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HP Launches New Range of Tablets for Enterprise Customers in India

HP on Thursday launched seven new tablets in India, targeted at enterprise customers. The tablets had been announced earlier this year globally. The HP Pro Slate 8 and HP Pro Slate 12 will hit shelves starting May this year with a starting price tag of Rs. 33,000 and Rs. 41,500 respectively, while the HP Pro Tablet 408 G1, Pro Slate 10 EE and Pro Tablet 10 EE are already available starting from Rs. 23,500, Rs. 22,000, and Rs. 25,000 respectively. Finally, the HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Healthcare Tablet and ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablet are expected to reach by July and will be priced starting from Rs. 85,000.

As for the specifications, the HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 respectively feature a 7.86-inch full-HD QXGA (2048×1536 pixels) display and 12.3-inch (1600×1200 pixels) display. Both the tablets run Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and are powered by 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoCs coupled with 2GB of RAM. While the Pro Slate 8 comes in 16GB and 32GB storage variants, the Pro Slate 12 comes in only a 32GB storage variant. Both tablets offer expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options on both the tablets include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and Near Field Communication (NFC).

Both the HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 tablets come bundled with the company’s new HP Duet Pen, which it touts is “the first to use Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen technology.” Both also equip an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. A 37WHr Li-Po battery backs the larger tablet, while a 21WHr Li-Po battery backs the smaller one.

HP Launches New Range of Tablets

HP Launches New Range of Tablets

The HP Pro Tablet 408 G1 comes with Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro with Bing OS option out-of-the-box. Some of the other key features of the tablet are 8-inch HD (1280×800 pixels) IPS display; Intel Atom Z3736F Bay Trail processor (1.33GHz, up to 2.16GHz using Intel Burst Technology, 2MB cache, 4 cores, 4 threads); 2GB of RAM; an 8-megapixel AF rear facing camera; a 2-megapixel front facing camera; 32GB/ 64GB storage variant options expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB), and a 4800mAh Li-ion battery. Details can be found on the product’s listing page.

The HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 comes with Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 8.1/Windows 8.1 With Bing/Windows 8.1 Pro for Education OS options, while the Pro Slate 10 EE G1 runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. Both are powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G/Z3735F processor options (1.33GHz base frequency, 1.83GHz burst frequency, 2MB cache, 4 cores) coupled with 1GB/ 2GB of RAM options and feature a 10.1-inch WXGA (1200×800 pixels) display. While the Pro Slate 10 EE G1 comes in 16GB/ 32GB inbuilt storage options and can expand via microSD card (up to 32GB), the Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via tatuagens card (up to 128GB). More details of both tablets are available on company’s India website.

Lastly, the HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Healthcare Tablet and ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablettablets, which are not yet listed on company’s India website, both feature a 10.1-inch WUXGA (1920×1200 pixels) resolution displays. The tablets run on Windows 8.1 Pro OS (the ElitePad 1000 G2 Healthcare is also available with Windows 8.1) and are powered by Intel Atom Z3795 processor (1.6GHz base frequency, 2.39GHz burst frequency, 2MB cache, 4 cores) coupled with 4GB of RAM. As for storage, both equip 128GB of inbuilt storage. Both the devices also include 8-megapixel rear and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats.

Windows 10 Now a Mandatory Update – Here’s How You Can Stop It From Installing

Windows 10 Now a Mandatory Update - Here's How You Can Stop It From Installing

If you’re running an older version of Windows, you might suddenly find Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade already downloaded on your machine.

You never requested it, so why are you getting it?

The automatic download is part of Microsoft’s aggressive push to get Windows 10 on as many devices as possible. Since last July, Microsoft has distributed the free upgrade on request. But starting this week, it’s also pushing it out to those who haven’t requested it – and who might not want it.

(Also see: Microsoft Labels Windows 10 as a Recommended Update)

Microsoft isn’t actually installing Windows 10 automatically, but installation is just a click or two away. If you’re not careful, you might suddenly find the new system on your old machine.

Is this good for you?

Why you should install Windows 10
Windows 10 has many improvements over its predecessors – especially Windows 8. It’s much easier to use than Windows 8, and it offers more modern controls – akin to mobile devices – than Windows 7. (There is no Windows 9.) Windows 10 also paves the way for multiple devices to work together. You might be able to buy an app once to run on your PC, phone and Xbox game machine, for instance. The app’s layout would automatically reconfigure to the given screen size.

