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.
- 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)
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.