced Tablet to use for all the usual things, like Facebook, YouTube, online shopping, gaming, emailing, and watching the odd film or two, the Q10.3 would make an excellent purchase. It's an absolute steal for what it's on sale for.

PolaTab Q10.3 (A106T) Specification

  • 10.6" Screen with 1366 x 768 (Smart Colour) IPS Display
  • Octa Core Allwinner A83T Processor @ 8 x 1.8GHz - 2.0GHz A7 Cores
  • Android Lollipop 5.1 Operating System
  • 16GB Storage space (Upgradable to an additional 32GB)
  • 2GB RAM (DDR3)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual Cameras
  • Twin 3.5mm headphone jacks
  • Micro SD Slot
  • 1 x Micro USB Port
Comes complete with Mains Adapter, USB Cable, On-The-Go Host Cable, Free (standard) Earphones, User guide and also a 1 year warranty.
The Allwinner Octa Core A83T (with Cortex-A7 cores) is a very capable Processor. It's noted for its enhanced graphics capabilities and very low energy consumption. The Cores of this Processor are variable speed. Their speed is set at 1.8GHz each, which is good on its own, but they can reach up to 2.0GHz (Burst) at times when resources are under a heavy workload and feeling the strain.

Nice to have that extra little burst of power to call on if needed. The Octa Core A83T Processor, coupled with the generous 2GB RAM (DDR3) that the Q10.3 comes complete with makes this device very fast and responsive, even when under a considerable workload. This would make a decent gaming computer. And a perfect, cost-effective device for general day-to-day usage.

How many times have you had to share one of your headphones with someone when watching a movie or listening to music on your Tablet? Not needed with the Q10.3. It has two separate headphone jacks so it's just perfect for watching a late night movie or listening to music with someone when you need to keep the noise down, or don't want to be looked at as ignorant or anti-social.

Whatever the reason, it's an excellent little feature that's not seen too often in this price range. If you like and want this feature but already own a Tablet that you're happy with, you can always just buy a splitter so that you can use two sets of headphone at the same time through one headphone port. They are relatively cheap. But the Q3 takes out this added expense and makes things more convenient by having this feature built-in.

Some things to consider



More connection ports on a device is always a good thing, and sadly, other than the two headphone jacks, which is a great feature, this doesn't have that many more. Of course, there are ways to work around the lack of ports, but for ease of use and with so many people being more familiar and comfortable with actual ports, it would have been the icing on the cake if the PolaTab Q10.3 was riddled with them. But within this low budget category, there are always going to be a few compromises that will have to be made.

The dual cameras are the standard, low quality 0.3 MP front facing and 2.0 MP rear that are found on many of the cheaper models. There is no GPS in this device, and it does not have a HDMI port. Instead it uses "Cast Screen", which ultimately removes the need for the device to be wired via a HDMI lead. However, in order to successfully connect them together, the TV will need to have this technology built-in (Smart TV). If it does not an external dongle will be needed.

If you're looking for the cheapest Tablet but still want something that has great performance and offers serious value for money, here is something to remember. Not all companies do this but some do, so it's worth keeping an eye out. When a company releases a new Tablet they usually put down the price of their previous model.

This is exactly what PolaTab have done in this instance with their Q10.1. It's being sold at a discount. But, considering that the difference isn't all that much between the 10.1 and the 10.3, even with the discount applied, it still makes more sense to go with the newer model. It is well worth the extra bit of money, and is no doubt one of the leading, best value for money devices in this price bracket. One word: Excellent!

It® 10.1 Inch IPS GPS Android Tablet

It® 10.1 InchTake a step up from the many super low-priced Tablets that are mostly too cheap to really be any good and you will enter the realm of devices that are still cheap, but offer so much value for money that they leave most buyers pleasantly surprised by how well-built and versatile they are. The It® 10.1 Inch just about falls into that category.

It has many great features that users have come to expect these days. Good (not great) build quality, IPS screen, Satellite GPS, a decent amount of storage space, adequate RAM, and a powerful enough processor to be able to handle a good mixed workload of applications without becoming slow and unresponsive. For someone who wants to do a little bit of everything on their device, the It® 10.1" performs pretty well in all areas.

