Kupa X11 Windows 7 Tablet PC Review

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The Kupa X11 Tablet PC is the first Windows 7 Tablet reviewed here on Gadget University. I must admit, My expectations weren’t very high. After all, I have seen some beautiful hardware from Samsung, Motorola, and ASUS, come across my desk.  At first glance, the X11 is your typical Windows 7 slab.  It has a few hard keys on the front, dual cameras, and a fingerprint reader for some added security.

Just like the HTC Flyer and Samsung Galaxy Note, Kupa includes a stylus with the X11. The stylus is crucial to the user experience.  Moreso on Windows 7 than Android.  I found that the screen on the Kupa X11 was extremely accurate and easy to use.  To be honest, there were times I was actually able to click very small items using only my finger.  The X11 is sold in different configurations starting at $699. The model used in this review is the X11 Pro which retails for $799

I will break the review down into two parts.  Hardware and Software and follow up with the very important bottom line recommendation.  Happy Reading.

Software

Out of the box, the X11 is running Windows 7 with the latest Service pack.  The base image is bloatware free.  The only additional software is the bluetooth and fingerprint reader software.  It was a nice change from the typical big-box-brand tablet PCs out there.  One of the biggest features of Windows 7, was the touch input optimization.  Windows 7 is very finger and stylus friendly.  There is a virtual keyboard that slides out of the way when not in use and can be brought out at your convenience.  Taping on the qwerty keyboard was fairly easy.  Occasionally, I felt I was tapping too hard, but the X11 was built with a sturdy screen, so there is no need to worry.

As soon as I got the tablet booted up, I immediately wanted to see how good the video processing was. 1080p video on YouTube played decent.  There were some audio/video synchronization issues.  However, 720p Youtube, Netflix and Hulu video, played flawlessly.  Kupa held up to their claims for 1080p playback on regular files.  I tested this out using VLC and a 1080p .mkv (Bluray) file.  In the end, it did handle it better than its Android counterpart.  This could be partially due to the fact that Windows 7 can utilize the web version of those video services.  Overall, I was pleased with my Windows 7 experience.  When Microsoft finally releases Windows 8, the X11 will really shine.

Hardware

The Kupa X11 is a classy combination of glass and aluminum finishes.  The build quality is comparable to the other Windows 7 tablets out there.  I don’t have anything bad to say about the materials, however, the design is where I felt the X11 could use a little work.

The X11 is on the thick side, measuring at 14.8 mm.  The squared edges and flat back also made it hard to hold in some situations.  There is an exhaust fan across the top of the tablet near the power button and the intake fan is along the back.  I didn’t find any issues with heat, but if you plan to use this on your lap, you may want to have some extra space between the tablet and the surface.

Around the tablet, you will find an assortments of ports.  There are two USB ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, GSM Sim Card slot (Optional 3G Connectivity), and a proprietary AC adapter for charging.  There is also a nifty reset hold just in case you need to hard reset Windows.

Kupa equipped the X11 with a 10.1″ LED back lit screen with a resolution of 1366 by 768.  The viewing angles were decent.  I did find that the glossy screen made it hard for outdoor viewing or rooms with over head fluorescent.  Not a deal breaker, but it is something worth noting.  The screen was the perfect size for web browsing.  Text was easy to read and images were good.

Inside the X11, there is more than enough to do all of your mobile computing with ease.  There is a 1.5 Ghz Intel processor and 2GB of DDR Ram.  As you can see, the power is nothing to write home about, however the built-in SSD drive makes up for the speed with fast program load and boot times.  For more detailed information, check out the complete list of specs below.

Full Specifications
Display
  • 10.1″ LED backlight
  • 1366 by 768 (16:9) WXGA Resolution
  • Ambient Light Sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen in relationship to the level of available light in user’s environment
Dual Input System
  • Digital stylus: Electromagnetic based input offering pin-point accuracy (<0.1mm error) and presssure sensitive (1024 levels) input
  • Multi-Finger Touch Screen Capacitive sensing touch screen input system that offers convenient and intuitive multitouch functionalities
Network
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • Celluar*: 3G UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR technology
Camera
  • Front Camera: 2 Megapixels
  • Back Camera: 3 Megapixels
Dimension
  • Weight: 2.09 lb (940 g)
  • Height: 0.58 inch (14.8 mm)
  • Length: 10.71 inch (272 mm)
  • Width: 7.32 inch (186 mm)
Security
  • Finger Print Scanner
Power
  • Battery: 52Wh lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Continuous Opeation: 10 hours on a single full charge
  • Standby: 30 days on single full charge
  • Power Supply: 100-240V AC 50/60Hz 1.0A Max
  • * – depends on model type
Processor
  • Intel Oaktrail 1.5 GHz with integrated GPU
Memory
  • 2GB DDR2 800MHz
Graphic Chip
  • Intel GMA 600: Supports OpenGL 2.1, OpenVG 1.0, Directx 9.L
  • Hardware Video Decoding: 1080P30 Frames/S HD decoding
  • Hardware Video Encoding: 720P30 H.264 [email protected] Encode, MPEG4 Encode and H.263 Video Conferencing Codec
  • Hardware Video Codec Support: H.264 (MP/HP 4.0/4.1), DivX, MPEG4, MPEG2, VC1, WMV9
Chipset
  • Intel® 82SM35 PCH “Whiteny Point”, supports High Definition Audio, HDMI, SATA and highspeed USB
Storage
  • 64GB / 128GB SSD*
Operating System
  • Windows 7 Professional SP1
Ports
  • 2 USB 2.0
  • 1 mini HDMI
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 1 SIM slot*

Bottom Line

  • Responsive touch screen
  • Fast boot times
  • Overall good performance
  • Awkward Design
  • DDR3 Ram and a faster processor would be nice
  • LED Backlight on screen has limited brightness

I am sure by now you are asking “Should I buy it or not?”  If you are looking for a Windows 7 tablet with good performance/price, then yes.  If you are just looking for a tablet to be productive on, check out the ASUS Transformer Prime.  While the X11 is a great tablet, I can’t say I would recommend it over other Android Tablets or even the iPad.  When you look at the X11 for what it is, it is the kinds of product that will find itself very useful in corporate environments where Windows is the resident operating system.  For that reason alone, the X11 is a good buy.

The Kupa X11 gets a 3.5/5 for the simple fact that it does what it was designed for very well. With some aggressive design tweaks and spec boost the X11 would be “the” Windows 7/8 tablet to buy.

 

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