E FUN Nextbook 10.1: Performance

December 24, 2014 by Jerry Jackson Reads (46,378)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 4
    • Usability
    • 4
    • Design
    • 5
    • Performance
    • 4
    • Features
    • 4
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 5.43
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance

The overall performance of the 1.83 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor is not the best, and it is further hindered by painfully limiting 1 GB of system RAM and an even slower 32 GB of on-board storage.

As a result, multitasking with the Nextbook is often quite difficult. We frequently found ourselves limiting our activities to just one thing at a time because the Nextbook would “stall” when we tried to browse websites and install software at the same time. In fact, most of our standard benchmark software wouldn’t even run on this device.

Microsoft was kind enough to include 1 TB of online storage with One Drive cloud storage along with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. Unfortunately, those extras shouldn’t be the main reasons to purchase a 2-in-1.

The Wi-Fi card inside the Nextbook is a standard 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN card with Bluetooth v4.0 included. That sounds great, but the truth is that the Netbook regularly dropped Wi-Fi signal or suffered from a weak connection even when in close proximity to the router in our office. The Nextbook simply doesn’t offer the most reliable Wi-Fi connection with the budget wireless LAN card inside.

E FUN Nextbook 10.1 TabletThe specifications for the E FUN Netbook Windows 8.1 (Model NXW10QC32G) are as follows:

  • Windows 8.1 with 1 year of Office 365 Personal and 1 TB of OneDrive Cloud storage for 1 year
  • Intel Quad-Core Bay Trail-T Atom Z3735G processor (1.83 GHz burst frequency)
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage Capacity: 32GB eMMC SSD in tablet
  • 1-inch IPS touch screen display (1280 x 800)
  • Includes Keyboard Dock
  • Rear 2MP Webcam, Front 0.3MP webcam, microHDMI, microUSB, microSDXC slot
  • Wireless Type: 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Battery Type: 6000 mAh Lithium ion (8 hours estimated battery life)
  • MSRP: $199 ($179 at most Walmart stores)

 

Benchmarks

wPrime 32M processor comparisons (time in seconds, lower scores means better performance):
wprime Nextbook 10.1

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:
Nextbook 10.1 CDMark

 

Battery Life

Our review unit of the E FUN Nextbook packs a 6000 mAh lithium-ion battery and that might sound pretty good because tablets like the iPad mini only have a 4400 mAh battery. Unfortunately, the Nextbook is not as power-friendly as an iPad, so that extra battery capacity still means worse battery life.

In real-life use, we found that the average battery life was somewhere between 4 and 6 hours. The poor battery life is largely due to the fact that the processor is working so hard (usually consuming as much wattage as possible when active) and the fact that the default screen and sleep settings aren’t shutting down the power-hungry parts of the tablet during idle time.

To clarify, a typical notebook PC will do into sleep mode in order to conserve battery life if you stop using it. This allows you to come back 8-12 hours later and still use the laptop. In the case of the E FUN Nextbook, if you leave this tablet turned on and walk away for 8 hours, it’ll be dead when you come back.

 As of this writing, E FUN Nextbook 10.1 is available from Walmart for $179.


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  1. MikeLonewolf

    I have found out with ownership of this unit, it is possible to make this a low-end (very cheap) laptop. Going with the mini-usb port on this unit. to make it usable for components, you need to purchase a RFI mini to full size USB cable. Strange that this eFun doesn’t work with a standard mini to full size USB cable. Now you can add a CD/DVD drive to install software. I know you could use a mini USB mass storage drive, BUT I have yet seen one that could hold a full 6 CD install. As well as this Nextbook I see no way for a user to upgrade the RAM from the current 1 gig that comes with it. Also I checked with Efun’s support the Windows 8.1 operating system is built right into it, and Microsoft’s policy is that a OEM on consumer’s demand supply them with the operating system on a device , and a COA along with the sale. I looked this device over entirely, and there is no COA included with any of the material with nor on the body of this Efun Nextbook. I give it 1 star out of 5 stars. Which is the lowest rating I have given a device since the old, old, old iOpener device.

  2. cmartin1

    After 1 week of use the charging port or the male end of charger has developed a short. It has become apparent cost saving measures was taken in the power system. I speculate similar cost saving will appear in customer service. I will update readers with my experiences.

  3. raf39907

    Every time my Nextbook is finished charging, I cannot turn it on. It eventually comes on on it’s own. I do not know what I am doing wrong. This is the longest I have had an issue with turning it on. I purchased it so I could walk away from my PC when I read my E-Textbook for my Online Classes I take. All of the reviews that I have read are the same issues that I have with this tablet. I will never purchase another one. Now I have to wait for 5 months before I can get something that is more reliable.

  4. nothappy2015

    Horrible customer service. Two Nextbooks and 2 charging issues. Buy something else.

  5. eximorph

    i have one more than a month. i dont have the problem with the charger, mines charg rally fast. the baterry live and the performance are really good, i she hold around 7 to 9 hrs and dont have problem with the mutitasking. about the power bottom she take some time around 1 min (press and hold power bottom) but that have a reson, if you press and hold power + volumen down + windows bottom durning that time she will boot in the boot menu if you press and hold power bottom + windows bottom she will boot on usb boot mode thats the reason why she take time time to boot after is turn off, im my opinion the person who make this post need to test need to test the tablet one more time.