(Also see: Eight Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 10)

New apps are being designed for Windows 10, so if you have an older system, you might find yourself shut out.

Why Microsoft wants you to install Windows 10
Microsoft is reducing reliance on software sales in favour of services such as the Bing search engine, OneDrive storage and Skype for communications. Windows 10 was designed to steer users to those services. Microsoft makes money from ads and premium features that cost money – such as additional OneDrive storage.

Microsoft can also encourage app makers to write more software for Windows 10 if a lot of people are using it. It’s similar to how Apple pushes its users to upgrade to the latest iPhone and Mac systems. App developers know they can enable the latest features without worrying about abandoning too many users of older devices.

(Also see: Microsoft Makes It Easier to Upgrade to Windows 10)

Reasons not to install Windows 10
System upgrades aren’t always smooth, especially on older machines with slower processors, less memory and less storage space available. Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 app will verify that you meet minimum system requirements – but minimum doesn’t mean speedy.

Older machines also might have software that won’t work on Windows 10, so you’d have to spend money upgrading those programs, if upgrades are available at all. Printers, scanners and other accessories also might need new controlling software, called drivers. If a driver update isn’t available, you might find yourself with a dead accessory.

And once you upgrade to Windows 10, you might be ceding control over future upgrades to Microsoft. The company is offering incremental updates to Windows 10 on a regular basis, and it won’t always give you a choice on whether to accept.

(Also see: Features You’ll Lose When Upgrading to Windows 10)

How to stop Windows 10 update
Microsoft is treating Windows 10 as a type of security update it regularly pushes to users. Microsoft is now reclassifying Windows 10 as “recommended” rather than “optional.” In doing so, those who have set their machine to automatically get important updates will get Windows 10, too. You can avoid this by turning off automatic updates in the settings under Windows Update. That’s not recommended, though, because you might miss important security fixes.

(Also see: Windows 10 Upgrade Could Install ‘Automatically’ if You Aren’t Careful)

If you work for a large company, your system administrators are likely monitoring these updates, so Windows 10 won’t automatically download without their OK. Plus, Microsoft isn’t offering Windows 10 for free to larger companies.

Microsoft will support Windows 7 until 2020 and Windows 8 until 2023, after which time it will stop fixing any security problems. By then, it might be time for a new computer anyway.

(Also see: Windows 10 Review: New, Yet Familiar)

If you’re ready to install Windows 10
To install Windows 10, all you need to do is accept it when prompted. Getting Windows 10 shouldn’t affect your photos and other documents, though there’s always a risk of a meltdown with any major upgrade. Back up your files first. You can use an online storage service such as OneDrive or DropBox to keep a backup online.

How to roll back from Windows 10
Microsoft keeps a backup of your system for a month. In the settings, go to “Update & security” and then “Recovery.” You’ll find the option to return to Windows 7 or 8. Your files should be OK, but you’ll lose any apps installed after upgrading to Windows 10. Remember, you have only 31 days to change your mind.

(Also see: How to Downgrade From Windows 10 to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1)

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iBall Slide i701 Review: Don’t Judge Books by Their Covers

iBall Slide i701 Review: Don't Judge Books by Their Covers

How low can prices go? iBall’s announcement of the launch of its latest tablet, the Windows-based Slide i701, made us sit up and take notice. Our first reaction was disbelief, and then we had to resist the urge to dismiss it as a joke. There have been plenty of products over the years promising advanced functionality at unbelievable prices, and most of them have been absolute junk.

Such products infuriate us not only because they are essentially e-waste before they’re even out of their boxes, but also because the people who actually buy such things tend to be the ones who don’t have any money to spare in the first place; ones who trust advertisements and hope that they’re getting a killer bargain only to be devastated a short way down the line. Low-brow manufacturers know this and deliberately prey on those who are the weakest, which is something we cannot abide.

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We couldn’t help but be suspicious of the iBall Slide i701’s shockingly low price tag. This thing is even less expensive than the recently announced Intel Compute Stick, and it has a screen and battery. Added to that, it looks like quite a lot of iBall’s budget went into the packaging and accessories rather than the tablet itself.

However, we took a look at the iBall Slide i701’s spec sheet and couldn’t find any obvious points of failure. The Intel Atom processor and relatively mainstream configuration gave us hope. With question after question on our minds, and more than a little scepticism, we set about reviewing this device.

