Review Onda oBook10
Many believe that the era of traditional computers is, and this is partly true, because more often than not their role to take over smartphones and tablets, while PC sales are falling every quarter. Manufacturers, however, are not afraid to experiment with new forms and regularly delight us with new hybrid products, which are easily converted from one device to another, often unthinkable until recently, ways. Underlying all this are new Intel processors, which provide high performance at low power consumption, and a new version of Windows that is optimized to work with touch screens.
One of those gadgets is named OBook10, and releases its Chinese manufacturer Onda. This name can be not familiar to you, as the company does not produce smartphones, but Onda is very popular in the segment of cheap tablets with Windows and Android, along with Teclast, Chuwi, Cube, and other companies from China.
OBook10 follows a familiar formula, which provides for the combination of the «tablet + keyboard», and at a very attractive price. Unfortunately, in my hands was the only tablet, so that the features of the keyboard will mention only in passing.
- OS: Windows 10 Home
- CPU: Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Z8300, 1.44 GHz
- Memory: 4 GB LPDDR3
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics Gen8
- Storage: 64 GB eMMC
- Memory card: Micro SD(HC)/Micro SD(XC) up to 128GB
- Network: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.0
- Screen: capacitive multitouch IPS 10.1” (16:10) 1280 x 800
- Camera: front 2 MP
- Connectors: Micro HDMI, Micro USB/OTG, 3.5 mm audio Jack
- Power: DC Jack, battery 6000 mAh
- Other: accelerometer, Intel WiDi
- Dimensions: 250 x 164 x 8 mm
- Weight: 575 g (without keyboard), 1100 g (with keyboard).
In the design of Onda OBook10 used a combination of black surface and the rear finish of Golden color that comes it some chic. Build quality is good. Right on the front panel are touch-sensitive Windows button and in the center above the screen a built webcam.
The back side is made of aluminum.
On the sides there are plastic buttons to adjust the volume and switch on, interfaces, micro HDMI and micro USB/OTG, 3.5 mm audio Jack, DC connector for charging and speaker.
On the bottom are the magnetic connectors for keyboard and connector Pogo Pin, through which the connection between the keyboard and tablet part, and a slot for a memory card.
The keyboard itself has a full-size USB 3.0 port and is made of aluminum, but the bottom of opaque plastic.
Connect your tablet to the keyboard without any problems – enough to bring them to each other and the magnets will do the job. According to reviews, the magnets are powerful enough, but because there is no danger that the keyboard can be separated and fall, if you take and lift the device off the screen.
Due to the symmetry of the connectors the tablet, you can connect any screen to the keyboard, or Vice versa. In the second case, the keyboard serves as a stand.
The screen is responsive. The resolution is 1280 by 800 pixels, and since we are talking about a 10.1-inch panel, if desired, you can see the graininess. The IPS panel offers very good viewing angles, vibrant and saturated colors. The image quality is optimal, but the display is not bright enough. Outdoor readability that drops significantly, and since the screen is also very much glare in some situations to use a device becomes impossible.
Quad-core Intel Atom Z8300 with a clock frequency of 1.44 GHz (under load may increase to 1.84 GHz) copes with its task well. It is produced on 14-nanometer technology and in balanced mode SDP (Scenario Design Power) consumes only 2 watts of energy.
Switching between background apps is very fast; it is comfortable working with multiple simultaneous open basic programs. This help and 4 gigabytes of RAM. The interface works smoothly, without jerks.
Graphics processing is entrusted to an integrated solution Intel HD Graphics Gen8, which is more than enough for the needs of Onda OBook10, because the device was created primarily for content consumption and text, not for games. I tested only Asphalt 8: the game runs at high frame rates and extremely smooth. I’m sure all the other games from the Windows Store will work just as well.
Onda OBook10 is equipped with eMMC storage to 64 gigabytes, of which a significant part is reserved for the purpose of the system – 1 GB allocated for the recovery partition and another 20 GB is files Windows 10. User is only 34 GB.
The only gripe is the power embedded Wi-Fi adapter. He is very weak, and therefore browse the Internet or watch online videos it is possible only in the immediate vicinity of the router, otherwise the connection speed drops significantly. I’m not sure that the problem lies in a weak wireless module; it is possible to blame a constructive miscalculation: the manufacturer made the rear part of the tablet is completely made of aluminium, and it would leave a small area covered with plastic, so as not to shield the antenna.
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In terms of software Onda OBook10 offers license Windows 10 Home without any additions from the manufacturer or third-party developers. The system is completely clean, but with a standard set of universal apps from Microsoft, however, there is a part of any Windows 10 device default.
Battery capacity is 6000 mAh. The specs stated up to 6 hours of battery life, but the actual time depends on how you use the device. When surfing the Internet with reduced brightness the charge lasts for 5-5.5 hours. Enough charge to watching two half-hour movies with HD resolution with maximum display brightness, but with disabled Wi-Fi module. By the way, speaker of the tablet is very quiet, I would even say he’s dead. So watching video on Onda OBook10 without headphones will be a real disappointment, because even in quiet surroundings, really do not hear anything.
Because Onda OBook10 is a relatively budget device, its owners will be forced to live with some compromises: no battery in the keyboard, small internal memory, speaker quiet and weak Wi-Fi antenna. The rest is a good tablet with a good display, metal case, normal performance, and battery which provides about 6 hours of battery life. It is also equipped with a simple but effective magnetic mechanism that allows you to connect a display and keyboard. The device will not replace the laptop, but can easily become your constant companion on trips. Buy Onda OBook10 on GearBest for $ 170. You can also purchase the keyboard.