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Gentleman’s Guide to Affordable Tablet – Onda oBook 10 Pro

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Onda oBook 10 Pro, 1/3 of a Surface 3

The Onda oBook 10 Pro share many similar specs with the Microsoft Surface 3, but only fracture of the cost.
The Onda oBook 10 Pro share many similar specs with the Microsoft Surface 3, but only fracture of the cost.

Until now, the Windows tablets still have a hard time looking for their place in a person’s arsenal of digital devices. But as most of their roles are fully capable to be taken over by smart phone with larger screen, those who adopted tablet into their daily routine find them replaceable in future.

In this review, we look at the Onda oBook 10 Pro, it costs us only around RM800 to purchase from China but packs a solid hardware. When standing side by side with the RM2’500 Microsoft Surface 3, it carries so much similarity, that we have doubts about it, and assume that it might be over-claiming its specs. In our opinion, if it showed performance similar with the Surface 3, then this is an amazing piece of hardware at an affodable price point.

So what does Onda oBook 10 Pro, a tablet with mostly the same hardware range with Surface 3, but one-third of the price can do? Let’s find out.

1Rocking Atom like no one else!

Driven by technology from 2 years back, the Onda oBook 10 Pro is equipped with an X7-8700 quad-core Atom processor, with a normal clock speed of 1.6GHz and turbo boost of 2.4GHz. 4Gb of DDR3 Ram, 64Gb of generic eMMC space, Bluetooth and Dual Band WiFi. With these specs, the Onda oBook 10 Pro can be considered as one of the better specs tablets out there.

The Atom X7-8700 to this writer, is one of the most practical ultra low power SOC for Windows out there. I am not shunning the Atom X5, which is widely used in the main stream Windows tablets, is nice and it performs well. But if you use any other Windows machines, be it desktop or laptop, it is likely that you will instantly notice the sluggishness of the tablet.

So how well does the Atom X7 8700 perform? Well, here’s where things get interesting. In Unigine Heaven Benchmark, the Atom X7 8700 push out an misy 63 score. Is it bad?, well to put things into perspective, that’s about 20+ score better the previous generation of Atom Z3735F, who usually score around 40 + – in Unigine heaven.

In Cinebench R15, the OpenGL score a mere 12.06 fps and 86 cb mark. there’s no suprise here actually, coming from an expectation of the unreal heaven test.

Well, in terms of performance of an eMMC, is actually consider performaning quite badly. Where branded eMMC can hit read speed of 156.9mb/s and write at 64.3mb/s in CrystalDisk Mark, the generic eMMC in the Onda oBook 10 Pro can only hit a mere 101.2 mb/s reading speed, and 46.92 mb/s write speed.

 

2Display that gets the job done

Now the oBook 10 Pro have a 10.1″ IPS Screen, with the resolution of 1920*1200 Pixels at a 16:10 ratio. This ratio is rather different than the Surface 3 3.2 ratios, where Microsoft opted for an A4 paper like experience, the oBook 10 Pro adapt a more HD monitor look and feel. Personally, the HD monitor does feel odd while being held vertically, it feels like a long pamphlet; horizontally, you must hold it with 2 hands due to how heavy (0.6kg, as light as a small fire extinguisher)it is for 1 hand.

If you come from an HD environment, the oBook 10 Pro will give you pleasant experience. There are times when you hold up a device and felt how unnatural it is to view, this is due to the formed ratio of the device carries. The oBook 10 Pro is designed to carry the viewing experience of any desktop and laptop experience, hence the 2 in 1 Laptop + Keyboard design. So after using it in my work routine, I find it soon becomes irreplaceable.

3Build like a Tank, with a flimsy based

The tablet sized 25.00 cm x 16.40 cm x 0.85 cm without the based, noticeably smaller than an A4 paper and feels right in the hand. The aluminum back plating feels nice while holding, but there is a concern of comfort due heating up after prolonged used. And also once your hands heat up, it will sweat, then you have to clean the dried sweat on the surface from time to time. Overall I would say this is not much of a concern if you stay in places with cold weather, but here in Malaysia, the sweat stains are really really annoying.

Now the based unit, the Keyboard, is not something you would fancy at considering it cost more than RM200. The build quality is less than impressive when you dock the Tablet to the keyboard and leave it open, there are the balancing issues since the Tablet is much heavier than the Keyboard. Then you have to deal with the over-powering magnetic docks. The magnet mechanism that makes up the docking is really strong, I mean, you need to practically tear both units apart to remove them. The button keys on the keyboard fit well and are not flimsy, but pressing it down gives you a hard and unresponsive feeling.

The Onda oBook 10 Pro share many similar specs with the Microsoft Surface 3, but only fracture of the cost.
The magnet act as the connecting mechanism of this tablet and the based unit are really strong.

So what do we think about it? The tablet is well built with some fault that can be easily overlook, but the base is just not good and unfortunately, an essential part to enjoy the full experience.

4Small Package, Great Potential

The oBook 10 Pro comes with many ports such Micro USB port, Type-C USB 3, headset port, TF card slot, Micro HDMI, and an independent Power Port

This tablet packs some of the best expansion ports out there, you got your usual Micro USB port, Type-C USB 3, headset port, TF card slot, Micro HDMI, and an independent Power Port. There is a full size USB 2.0 port at the base unit, generally very helpful when it comes to connecting wireless mouse, where you don’t have to dangle an OTG usb hub everywhere.

These ports shows so much potential, with the micro HDMI port, you can connect this tablet to a monitor with no issues at all. And with a Type-C USB 3, you now have the ability to connect to either very complete USB HUB, or a full fledged USB-C docking system.

The Onda oBook 10 Pro share many similar specs with the Microsoft Surface 3, but only fracture of the cost.
The TF Card port hide underneath the tablet

5Conclusion

The Onda oBook 10 Pro is by far one of the best tablet we tried. The Intel X7 out perform the common Intel X5 in the market, comes with very complete set of expansion ports and with the add-on value of an original base unit.

If you are, by any chance, are in the market for a tablet, do consider the Onda oBook 10 Pro as one of your potential candidates!

6Comment from Gentlemen

Driven Calvary

Much easier to be use in a confined environment such as in the car or train. with full window experience, email and work sheet are easily manageable.

Office Centurion

No good if you sit in a office all day, any note book or desktop can out performance it easily.

Public Conferencer

Tablet = a presenter best friend

Tablet + attachment keyboard = final adjustment made easy.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Most affordable Intel Atom X7 tablet out there.
  • USB C, potential of expansion is unlimited!
  • X7 Atom, not the best, but gets the job done

Cons

  • Based keyboard is by far, the worst we tried
  • Specialize charging port, why cant i just charge with USB C?
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Model – oBook 10 Pro
  • CPU – Quad-Core 1.6GHz CPU 64-bit
  • Chipset – Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Processor (2MB Cache)
  • Camera – 2 Megapixel Front Camera, with good quality video recording
  • RAM – 4GB DDR3 | ROM – 64GB and Supports MicroSD (TF) external storage up to 128GB
  • Display – Screen size 10.1 inches IPS WUXGA
  • Dimension & Weight – 25.00 cm x 16.40 cm x 0.85 cm, 575g
  • Battery – 6000mAh Lithium-ion Battery with 100-240V 5V 2.5A AC adapter
  • Sensors – Gravity Sensor
  • Color – Golden Color
  • Operating System – Windows 10 OS Home

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