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E Fun Windows Tablet with Keyboard Makes Chromebooks Look Pricey



E FUN tablet

The inexpensive Windows tablet market is heating up and E FUN is entering the fray with a new offering.

The company has announced that it will introduce a new 10.1-inch Windows tablet in November, the Nextbook Windows 2-in-1. The most surprising thing about this Windows tablet won’t be any internal specs or a dazzling display. Instead, it’s the price tag: a 10.1-inch Windows tablet and detachable POGO keyboard folio for just $179, an official release on the device explains.

For small business owners looking at an inexpensive option to take their work on the road and stay online more often, this may be one to consider. The added keyboard folio allows for getting more work finished and for most tablets such an add-on is nearly half the cost of E FUN’s latest offering.

There’s just one catch with the E FUN tablet. The only place to get it is at a Walmart store starting in mid-November. The Nextbook 2-in-1 will also be available at Sam’s Club locations starting in December. In fact, Walmart has already started taking pre-orders for the device.

While the E FUN tablet may not be the flashiest new tablet on the market, it’s hardly a slouch.

For starters, there’s the Nextbook’s 10.1-inch display. Then there’s the fact that, unlike inexpensive Chromebooks, the new device will operate on Windows 8.1. This means it’s more likely to seamlessly integrate with business applications many small businesses are using on their desktops or other laptops.

Screen resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels and the tablet will run on a Quad-Core Intel Atom Processor. It will be stocked with 1GB of DDR3L memory.

There are some sacrifices here probably to deliver a tablet at such a low cost. The cameras on the E FUN tablet may not be the most impressive, for example. It’s got a 2-megapixel rear-mounted camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. So don’t expect to have the most clear video chats or take the proverbial stunning photos to share on social media.

There will be 32GB of storage stocked on the E FUN tablet and it has a microSD expansion slot to increase that memory 64GB more, Microsoft’s official Blogging Windows site reports.

Also included with the attractive price are a few add-ons. They include one year of a subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of cloud storage on Microsoft’s OneDrive.

Image: E FUN/Nextbook

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Assistant Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, Joshua got his start in the rough and tumble newspaper business of Pennsylvania's coal region. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a beat reporter covering daily news. He eventually founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown. Joshua supervises the day-to-day operations of Small Business Trends' busy editorial department including the editorial calendar and outgoing assignments.

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  1. That looks exactly like a Chromebook and it serves the same purpose. As a consumer, I’ll choose this over the other option any time.

  2. I can’t wait to check it out. I haven’t see the Chromebook yet.

  3. I’m sorry but this seems like a machine for suckers! Office 365 on it? At what speed with only 1 GB of Ram? The difference between this and a Chromebook is that it will have all the security risks and maintenance issues of Windows and will run much slower for everything. It will be unusable for heavy software–the kind of programs that don’t yet have web alternatives that you can easily and safely access on a Chromebook.

    • You forgot one thing–It doesn’t REQUIRE an Internet connection to operate (unlike the Chromebook which is virtually useless without one).

      • Just bought it yesterday. . .love it. I am a Windows 8 lover, so this is perfect for me. I can use it as a laptop or a tablet, the speed is much better than my ipad mini, beautiful display, easy to use keyboard and I’m thrilled to get the Office 365 suite for one year. I’ve been using it quite a bit the last 24 hours and I have no complaints at all. . . .well, ONE thing: the weight. It’s a little heavy LOL. So glad to finally get away from mobile apps and happy I didn’t have to buy a full-on laptop to do it. . .well, well worth the $179.00. Giving my ipad away. . . .

      • I got it a couple of days back and I love it. I am a hard core programmer and I always wanted a tablet that could use to connect to my powerful servers. Yes, I could do that with my apple and android devices but the experience was not satisfying. With a full blown OS like Windows 8.1, I am getting a handy tablet to front my servers. That eliminates the need for more memory. With the price tag it is at, it certainly is a “must-buy” 🙂 !!

  4. I’ve had My Nextbook 10.1 for one week. It is a tremendous tablet. So far, it has handled everything I’ve thrown at it smoothly and quickly. It also allow wireless printing on my home network. Both the Nextbook 10.1 and the keyboard appear well built. After owning two Android tablets, the Nextbook is a dream. It is great for both serious work and play. Already, I’ve added a wireless mouse and flash drives using a Micro USB to USB cable to add the peripherals. As with many cell phones and tablets, the battery is not meant to be user replaceable. Tech support assured me that the warranty includes the battery for one year. A free one year subscription to Office 365 and cloud storage is another bonus.

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