The It® 10.1 Inch has a Quad Core Mediatek MTK8127 Processor, 1GB RAM, and has Android 5.0 (Lollipop) installed. This gives it a good core specification. And the 16GB of internal storage space provides enough space for the user to be able to save a good amount of music, pictures and TV shows internally without having to buy an external SD card straight away. Although, SD cards are very cheap these days and a lot of people buy one at the same time they buy this device. A 32GB SD card (Very cheap), which is the maximum size this device can hold, should be more than enough to keep most people going for quite some time.

Battery life is respectable, giving between 2 - 6 hours of usage. Google Play comes pre-installed and the device is compatible with Sky-Go. This is a new feature that has been added to this Tablet. The older models were not compatible with Sky-Go, but a quick update by It® later, and any that are bought at this time should work just fine with Sky-Go. A few people have had problems with watching Sky's Live broadcasts. If you experience problems when trying to watch Sky live TV, there is an App called mobdro that should solve that problem. Although, hopefully you won't need to use it if you are buying this Tablet now or in the near future due to the newer models being updated. The It® 10.1" is also compatible with Kodi.

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There is a mini HDMI port (and 1 micro USB port) that makes easy work of linking the device to a compatible external screen (TV). And of course, with Google Play you get access to all the popular Apps, like Kindle, YouTube, ITV, Freeview, and hundreds of thousands more. The WiFi and Bluetooth (4.0) both have decent signal strength and the speakers on this Tablet are situated in good locations, making the most of what sound these little speakers are capable of producing. However, the speakers on almost all Tablets in this price range are a little on the weak / tinny side. This one, although the sound is of decent quality, is no exception. The Dual cameras are the standard, low quality versions that come integrated in so many Tablets at this price point.

There have been a few reliability issues with this model that buyers should be aware of. Problems with a flickering screen and other, various issues have been reported. The most serious fault is when the Tablet "Dies" and refuses to turn power up after a short period of ownership. Charging problems have also plagued this model, as well as some WiFi disconnects on affected devices. However, these instances are few and fairly far between. And while it does have it's fair share of negative reviews, it does also have a lot of positive ones too.

But overall it appears to be luck of the draw as to whether you get a "good one" or not, as some buyers couldn't be happier, while others were clearly not happy at all with this item. Although, the odds of getting a fault free Tablet are definitely more in the buyers favour, it seems like this model does suffer from some quality control, reliability / defective issues. The new and improved It® that is on sale now should hopefully fare better. It® do offer a returns policy (1 year warranty) where you can get your money back or get the item repaired should you receive a faulty / defective product. Overall, this is a good product if you manage snag one that doesn't have a fault of some kind.

This model is also available in 7". It's basically the same but obviously smaller in size and cheaper to buy. Good thing about the 7 Inch is that it's available in different colours. You can choose between Black, Blue, Pink, Red and White. Not sold on this one? A good alternative, which is the same price as this one, is the Time2® TC1050G.

Time2® TC1050G 10 Inch Tablet Review

Not many Tablets that come in well under the hundred pound price range can claim to have features that are usually only available on the more expensive models. This Advanced Time2® 10" Tablet is one of the few, low-priced models that can boast such claims. Other than it's impressive additional features, which are discussed below, it is one of the best all-rounders for those on a budget. If you're looking for a Tablet that's fast, very responsive, with good build quality, strong WiFi, and an excellent battery life, the Time2 10" would make a great purchase.

Time2® TC1050G UK

The level of performance the Time2® TC1050G is capable of is such a big reason why this model is great value for money. For most people who are looking to buy a Tablet within this price range their main criteria is that it must be able to do the basics without causing them any annoyance. Thankfully, this Tablet is capable of that and a whole lot more. Browsing the Internet, playing games, downloading / installing Apps from Google Play, checking emails and using Google Maps are all done without a hitch. It's very smooth. Google Street View also works brilliantly.

However, where the Time2® TC1050G really seems to excel even more impressively is with anything involving video playback. And due to its powerful WiFi, it's also speedy when downloading. Streaming movies is very smooth, YouTube clips play without a stutter, and films stored on the device itself load fast and play with consistency. Most of the YouTube clips that were viewed on this device were done so while the Tablet was located upstairs on the other side of the house to where the router is situated downstairs. Never once did any of the clips fail to load or stop downloading at any point.

The Time 2's Quad Core MT8163 Processor is a good little workhorse. It's was first introduced this time last year, so it's not an outdated technology by any means. As a result it offers impressive versatility with multi tasking and is a good match for Lollipop 5.1. The MT8163 Processor also features full support for 1080p HD video playback so is capable of producing superb video quality. This device also supports multiple languages (up to 40) and is compatible with 3G (via external dongle). All connection ports are labeled for ease of use (HDMI, USB etc).

