Onda oBook10 SE 2 in 1 Review

Chinese tablets: moving from good to great

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Last Updated: July 28th, 2016

In a relatively short period of time, Chinese electronics outfit Onda has made a surprisingly impressive name for itself in the tablet space. For the most part, they're known as a maker of low-cost dual-OS slates that can double as versatile laptops. The new oBook10 SE takes that winning formula, strips it down to the bare essentials and fine-tunes it for pragmatic Android fans in many fields.

Layout and Aesthetics

When you first see the oBook10 SE or any recent Onda tablet for that matter, it's hard not to think about the classic Apple MacBook. Its gorgeous CNC-cut champagne metallic chassis boasts a surprising number of ports including a TF card slot, Micro USB and Micro HDMI. Amazingly, this particular budget Onda is just 8.0mm thick and weighs in at a mere 680 grams.

 

Horsepower, Storage & Display

The oBook10 SE has a lean but powerful quad-core Intel Z3735F CPU with a base clock of 1.33GHz that can be accelerated to 1.83GHz on demand. It also boasts integrated Intel HD Gen7 graphics as well as 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of on-board storage that's expandable to 128GB. The featured display is a simple but sharp 1280x800-pixel IPS screen capable of 4K HD video playback.

Operating System and Software

Besides its eye-catching design and rock-bottom price, one of the biggest selling points of the Onda oBook10 SE is its Remix OS 2.0 operating system. For those not familiar with Remix OS 2.0, it's essentially Android 5.1 Lollipop that's been reconfigured to act and look like Windows 10 or Chrome OS. The good news is that Windows-specific apps like Office work like a dream on Remix.

Networking and Peripherals

As you might expect, the oBook10 SE features 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and no other over-the-air communications options at the moment. The optional but highly recommended full-QWERTY Onda oBook10 Keyboard boasts a regulation-size USB port, a killer trackpad and a Multimodal Rotary Shaft docking interface for just under $40. The actual tablet itself comes with solid speakers for the money and a front-facing 2.0MP camera.

Performance in the Field

Despite having only 2GB of RAM and a low-voltage CPU, the oBook 10 SE generally screams when running the Remix OS. Thanks to a 5400mAh battery, it can fire on all cylinders for up to 7 hours without skipping a beat. The included HD display's 24-bit color depth makes any media pop and the on-board Gravity Sensing System will protect careless users from random drops.

Onda oBook10 SE Pros & Cons

At the end of the day, the Onda oBook10 SE is affordable, fairly powerful and well built. Furthermore, it has a novel operating system that combines the best of both Windows 10 and the latest Android version. The only minor downside is the fact that gaming and media capabilities are somewhat handicapped by the highly power-efficient CPU found inside this otherwise topnotch tablet.

The Ideal Onda oBook10 SE Buyer

If you love Android and don't stay in one place for long, this oBook10 is a good call. While it's not a workstation replacement like the Microsoft Surface could be, it can hold its own. As long as your priorities are Android-focused productivity that isn't dependent on a robust GPU, the Onda oBook10 SE is a great investment that clocks in at less than $200 all told.

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Technical Specifications

Onda oBook10 SE
 Tablet  Onda oBook10 SE
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Win 10/A5.1
 CPU  Intel Z3735F - 1.33 GHz
 Storage  32 GB
 RAM  2 GB
 Display  IPS - 10.1 inch
 Resolution  1280 x 800 px - 150 ppi
 Camera  Front 2.0 / Back 0.0 MP
 Weight  0.68 kg / 1.50 lbs
 Battery life  5.0 hours
 Released  2016-03

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Battery life comparison

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Onda oBook10 SE5.0Onda oBook10 SE tablet autonomy comparison

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Weight comparison

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