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Look and feel
The front of the iBall Slide i701 is entirely blank except for the camera lens above the screen. If not for that, there would have been be no way to know which way was up. We were surprised to note that there is no Windows or Microsoft branding – there isn’t even a capacitive Start button. iBall ships the Slide i701 with a protective scratch guard already applied, and it’s become normal for us to see this done badly leading to bubbles under the surface.

The device’s sole Micro-USB port, which is used for charging, peripherals and storage, can be found on the top along with a Mini-HDMI video output, a 3.5mm audio socket, and a reset button pinhole. The volume and power buttons are on the right, and there’s an exposed microSD card slot on the left.

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The rear of the tablet has a soft-touch texture which gets pretty slippery, and also tends to pick up dust and smudges very easily. The camera lens protrudes just a tiny little bit. The rear looks very busy, with labels for all the ports, slots and buttons around the edges and plenty of branding. From top to bottom, all in a line down the centre, you’ll see the camera lens, a red slash to match iBall’s Slide logo, the signature of a Bollywood actress who endorses the brand, an Intel Inside logo, a full iBall Slide logo with another red slash for good measure, and a few lines of regulatory text. There’s also a speaker grille off to one side.

The Slide i701 might be very affordable, but iBall has somehow managed to pack the box with accessories. There’s a thin sleeve and not just one but three brightly coloured plastic shells; a tiny chamois cloth for the screen; additional red slash stickers; a charger with a fixed cable; and a USB-OTG adapter. The box, which optimistically describes the i701 as a “performance tablet”, also promises that you’ll get an HDMI cable (presumably Mini-HDMI on one end) separately for free.

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The tablet is pretty small, but not especially thin or light. It would have felt good in the hand if not for the slippery rear. Construction quality is just about okay – the rear flexes when touched and the whole unit seems like it’s held together with glue.

Specifications and software
The processor is a surprisingly robust Intel Atom Z3735G, a quad-core Bay Trail model running at up to 1.83GHz (though more likely at its 1.33GHz base speed most of the time). This is the same processor we’ve seen in 2-in1 tablets in the Rs. 15,000-20,000 price range, such as the Micromax Canvas LapTab LT666 (Review), Notion Ink Cain (Review), and Swipe Ultimate Tab 3G (Review), so it’s interesting to note that iBall managed to squeeze it into such a low budget, and makes us wonder whether the Slide i701 might live up to its “performance” claim. On the other hand, there’s only 1GB of RAM and the screen resolution is only 1024×600.

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There’s also only 16GB of storage, so don’t expect to be installing many programs. MicroSD cards of up to 64GB are supported so at least you can store lots of media to play. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n, and iBall helpfully points out that 3G will be possible using a USB dongle. There are no sensors other than an accelerometer for automatic screen rotation, and the battery seems rather weak at 3,200mAh. For some reason there is a 2-megapixel rear camera and a front camera which probably isn’t better than VGA quality – iBall didn’t even bother specifying its resolution.

Thanks to Microsoft’s fear of Android, iBall was able to offer Windows 8.1 and the now-standard one-year Office 365 subscription thrown in at no extra cost. This is the tablet’s most unique selling proposition as well as its biggest point of failure – Windows 8.1 is not at all suited to run on such a tiny device. Using the Windows desktop with touch alone is frustrating as it is, but this did not work at all, as we will soon explain in detail. Those considering this tablet should understand that they will largely be limited to Modern UI apps and should avoid the Windows desktop altogether.

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Usability
There’s a lot to like about the iBall Slide i701 on paper, but actually using it proved to be a neverending source of frustration for two huge reasons: the screen is absolutely horrible, and Windows 8 just cannot be used by touch alone on such a small device.

We had expected the screen to be at best a letdown, and we were correct. The resolution of 1024×600 is laughable; lower even than Microsoft’s own published minimum of 1024×768. Text is horribly jagged, thanks in part to Windows’ inability to scale, but also because colour reproduction and contrast are so poor.

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Viewing angles might be the worst we’ve ever seen – in fact it is impossible to use this tablet while looking at it head-on. You have to tilt it around in your hands till you find just a somewhat workable angle, and then try as hard as you can not to move it at all. Colours shift and invert when you tilt the device even a few degrees. In fact, you can’t even focus on the entire screen at once because no matter where you look, the rest of it will become a mess. Black areas are especially problematic, for example the dark on-screen keyboard which stretches across the screen becomes distorted and unreadable.