Time2® TC1050G 10.1 Inch Specification


  • Quad Core MediaTek MT8163 64-bit Processor @ 4 x 1.50 GHz Cores
  • 10.1" 1024 x 600 Screen Display
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating System
  • 16GB Internal Storage Space (11.3GB free) (Upgradable via Micro SD)
  • 1GB RAM (DDR3)
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Dual Cameras (Front and Rear)
  • 1 x Micro USB
  • 1 x Mini HDMI
  • Micro SD Slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS
  • WiFi
Comes complete with mains charger, Micro USB lead, 2 Pin travel / Euro plug, user guide and a 12 month warranty.
In the hand it feels well-built and sturdy. The weight, which is well-distributed across the device, is a big contributor to this. The build quality is also good for the price. Once powered up, it's loaded and ready to go in under 1 minute. When turning on this Tablet for the first time the setup process is very straight forward. A few taps on the screen to set your preferences and the set up is complete. So it's a great Tablet for people new to this technology. And if you're familiar with Android from owning a Smartphone, even better.

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Powering off the device is extremely fast, almost instant. Battery life is excellent. When unboxing the Time2 and turning it on for the first time it comes pre-charged to about 95%. The Tablet was used extensively during a period of 7 hours (Without using battery saving mode). After the seven hours had elapsed the remaining battery life was 24%.

The 10.1 Inch multi-touch screen is vibrant, portrays good colour and has a nice clear resolution. And while it does lack some of the sharpness and ability to be viewed with clarity from certain angles, if the overall quality of this display is compared to the screens on other budget models, it is basically equal in quality to the more "better" examples (With standard screens) that sit within the same category. They all have some glare. The displays that are noticeably better are Tablets in the same price range which have IPS screens. Of course, if you want a Tablet with an IPS screen at this price point you will have to make a compromise somewhere else. Whether that be a smaller screen size, less RAM and internal storage, or an overall lower specification. A trade-off must be made.

This display offers some much-needed middle ground between IPS quality and the cheaper, more washed out screens that are not nice to look at for long durations. The Advanced Time2® TC1050G sits nicely in the middle of the spectrum. The added benefit of choosing the middle ground here is that the specification, coupled with the smooth performance and overall stability of the device, makes this model an attractive overall package.

Built-In GPS capability (Real GPS) is one of the most sought after features that buyers are looking for when purchasing a Tablet. However, when they find out that they will need to buy a more expensive model to have that privilege they usually end up doing without it. Thankfully, this model fills a rather big void within this price range and does have the added benefit of built-in GPS technology. And it works extremely well. But it doesn't stop there. This model has "normal" GPS which uses Satellite technology, and also A-GPS (Assisted GPS), which can potentially be used when the Satellite signal is weak (Internet connection required).

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The Bluetooth 4.0 works very well. It was easy to connect this Tablet to numerous devices across a broad range of different brands. Some of those included an Apple iPhone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy S6. No issues what so ever. An external Bluetooth keyboard also worked with fault. But the best, and most entertaining device that was tested with the TC1050C was an external Sony SRS-X55 Speaker. It was like these two were meant to be used together. A perfect match.

Watching a film on this Tablet while being paired via Bluetooth to the external speaker was a terrific experience. No lag at all between picture and sound transfer. Both were completely in sync and provided a superb user experience. On many instances, for testing purposes, while paired, the Tablet was kept downstairs with a YouTube video playing while the speaker was taken upstairs to the other side of the house, and they remained paired together just as well as when they were situated right next to each other.

A series of basic stress tests were done on this machine. Nothing too complex, just a resource overload using a variation of different features and programs running at the same time to see how "usable" the Tablet would remain while under a moderate to heavy workload. One test was a mix of multiple Apps, 30 browser windows (IMDB, Amazon, eBay, Facebook etc), Google Street view, and a 720p film all running at the same time. Different combinations were also used, such as 50 browser windows, a few small games (Tetris, Teeter Pro etc) and a 1080p movie (Streaming). The Time2 remained stable, with minimal lag, and everything was still accessible.

Out of all the tests that were performed, the browser that comes pre-installed never once crashed or became unresponsive and needed to be restarted. Given the amount of tests and sheer amount of browser windows that were opened, with the big majority of the websites being quite demanding on resources (Java script heavy, animated advertisements etc), those results are fantastic.

