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July 18, 2019
I am giving this 5 stars but you must absolutely qualify that rating. For $119 *WITH* keyboard this is a 5 star product. Let me now explain why and how it fits my use pattern.
First thing everyone should know, this is a rebadged Alldocube (formerlly just cube) Knote 5 (just google it). NuVision appears to partner with various Chinese ODM's to bring over to the US locally branded tablets and 2in1 devices. I have prevously seen them source Onda as well, I think one of their models is a Jumper but it's hard to say. That being said, don't ever rate one NuVision device against another i.e. "X was good/bad so Y will be also" because they come from different suppliers.
So knowing that, NuVision appears to basically strip these things to the bone. In this example, a Knote 5 comes with 6 gigs of ram and 64 gigs of storage, to get the retail price down in the USA NuVision orders it with 4 gigs of ram and 32gigs of storage. Nothing the end user can't get around but it also explains a lot of end user frustration with these devices.
The big one that I think causes a lot of these to be returned is out of the box, 32gigs is no longer sufficient for updating windows 10. You will simply get errors that you don't have enough available memory. It *can* be worked around but for folks paying full retail and just wanting a device that works, I can imagine this results in an almost immediate return. This can basically be all but confirmed because they have already pulled this model and are about to ship it's replacement "Supreme L1100" or something. Same ram, same chip (well at least it appears to be so far), and the one major change is doubling the memory to 64 gigs of storage which addresses the windows update issue.
To be clear, you CAN update this tablet, but the major updates (like the one that just landed) won't work. Incremental monthly updates, security updates, those will roll fine. It's updates like Redstone as an example that simply bind up. For me, I just decided to take the thing to a fresh install to eliminate potential security implications of the preloaded os. Simply create fresh installation media to a 32gb USB drive ( a 16gb would probably work to), boot it with the usb drive attached and run the windows 10 installer, do a clean install, and not only do you get a "pure" clean OS install direct from MS but it also means you get the current major point release completely side stepping the update issue. Following this the machine will boot with display/sound/keyboard/touchpad/wifi functional and you will just need to spend five minutes downloading the driver pack from NuVision and manually updating a few "unknown devices" in device manager to get back touchscreen and get the audio driver properly recognized as a realtek (vs just a compliant HD audio device).
So long story long, yes, you have to do some extra work to get this updated but it's not THAT difficult and candidly I think just about anyone should always default to a fresh from MS OS install when possible. Moving past "you can't update this thing".
My use case is extremely specific. I have plenty of devices from Chromebooks, high end windows laptops, desktop/workstation. What I was looking for was a lightweight (I don't just mean pyhsical weight) media consumption device that also ran windows. A big "use" for me is game streaming from my workstation. I use everything from Moonlight, Steam in Home streaming, and for my Ps4 Sony's official remote play app. So I wanted something in the 10-12" size, with a 16x9 (or 16x10) aspect at 1080p. My Chromebook is a 3:2 aspect and it can't run PS4 remote play and my Matebook X Pro is overkill for this purpose as well. This little tablet handles them all like a champ, is passively cooled (no fan noise), and is small enough that I can throw it in a bag, or just use it around the house without issue.
USB-C has video out (1080p60 or 4k30)
USB-C charges (but I suspect it's only pulling 5 volt and not actually using USB-C PD)
Great Display (it's not laminated but its a good IPS with vibrant colors, decent brightness)
Windows 10 Full (again assuming this is something you want if you are looking at this device)
Clean Headphone Jack - So many of these cheaper 2in1 and chinese source tablets have poorly shielded jacks which result in constant hum/thrum noise and static.
WiFi - Solid AC performance, again my use case is real time streaming of video for games and that requires rock solid wireless performance. A lot of similarly priced units just have wireless N on the 2.4ghz band, the 5ghz here works great
Passive Cooling - It's a low power celeron chip so theres no fans, no moving parts outside of the keyboard.
ONE Usb-C Port - Yes, you can get a hub, but thats one more thing to deal with.
Trash speakers, like really trash. Max volume is barely audible and tinny.
Trash battery life - I would say this thing *might* go 4 hours downhill with the wind at it's back.. When doing anything a normal user would do (watch netflix, etc.) the expected life plummets to 2ish hours. I suspect the truth is somewhere in the middle, but this is not a road warrior tablet.
32 Gigs Memory - Again, toss a micro SD card in if you want "storage", and a lot of apps these days will install to that micro SD card as well so it's easy to work arond but its still a fair negative.
So you might be like "why 5 stars? you have tons of negatives". Absolutely. But it just depends on what you want this for... I wanted a super cheap tablet (or 2in1 with detachable keyboard), with a 1080p display, a 16x9 ratio, 5ghz wifi, and USB-C charging. There isn't exactly a long list of devices that will tick those boxes. The majority of the negatives I can easily work around. I usually plug in a pair of headphones when I game (wired or bluetooth) so the speakers aren't a big deal. For battery life I probably have 4 or 5 power banks around the house at all times that can be plugged into this for extra life. The 32gigs of storange is more of a hassle because it just makes major upgrades of the OS difficult but again can easily be worked around with a micro SD card for day to day use.
So for $250? I would give this maybe 3 stars, it's just too much money for a device with too many compromises, to where I would say "open our budget up to $300-$350 and buy something without so many strings cut". But for $119, there is still A LOT to like about this device *if* like myself you can live with it's limitations. This is a great little "I want something smaller then my laptop that I can toss in my bag just in case I need access to windows 10 while I'm out and about".
I would *NOT* recommend this as someones daily compute device, I would not recommend this as a substitute for a laptop. Instead for $119 this makes it relatively cheap to have a "3rd device" for specific use cases. The apollo lake in this processor definitely falls in the "good enough just be patient" category. For a real day to day machine the quad core apollo lake or the newer N4000 series gemini lakes make a world of difference. What's here is good enough to fire up netflix, play some youtube videos, and if push came to shove you could open up excel and actually do some productivity, just be prepared to wait. Web browsing is a mixed bag, again for me, if I had this any my OnePlus 7 within arms reach and I want to browse the web, I'm grabbing my phone for a better experience.
I would say the best way to look at this, a Fire HD10 is about the same price without a keyboard. Thats not to say it doesn't have advantages over this, I'm just framing the context of "you can only get so much windows 10 computer for fire 10 hd money".