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January 20
Budget Windows Tablet Roundup

Over the last year I’ve become simply entranced with the Windows 8 slate tablets that have been coming out. They’re small, they run full Windows, and they’re cute as a button. As with most things in Windows, there are lots of options. There are many, larger, full featured Windows 8 tablets out there. I use one, a Surface Pro 2, as my daily driver. With a dock, it functions great as a desktop machine. On a plane it works well as a laptop and a tablet. You can also use it to prop open a window on a warm summer day. However, it costs over $1000, which puts it out of reach for a lot of people. On the other end of the spectrum you can snag a 7” or 8” tablet for $100. That’s what this blog post is about. In this blog post I’ll compare several small, budget tablets to help you decide which one is for you. To help with the comparison I have included a non budget 8” tablet, the Dell Venue 8 Pro. Of the four tablets listed below, I personally own the Toshiba Encore Mine, the Insignia Flex 8, and the Dell Venue 8 Pro. I included the HP because of its popularity and its value. Here’s the list of the tablets and their features:

Edit 2/13/2015: Added Winbook TW700 to the table

 

Toshiba Encore Mini

Insignia Flex 8

HP Stream 7

Dell Venue 8 Pro

Winbook TW700

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OS

Windows 8.1 32 bit

Windows 8.1 32 bit

Windows 8.1 32 bit

Windows 8.1 32 bit

Windows 8.1 32 bit

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Personal

Personal

Personal

Personal

Personal

CPU

Intel Atom Z3735G (1.33 GHz)

Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33 GHz)

Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33 GHz)

Intel Atom Z3740D (1.8 GHz)

Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33 GHz)

RAM

1 GB

1 GB

1 GB

2 GB

1 GB

Included Storage

16 GB eMMC

16 GB eMMC

32 GB eMMC

32 GB / 64 GB

16 GB eMMC

Uses WIMboot

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

MicroSD Slot

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MicroSD card included?

No

16 GB

No

No

No

Screen Size

7 inch

8 inch

7 inch

8 inch

7 inch

Screen Type

TN

IPS

IPS

IPS

IPS

Screen Resolution

1024 x 600

(resolution set to 1280 x 768)

1280 x 800

1280 x 800

1280 x 800

1280 x 800

Pen Support

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Yes

Unknown

Screen sucks?

Yes

No

No

No

No

Miracast Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

External Video Connection?

No

Micro-HDMI

No

No

Micro-HDMI

Charger connection

USB 2.0 OTG

USB 2.0 OTG

USB 2.0 OTG

USB 2.0 OTG

USB 2.0 OTG

Works with Plugable 8 Dock?

Yes

Charge only

Yes

Yes

Unknown

Front Camera

2 MP

2 MP

2 MP

1.2 MP

2 MP

Rear Camera

5 MP

2 MP

2 MP

5 MP

2 MP

Wifi Networking

802.11 bgn

Realtek RTL8723BS

Single Band

802.11 bgn

Realtek RTL8723BS

Single Band

802.11 bgn

802.11 agn

Dell 1538

Dual Band

802.11 bgn

Realtek RTL8723BS

Single Band

Bluetooth

4.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

Dimensions

0.42 x 4.71x 7.83  in

0.39 x 5.24 x 8.27 in

0.39 x 4.25 x 7.34 in

0.35 x 5.12 x 8.50 in

7.44 x 4.76 x 0.43 in

Weight

0.75 lbs (12 oz)

0.9 lbs

12.3 oz

0.87 lbs

12.35 oz

If you find any of this in error, or if there are any features I haven’t listed that you’re curious about, let me know.

tk

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Comments

HP Stream 7 is supposed to work with Plugable 8 Dock

Hey Todd,

according to the chart at http://plugable.com/products/ud-pro8, the Plugable Pro 8 Dock is working with the HP Stream 7.

Kind regards,
Sven
 on 1/30/2015 11:58 AM

Asus Transformer T100TA

Just wanted to share my experience with the 10.1" Transformer...

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Transformer-Detachable-Touchscreen-Laptop/dp/B00OBQ59UK/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1423210542&sr=1-2&keywords=asus+transformer

After one month of daily use, I'm more than satisfied with this cute thing. I know it's twice the price of the little ones, but the screen size and the extra options make it more usable for me.

Some details:

- very good performance on the 32GB storage (other models can have 64GB, but you should be fine with 32GB)

- 9-11h battery life when I use it for office work and web browsing

- 2GB RAM - enough - I see the new models have just 1GB :(

- 1366 x 768 resolution

- microHDMI port - You can see fullHD movies on your TV without hickups

- microUSB 2.0 port & microSD

- comes with docking keyboard

- USB 3.0 on the keyboard

- some models also have a 500GB HDD inside the keyboard

The only downside I found so far is the charging time. With it turned off it takes 3-4 h to fully charge it.

But there's also a good thing regarding charging. If you have a 2A battery pack (for charging your phone) you can use it with this tablet.
With my 7500MAh battery pack I get an extra 4-5 h on it.

Kind regards,
Mircea
 on 2/6/2015 2:35 AM

Stream 7

Todd - great work on the review. I came across it because I was looking for OTG/charge info on the Insignia tablet.  Too bad it doesn't support simultaneous OTG/charge.

Just FYI, the Stream7 does use WIMBoot.
 on 4/7/2015 9:35 AM

Re: Stream 7

I'm glad you liked it. I'll update my cart to reflect the Stream 7's stats. It's one of the few of these that I didn't actually get to try.

tk
Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 4/8/2015 8:53 AM

Winbook TW802

I bought the TW802 a couple of months ago, just to have something to play with and keep in the car.  Of the winbooks, it was the most powerful and you can get it currently for $99. Shortly after getting it, I upgraded it to Windows 10.  I like it especially for the regular USB port as well as the micro-usb.  Having both comes in handy.  Here are some specs

Product Information

SKU

Model TW802

Color Black

Processor CPU Brand Intel
CPU Speed 1.33GHz
CPU Type Atom Baytrail-TZ3735F
CPU Core Quad-Core
CPU Speed 1.33GHz Normal (1.83 GHz Turbo Mode)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32-bit)
Memory Type DDR3
Flash Storage 32GB
Total Memory 2GB
Capacity: Flash Memory 32GB
Expansion Slots MicroSD

Display
Resolution 1280x800
Display Size 8"
Display Features

Capacitive Touch Screen
 5-Point Multi-Touch
 16:10 Widescreen
 Multi-Window

Display Type HD LED-Backlit IPS

Touch Screen Yes

Video Chipset Intel Gen7 Graphics

Integrated Microphone

Video Recording

VGA video webcam

Features

Front Camera 2 Megapixel

Rear Camera 2 Megapixel

Sensors G-Sensor, Light Sensor


Communications

Wi-Fi Support 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth Support Bluetooth 4.0


Ports and Connectors
Interface
micro HDMI, microSD, micro USB, USB 2.0



Ports and Connectors

1 x USB 2.0
 1 x microSD Slot
 1 x Micro USB
 1 x Micro HDMI
 1 x 3.5mm Audio Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack


Power



 on 10/9/2015 10:22 AM

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