Multitouch is limited to five points, but you’ll never need that because there just isn’t enough sensitivity to perform even basic gestures such as pinching and scrolling. That might be attributed to the screen protection film though. Another problem was the lack of a Start button, which meant we had to rely a lot on Windows 8’s touch gestures and the Charms bar, which, to be honest, we’ve grown accustomed to ignoring over the years. This particular device really highlights the thinking that went into crafting the original Windows 8 touch-first experience, which has since been watered down.

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We constantly found ourselves wishing there had been a stylus in the box rather than three shells. Ultimately, we had to hook up a keyboard and mouse using a USB hub through the included OTG Micro-USB adapter. This was the only way we managed to run our Windows benchmarks, but it was hardly practical (and the slick back made it difficult to prop the tablet up too). Charging the tablet became a problem as well, because the sole Micro-USB port was occupied.

Interestingly, we were able to download Modern UI apps from the Windows Store and snap them to either side of the screen, although Microsoft explicitly says this shouldn’t be possible due to the low screen resolutioni. We should note that buyers will qualify for an upgrade to Windows 10 when it releases later this month, but after installing it they will lose access to the Windows desktop and only be able to run Modern apps. Windows 10 will behave largely like Windows Phone on sub-8-inch devices such as this.

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Performance
In terms of benchmark test results, we found the performance of the iBall Slide i701 practically indistinguishable from that of the Micromax Canvas Laptab LT666 we reviewed a little while ago. Render time for POVRay’s built-in test was 25 minutes, 10 seconds. SunSpider and Mozilla Kraken took 525.6ms and 9664.9ms respectively. SiSoft SANDRA reported subsystem scores nearly identical to those of the Canvas Laptab LT666 except for slightly weaker SSD performance and memory bandwidth which was only half as good, indicating that the 1GB of RAM in this tablet uses a single controller channel.

Full-HD video clips played without stuttering but weren’t very enjoyable because of the screen quality. Audio was loud enough but not particularly good. Photos and videos taken with the rear camera were absolutely dreadful.

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We tried a few casual games from the Windows Store, including Cut The Rope 2 and Microsoft Mahjong, and they ran without any trouble. By tablet standards, they were actually enjoyable. However, the rear of the tablet did get quite warm after about 10 minutes of play.

The battery lasted only 2 hours, 24 minutes in Battery Eater Pro’s standard scenario. This is awful by tablet standards, but we can’t really complain at this price point. We also observed that the device was very slow to charge.

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Verdict
There is almost no situation in which the iBall Slide i701 would be a pleasure to use. It’s impossible for us to conceive of getting any work done on it at all. If the usability doesn’t kill any purpose you might have had for it, the battery life will. That said, even Android tablets at this price point aren’t all that good, and we get the feeling that the Slide i701 would at least be more versatile. On its own, using it is an exercise in masochism. Combined with a USB hub, Bluetooth accessories and an external display, though, things could get very interesting.

Let’s not lose sight of the fact that this is a full-fledged Windows 10-capable X86 computer which costs half as much as products such as the Intel Compute Stick. In that sense, it is truly pathbreaking. We could easily see students and hobbyists use it to build projects with. We could also see ourselves strapping it to the back of a monitor and turning it into a cheap, no-frills desktop. We can even imagine people buying these, gutting them for their parts and building some really interesting low-cost devices (and we wonder how affordable a device of this calibre minus the screen and accessories could be).

We admire iBall for bringing this product to market for less than Rs. 5,000. Those who need a computer and can only afford so much now have an option they never did before. If the company is serious about value rather than just low prices and can pull off a far more useful product for maybe Rs. 1,000-2,000 more, we’d be truly impressed.

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Micromax Canvas Laptab LT666 Review: Super-Affordable Windows 2-in-1 With 3G

Micromax Canvas Laptab LT666 Review: Super-Affordable Windows 2-in-1 With 3G

Computer processors have shrunk to the point that we can stuff them into devices the size of tablets, and have become efficient enough that we don’t need fans to keep them cool. We’ve seen all kinds of slim designs in the past year or two, but what’s most exciting is that devices are getting less and less expensive as well. It is now possible to deliver an acceptable, mainstream level of PC performance in a device that costs less than a lot of smartphones.

