In the ever increasingly crowded world of 2-in-1 Windows 10 PCs, there seems to be a large gap between the have’s and the have not’s. The have’s are the Microsoft Surface Pro devices of the world with top-end specs but equally, have an impressive price tags.
The have not’s are the $200-300 devices with subpar displays that are usually around 10″, powered by Atom processor and have 64GB or maybe 128GB if you are lucky.
The problem is the gap between $300 and $1200+ dollars. There are not a lot of choices and the choices that are there generally are lacking in some area. Huawei, for their part, is trying to fill the gap.
The Huawei Matebook was released last year and it remains one of the best 2-in-1 Windows 10 hybrid devices on the market. Powered by the Intel m series processors with ample RAM and storage, the Matebook has a lot going for it and is one to consider, as I did, when you are looking for one of these style of devices. The Matebook isn’t perfect as I’ll cover in this review but it is certainly the solid foundation that Huawei needs in order to penetrate the Windows 10 PC market here in the US and globally.
As users of Android and Windows based tablets continue to demand more productivity from their devices, accessories like Bluetooth keyboards equally are seeing a rise in usage. We see things like folio-style keyboards that essentially serve as a case and keyboard for your tablet all in the effort of providing a physical keyboard while not adding much bulk or adding a measure of protection. One of the best at providing that functionality as well as protection is the Zagg Auto-Fit Folio
Designed to fit 7″, 8″ or 10″ tablets, the Zagg auto-fit Folio uses a spring-loaded mechanism to hold your tablet in place while giving you a comfortable and very responsive keyboard that you connect to your tablet via Bluetooth. Add to that, the keyboard is folio-style case that has a hard outer shell to provide protection for your tablet while it is inside the keyboard case.
I recently received one of the Zagg Folio’s to try out with my Nexus 7 and having used it heavily in that time (in fact, this review is being written on it), I have to say it is one of the best Bluetooth keyboards I have used. It has solid performance, responsive typing and key action and is simply to setup all while not adding a huge amount of bulk to a slim tablet. This product is certainly one I can recommend with confidence.
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A couple of weeks ago, on Black Friday, I picked up the Toshiba Encore 2 Windows 8.1 tablet. Having recently left the iOS wilderness, a tablet was the one thing that I was sorely missing in my day-to-day work and life. I loved my iPad Air. However, as I stated in my first impressions of the Toshiba Encore 2 post, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a Windows tablet s I was unsure of how well I would like the platform. So I went cheap. But I didn’t go wrong.
The $129 Encore 2 has been impressive for what it offers for the price. Running Windows 8.1 with Bing, it doesn’t feel under powered when using and the 8″ display is comfortable to read and use for extended periods of time. While the Desktop mode of Windows 8.1 doesn’t lend itself well to the 1280×800 display, it is still usable. If your a looking for an inexpensive Windows powered tablet, the Encore 2 should be on your consideration list.
Toshiba Encore 2 8″ Windows 8.1 Table – $129 with 32GB of Storage