It has been a few years since China started flooding the tablet market with cheap and decent performing Android tablets, but the Chinese still haven’t really broken onto the Windows tablet market. Vido W10 seems to be their attempt to do just that and here’s our in-depth review of this device.
Design and Build
Right off the bat, as soon as you hold it in your hands, the W10 Vido looks and feels solid. Chinese tablets aren’t really renowned for their robust design, but the W10 really delivers in this department. The design is simple and clever and, just like most Chinese tablets, Vido W10 a decent number of ports is readily available. The W10 has a HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port and a few micro USB ports.
Overall, the W10 is not revolutionary when it comes to design and build, but it is definitely a step forward for the traditionally fragile Chinese tablets. Vido W10 seems quite sturdy and robust, but this doesn’t mean it suffers in the visual department – the device looks slick, pretty and elegant. The W10 is pretty and thin, definitely quite a bit thinner than most Windows tablets out there.
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home Edition
- Screen Size: 10.1 inches
- Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels
- Pixels Per Inch: 224.17
- Battery Capacity(mAh): 3.7 V / 7300mAh, Lithium-ion battery
- Battery Life: 10-11 hours
- Processor model: Intel Cherry Trail X7-Z8700
- RAM: 4 GB
- Disk Space: 128 GB
- Cam Front: 2 MP
- Cam Back: 5 MP
- Weight in lbs: 1.41
- Weight in kg: 0.64
Hardware and Performance
The performance of the W10’s 1.6 GHz Quad Core X7-Z8700 processor is on par with that of similar Windows devices. The tablet performs very well and does not lag at all, perhaps in part due to a, for Chinese tablets, decent sized RAM memory of 2 GB, combined with 128 GB of ROM memory. Quite similar to, and obviously inspired by, the Surface 3, this tablet seems to have a lot more power than its predecessors. The Windows 10 operating system runs smoothly and, in general, the performance of this tablet seems to be much greater than one would expect from a device within this price range.
Battery life is definitely one of the strongest points of the Vido W10. The battery can last up to 11 hours and the device comes with an inbuilt 3.7/7300mAh Lithium-ion battery, which supports the fast charge technology. Those who are used to using their tablet devices often and throughout the day will definitely be impressed.
This tablet certainly disappoints when it comes to sound. Speakers sound completely fat and lack bass. Those who like to listen to music through their mobile devices will surely be disappointed, unless they use the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which still doesn’t deliver high-quality sound, but is decent.
Display and Screen
The 10.1-inch screen, with the 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, provides a wide viewing angle and a great user experience, as the colours look bright and vivid. Perhaps this is partially due to the integrated Intel HD Graphics (Gen8) and the IPS technology of the screen.
The touchscreen is very fluid and accurate, although the screen does seem a bit too bright, even with 0% brightness set. This could be a bit problematic to those who are used to darker screens and it definitely needs some getting used to.
The graphic components of this tablet are indeed quite good and there is even improvement in the camera department, which is not something we’re used to when it comes to Chinese tablets. Even though the front camera is still only 2 MP, the back camera is 5 MP. This is certainly something a lot of tablet users were hoping for.
Keyboard and Stylus
The magnetic keyboard and the stylus are, unfortunately, not included but since this tablet’s price is really competitive, most buyers will probably look into purchasing both. The black magnetic keyboard is relatively small, but designed very well, just like the touchpad.
The stylus is elegant and simple and works very well on the 10.1-inch touch screen. However, the fact that both of these two accessories have to be bough additionally, does make the W10 Elite a tad bit more expensive than most Chinese “clones”. On the other hand, it still remains a lot cheaper than its Western competitors, including the money spent on accessories.
As previously stated, the Windows 10 operating system runs very well, doesn’t lag and looks beautiful on the vivid screen. However, there are some unusual bugs and issues present. For example, the start button is sometimes unresponsive.
Obviously, this is not a gamers’ device and a tablet with these specifications can’t run high-demanding games, but casual ones run pretty good. Browsers also seem to work without any issues whatsoever.
Overall, although you might encounter some strange bugs, which are to be expected, the software seems responsive, fast and the device runs well. On the downside, it does come with some bloatware, which can definitely be annoying.
Pros and Cons
- Good performance
- Great screen
- Responsive display
- Stylus support
- Solid design
- Good back camera
- Battery life
- Decent number of ports
- Low quality speakers
- Front camera
- Keyboard and stylus not included
Conclusion: A Solid and Relatively Cheap Tablet
Although the Vido W10 Elite is a bit more expensive than other Chinese clones out there (mostly because the keyboard and the stylus are not included) it is overall a good, quality device that runs the Windows 10 operating system pretty well. The display and screen are wonderful, while the robust design is another great feature, along with great battery life. This is, arguably, one of the best Chinese tablets available and will definitely be a buyers’ favorite in the upcoming year. Perhaps we can expect a boom happening on the market, since a lot of high quality, cheap, devices have been coming from the East and, rightfully so, finding their place on the tablet market.
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