Room for improvement


Competition is fierce at this price point, and with their being some really good Tablets to choose from, only the best get chosen. If you see customer reviews where the negative ratings outweigh the positive, or its close to an even split each way, the Tablet in question is not very good and will most probably cause you more annoyance than it's worth. The Time2® TC1050G is on the opposite end of that scale and the positive reviews far outweigh the negative.

There really isn't much to fault it for the price. Time2 have made a nice product with the TC1050G. It possesses so many of those all important core features that make a computer pleasant to use. But, as with all Tablets hovering around this price range, they each have a few areas where improvements would be welcomed. None of them are immune from this. Some use cheaper internal components which reduces performance and reliability and others use a combination of cheaper displays, lower grade casings and lower overall specifications.

However, a compromise has to be made somewhere, or else Tablets within this price range wouldn't actually be purchased for the same money anymore. They would have to be sold at a higher price because they cost more to build. Which is only fair. With that said, the trade-off, or weaker points with the Time2 10" are the standard cameras that are used in many budget Tablets are used in this device. The front camera is 0.3MP and the rear is 2MP. Still borderline "acceptable" for using with programs like Skype, but the quality isn't much good for anything else.

The speaker, which has a fairly low maximum volume, is situated at the back of the device, and could / should have been placed in a better location for improved sound. On the side, or better still, at the front would have been much more suitable. Charging the device from 1% to fully charged takes around 5 ½ hours. For this reason it would be beneficial if the USB charging / data cable and mains charger lead were longer so that the user could comfortably use the device while it's charging. And an IPS screen wouldn't be a bad addition either.

All things considered, The Time2® TC1050G is definitely worthy of sitting along side the Fusion5 and Neocore models that cost the same to buy. The Fusion5 model that's around the same price has an IPS display but slightly less processing power, and the closest Neocore equivalent has a lower all-round specification, a display of equal quality, but comes with a 2 year warranty instead of 1 year. The choice you ultimately decide on is solely dependant on what is more important to you and what area you're prepared to make a compromise on. But no doubt, this Tablet offers great value for money.

Linx 1010 Windows Tablet Review

With such a small difference in price between the Linx 1010 and its little brother, the Linx 810, it gives the buyer something to think about. Buy the 1010 and get an extra 1GB RAM, making it 2GB, and get a 10 Inch Tablet rather than an 8". Or save a little bit of money and get the 810. As mentioned, the money saved is minimal, but the upgrades between the two models are considerable. Along with a Micro USB and a Micro HDMI port, The Linx 1010 Tablet also has two full-sized USB ports, which makes connectivity so much more convenient.

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It also comes pre-installed with Windows 10 out the box, not Windows 8 like it's little brother. If you're making the transition over to a Tablet from using a Windows-based laptop or desktop computer this model will be a good fit for you. The learning curve involved, like finding your way around, will be almost non-existent.

Helping that transition greatly is the option to choose how you want to use the device. You have the choice of Tablet or Desktop mode. For those already familiar with Tablets this is also a good choice for individuals wanting to move over to Windows from Apple or Android.

Linx 1010 Specification

  • Quad-Core Intel® Atom™ Z3735F Processor @ 4 x 1.33GHz (Base) - 1.83GHz (Burst) Cores
  • 10.1" 800 x 1280 IPS (In Plain Switching) Screen Display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Storage space
  • 2 x Full size USB Ports
  • 1 x Micro USB
  • 1 x Micro HDMI
  • Micro SD slot
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • 2 mega pixel Front and rear Cameras
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WiFi

Like you would expect from a Tablet in this price range, this model has a much better quality build and finish when compared to the many cheap tablets that seem so tempting because of their low price. But so many of the cheaper tablets look and feel a bit "Kiddish". This one feels and looks more serious and professional. Of course, the exteriors appearance plays a big role in achieving this, but being installed with Windows 10 also contributes. This really is a miniature desktop computer. It can do almost everything you would expect from your home machine. So it's a brilliant choice for people on the move who need a truly portable workstation that comes with everything Windows 10 has to offer.

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However, if you need to edit / write documents regularly it most definitely makes sense to buy the 1010B instead, which comes with the external / add-on keyboard. Without the keyboard dock bundle you will find it long-winded and rather annoying to complete the office / work related tasks that a portable Windows device is so great at doing. Like creating and editing documents quickly and with a high level of precision, while still keeping a smile on your face.


