Hybrid tablets or Hybrid laptops as they are known are quickly becoming the new normal in the tablet market. Gone are the days where consumers owned a laptop and a tablet. People are relying on hybrids like the Microsoft Surface series or even the iPad lineup that transitioned from a tablet only to one of the best convertible devices.
Not everyone can afford the devices mentioned above. So, budget devices like the IRULU walknbook windows 10 tablet seem to solve this problem but at what cost?
Let’s find out the strengths and weaknesses of this budget device on our IRULU walknbook review.
iRULU Walknbook 3 Specifications
Intel Baytrail Z3735F Quad Core 1.33Ghz-1.83Ghz
10.1” TFT LCD Screen 800 x 1280
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Intel HD Graphics
10.2" x 6.8" x 0.7"(257.9 x 173 x 17.5mm)
iRULU Walknbook 3 Review
Very rarely have budget devices surprised me with their performances. This has led me to believe that price is a reflection of the quality of a device.
However, there are exceptions. Let’s start with the exterior design and then move on to the performance to find out if the iRULU walknbook is such an exception.
One thing that did surprise me is the packaging of the device. Usually, budget devices cut off all the unwanted components to reduce the price as much as possible. The tablet is wrapped in multiple Styrofoam sheets and is perfectly kept in place so that it doesn’t move during shipping.
In the box, you get the tablet, detachable keyboard, USB cable along with the charger and a user manual.
When it comes to 2-in-1 devices, there are two types: those with detachable keyboards and the other with a 360-degree display. I like the former because a tablet is supposed to be less bulky and ideally slim and lightweight so when you remove the keyboard you can easily use the device like an ordinary tablet.
On the other hand, the 360-degree screen convertible tends to be bulky and thick even in tablet mode, and handling the device is often a task.
The tablet is entirely made of plastic and is quite rigid except for the back panel which seems to press in quite a lot. You can press it in until you feel all the parts get squashed under the pressure.
When it comes to the keyboard, it feels like a proper keyboard yanked out of a laptop. When it comes to detachable keyboards, often they are flimsy and soft. I’ve been using the surface pro 3 for a long time and recently sold it mainly because of the keyboard.
During the time I used it, I had to change the keyboard more than 3 times because of it’s soft and flimsy nature.
Another great feature of this keyboard is that it has a USB port on the side. Not many detachable keyboards have this feature. However, due to the addition of the port, the keyboard is a tad bit thicker than you might like it to be.
However, in terms of width, the keyboard is quite compact because after all, it has to fit a 10.1” tablet. Some users do complain that all the keys are cramped in together, but I think once you get used to it, there won’t be an issue.
The hinges on the keyboard can extend to a max angle of 145 degrees
Moving on, the 10.1” screen which sports an IPS display and has a resolution of 1280 x 800. This amounts to around 150PPI which is quite disappointing. Since the device has an IPS panel, the viewing angles are decent for the price. Brightness is also satisfactory in an indoor environment, there might be some visibility issues under direct sunlight.
In terms of ports for connectivity, the device does pretty well when compared to more expensive convertibles today. Some expensive tablets have ditched almost all the ports except for a USB-C port.
This reduces the thickness of a tablet and makes it more aesthetic but not everyone has the budget to purchase expensive adapters on top of the hefty price tags.
The iRULU walknbook 3 has 2 USB-A ports (on the tablet itself and the keyboard), 1 mini-HDMI, 1 microUSB, and a 3.5mm Headphone jack.
The device has speakers on the rear panel located on either of the bottom corners. Don’t expect high-quality audio from this tiny set of speakers. Even the usual Windows beeps sound odd.
Now to the core and probably the most important part, unless you want a dummy that looks nice but doesn’t have anything on the inside.
The Walknbook 3 is powered by a Quad-core Intel Processor: Intel Atom Z3735F which is part of the Intel Bay Trail lineup.
The chipset is quite efficient in terms of energy, thanks to Intel’s 22nm architecture. The processors usually run at 1.33Ghz and can boost to 1.83Ghz for short intervals. The chip is supported by a 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.
The processor isn’t the best and is mostly used in entry-level tablets, but I guess that’s what you get for the price you pay. There is a small lag when you boot the device up but once the core gets heated and you’ve opened the applications, the speed is satisfactory.
The device has a 7000mAh battery, which is impressive and its energy-efficient processor should assist the device in lasting for quite a bit during chargers.
That’s it from me on this budget 2-in-1 hybrid. If you plan on using this as a backup device or as an entry-level device for your kids, it might be a perfect fit. I have my doubts when it comes to using this as the main device for work, entertainment, and so on.
But, if you are strapped for cash, it’s better than nothing.