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Kindle Oasis IPX8 Waterproof e-Reader

Here we have the latest model (9th Generation) 7 Inch Kindle Oasis E-reader, which is due to be released on 31st October 2017. Hitting the online shelves conveniently in time for the run up to Christmas. You can however Pre-order this item (Now you can buy) today to avoid waiting and risking it being sold out when the release date finally comes around. And with the release date basically being the start of November, due to the Christmas rush, a quick sell-out is a distinct possibility.


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At this point reviews for this latest model Kindle Oasis are few and far between, but if we go on previous Kindle models, and include Amazon's Fire Tablet range, it's safe to say that Amazon mostly always produce a great product. The new Kindle 7" Oasis Waterproof E-reader appears to be no exception. It's gone back to the drawing board and has had its most significant revamp to date.

This model boasts the biggest Kindle reading display so far. Not only that, it's incredibly thin at just over one third of a centimetre. The back casing is made of aluminium, which gives the device a high quality feel. Amazon claim the glass is the toughest they have used so far on a Kindle device. I'm yet to see that truly put to the test, so can't confirm exactly how tough it is. The same high resolution screen that some of the earlier models are kitted out with is present in this device. Other features quickly worth mentioning are that its waterproof to the IPX8 standard (read more about that + more features below), has an excellent battery life, and comes with more built-in storage space than any of the previous models as standard. Overall, a much improved device.

3 different models are available. Depending on what features you need, and how much you have to spend, the standard issue model comes with 8GB internal storage + WiFI. The other two each have 32GB internal storage and WiFi, with the only difference between them being the more expensive model has the advantage of coming with free 3G. This is a great option for those who travel and want to be able to download books on the go, no matter where they may be located.

Kindle 7" Oasis Waterproof E-reader Quick Specification


  • 7 Inch High-Resolution 300 ppi Screen
  • Adaptive auto brightness technology
  • Glare-free / LED backlit display
  • Aluminium back casing
  • Built-In Audible (listen to audio books!)
  • Waterproof to the IPX8 (60529 rating) standard
  • Touchscreen + Page turn buttons
  • Super lightweight (weighs under 200 grams)
  • Extremely long battery life
  • Prime member privileges
  • 8GB standard or 32GB internal storage space options
  • Bluetooth Audio compatible
  • Micro-USB port
  • Free 3G (Most expensive model only)
  • WiFi

The IPX8 waterproof standard is varied. This means that what it can withstand in terms of depth and water exposure time is not set in stone. It's made by the manufacturer of each specific device and must be stated. The latest Kindle 7" Oasis E-reader is set to be able to withstand being submerged in water to a depth of two meters for a maximum duration of 1 hour. Very impressive.

Other than being excellent where spillages are concerned, waterproofing makes the new Oasis a great outdoor device, and allows it to be used in places where previous models would have more than likely perished. Bad weather conditions, such as heavy rain are not going to pose much of a threat. You could even read with the new Oasis in the bath with no worries about it getting splashed, or worse, accidentally dropped in the bath. If this happens, turn it off, wash it down with clean water and dry thoroughly before turning it back on.

Please note: The water limits stated are referring to submergence in fresh water, not salt water. Salt water is much more electrically conductive / corrosive and weighs more than fresh water, so no guarantees are made by Amazon in relation to how long the device can last in more extreme conditions, such as being submerged in salt water for prolonged periods of time. So its best to avoid salt water, and any exposure to liquids all together if possible to be on the safe side.

With the advantage of it being waterproof also comes with a few drawbacks. The unit is quite rightly sealed to prevent water penetration. Due to this, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack or internal loudspeaker. However, the new Kindle Oasis is compatible with Bluetooth add-ons like Bluetooth wireless headphones and external speakers, so they can be used as suitable substitutes.

The 9th Generation Kindle comes with a USB lead and one years limited warranty. Be sure to read the warranty details regarding what's covered and what isn't to avoid disappointment in the event that you should need to send the device back for whatever reason.