Thankfully, the package that comes with the keyboard included is almost the same price as the 1010 model that doesn't. Are you writing / typing a lot, doing a lot of office related work? (Word, Excel etc) If so, go with the 1010B / Keyboard bundle. It makes using the 1010 a much more pleasant and productive experience. Add an external mouse and you have a great little setup.

The Quad Core Intel Atom Processor, coupled with the extra 1 GB RAM are fairly capable and can handle multiple tasks at the same time with relative ease. It runs smoothly when used sensibly. However, under a heavy workload it can become slow to respond. If you're someone who has a multitude of applications running at the same time, like documents, games and 30 browser tabs open, it will slow the system down dramatically. But many Tablets fall into that same hole. Overload them and pay the price. Play fair, respect its resources, and this one performs really well. It's fast off the mark, responsive, and also powers up and shuts down with some haste.

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Entertainment wise, it's also very competent. The IPS display is sharp,colourful and provides good visibility when viewing from awkward angles. The Linx 1010 is stable with most media applications and works well with anything you care to throw at it, within reason. Great for surfing the Internet, Kindle, gaming, streaming, downloading, YouTube, emailing, and everything else you may want to do. It can do it all. The impressive battery life is also a welcome feature with the 1010, lasting between 4 - 6 hours depending on how demanding you are.

Windows 10 can be somewhat temperamental, but there is a compatibility mode in the settings which should make the device more stable overall. Mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote are included with the Tablet for free. In the product description this model is stated as being able to hold up to a 32GB SD card, but many users have reported using as high as 128GB with no problems at all. One even said they used a 256GB SD Card without any issues.

There is now an updated model of this item for sale. It has not long been released. It's called the Linx 1020. It comes with an external keyboard and a similar overall specification to the 1010B.

Customer Reviews


A big majority of the reviews are positive, but for what unhappy customers there are, there is a mix of different reasons. The most common complaint without doubt is the WiFi signal strength being weak, and, at times, cutting the user off from the Internet temporarily. Next is the Operating system, but Windows 10, as good as it is, is a work in progress. It's not perfect. But with continuing updates it is getting better.

And of course, with a lot of cheapish Tablets it's the usual suspects, "Terrible Camera" and poor speaker quality. But those compromises are to be expected when considering the value of the overall package for the price. Expected, that is, if the buyer has read through hundreds of Tablet reviews of the many different makes and models and done their research before hand. But this is something a lot of people don't really have the time to do, so it's understandable, and "normal" to see a few of those types of comments in the reviews.

The Linx 1010 is never going to out-perform the iPad's or Galaxy Tabs of the world when it comes to sheer finesse, but it costs a lot less money and is a great product for the price. Some people consider this model (With a keyboard dock) to be a less refined version of the Microsoft Surface 1. At around half the price. The first Surface model, specification wise and in appearance, is similar to the Linx 1010 in many respects, but also has its fair share of negative reviews.

So yes, other than the better overall finish and higher specification of the Surface in certain areas (HD Screen, 720p LifeCams etc), the 1010 makes a great alternative for those on a budget. Overall, this is a really good Tablet that will leave most buyers extremely pleased with their purchase.

Some people love the thought of having a Tablet that can function just like a Laptop or Desktop PC that's running the Windows Operating system. However, others will probably feel more at home with a device that has Android. And that's to be expected due to so many individuals using Smartphones in their lives on a daily basis and being so familiar with the software and navigation sequences. Just keep that in mind of you are considering buying the 1010.

Noza Tec 10.1" Quad Core Tablet Review

Noza Tec 10.1 Quad CoreCheap Tablets that are actually worth reviewing are becoming more common. Overall product quality is improving and prices are continuing to fall. That's a great combination for anyone who's in the market for a cheap new Tablet. More good news is that you don't have to settle for a 7" model that's only slightly bigger than your Smartphone. It's the 10 Inch models, along with some of the smaller versions of various brands, which are part of the price drop. Some of the 10" are just as affordable as a seven Inch model with the same specification.

So what can be said about the Noza Tec 10.1" Tablet?. Well, as far as specifications go it's quite "Run of the mill" really. The Noza Tec has an almost identical specification to a lot of the other budget priced Tablets currently out there for sale.

