E FUN Nextbook 10.1: Conclusion

December 24, 2014 by Jerry Jackson Reads (46,461)
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

Conclusion

We hate to sound like we’re beating up on a product because we genuinely believe “there is a buyer for every laptop and a laptop for every buyer.” That said, the E FUN Nextbook is hard to recommend unless you simply don’t have the cash for another Windows 2-in-1 or you simply don’t want an iPad mini.

E FUN did what many companies refused to do by offering a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid running Windows 8.1 for less than $200. The problem is that sometimes we get what we pay for with electronics. While the Atom processor inside the Nextbook does alright when paired with at least 2 GB of RAM and a fast SSD, the performance of this 2-in-1 is horribly limited by the fact the Nextbook only packs 1 GB of RAM and a slow storage drive.

The screen quality isn’t great, the keyboard is subpar, and the battery life is downright laughable. If E FUN had managed to deliver snappier performance with decent battery life, then we might have forgiven the cramped keyboard, the mediocre screen, and the lack of a standard USB port.

As it stands, if you’re looking for a budget 2-in-1 then we highly recommend spending a little extra on the updated Asus Transformer Book T100. If you’re just looking for a cheap tablet then you might as well spend an extra $20 or so to buy the Apple iPad mini.

 

E FUN Nextbook 10.1 TabletPros:

  • Cheap price
  • Microsoft Office 365 and 1TB of One Drive included
  • Available at most Walmart stores

Cons:

  • Horrible performance
  • Horrible battery life
  • Mediocre screen and keyboard
  • Subpar Wi-Fi reliability
  • No full-size USB port


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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.