There are countless options when it comes to shopping for a new computer these days. No longer just deciding between a desktop or laptop, you have a whole new set of choices when it comes to computing on the go. From a traditional laptop, to a convertible to a tablet, there are lots to choose from. This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.
When it came time to do my Nextbook tablet review, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve used Windows 8.1 tablets before and came away with mixed feelings. I like being able to use the tablet when sitting on the couch, but when it came time to do work I really missed the traditional keyboard of a laptop. The Nextbook 10.1 quad-core Windows 8.1 tablet solves this issue and is packaged with a slick magnetic detachable keyboard that gives you the best of best worlds, providing two devices in one.
Nextbook Tablet Review
The Nextbook 10.1 is a solid performer, and although it doesn’t boast the same specs as other high-end Windows 8.1 tablets the affordable price tag makes it a great gift idea!
The tablet features a very nice and responsive 10.1-inch HD IPS touchscreen display, Intel-powered Atom Z3735G quad-core processor, 1 GB DDR3 memory, 32 GB of storage (expandable to an additional 64 GB using the MicroSD slot), 6000 mAh battery, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, dual front and rear cameras and more. It also includes a 1-year Microsoft Office 365 personal subscription, a $99 value, and allows you to install and use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and One Note for a year-long period.
The computer runs a full version of Windows 8.1, which can be initially a bit challenging to get used to. Microsoft has worked to improve the OS from the original 8 version, but if you’re used to Windows 7 prepare to re-learn how to do some things.
I tried a variety of activities with the tablet including surfing the Internet, Skyping, watching videos through the Netflix app and even writing part of this review. The tablet breezed through all of these tasks smoothly with no issues.
Here’s the best feature of this tablet — the price. The Nextbook 10.1 has a list price of $199, but is available for $179 at Walmart. Yep, that is not a typo. Only $179 for a full-featured Windows 8.1 tablet with keyboard that includes $99 worth of Office 365 too.
If I had to name a few cons of the device, the weight would be one worth mentioning. The tablet itself weighs about 1.7 lbs, but when you attach the keyboard you’re at almost 3 lbs. There is a reason the keyboard adds so much weight is because if it were too light the weight of the tablet would cause it to tip over when using it as a laptop.
Still I love the flexibility of adding a keyboard so if you don’t mind toting the weight, it is worth it. Plus, with the hard shell POGO keyboard, you can now fold the tablet into the keyboard, like a laptop helping to protect the device on the go.
All in all after using the Nextbook 10.1 for a few days for my Nextbook tablet review, I would certainly recommend it as a great Windows-powered tablet that allows you to use it a laptop with the included keyboard. Even my techy husband was amazed at the performance and price of this device.
This is not a computer that is going to compete with the Microsoft Surface Pro or other high-end tablet, nor is it meant too. If you’re shopping on a budget for a new computer, but want the freedom of a tablet at times you cannot go wrong with the Nextbook tablet. Factor in the cost of the Office 365 subscription, and you’re basically getting a computer for $79. Hard to argue with that, and a great gift idea!
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