Not a Kindle user, but thinking about becoming one? With the release of the new Kindle almost upon us, it makes sense to keep an eye on the other models, which will more than likely be going down in price. So, if you're thinking about buying a Kindle, but don't want to shell out the kind of money Amazon are asking for their latest additions (it is rather expensive for a newbie), the release date, or in fact the run up to Xmas would be a good time to buy a cheaper model, like the Paperwhite or Voyage. If you want to see a comparison between these 3 models, take a look at the post on Pocket-Lint. Want to find out more and see more images of the new Oasis? Check out the hands on review from Techradar.

NeoCore N1F 10 Inch Tablet Quick Review

As well as other NeoCore models, there have been a few NeoCore N1's reviewed on this website over the last few years. And they've all been impressive. See the previous model. The new NeoCore N1F (N1F16) appears to follow that trend nicely. It has an amazing specification for the price. Fully updatable Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System, 10.1 Inch IPS 1024 x 600 Display, 64-bit Quad Core A53 Processor @ 1.3GHz, 16GB Internal storage, 1GB RAM (DDR3), WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro USB port, Mini HDMI, Micro SD slot, dual cameras, built-in microphone, loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack and a very impressive battery life.

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This model also has an anti-slip back casing, which is something more and more brands are now starting to adopt. This probably has something to do with the amount of damaged tablets being returned after accidentally slipping out the hands of the user.

The N1F's WiFi is Dual Band. This means that it is compatible with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. However, to take full advantage of this you will need a router that has the ability to operate on both frequencies. These are more common these days, so the chances are, if you've had a new router recently, it could very well be Dual Band.

Only a few tablets in this price range can hold as much external storage space as the N1F. This model can hold a massive 256GB of extra storage space via the SD card. That's great news for game / movie hogs. Again, among its competitors there's not many who can claim to have a 13 hour battery life. Of course, the battery duration depends hugely on how demanding you are with the tablet, but if we narrow it down to combine a mixed variation of usage, an approximate estimation would be a battery duration of between 7 - 9 hours from a full charge. Expect something around that length of time and you won't be disappointed.

Just like with the rest of NeoCore's offerings, a 2 year warranty comes as part of the package with the 5th Generation N1F, which is crazy value for money if you consider the low price and limited profit margin NeoCore must actually make on each device.

You know when a product is in high demand. At the time of writing this quick review the NeoCore N1F was available to pre-order. By the time I'd finished writing this post it was completely sold out. However, checking back on the listing page, I can see that there are a few now for sale again. So, if you're dead-set on wanting to purchase this 5th Generation of the N series, be quick. If you didn't manage to grab an N1F while there were a few still available, another NeoCore tablet well worth considering is the excellent, very highly rated E1 model.

DJC Touchtab6 Lite 8" 4G Phablet Review

Just like with the rest of the tablets / phablets that sit within this budget price zone, you get a sobering mix of good and not so good features. The DJC Touchtab6 Lite 8" 4G is a perfect example of this. Many of the yes or no questions I see getting asked across the hundreds of tablet / phablet product listings can actually be answered with a Yes if they are asked about for this particular model. Things like, is the screen IPS, does it have 4G, can I put my SIM card inside, and am I able to use it as a SAT NAV. The answer to all these questions is yes. It's not perfect by any means (read about that below), but considering the price, and what it can be used for, it's definitely a contender. Reviews are widely positive.

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Resembling a Samsung Smartphone that's been stretched, the DJC Touchtab6 Lite 8 Inch comes equipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System, 1200 x 800 IPS Glass Screen, Media Tek Quad Core 1.5GHz Processor, 1GB RAM (DDR3), 8GB Internal storage space, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G (and 3G compatible), two SIM card slots (mini size), SD Card slot, Micro USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, built in microphone, loudspeaker, dual cameras, and a fairly standard 6 hour battery life. A free pair of ear phones are also included. The Tab6 Lite is confirmed to be compatible with OneNote and SkyGo, so that will be good news for those who have had trouble getting them working on other machines. Particularly SkyGo.

