Just when we thought you couldn’t find new Windows laptops for less than $200, the folks at E FUN show up to prove us wrong. We took a closer look at the new line of Nextbook budget laptops and 2-in-1 devices from E FUN during the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show.
While the Nextbook line certainly isn’t known for high performance, these are some of the least expensive Windows 10 mobile devices you can find. The latest batch of low-cost Windows 10 and Android systems will begin shipping in the Spring of this year. As with most of the previous Nextbook PCs, you can expect to find these notebooks and 2-in-1s for sale at Walmart and other U.S. retail stores.
The Nextbook 11.6″ Convertible Touch Screen Windows 10 Laptop ($269.99) is the first convertible-style laptop from Efun and features a 360-degree hinge that allows you to use the notebook in laptop, tablet, tent or stand modes similar to what we’ve seen from Lenovo’s Yoga series and other convertible notebooks. It features an 11.6-inch IPS touch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution, a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor with 2GB of RAM, a total of 64GB of onboard storage, and microSD card storage expansion. This convertible also packs USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, microHDMI, a 2.0 MP webcam, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.
The Nextbook 14″ Windows 10 Laptop ($199.99) is E FUN’s solution for an affordable student laptop. It shares many of the same hardware components as the new 11.6″ Convertible; you’ll get a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor with 2GB of RAM, a total of 32GB of onboard storage, and microSD card storage expansion. This larger notebook features a 14-inch IPS display with 1366 x 768 resolution and also includes USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, microHDMI, a 2.0 MP webcam, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.
If you’re looking for a more portable affordable laptop, the Nextbook Flexx 9A ($149.99) is the least expensive Windows 10 device in E FUN’s 2016 lineup. The Flexx 9A is built around a 8.9-inch IPS touch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, the quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage that is expandable via micro SD card up to an additional 64GB. Like the rest of the “Flexx” series of Nextbooks, the Flexx 9A gets its name from its 2-in-1 design; the keyboard (and the single full-size USB port) is removable so you can convert the screen into a Windows tablet.
Both the Nextbook Flexx 10A ($199.99) and the Nextbook Flexx 11A ($249.99) feature identical hardware specs with Windows 10 and the same quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor with 2GB of RAM, but the Flexx 10A features a 10-inch IPS touch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and 32GB of internal storage while the Flexx 11a has an 11.6-inch IPS touch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution and 64GB of internal storage. Both of these 2-in-1 PCs include front and rear cameras, Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card storage expansion, a microUSB port and two full-size USB ports.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a 2-in-1 but prefer Google’s Android OS then the Nextbook Ares 11A ($219.99) is worth a quick look. Realistically, this is 100 percent identical to the previously mentioned Flexx 11A, but the Ares 11A uses Android 5.1 instead of Windows 10.
We’ll be sure to take a closer look at at least one of these similarly equipped budget PCs as soon as E FUN begins shipping systems to U.S. retailers later this year.