Quad Core Processor (4 x 1.3GHz cores), Android 4.4 Kitkat Operating System, Dual Camera's (always poor on budget models), 1GB RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, SD card slot, Micro USB port(s) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. However, when it comes to the lower priced models, and some of the high-end ones too, stability can be an issue. Thankfully, this one is widely reported as being stable, which is most probably due to the 4.4 Kit Kat being one of the more well-behaved Operating Systems.

The 32GB storage in the Noza Tec Ten Inch is broken up into two parts. You have a 16GB of built into the device itself, and then another 16GB on a TF card that's included in the price. It has the Allwinner A33 Processor which is common for the lower priced Tablets. But its a decent Processor that performs adequately in most areas. Required Language setting can be changed to almost anything you desire. German, Italian, Polish, French, Spanish. You get the idea. The list is long.

A good amount of accessories are included. Comes complete with mains charger, USB and OTG cables, user manual, stylus pen and protective sleeve. There are two packages to choose from. Both are basically the same, with the only difference being one is slightly more expensive (Not by much) and comes with an additional case / keyboard combination. That one is low on stock right now.

The NozaTec 10.1" is not going to break any records for screen quality, speed or touch screen responsiveness. But it is stable, affordable, and looks more expensive than what it really costs to buy. It performs the basics well.

The usual tasks that a lot of people do digitally these days like browsing the Internet for information, shopping and connecting with friends, Reading (Kindle), watching movies and YouTube clips, playing simple games and skyping etc, won't be a problem. Reviews are really good. A superb deal for the price. Please Note: This model does not have a HDMI slot.

UC Logic Artisul D13 Graphics Tablet

What is the best cheap alternative to the Wacom Cintiq 13HD? This is a question that gets asked a lot. And yes, there are some decent alternatives out there that are cheaper to buy. However, the savings that you do make from buying a cheaper model do come at a cost. And in most cases you will have to sacrifice on features, screen quality, and even overall build quality. Thankfully, there are exceptions. The good news is, you've found one. The Artisul D13 is a dark horse in the world of graphics tablets. It roams quietly under the radar when it comes to the popular, more mainstream models. But, if there ever was a model that was cheaper to buy than the Wacom Cintiq 13HD but could match, and even beat it in certain areas, it is definitely the Artisul D13.

UC Logic Artisul D13 Graphics Tablet
The excellent 13.3 Inch UC Logic Artisul D13

The build quality is superb. It's slim but sturdy, and the screen quality, @1080P (IPS) is excellent! It can be powered by the USB and HDMI cables alone. The D13 does not need to be plugged into the mains. This is an amazing feature that makes it much more portable, like a graphics tablet should be, and much easier to work with on the move. Of course, you will still need a laptop to use this device when travelling or using it where a mains plug is unavailable. It needs something to plug into after all.

Please note: It does also work just fine with a normal desktop PC too, if you were getting worried for a second. And while it doesn't need to be plugged in via AC adapter to work, UC Logic have made sure it still comes with a plug-in adapter included.

UC Logic Artisul D13 Graphics Tablet Specification

  • Full HD 13.3 Inch LCD backlight display
  • 16:9 aspect ratio; display area 
  • 11.5 Inch x 6.5 Inch 
  • High-resolution 1920 x 1080 IPS (In-plane switching)
  • 6 hot express keys
  • 1 scroll wheel "Dial" button (Customizable/programmable)
  • Compatible with Apple Mac and Windows Operating Systems; 
  • Connects to Desktops or laptops by USB and HDMI cables
  • Electromagnetic Stylus Pen with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and 2 side buttons (Customizable/programmable).
  • Pen carrying case with 10 spare pen tips and a built-in pen tip remover and anti-slip stand

Check out the very informative video review below of this model from Tommy Oliver over at Rebel Pixels, where he gives us a run through of the good points and a few areas where he feels improvements could be made to the Artisul D13. It would be great if the manufacturers could consider including them on a future upgrade.


One thing worth bearing in mind though is the D13 is still quite expensive. There is not really that much difference in price between this and the See here for confirmation.What's funny, or a bit disappointing to be honest, is that reviews on Amazon, and a few of the other popular online outlets are none existent! It looks like this model isn't as popular as it should be here in the UK. You don't know what you're missing out on! Maybe its the price, or perhaps the marketing. I don't know. But this really is one worth taking the risk on. Want something much cheaper but still good for the price? Take a look at the Ugee 1910B.