A Real Phablet?


The main strengths, or differences about the DJC Touchtab6 Lite 8" that sets it apart from the many pretenders, is that it really can function just like a mobile phone, with the ability to handle data, voice and text. Of course, you will have tweak the settings to cater for your particular carrier, but this is not hard to execute. It's unlocked to all the major UK networks so you should have no problem getting it quickly up and running with your SIM inside. With it also having the advantage of GPS, the Touchtab6 Lite is capable of being used as a fully functional SAT NAV, making it a really good travelling companion.

These are a few of the features that stand out the most as to why the Touchtab6 Lite not only makes a good, budget priced all-rounder, but suits people who are constantly on the go and need a cheap, versatile device to remain connected while on the move. The Touchtab6 Lite is definitely a viable option for those who work away from home and want to use it mainly for phone related communications, Satellite Navigation, and entertainment / Internet browsing. Add an external keyboard (not included in the standard package) and you have a decent little 2-in-1 Hybrid.

Things to take into consideration


First, let's just take into account that this is a cheap tablet, and what you get for the money, like the features touched upon above, make this model a good deal for the price. And just like every other tablet / phablet out there, they all have a few weak points / areas of concern. Especially the cheaper models. There's always a compromise or two that must be made.

With that said, the first thing that's not so good with the Touchtab6 Lite is the screen quality. While not completely terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but even with it having a 1200 x 800 resolution, it is still borderline average when compared to some of the other models in the same category. But make no mistake, it's still perfectly usable.

The Touchtab6 Lite does not have a HDMI port. However, you can still use cast screen if you have a compatible device to cast to, such as a Smart TV. Considering that a good chunk of the internal 8 Gigabytes will be used up instantly to cater for the Android 6.0 Operating System, the 8GB of internal storage space is an area of concern for some people due to the fact that the buyer will need to purchase an SD card fairly quickly after buying the device. Fair enough, SD cards are cheap, and a 32GB card won't break the bank, but it is an added expense that will put a small number of potential buyers off.

Furthermore, also worth taking into account with such a small amount of internal storage is the issue that some machines have with permissions, where they have a hard time saving and running Apps / software from an external source, like an SD card. In all cases this can be worked around, but it does require a little bit of time and some know-how. And the truth is, most buyers understandably won't want the hassle if they can avoid it.

This is certainly not a deal-breaker by any means, but with a bigger internal storage capacity from the get-go, it takes considerably longer to get to the stage of needing to run applications from an external source (SD Card). And if you use the built-in space wisely, even with just 16GB, that's well over 10GB to play with the operating system installed, you should have more than enough space to have a large number of applications installed and ready to use at your disposal, then be able to use an external memory card to store other files like photos and films.

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There are over 150 consumer reviews for the DJC Touchtab6 8" Lite on Amazon UK (older generation)

There are conflicting reports regarding the microphones quality. Some people say its excellent, while others claim its not very good. Same about the capacity of external storage space it can hold. DJC state it can hold up to an additional 32GB via the SD slot. But some users have inserted 64GB cards and they have worked fine. There's even a few reports of people adding 128GB SD cards and experiencing no system rejection or problems accessing / storing files when the card is near full capacity.

Potential Issues


Like so many other competing products, the standard poor quality dual cameras, 0.3 mp front and 2 mp rear are present in this device. The customers who score this phablet one star on Amazon all seem to experience the same, or very similar problems. That the device is too slow and lethargic. Then there's a few that say, for them, the device has generally been unreliable, with some loss of connection(s) here and there, system freezing / lock-up and installation issues with certain software programs that were supposedly compatible.

But it should be noted that with all devices, regardless of the brand, there will be a few that slip through the quality control net and have issues. That applies across the whole tablet / phablet marketplace. Just take a look at the reviews of any model with over 50 reviews, and sort by one and two star reviews to see evidence of this.

