I had this misconception that Windows tablets were more than I can afford and that they will not be as useful as an Android tablet, subsequently I didn’t follow up on news about new Windows tablets until I stumbled upon some posts on reddit talking about Windows tablets and that’s when I started my research.
As always when trying new technology I go with the cheapest option I can find in order to test it out
and to see if the software would be suitable for my needs or not. At the same time I had some features that I was expecting.
My research lead me to Microcenter’s Winbook TW802The Winbook TW802 is a feature full tablet running the latest Windows 8.1 and comes with a free full year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.
With the price tag of $100 and $5 for shipping I couldn’t resist and went ahead and got it, I’ve been using the tablet for about 2 weeks now and here’s what I like and hate about the tablet:
1- HD IPS LCD 8″ 1280×800 Display: 1280×800 squeezed into a small 8″ screen is sharp and clear, with the price tag I was expecting a cheap screen but I was wrong.
2- Full sized USB port: it’s not like a USB C port and it only supports USB 2.0 but this is one of the features I wasn’t going to do without on a Windows operating system, talk about endless possibilities this is the best it can get connecting a mouse, keyboard, external HDD you name it.
3- Micro HDMI port: I didn’t think I needed it until I got the tablet and connected it to my TV
4- Battery life is very decent, connected to a lot of peripherals my Tablet can last for more than 3 days
5- Micro SD card slot: more portable storage, although 32 GB internal storage is more than I needed for a tablet since I run most of my media from my Plex server.
6- Front and back Cameras are good enough for a tablet, the front camera is better than the front camera of my Moto x 1st gen.
1- 8″ screen is not the best with a Windows tablet, some tasks are not very finger-friendly, not even stylus friendly. Something like hitting the close (X) button on the screen is part of mission impossible, it would’ve been much better if it was a 10″ screen but for a budget tablet I’m more than satisfied with 8″.
2- The Winbook TW802 is not so popular which means you’ll have to spend $30 to buy a case for a budget tablet which is worth $100 or you can just buy a universal case that won’t fit perfectly (which is the option I chose)
3- The micro USB charging cord that comes with the tablet is very short but then again there are plenty of cords you can buy for practically nothing.