Can you recall a laptop gadget with 10.1 inch display called HP mini? The HP product had price tag of 28000 rupees. Higher selling price almost killed the concept of mini tab or laptop. However, in this year, we are seeing some activity from Indian brand Micromax in the big size table category.
Micromax might be losing a large part of its market now, but its enthusiasm is not reducing even a bit. About a month ago in an effort to be in the focus again it launched the Canvas LapTab, a device of its own kind. This device runs the full version of Windows 8.1 and also serves the purpose of a tablet. Lately we are seeing many hybrid devices like this, but what makes the Micromax Canvas LapTab so special is its price of 14999 Rupees. More surprising is the fact that its users will get the Windows 10 update for free whenever it becomes available. Read also The Best Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo for Laptop.
The Micromax LapTab has a Compact Build and IPS Display
It is not an aesthetically pleasing product, but the body is sturdy. Built material does not feel that cheap so it is a good improvement from Micromax. Bezels are a bit wide, but that further enhances the usability especially when you are using this device as a tablet. Remarkably, this hybrid device is just 9.2mm thick, which also improves the handling. Power button and volume rockers are placed on the right side. There are speaker grills on both the sides, but the sound output is really low.
This review will remain incomplete without mentioning the keyboard that Micromax ships with this device. It is this keyboard that makes the Micromax Canvas LapTab a laptop. When docked, the total weight of the device goes up to 1.1 KG, which is still much less than other conventional net-books.
The Micromax Canvas LapTab comes with a 10.1 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels. Pixel density of a mere 149 ppi does not seem enough for a tablet, but we are talking about a hybrid device here, which will also serve the purpose of a small laptop. Viewing angles are great and the color reproduction makes the display vibrant. There is no protection on the screen so you might want to purchase a screen guard from the market. The one thing that makes this device unique is that it comes with a touch display because of which operating the OS becomes much easy.
32GB Media Storage: This tablet-cum-laptop comes with a 32 GB of on board storage. The good thing is that it is a flash storage so there will be some performance improvements when compared to a laptop with traditional hard disks. However, the user gets only 15 GB of storage to store the personal files as a large part is eaten up by the OS. The storage can be expanded externally by two options. The first option is to install a micro SD card, which is a little convenient. But if you are in a need of high amount of storage then you can go with the second option and purchase an external Hard Disk.
A Budget Laptop with Intel Atop Processor
The Micromax Canvas LapTab sports an Intel 4th Generation Atom Quad Core (Z3735F) processor with a base frequency of 1.33 GHz that can go up to 1.83 GHz on intensive occasions. It also comes with a 2 GB of RAM, which is enough to manage all the tasks that you would ever want to run on this device.
This device easily handles most of the applications. However, you will have to understand that it only boasts an Intel Atom processor, which is not the best when it comes to running graphic and designing applications.
2MP 2MP Camera: This device features two 2MP cameras, one at the back and the other on the front. These are just basic cameras with no special features to mention. The front camera can be used to do video conferencing while the back camera is only meant for occasional photography.
Connectivity Options: The Micromax Canvas LapTab offers a wide range of connectivity options. There is a dedicated SIM card slot for using internet which renders the need of a USB data dongle useless. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro USB further expand your options. There is also a full size USB 2.0 port on the keyboard that allows for connecting various devices like External Hard Disks and Pen Drives.
7700-mAh Battery of this Laptop renders close to 10 Hours of Backup
This device houses a massive 7700 mAh battery. According to Micromax, users will be able to get about 10 hours of power backup on mixed usage with the Canvas LapTab. It is really appreciable that you get a device that can run for hours and also serves the purpose of a laptop.
Operating System: The device runs on the PC version of the Windows 8.1 out of the box. You will be able to run all the applications that you usually run on your desktop. As mentioned in the introduction also that Micromax will roll out the Windows 10 update once it gets launched.
Ease of Use: The Micromax Canvas LapTab can be used as a tablet and also as a laptop. This device gets firmly attached to the keyboard because of the magnets. It is really easy to type on this device as you get a full size Chiclet keyboard. Although the track pad is a bit small, but the touch interface makes operating the interface easy.
As it gets docked on the keyboard so you will not be able to rotate the display as you normally do on your laptop. However, you can flip the tablet against the keyboard and carry along the whole set without any problem.
- Sturdy and compact design
- Windows 8.1
- Microsoft Office 365 subscription and 1 TB of cloud storage for one year
- Flash storage for faster performance
- 2GB of RAM
- Intel Atom Quad Core Processor with base frequency of 1.33 GHz (can go up to 1.83 GHz)
- Vibrant display with wide viewing angles
- Chiclet keyboard
- Connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, micro USB and full size USB port
- USB OTG support
- 7700 mA battery
- Only 32 GB of internal storage can prove to be less for a device meant to be used as a laptop
- Low resolution camera
- No USB 3.0 port
- Not meant for powerful processing
- No Video Calling
Verdict: The Micromax Canvas LapTab with its price point is giving tough competition to all low power net-books. The LapTab is not an easy replacement of conventional laptop, but it can serve as a backup. You can take this device to your classes or on events where you just need to take notes. If marketed carefully, this device can revolutionize the budget segment of the tablet.
|OS||Window Blue 8.1|
|Screen||10.1 Inches, 800 x 1280 pixels, 149 ppi|
|Processor||QC, 1.83 GHz, Intel Atom Z3735F|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics|
|Memory||2GB RAM, 32GB Memory, 64GB SD-Card Support|
|Camera||2MP[P], 2MP[F], ZOOM|
|Battery||7700 mAh, Li-Po, Non-removable|
|Body||9.2 mm [Th], 610 grams [W]|
|Connectivity||OTG, BT, 3G, Wi-Fi, USB|