Overall, although slightly limited in terms of connectivity (Ports / USB's, etc), and not having the greatest display out the bunch, the Tab6 Lite is definitely worth considering if you want to own a true phablet, that really works, at a very respectable price.

There is also a non-lite version of the DJC Touchtab6. This non-lite model, while still having the same 8 Inch screen size of it's little brother, is a device that boasts a higher specification in terms of screen quality (Retina), storage space and power. It is more expensive than the Lite version and does have some serious competition on its hands from the many well known, established brands that dominate the same category. Such as Samsung, Lenovo, ASUS and Huawei.

The New Neocore N1 10.1" Review

New-NeoCore-N1-Ten-InchJust like the Neocore B2 is the upgrade from the B1, Neocore have made a new N1 10.1" model that appears to closely resemble their new E1 which was released last year. Don't worry, that's a good thing. Although it's not quite on the same level as the E1 in terms of overall specification, it does share many of the same features. One of those being a real glass screen.

To make up for what the N1 has slightly less of when compared with the E1, the price is slightly lower to reflect the differences. One of the best things about Neocore tablets is how stable they are. They are very reliable and offer superb value for money. Now, on to the quick review. The new Neocore N1 is a strange, mixed bag of tricks, combining some great features with a few that raise an eyebrow or two.

Some of the good features include: Great build quality for the price, snappy Quad Core Processor, GPS, Bluetooth, twin speakers, 1GB RAM (Now has 2GB if you buy the latest version), mini HDMI port, Micro USB and an excellent battery life. Android Lollipop comes pre-installed. This may not be the latest operating system, but it is very stable and seems to run extremely well with the framework of this device. It's very slick. The N1 can hold its own where multi-tasking is concerned, so it makes a good purchase for the day-to-day basics like browsing the Internet, checking emails, Kindle, Youtube, catch up TV and playing games to a certain extent.

Just be aware that while it can handle low to medium resource demanding games (it has a PowerVR SGX544MP2 Graphics Processor), be careful running any overly demanding, power-hungry games, as they will most probably slow the system down and cause some annoyance. Like the E1, the N1 also has the ability to hold a massive 200GB (Now 400GB with the latest model) of additional storage space via the Micro SD card slot. The back of the device is more sticky / grippy than the usual smooth backed examples. It's been rubberized, meaning the chances of dropping it are lowered considerably.

While the 1024x600 screen is not terrible by any means, being an updated model (2016) it should really have been kitted out with a nice, super sharp IPS display. Instead it has a rather standard screen resolution, where the quality is still good, but nothing spectacular. And needless to say, without IPS, viewing the screen from different angles can provide quite poor visibility, with the washing out of colours and definition. If you absolutely need IPS technology and want to stay brand loyal, the N2 is well worth considering.

Again, a "New" model really should have come with more than 8GB of internal storage space. That's all this model comes with. Thankfully, as mentioned above, it does have the feature to add much more space (up to 200GB). But, because of its minute 8GB, the purchase of a memory card will be needed almost instantly to prevent running out of space. This is an extra expense that some people might not be happy to shell out for straight away. Going on current trends, whether the tablet comes with 8GB or 16GB, most people do purchase a memory card when buying their tablet.

So, to some people this might not be that much of a big deal. Like on many tablet devices, the speakers are a bit tinny. This one suffers from the same issue. The camera is listed as HD quality, and it's a damn sight better than the usual grainy camera quality we see on so many devices in this price range. It doesn't really look like true "HD". Instead it seems very similar to the standard quality we see on devices one or two price jumps above this. Although, make no mistake, it's certainly not better than the average iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, but its good enough to notice a difference from the usual laughable quality we see for this type of money.

Taking the price into account, this mixed bag of some good and some bad is to be expected. There has to be a bit of a compromise in some areas, and it's up to the potential buyer to make the final decision on whether they can do without, or work around certain aspects that may be lacking. It really depends on what's more important to you. Where reliability is concerned, you're chances of getting sent a faulty product are minimal with Neocore as they have impressive quality control.

