Ever have $80 dollars in your pocket and decide: I should buy a full fledged Windows PC that operates on an 8 inch screen? Man, ten years ago I would have sawed off an arm or two for that kind of technology. Anyway, I recently bought a Winbook 802 from Microcenter. I’ve decided to do a write-up for it, and give it away as it won’t be replacing my Nexus 9. (See the end of this post for the giveaway.)
As previously stated the WinBook is an $80 tablet from Microcenter that runs Windows 8.1 on an Atom Z3735F. Other specs include an 8 inch screen with 1280×800 resolution, 2 gigs of RAM, and 32 gigs of flash storage. By no means is this tablet a gaming powerhouse, but I found it plenty snappy for some internet browsing, light gaming (think Windows store stuff) and word processing. I even threw a Virtualbox instance running Lubuntu on there just because I could.
I find this type of tablet (as most any tablet) to be great for consumption, but not necessarily for creation. That being said, a few things make this tablet very unique.
- It has a full sized USB port
- It has an HDMI (micro) out
- It has a Standard MicroUSB charging cable
Aside from the uses above, I found this tablet very useful for running Synergy and using it as a second monitor for my laptop while traveling, though the text can get a little small (Windows 10 should eventually do a better job than 8.1 with scaling). I also threw Windows 10 Tech Preview on the tablet, used the aforementioned ports to connect it to an external display, mouse, and keyboard… and played with Windows 10 for a while. While the OS is not fully baked, it’s already a hell of an improvement over Windows 8/8.1. The ports on this tablet are enough to make it stand out for someone who wants a tablet that can double as a PC in a pinch.
The biggest cons of the tablet to me are:
- The display – I find the 16×9 aspect ratio awkward on tablets, and this is no exception. THough the screen does seem to perform okay.
- It does feel a little underpowered… but what do you want from an 80 dollar tablet?
Overall I quite like the little tablet, and while this space (8 inch Windows tablets) is becoming quite crowded,The TW802 sets itself apart with price, and ports. The TW does enough to carve out a niche for itself in a crowded space, and for that I give it an 80% awesome rating.
If you want this little tablet for $80 go to Microcenter. If you want it for free with Win10 tech preview on it, submit a comment (with a real email address so I can contact you) and I will draw a winner at random at the end of June and send it to you 100% free of charge. Good Luck!