We’ve reviewed the Notion Ink Cain (Review), Croma 1177 (Review) and Swipe Ultimate Tab 3G (Review), all of which were clustered around the Rs. 20,000 price point and all of which were tablets with wraparound cloth keyboard attachments. These products’ keyboards are fiddly to use, and just propping them up to look like laptops is annoying.

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Enter Micromax with its new Canvas Laptab LT666, which can actually be used in a lap! It follows the same formula but has a solid base with a keyboard. In terms of features, it’s pretty much identical to the rest, with the exception of 3G. However, for all its improvements, Micromax has still managed to cut the price down by 25 percent – the Canvas Laptab LT666 sells for just Rs. 14,999. We’re intrigued to say the least – has Micromax cut corners elsewhere, or is this product truly going to blow its competition out of the water?

Look and feel
The front of the Canvas Laptab LT666 is as plain as touchscreen devices get these days, with thick black borders and only a capacitive Windows Start button below the actual screen. There’s a small webcam cutout on the top, and you’ll see a status LED in the upper right corner when charging. Our test unit came with a screen guard already stuck on, but bubbles could be seen around the edges.

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However the sides and rear are styled pretty aggressively with accents that look like the whole device has a ruggedized rubber coating. Of course it’s nothing of the sort; just a different texture of plastic. Tall speaker grilles curve around the back on both sides, with the power and volume buttons sticking out quite a bit on the right. On top, the 3.5mm headset socket, Micro-USB port, microSD slot and Micro-SIM tray are incorporated into this border strip as well. The rear-facing camera is right in the centre.

The rear of the tablet doesn’t make for a very attractive laptop lid. There are two regulatory stickers and a bright blue Intel Inside sticker in addition to Micromax’s fist logo in one corner and a large Canvas Laptab logo right in the middle. The placement of the Micro-USB port is quite awkward for charging when the tablet is docked in its base, as the wire will stick straight out the top.

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The base is far more interesting from a design perspective. Unfortunately, the docking mechanism isn’t secure at all. The tablet will stay put when it’s docked on a flat surface, thanks to some relatively strong magnets and two little pegs. You can even pick up the tablet and shake it aggressively, and the base will stay securely attached. However, with the “lid” down, the two halves just do not stay together. In fact the tablet can slide right out of the dock with very little pressure. There’s nothing holding it in but the magnets on one side, so you have to make sure you carry it with your fingers curled around the edges, firmly gripping the two halves together.

The keyboard itself, unsurprisingly, has a compressed layout. No keys have been left out, but the Canvas Laptab LT666 makes the classic netbook-era compromise of shoving the right Shift key beyond the arrow block. For some reason the standard QWERTY rows are not correctly offset, so the spacing between keys will throw you off if you’re used to typing with all fingers.

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The keys themselves are tiny but are stiff and have good depth. Don’t expect the comfort of even a netbook keyboard, but this is a whole lot better than the folding ones we’ve used in the recent past on other low-cost Windows tablets. The trackpad is actually quite comfortable and usable. One nice touch is that there’s one full-sized USB port on the base, so you can plug in common devices without a USB-OTG dongle.

Overall, the Canvas Laptab LT666 is light and portable at 1.1kg and 9mm thick, but doesn’t come close to delivering a budget laptop experience.

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Specifications
At the heart of the Canvas Laptab LT666 is an Intel Atom Z3535F CPU, the same as we’ve seen on other low-cost tablets. It has four cores running at up to 1.83GHz, and basic integrated Intel HD graphics. There’s 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. You can use microSD cards of up to 64GB and of course USB storage devices if you need more space.

The screen measures 10.1 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1280×800. Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and 3G data are supported. Both the front and rear cameras have 2-megapixel sensors. Finally, there’s a 7,700mAh battery.

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Micromax includes a basic pair of earphones, a simple carry case, and, most useful of all, a USB-OTG adapter. The processor supports 64-bit operations but the Canvas Laptab LT666 ships with a 32-bit edition of Windows 8.1. You’ll be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 when it releases in the near future. You also get a one-year subscription to Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive storage. Thankfully there is no preloaded junk software.

Performance
We like the fact that the tablet boots up and resumes from sleep quickly, thanks to its flash-based storage. It’s not a speed demon by any means, but provides a reasonable level of performance for day-to-day tasks such as Web browsing and media playback. One thing we noticed right away was that the tablet did not insist on throwing up the on-screen keyboard every time we started typing with the dock, which a lot of others seem to do.