If you do happen to receive a product that has a problem Neocore really put the customer first and offer an excellent two-year warranty should anything go wrong. You won't find a better warranty deal anywhere else for this kind of money. An exception is made with the Alba 8 Inch 16GB being sold over at Argos. Most other competing brands only offer 1 year. Although it should be noted that some customers have claimed the total duration of the warranty does not fully cover the battery, and that the batteries' lifetime is only covered for 6 months. These comments were left some time ago, so that could have changed by now.

If you want a solid, reliable performer for little money, and are prepared to give a pass to the compromises talked about above, the new N1 is an excellent choice. Issues with any model are never totally eliminated, but like with the brand Fusion5, problems seem to be much less frequent with Neocore tablets.

Linx 10V64 10 Inch 4GB Tablet

Another poor mans Surface Book? The number ten just represents the screen size. This is the same for all the Linx models. And, just like the twelve-Inch 12V32 and 12V64 Versare (The one most people unfairly compare to the Surface Book / Pro), the 10V range is basically the same. The main difference only being the screen size / dimensions. So, in other words, if you want to read a review on the 10V or 12V series, you can basically choose either one and get most of the information you require. Even if you end up picking the model you weren't reading the review about. Other than a few features, they are pretty much identical.


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However, you ended up here and expected to read about the 10V series, so I'll cover a few of the features / specifications for you to consider. There are two models to choose from "32" and "64". First the 32. This comes with 32GB storage, Windows 10 Home (32bit) and 2GB RAM. The 64 has 64GB internal storage space, comes with 4GB RAM and Windows 10 Home (64bit). They both use an Intel Atom X5 (Z8300) Quad Core Processor.

This Processor is decent, and the specification as a whole is fairly good. It will perform the basics rather well, and can handle a respectable level of multi-tasking, even some moderate resource intensive gaming. But don't be under any illusions, it's no Apple A9 or Snapdragon 820. However, for the price, and what you get within the overall package, the Atom X5 is an adequate processor.

Most people who buy a Linx tablet do so because they want to use the Windows Operating System. I'm a Windows user myself and actually prefer using it over Android. Especially for work related tasks. The great thing about the 10V models (and others) is that it has two modes available for the user to choose from. You can use it in Tablet mode or as a laptop / Desktop PC. The best of both worlds. One mode for work and one for play. The 1280 x 800 HD display, while a little on the dark side, is nice and sharp, portraying vivid colours and good clarity.

As mentioned in a previous post about another Linx model, from a connectivity point of view, the plus-side for Windows-based devices such as this is that they mostly all come with a full-sized USB port. Sometimes with a mix of several, such as a full size and a Micro. This model does benefit from the addition of a Micro USB also. And it has a micro HDMI port, too. Now, the build quality of the Windows based 10V64 is really good for what you pay, and the keyboard is excellent, (minus the trackpad) but this does not tell the whole story in terms of how reliable the device really is. Of course, no make or model is perfect, there are problems with many, and potentially any device. This one is no different.

Linx 10V64 Areas of concern


There are numerous reports about the sound output becoming non-existent. This faulty audio could be the result of a dodgy driver, a software conflict, or just bad build quality. The trackpad (mouse) has some users very frustrated. A tendency to be either too sensitive, or not very accurate / cumbersome is an issue that has been reported more than a few times. Some problems with faulty USB's has also been noted. One of the worst issues with Linx tablets that a lot of people complain about is their battery life. Linx tablets are well-known for battery duration issues.

Seems very strange because this complaint goes back years. Right back to the seven-inch models, yet they still don't seem to have truly fixed the issue. Even today with their latest releases, complaints about terrible battery life continue to pour in. They must use a very cheap quality battery, where the cells inside are not strong enough to retain a respectable duration of power once a few months, or in some cases weeks of recharging has taken place.

