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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 6th Sep 17, 2:17 AM
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    Anyone recommend a budget tablet PC?
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    • 6th Sep 17, 2:17 AM
    Anyone recommend a budget tablet PC? 6th Sep 17 at 2:17 AM
    Dropped and broke my Tablet PC, A Motion Computing one that originally sold for quite a bit of money.

    Looking for a budget replacement.

    Spotted some PC Tablets with Dual OS Windows and Android.

    Full sized USB would be an advantage but as long as micro to standard USB adapters work then thats fine.

    Proper keyboard addon not that important. But notice that the full sized USB ports seem to be in the keyboard on a lot of them.

    Spotted some in the CPC leaflet £130 - £150, thinking about £20 more than Ebay/Amazon but better aftersales. Then i remembered the mag prices are +VAT. So closer to £40 more than Ebay/Amazon. No matter how many times i look that +VAT keeps catching me out..

    They all appear to be the same generic items, just different labels..

    Must have windows, I would prefer 7 but that seems like a big no.

    Found some reviews but the models change far too quickly and other reviews say the best tablet is an Apple or Samsung, err not for me because no windows...

    Dual boot to Android is a bonus..

    Anyone got one or recommend one?

    Thanks
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    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 6th Sep 17, 2:22 AM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 2:22 AM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 2:22 AM
    Dual boot to Android is not a bonus, it works like crap.

    Chuwi is a brand from China starting to make quite a name for itself.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 6th Sep 17, 8:20 PM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 8:20 PM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 8:20 PM
    Whats wrong with the dual boot ones? Best of both worlds?

    Seen so many reviews that even the testers struggled to find something different. Down side to the dual boot is space, one mentioned having less than 8GB free space in windows and an update took about 3GB. Space was biased towards Android tester thought that wrong.

    Looking at the Hi10 64GB version, or one of the many clones with the same device. Although by the time a tester does the review and writes the script and uploads it the spec has changed...

    First 10" one i reviewed was not dual boot, they said dont update with the files provided by the manufacturer because it bricked his device.
    Luckily he had the tools to reflash it.

    Sub £150 for 10.1" IPS, 4GB / 64GB. Some mentions the screen being the exact same one used by the original MS Surface? Was it a bad screen?

    I know its not going to match a big brand Android or PC tablet, but for my needs the price is right.

    They all seem much of a muchness.
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    • rsvtoddy
    • By rsvtoddy 6th Sep 17, 10:41 PM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 10:41 PM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 10:41 PM
    Typing this on a Cube iwork 10 dual boot that I've just bought. 170.00 including keyboard off the bay.

    Must say I'm impressed with it! Have loaded Office professional plus 2016 and no issues at all with it so far.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 7th Sep 17, 7:22 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 7:22 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 7:22 PM
    Any downsides? Some said the android version is a little old and no updates. But i dont see that as a problem.

    I wish windows 10 would do the same. No updates to waste memory.
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    • rsvtoddy
    • By rsvtoddy 7th Sep 17, 8:54 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 8:54 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 8:54 PM
    To be honest apart from when I got it I haven't felt the need to boot into Android but when I did it seemed snappy enough. Windows 10 seems perfectly fine so that's what I use!
    • mgdavid
    • By mgdavid 8th Sep 17, 12:08 AM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 12:08 AM
    take a look at the Linx 1010.
    I've used a linx 8 for a couple of years and it's fine for my needs, no issues, so on that basis the latest model should be even better.
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    • Clive x
    • By Clive x 8th Sep 17, 2:02 AM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 2:02 AM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 2:02 AM
    I've just left Microsoft Win 10 in disgust. Now on Chromebook. u say u must have Windows.
    ok, but be aware Chromebook can Edit/Save/convert to/from Office apps ie Excel/Word/PPt . Also Chromebook costs me <1/100 of Windows 10, Win10 Updates and other data capacity used regularly 500-700 Megabytes weekly , Chromebook's overhead around ONE MEGABYTE per MONTH. CANNOT get a virus !!! Works flawlessly. I'm a qualified Electronics Technician and I give Google's Chromebook 9.5 out of 10, and Win10 >MINUS 10
    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 8th Sep 17, 9:54 AM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 9:54 AM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 9:54 AM
    Some downsides, you need a PC or MAC to set up cloud printing if you haven't got a cloud printer, unable to watch Sky Go or NowTV (afaik) and unable to connect DVD drives.