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On the downside, the pre-attached screen protection film was not only ugly but also increased friction when using the touchscreen. The unit also tended to get a bit hot when running benchmarks and videos, so it’s probably best suited to lighter tasks in general.

Benchmarks revealed average scores, which were on par with those of the other Atom Z3735-based products we’ve tested in the past. POVRay took 24 minutes, 57 seconds to run its built-in benchmark. 3DMark could not be installed, but we didn’t have any expectations about gaming performance to begin with. PCMark 8’s Work scenario gave us a score of 2526 which is just about okay, and SiSoft SANDRA showed us that the CPU, memory and SSD performance were on par with other similar tablets, which is to say suitable for basic tasks but nothing truly demanding. SunSpider took 505.7ms to complete and Mozilla Kraken took 13,905.3ms.

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The screen cannot be tilted in its base so you might have some trouble with reflections. We found it to be reasonably sharp, though not very impressive by today’s standards. Viewing angles are just about okay. Video files including 1080p clips played fairly well. The speakers were incredibly disappointing – sound was sometimes barely audible even at full volume, and music was hollow and lifeless. The two cameras were just as mediocre as we expected.

The 3G data support proved to be our favourite feature. With no full-sized USB port on the tablet itself, a 3G dongle would have been awkward to use. The built-in modem allows for a lot of flexibility and makes this device a great choice for those who need to work outdoors a lot, or who just want to move around without worrying about Wi-Fi range.

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Battery life was pretty decent – we managed to get 4 hours, 32 minutes out of the Canvas Laptab LT666 in Battery Eater Pro’s standard test before it shut down completely. That should make for just about a work day of light usage though you’ll drain the battery faster with 3G in use.

Verdict
We quite like Micromax’s latest venture, for a number of reasons. We’ve seen the tablet-with-a-keyboard concept before, but not only has Micromax raised the bar in terms of the physical keyboard dock, it has also brought the price down. If that wasn’t reason enough, there’s integrated 3G functionality which none of its direct competitors offer. The Canvas Laptab LT666 therefore stands out quite clearly as the best of the bunch.

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However, that doesn’t mean it’s automatically a great product. Yes, it’s a very affordable, 3G-enabled Windows PC. It offers portability and a reasonable level of productivity. However, Windows tablets still have shortcomings when compared to Android tablet and iPads, such as awkward touch controls and lower battery life. If you’re looking for a pure entertainment device, you might be happier with one of those. On the other hand, there are also low-cost laptops which might be better suited for work.

If you want a versatile, portable PC for general usage and light multitasking, the Canvas Laptab LT666 is a fantastic product. It could fit multiple use cases, even as a secondary PC, thanks to its low price and great features.

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Micromax Canvas Laptab

Micromax Canvas Laptab

R 14999 3.5

  • Review
  • Key Specs
  • News
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Integrated 3G
  • Extremely affordable
  • Solid base
  • Bad
  • Tablet slips easily from dock
  • Weak cameras
  • Cramped keyboard

Read detailed Micromax Canvas Laptab review

Display

10.10-inch

Processor

1.33GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×800 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Windows 8.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

2-megapixel

Battery capacity

7700mAh See full Micromax Canvas Laptab specifications

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) review

Bear in mind when individuals used private computer systems – desktops and laptops – to test e mail, view video and maintain tabs on Fb? Again in that far-away period, I might have a number of home windows open for Internet browsers, a phrase processor, a photograph editor and generally a reader for PDF paperwork.

I miss that functionality on cellular units, significantly on full-size tablets with a good quantity of show house. With iPads and Android tablets, I am usually restricted to at least one window displayed at a time; different apps run within the background, out of sight. With Home windows eight tablets, I can run two home windows facet by facet, however I am constrained in what I can do with them. It will get higher with the Home windows eight.1 replace due out subsequent week, but it surely’s nonetheless not the free-for-all I had with PCs.

So I marveled at a pair of multitasking options that include Samsung’s new pill, formally known as Galaxy Notice 10.1 – 2014 Version. Sporting a 10.1-inch show, measured diagonally, the Notice pill goes on sale within the U.S. on Thursday at a beginning value of $550.

The primary of the multitasking options, known as Multi-Window, has been obtainable in Samsung units for a few 12 months, but it surely works with many extra apps now. You’ll be able to run two apps facet by facet, akin to Fb on one facet and YouTube video on the opposite.