That's either the wrong battery capacity for how much power the system needs / uses, or cheap battery components being used to keep costs down. Either way, it needs to be sorted out. Sad really, because overall Linx do make a good product. Although, truth be told, the 12 series has taken a real battering lately in terms of bad reviews.

Other considerations


Windows 10 is not really a lightweight Operating System. It's actually a bit of a space hog. If you buy the Ten V32, you will quickly be asking yourself, where did all my internal storage space go!. The 64 is obviously better where space is concerned. And you can always add more space via SD card, so all is not lost if you go with the cheaper option. One thing to be aware of though, is that some programs on Windows can not be installed / run from an external device, like an SD card. So, bigger internal storage from the get-go (64 model) is recommended.

NPOLE 7" IPS Quad Core Kids Tablet

We're always on the lookout for the next best tablet. And with a big majority of tablets for Kids lacking where quality and specification are concerned, we were excited to come across one that can compete with some the Fusion5® models made specifically for children. The NPOLE 7 Inch has great reviews and offers really good value for money. Once powered up, the instant attention grabber is how sharp and clear the screen quality is. Being IPS, and with a respectable PPI, this is not your average washed out, low resolution display that we see so consistently in kids tablets, this one is very similar to what you will find in an adults tablet costing under £100.

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A huge selection of games and Apps, ranging from learning, puzzles and character based come installed and ready to use. Being Android based, you also have the ability to download any other App(s) you may want your child to use via Google Play.

Parental Controls


iWawa software installed on the device provides excellent parental controls, including the option to time-lock the tablet so that your child can only use the device for a set period of time. This is a great feature for concerned parents who don't want their child using the tablet for too long. Each session can be controlled. Not by only limiting duration either, but also censored so that the child only see's what's suitable for their age range. Disable iWawa (password protected by an adult) and the NPOLE 7 Inch can be used just like a normal Android based device.

NPOLE Features


Responsive touch screen (Multi-touch) and feature rich for the price, the bare bones consist of the Android Kit Kat Operating System, a Quad Core Processor @1.3GHz (per core), 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal storage. A Micro USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro SD slot, internal speaker, standard Dual Cameras, WiFi and Bluetooth.


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Concerns


One downfall is the 8GB of internal storage space, of which just over 4GB is available to use. The rest is taken up by the operating system and additional software. At this price some aspects have to be sacrificed a little. Not to worry though, it's easy to add more storage space if needed by adding a micro SD card to the slot. This model can house an extra 32GB (max).

The Processor, although no heavy hitter, is adequate for a device such as this. It can handle the running of several tasks at once, but don't push things too far or you may experience some lag / issues with responsiveness. While it should be a bit better, the battery life is fairly average at around 3 - 4 hours from a full charge. There are two charging methods. USB cable or mains adapter (both included). A good mix of colours for boys and girls, like Pink, Blue, Purple and Green are available. And each one comes complete with its own matching protective case. The case has a handy little back stand (pictured above) and also a loop so the child can attach a string / cord and place it around their neck.

This is shown in one of the promotional images for the NPOLE, but it is not recommended to be used in such a manner, as it looks like it has the potential to be dangerous. Anything that goes around a kids neck like that can be a hazard. Even more so for younger kids. With that out the way, all things considered, this is a great device for 3 - 10 year olds. With not much else to contend with, other than the Fusion5® KD077 and a few others, this is definitely one of the best at this cheap price point.

Linx 12V64 12 Inch Tablet Review

The Linx range of tablets offer a good overall computing experience and an affordable price tag. Some have better reviews than others. The Linx 12V64 has one of the largest high-definition screens to date. It appears that Linx are trying hard to keep up with current demand, where some people now want a bigger tablet in order to work more easily and efficiently. And to be able to have a better experience when doing things like watching movies and playing games. Due to the larger screen (@1920 x 1200), the Linx 12V64 does offer the best of both worlds. In terms of being able to perform work related tasks with ease, other than screen size, it is the external keyboard which plays a vital role in making this possible.