    But Windows is horrible and if you can manage without the above then Chromebooks make a lot of sense. I've had one for a few years now and it's never let me down. I even dropped it and broke the keyboard so I bought a cheap USB keyboard and it works fine.
    The main issue for me is printing, if you can sort that out then I would highly recommend.
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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 8th Sep 17, 8:40 PM
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    When I was looking for a small tablet/laptop, Neil49 recommended this and it suits me fine.
    https://www.tesco.com/direct/lenovo-miix-310-101-inch-touch-atom-x5-z8350-2gb-32gb-intel-hd-graphics-windows-10-2-in-1-laptop-silver/613-6038.pr.d?skuId=613-6038&source=others

    Runs Windows 10 and can use Kingsoft Office.

    Only caveat is not much storage.
    Yes, the USB socket's on the detachable keyboard.
    The tablet's got a microSD card socket, but it has issues recognising the card unless you squeeze a small bit of paper in to improve the contact.

    Works well for me and I'm happy.
    Last edited by zagubov; 08-09-2017 at 11:03 PM.
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    • Neil49
    • By Neil49 8th Sep 17, 9:34 PM
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    I've got a 64gb micro sd card in my Miix 3 and it works fine. There were a lot of problems with 128 gb cards in the early days and I still wouldn't trust anything that size.
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 8th Sep 17, 10:06 PM
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    http://mcscom.co.uk/shop/dell-tablets-and-2-in-1-pcs/venue-11-pro/?orderby=price

    The cheapest device with a mobile broadband card installed is around £150.
    Keyboard with extra battery available on the same page.

    http://mcscom.co.uk/product/dell-venue-11-pro-7140-b-grade-m-5y10-upto-2-0ghz-4gb-128gb-wwan-10-8-fhd-win10-1yr-rtb-wty-mll530b/
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 8th Sep 17, 11:01 PM
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    take a look at the Linx 1010.
    I've used a linx 8 for a couple of years and it's fine for my needs, no issues, so on that basis the latest model should be even better.
    Originally posted by mgdavid
    I've got one of those. Complete with a case and keyboard it cost £120 (IIRC). The local primary school has one for every pupil.

    Two full size USB ports, a mini HDMI port and a micro SD slot.

    Overall it is an excellent little machine. The speakers are rubbish though and the clip on keyboard makes it a bit heavy.
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 8th Sep 17, 11:35 PM
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    I've just left Microsoft Win 10 in disgust. Now on Chromebook. u say u must have Windows.
    ok, but be aware Chromebook can Edit/Save/convert to/from Office apps ie Excel/Word/PPt . Also Chromebook costs me <1/100 of Windows 10, Win10 Updates and other data capacity used regularly 500-700 Megabytes weekly , Chromebook's overhead around ONE MEGABYTE per MONTH. CANNOT get a virus !!! Works flawlessly. I'm a qualified Electronics Technician and I give Google's Chromebook 9.5 out of 10, and Win10 >MINUS 10
    Originally posted by Clive x

    But can the chromebook run windows based OBD software, and will it have said drivers for the devices? Currently having a love hate relationship with windows 10 on my PC but its a must with the Ryzen setup.

    Having installed classic shell and 7 tweaker i have it looking just like windows 7 and removed a lot of the junk also.
    Last edited by forgotmyname; 08-09-2017 at 11:38 PM.
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 8th Sep 17, 11:47 PM
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    I opted for the Chuwi Hi10 4GB RAM 64GB storage. 1920x1200 screen.

    What swayed me to this one was i got fed up of looking at virtually identical tablets and the 2 full sized USB ports.

    Amazon Prime delivery arrived today.. Already setup windows and a load of updates. Installed classic shell already.

    Seems to be all fine. Connects to the network fine and no issues with the printer. Booted to android and its v5.1. Not the latest but it works and free of bloatware, totally free of it..

    Only downside so far is Google Chrome on windows 10. Seems its not very good on a tablet. Runs in a window not fullscreen even though set to full screen. The minimise and maximise buttons dont work on the top bar, you cannot move the window either.
    The fix was run it in win 7 compatibility mode.

    Otherwise it seems fine. Very bright screen. Its been on for most of the day also. A good 6 hours+ of live use.
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