Like Home windows eight tablets, you are restricted to simply two apps. You’ll be able to change how a lot of the display screen every one takes, a functionality coming with Home windows eight.1, however you’ll be able to’t select to have a window take up simply the highest left nook, the way in which you’ll be able to on PCs. As well as, Multi-Window is not a common function. Apps for Netflix and Hulu will not work, as an illustration. You presently have about 18 apps to select from, together with Fb and a wide range of Google and Samsung apps.

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With that limitation, it is good that Samsung Electronics Co. is supplementing Multi-Window with a function known as Pen Window.

With it, merely draw a field on the display screen with the included stylus, and select one in every of seven apps to open in a brand new window. Do it repeatedly till you open all seven apps, if you want. That is 9 in all, counting the 2 with Multi-Window. Every Pen Window app seems in a window that floats over your foremost app (or two apps in the event you use Multi-Window). You’ll be able to transfer that window round in your display screen and resize it, simply as you’ll be able to on PCs. Want a break from it? Simply reduce it right into a small dot and transfer it out of the way in which.

Like Multi-Window, you are restricted in what apps you should utilize with Pen Window, although I anticipate extra to get added over time. For now, Pen Window on the pill works with YouTube, the calculator, the alarm clock, your contacts checklist, the Internet browser and two chat apps – Samsung’s ChatOn and Google’s Hangouts. I like the truth that you’ll be able to open all of them and maintain them out of the way in which in a minimized state. That means, it is only one click on whenever you want the calculator and one click on whenever you’re carried out.

The iPad does not try this. Amazon’s Kindle Fireplace does not try this. Different Android tablets do not try this. Home windows eight.1 will not try this – no less than not within the tablet-style viewing mode that Microsoft prefers you follow. You will should go to the traditional, desktop mode to resize home windows, which defeats the aim of getting Home windows eight or eight.1. Home windows eight.1 will go additional than Multi-Window in letting you run as much as 4 apps facet by facet, however that works solely on bigger screens, not transportable tablets.

Past multitasking, the brand new Notice pill gives a My Journal mode providing you with personalised highlights, akin to information subjects of curiosity, content material out of your social media feeds and options on issues to do and see, based mostly in your present location. It is a good idea, although Fb is not obtainable via it but.

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The brand new pill additionally provides you fast entry to the instruments you’ll be able to accomplish with its stylus. Pen Window is one. One other function permits you to add notes to a screenshot of what you see. One other permits you to clip a bit of a Internet web page and retailer it with a Internet hyperlink.

Sadly, not the whole lot labored. Textual content recognition was poor. I am supposed to have the ability to jot down an e mail tackle or a cellphone quantity with the stylus and have that handwriting transformed right into a contacts entry. However the gadget always confuses the letters “o” and “l” with the numerals “zero” and “1.”

Pen Window is also harder than essential to arrange. You’ll want to take out the stylus for an Air Command device to seem on the display screen. You select Pen Window, then draw a field in your display screen together with your stylus. You then select the app you wish to open. Do all of that once more to get further apps, after determining the right way to get Air Command once more together with your stylus already out. It could have been less complicated to have a button on the house display screen you could faucet together with your finger or stylus.

As well as, Samsung may have carried out extra with the apps in minimized state. Google’s chat app is diminished to a round icon. It may have flashed or modified colours to inform me of a brand new chat message, reasonably than make me open and shut it commonly to test.

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The pill’s again remains to be made from plastic, but it surely looks like leather-based – an enchancment over earlier Samsung units. The pill does really feel heavy, at 1.2 kilos, however that is nonetheless lighter than the 1.four kilos for the full-size iPad. If you’d like mild, wait till early November for the large-size model of Amazon’s Kindle Fireplace HDX. It weighs simply zero.83 pound.

Samsung’s pill can also be expensive – the $550 beginning value tops the iPad’s $499 and the Fireplace’s $379. In fact, neither the iPad nor the Fireplace features a stylus.

Yet one more criticism: Though the pill makes use of the newest model of Android, four.three, it does not supply that system’s function of letting a number of individuals share a tool with separate profiles.

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With the Notice, it is clear among the performance we have lengthy related to PCs is coming to units we’re simply attending to know. There’s extra to be carried out, together with assist for a number of customers, however I am glad Samsung is main us in that course.

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