But, apart from the twelve-inch screen (12.2" to be exact), what does the 12V64 have that other Linx models, such as the 1010, 1010B (keyboard bundle), 1020 and 10V series don't have. Well, firstly, it is one of the very latest models, so that alone gives it a revamp in terms of being the most up to date and hopefully having any minor issues present in earlier models resolved. It also has the more impressive spec sheet. But as far as the core features go, they are all fairly similar. Especially the 10V32 and 10V64.

They all operate on Windows 10, but design wise, the 12V64 does seem to be a bit more sleek and refined. It is thicker than previous models and the keyboard is much slimmer. The build quality is right on the money. Screen clarity, colouring and sharpness are definitely above average for this price point. Weighing in at not much under 1KG, It's not really a super lightweight machine. But taking the increased dimensions into consideration, that weight is well-distributed and adds to the quality and substantial feel of the device.

As the name tells us, this model does have a better specification than the others. The 12 stands for the screen size and the 64 represents the amount of internal storage space (eMMC) and the Windows operating system version (this one is 64 bit) that the device comes with. There is also a "32" model which has 32GB storage space and runs the 32 bit version of Windows 10 (Home). This will read as 12V32. So be aware of that if you want the more advanced, but also more expensive 64. Also worth watching out for, there are two different RAM choices. One comes with 2GB RAM and the other has 4GB RAM. Obviously, more RAM will help ensure better multi-tasking ability and smoothness, but even the 2GB model is a very capable machine.

It performs well, and the keyboard that is supplied with each model is very thin and really nice to use. Although it would have been nice if the keys were protruding more. But that's more of a personal preference rather than a design fault. The trackpad is very responsive and the back stand makes easy work of being able to angle the device to resemble a laptop. Although, don't think you'll be able to sit back in a chair with the Linx on your lap (tablet + keyboard attached) and expect to use it like a laptop. See the pictures, the stand really needs a flat surface to be effective.

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Overall, this is a good, very portable, two-in-one device that can mix it up rather well. The Quad Core Intel Atom X5 (Z8300) Processor (1.4GHz) is a competent all-rounder It's great for work related tasks, like using Microsoft Excel, Word and Access, but equally just as good when it comes to all things entertainment. Apps, catch up TV, Internet browsing and Gaming. And when you consider the price when compared to the other, more lower specification Linx tablets, the extra money you pay does seem worth it.

Someone said they picked a 12V64 up from Sainsbury's (UK) for £200, which is an excellent deal. Don't build you're hopes up. Although I am not 100% certain, I don't think this special offer is still running. However, if you do happen to see the offer still live at your local Sainsbury's, snap one up fast. The 12V64 is considerably more expensive everywhere else online and on the high-street. For what few reviews there are for this model so far on Amazon, they are all positive. So that's a good early sign.

The micro SD slot can hold an additional 200GB of storage. This is great, but its nothing new. Some tablets costing less than half the price of the 12V are already capable of this. Such as the Neocore E1. Battery duration has always been a concern for Linx tablets, but so far reports claim that the one built into this model does retain its power to a respectable standard. The average duration, per full charge, is penciled in at around seven hours. Of course, this is widely dependant on the user and how demanding they are.

Other than all the usual features that come on tablets these days, It also benefits from having a full-sized USB port (also micro USB ports), and a Micro HDMI. Twin speakers and dual cameras are present. Of course, it has WiFi, Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Will it replace your laptop. Maybe for some people, yes. Compared to a full-sized laptop it is lightweight. Some are comparing this model to the Surface Pro 4. It is comparable in many ways, but there are quite a few reasons why the Pro 4 costs a lot more to buy.

Summed up in one sentence, it is finished to an extremely high standard and a level above when it comes to performance. However, for the money (far less than the Pro 4) the 12V is a capable and very versatile device, and I can clearly see why some are making the comparison. A good 2 in 1 for early 2017. Another twelve-inch 2 in 1 possibly on the way soon is from the brand RCA. So keep a look out for that also.

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