I’m currently attending college and decided to pick up a cheap, small tablet for note taking, emailing, dropboxing and so on. To my luck, an Irish shop was doing an offer online where if you bought a Nokia Lumia phone you get €40 off a tablet. I picked up the cheapest Lumia and traded it into CEX (shop that buys goods). In total, the Microsoft Linx 7 cost me €45. The specs for this 7″ tablet are great and the price made them even better! It also runs Windows 8.1! (came with office 365 free for a year)
Out of the beautiful box (the box and sleeve were up there with the best packaging I’ve ever held)
the Linx 7 contained:
- USB power block
- USB B charging cable
- USB A to USB B cable
- Instruction manual
- Windows guide
- Linx 7″ tablet
The stuff that came with the Linx 7 were as expected although I found the USB power block to be different as you had to put it together yourself.
The specs for the Linx 7 are as follows:
- OS: Windows 8.1
- Display: 7″ screen, 800 x 1280 pixels
- CPU: Intel Atom Quad-Core 1.33 GHz
- Storage: 32 GB (expandable MicroSD up to 64GB), 1GB RAM
- Camera: 2MP front and back, Video at 720p 30FPS
- WIFI, Micro USB, Mini HDMI, G-Sensor
- 12-month office 365 included
The specs for this tablet are amazing especially for the price. One of my friends bought one of the Microsoft Surface tablets for about €230. He paid €230 for a tablet that had a 1″ bigger screen and 1GB more RAM. I would happily sacrifice a 1″ screen reduction and 1GB less RAM for 1/5 of the price.
The tablet runs smooth. It runs on Windows 8.1 so it’s basically like a mini-PC. It has a mini HDMI port which is ideal as you can connect it to a larger television and watch Netflix. See my blog post about online TV here. I use this mainly for taking notes and e-mailing and get about 4-5 hours of use before I must charge it. If anyone is looking for a cheap, fast, stylish tablet, the Linx 7 is for you. This was the bargain of the year in my eyes.
I decided to up my note taking game by buying a case with keyboard attached. The case cost me €13. I got it from amazon. It connects to the Linx 7 via micro USB. I now have a (in my opinion) mini laptop running windows 8.1. This case is slick and allows ease of use. I would recommend anyone with a tablet to buy a keyboard case as it makes your life much easier. I would strongly recommend the Microsoft Linx 7. The keyboard case can be seen below.