A wow product from a startup!
By Karunanidhi Venugopal | 20 Jul 2016
I had been searching the web for quite some time for an alternate to the expensive Surface Pro in India until, one fine day in mid March 2016, I stumbled over this product, through Gadgets 360. I ordered it on 17 May night and the device was with me at Chennai on 19 May- Prompt! I had some initial niggles as we generally have with new launches. However, the Smartron people were so quick and responsive that my problems have been mostly solved.I have been using the device for about two months now.Here are my impressions:
1. Design is very good. 2. Finish is excellent - The Magnesium Aluminium body with the kick stand and dual tone is very good. 3. The 4K display is amazing. 4. Windows 10 and Office 365 work smoothly with the 5th generator Intel M processor. 5. The OS/SSD combine well to give a launch time of less than 15 seconds upon switching on the device. 6.The key board is light, easily detachable and easily attachable too, through the magnetic coupling. The feed back while typing is comfortable as is the button spacing. 7. The complimentary Smartron sleeve houses the tbook neatly.
1. The device is far more heavy compared with the Surface Pro and is a little inconvenient to handle it as a tab due to this reason and the thickness.
2. The riverse camera is never going to be used on such a large and heavy device.They could well have a avoided the poor quality stuff and instead strengtheed the front one for video calling. 3. The keyboard in spite of firmware upgrade (suggested by Smartron) is over sensitive.
4. People grumble about heating up upon usage - Intel M processor consumes less energy for processing and will not over heat upon normal work. It is meant to give longer battery hours on mobile devices and does not have cooling fan. Therefore, it is better not to tax the tbook on gaming and such.
Which product is 100% perfect? Even the celebrated and much hyped Apple products are not. This is too good a product for a startup company and a good value for the money for the purchaser. Go for it with full confidence.