Alcatel Plus 10 2-in-1 Laptop Review

Alcatel Plus 10

There is still a place for tablets, especially the kind that you can use every day. Want to watch videos and browse Facebook? Any will do. Want to do some basic Office work? Any tablet you buy will do this in a limited fashion. The problem comes in when you need access to a keyboard and mouse. Usually this involves getting an OTG cable and USB hub. Letting the screen rest at a decent angle is the next issue. Now you’re going to have to get a keyboard and trackpad dock. Are you beginning to see the problem?

Alcatel provided us with a review unit of their Plus 10 2-in-1 laptop. It sports a basic 4-core Intel Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of space . There wasn’t much to expect from its performance and capacity thanks to basic specs. It runs Windows 10 single language and supports 64-bit registers. Its processor runs at 1.4ghz while on battery – and you’ll get away with basic tasks. As a bonus, you’ll get a keyboard and trackpad dock sporting a SIM card slot. Unfortunately, Alcatel opted to install a 32-bit operating system. In part this makes sense because of the low memory, but the CPU will lose out in some performance.

The display shows a resolution of 1280×800, and has a decent viewing angle, but will fade as you turn the screen away from you. There’s also a mini-HDMI port, micro-USB and full-size USB 2.0 port. The tablet itself slips in snug into the dock and holds fast with magnets. The keyboard itself, while responsive remains squashed and unintuitive. The letter keys were fine to work with, though reaching for the unified function and number keys not so much. The main issue remained that the number 1 and ` key were too easy to reach when typing. I found myself using the function keys less than on a regular laptop due to the space restrictions.

The touchpad worked quite well, but lacked sensitivity… Even when comparing against an old capacitive trackpad, it felt unresponsive in comparison. Clicking worked fine, though selecting large areas of the screen felt awkward due to the trackpad size. Build quality felt a little flimsy, both on the tablet and keyboard dock.
Alcatel Plus 10 2-in-1 Laptop

Let’s look at performance. For basic multimedia streaming, the tablet worked well. When watching a 1080p YouTube video, CPU usage hovered between 30% and 40%. When opening up three Microsoft Edge tabs, memory usage sat at 70%. This is not a computer designed around multitasking. The next test was battery life. When using the tablet, I peaked at 6 hours.

Last, running a Passmark Test, the Alcatel Plus 10 achieved 378. A low score for sure, but then – considering the specs of this tablet not a surprise. If you want to view the baseline, click here: http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V9/display.php?id=72260055899

The weakest points were 3D and 2D graphics. It’s no surprise that the tablet didn’t perform well, however – when using multimedia applications such as YouTube or Showmax – everything ran smoothly. The main issue of course remained low memory, with up to 70% of memory used with just three tabs open in a browser. In all honesty, I don’t foresee anyone using this tablet for any intense purposes except for schoolwork; however, It fascinated me that the Plus 10 was capable of running the DirectX 12 benchmark.

The Alcatel Plus 10 will charge with a Micro USB connector supplied with a power brick, and so will the keyboard dock. No Micro HDMI cable was supplied, and that functionality could not be tested. While using the tablet, it lost connectivity to the 3G/4G keyboard and had to be reinserted to work again. This only happened if the unit was left alone for over 30 or so minutes.

While the specs are low the Plus 10 fits in perfectly with other convertible netbooks. Its Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and small storage space are cost conscious components that will serve most users’ basic needs. If more performance is required, consider paying more for faster laptops.

Alcatel Plus 10 2-in-1 Laptop

Conclusion:
I liked that the Plus 10 has a recommended retail price of R3599, and included a keyboard and touchpad dock. The issues of the finicky touchpad and cramped keyboard did make using the tablet much more difficult than it needed to be. Otherwise, the tablet was quite convenient to use, and the fact that Windows 10 could gauge whether tablet mode needed to be toggled or not helped. Low screen resolution was offset by effective touch inputs, and the cheap cost as compared to other higher end units made the Plus 10 a compelling alternative to other tablets, especially considering the keyboard dock it comes with.

Alcatel Plus 10 2-in-1 Laptop was reviewed by Zubayr Bhyat

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