PolaTab Elite Q10.1 Octa Core Tablet

PolaTab Elite Q10
Most Tablets within this price range have nowhere near the specification that the PolaTab Elite Q10.1 has. It's actually quite surprising that this model is being sold so cheap. This is great news for buyers who are looking for a great spec Tablet for peanuts. So, why is it so good. Well, first off it's a 10 Inch Octa Core Tablet with 1GB RAM and has Android Lollipop installed.

The Octa Core Processor consists of eight 2.0Ghz Cores. With many Tablets that are around the same price, or in many cases actually more expensive, the Cores are not operating at 2Ghz each. They are more commonly integrated with 1.2Ghz, 1.3Ghz and 1.4Ghz Cores. And a lot of those Tablets are Quad Core (4 Cores) not Octa Core (8 Cores) like the Elite Q10. Considering the overall build specification in general, this is a seriously fast and extremely capable Tablet for the price.

PolaTab Elite Q10.1 (Q102A-8X) Quick Specification

  • Octa Core Processor (Allwinner A83T) @ 2.0Ghz x 8 Cortex-A7 Cores
  • Android Lollipop 5.1.1 Operating System
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage (Upgradable to 48GB)
  • Dual Cameras
  • HDMI Port
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Google Play Pre-Installed
  • Micro SD Slot
  • 1 Year UK Warranty

The PolaTab Q10 is also multilingual and can be changed to almost any language. Apparently, the PolaTab Elite is already Rooted. So you get total freedom, total access. Please Note: Some users are reporting that the Rooting of this device was not completed correctly. This could lead to problems down the line with Apps that require Root access.

On a positive note, the Allwinner Octa Core A83T Processor is great for media applications like playing games, watching / streaming films, and also easily powerful enough to handle a heavy workload of multiple Apps and browser windows all being open at the same time. If you want a fast, efficient Tablet for a cheap price this is one worth considering depending on your requirements and budget.

How much better is Octa Core compared to Quad Core.


PolaTab EliteLets not get carried away with Octa Core Processors in general. Both are good. While having 8 Cores to play with is better than the 4 in the Quad Core (Dependant on a quite a few factors like clock rates, how advanced the processors are, what year were they brought out etc), tests have shown that the difference in performance (With both types running at similar or exact clock rates and being the same exact processors) between the two is not that much different.

Yes, the Octa Core performed slightly better in the tests, but it was not double the performance power of the Quad Core. It's actually nowhere near. Things get much more confusing when comparing different Processors of different brands, made in different years and having different Clock rates, build architecture and clock cycles! Which ones better? How long is a piece of string! However, rest assured, with the 8 Cores in this model being 2.0Ghz a piece it makes the PolaTab Elite fast and efficient. Whatever way you look at it, lots of cores and a high clock rate equals: It's more than capable of providing a great user experience.

What's not so good about this Tablet

As usual with cheaply priced Tablets the camera quality is rather poor. The front camera is only 0.3 mega pixels and the back camera is 2 megapixels. Build quality isn't the best in the price bracket. The screen quality has made a few buyers unhappy due to it not having good visibility / contrast when viewed from certain angles. In fact, most one star reviews are regarding the screen quality, which given the spec of this Tablet, is a let down.

It's a shame that PolaTab didn't fit this model with a better screen, one with IPS. But for price corners have to be cut somewhere. If good screen quality is a feature you definitely need get a Tablet with an IPS screen, like an Amazon Fire. Or spend a bit more money and get something like a Lenovo Multimode Yoga 10" Full HD Tablet or a.Samsung Galaxy Tab E (or Galaxy Tab S2) with TFT screen.

Would I buy the PolaTab Q10


For the price it is a good device. But personally, I like a good quality screen, and after reading some of the reviews I don't think I would get that with this particular Tablet. So no matter how good the spec sounds, if I only had a very low amount to spend I would probably go for either a Fusion5 or a NeoCore Tablet instead. Even though the cheaper models don't have IPS or HD quality screens, the overall better reviews regarding screen quality, and having used both models first hand, would win me over rather than taking the chance buying the PolaTab and being left disappointed.

But, If you are tempted to buy the PolaTab Elite Q10 the good news is if you're not happy with it you only have to send it back to PolaTab or Amazon. Both of which are located in the UK. So buy it, give it a whirl, and see what you think. You might be one of the hundreds of customers who left a positive review and think this Tablet is outstanding for the price. If you beg to differ after giving it a try just send it back.

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