The reports say that personal computer sales don’t have growth as previous years. But the 2-in-1 segment seems to have a steady growth. We can find devices in all sizes and shapes just like any other. Today we are doing a review on the brand new Notion Ink Able 10. This device is the successor of the Cain tablet which was a success. Notion Ink did consider a lot of user feedback to its previous tablet, and focused mainly on its keyboard, more storage and RAM.
Notion Ink Able 10 Review
When you open the box you will find the tablet itself, with the docking keyboard, 10W micro USB power adapter, a warranty card and a 20 percent discount card which you can use to buy Notion Ink accessories through PayuMoney.
Design and Build
Notion Ink Able 10’s body is made out of metal mostly, which give durability and feels sturdy. You will notice its weight as soon as you pick it up, it weighs 655 grams, 1140 grams with keyboard. It’s a bit heavy for a tablet. The edges are not rounded; you will feel it a bit sharp. The power and volume rockers can be found on the top. The 3.5mm headphone socket, Micro HDMI port, full size USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, Micro USB port, 3G SIM card slot and Micro SD card slot are placed on the left side. Stereo speakers are placed on the right of the tablet. The docking mechanism for keyboard is at the bottom. There is also 2MP cameras on both side and a capacitive Windows start key on the front.
Notion Ink Able 10 has an aluminium built sturdy keyboard. The chiclet keys are good for typing. The keyboard docking mechanism uses magnets and only detaches with a bit of force which makes it more secure. The hinge will elevate the keyboard to give more comfortable typing position. When docked to the keyboard Notion Ink Able 10 feels more like a laptop.
The trackpad is wide and supports multi-touch gestures of Windows 10. The keyboard dock doesn’t have any ports on it. If it had a USB or audio jack it might have been very useful but none are present. There is a single status LED on the front of the tablet, there is no way of knowing if it is on or off when it is docked or closed.
Notion Ink Able 10 comes with a 10.1 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and supports 10 finger touch input. Touch response and viewing angles are pretty good. Brightness is only good for indoor use.
Notion Ink Able 10 is powered by an Intel Atom X5-Z8300 quad core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. This CPU can turbo boost up to 1.8 GHz when applications need it. There is 4 GB DDR3L RAM and 64 GB internal memory. There are 2 MP cameras on the front and back which will help you capture poor quality pictures even in good lighting. Considering that, Notion Ink Able 10 is not good for video conferencing.
WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 are supported. There is hardware in it to support 3G data, all you need is a 3G SIM. Setting up 3G will not be easy, you will have to enter network providers APN details manually. Only data is supported, there is no voice call support. After inserting the SIM card, you should restart the tablet so that Windows 10 can detect it.
This 2-in-1 device comes preloaded with Windows 10 Home 64-bit version with only basic apps installed. Included apps are – mobile editions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Twitter, and a few games from the Windows store. There are no trial version software included, so that we don’t have to spend time on uninstalling it. Windows will automatically switch to tablet mode when you undock it. Doing that will replace your desktop with a start screen, just like Windows 8. There are minor software glitches like onscreen keyboard hesitating to popup sometimes, but it can be ignored.
No one is expecting to play high end games on this tablet, I believe. The Atom processor and 4GB RAM won’t help it. The internal 64 GB memory is like a small SSD, which improves the boot up and loading times on softwares. Some websites which uses a lots of images and flash will tend to lag and load slower. Scrolling through these websites will stutter the page. On basic usage the tablet stays cool, and if you use a heavy software like Photoshop or play a game, the tablet will get a bit warm.
Tablet is a bit heavy for its size, but after docking it, the weights will get distributed on the flat surface and you will not feel it heavy after all. The palm rest is small; it will be difficult to use it for long time. Trackpad is not perfect, it will not register some clicks you make, especially double tap. Sometimes it will misread gestures as well, this will get really annoying after a few a hours of use.
Notion Ink Able 10 is really good for media playback. The small display is sharp with good colour reproduction which makes movies look good. This tablet is able to play even 4K video files using the default video player. As the screen resolution is just HD, playing a 4K video file won’t give any extra detail. The speakers are weak; they produce low audio levels. You will have to stick to the headphone jack.
Most tablets only support storage up to 32 GB, here Able 10 comes with 64 GB storage. Even after installing software like Photoshop and Microsoft Office there will be plenty of free space. You can also add a Micro SD card up to 128 GB to fulfill your media consumption needs.
Cinebench R15 scored 8.6fps in OpenGL test and 94 points in multi-threaded CPU test. PCMark 8 returned scores of 1350, 1389 and 1350 for the Home, Creative and Work test suites. The internal memory has 156MB/s sequential read speed and around 80MB/s for sequential writes. 3DMark Fire Strike refused to run due to the low GPU specifications, but the Ice Storm test gave us a score of 8497. To put it in perspective, the graphics performance is similar to that of a high-end smartphone.
Notion Ink Able 10 comes with an 8100 mAh battery. Windows 10 will give good battery life on most tablets. The 8100 mAh battery gave 6 hours and 39 minutes in PCMark 8’s battery test. On basic usage you will get almost similar backup. The 10W charger is not powerful enough to charge the battery faster. Considering this is a tablet, battery life could have been better.
The Notion Ink Able 10 is a Snapdeal exclusive for Rs.24,990/-, which is not bad considering what it offers. It is not that comfortable to use, trackpad is not that good. Battery life is low comparing with similar tablets. Will take time to charge the tablet using the weak charger. Video calling won’t be good as it has a poor camera.
Able 10 is good for those who want to sue it as a media consumption device or to process office files. There is good amount of Ram and storage. Display is good, there is 3G option and supports USB 3 and HDMI. All comes with a quality keyboard.