Linx 7 & Linx 8 Windows 8 Tablet PC's with office @ Ebuyer £79.98
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Linx 7 & Linx 8 Windows 8 Tablet PC's with office @ Ebuyer £79.98

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Found 14th Oct 2014
I assume these are a brandnew device as they are due instock 3rd November at ebuyer and Amazon although Amazon are more expensive theirs a 7" at £79.98 and a 8" at £99.99. I think a 7inch windows 8.1 tablet with office for less than £80 is a bargain. They only have 1gb or ram but are half the price of the next cheapest.

Intel Baytrail Quad-Core
1GB RAM + 16GB Flash
7" Touch + Bluetooth
Wifi + 2 Cameras
Windows 8 + Office 365 Personal

8"
ebuyer.com/664…nx8

Credit to 45ure for noticing mention of this in the 8" tablet description, possible £30 trade-up cashback for your old tablet on either model: tablettradeup.com/pag…iew
- nige182

Up to £30 Qualifying Trade Terms

For your existing tablet to qualify for the Trade-up Reward it must have a diagonal screen size of 7” or more and be complete and undamaged (reasonable wear and tear excepted) (the “Trade-up Criteria). For the avoidance of doubt each of the following is considered beyond reasonable wear and tear; cracked/split/damaged or open chassis structure, cracked or non-working display, does not power on.

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Edited by: "polly69" 14th Oct 2014

1GB RAM ?¿ oO

Original Poster

SUMMONER

1GB RAM ?¿ oO



They must work or they wouldn't sell them and the new Toshiba encore only has 1gb and thats £179.99 and i doubt they would make one if it didnt work and at £79 some corners must be cut.

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would rather go for the hudl 2 as it has a much better screen

Pass, even at this price.

Funny how it's window tablet but it looks like a misspelling of Linux.

SUMMONER

1GB RAM ?¿ oO



Ironically windows these days isn't such a memory hog, compared to Android, I'd personally prefer 2GB as a minimum, but for basic office applications should be ok.

I'd definitely be concerned at the usability of Windows on a 7" screen though, although Windows can be told to use larger fonts and icons, it doesn't help on every aspect (that's why MS had to push the Metro interface, nice big easy to hit buttons, instead of a tiny start button).

After getting a full windows tablet, all my other tablets are now on media only duty, there's no comparison, no messing around with nearly compatible office apps, no half baked attempts to do the work you do on a laptop or desktop, on a tablet. But then as a software developer for Windows, it's a darn site easier to write applications.

mike

One of the main reasons for the difference in price is that MS àre not charging for Windows itself on these new small tablets. Also you do not get a full version of Office home and student any longer, only a 1 year licence for Office 365.

Review/mention of the useful 8" here blog.gsmarena.com/8-i…00/
As said, memory is the worst problem on Windows though at least it cache so as not to kill apps all the time like on the worst of the lot, IOS.
Its strange how Windows can be better than the original mobile OS.

is this a full windows tablet or RT machine ,
I still haven't got my head around being able to tell the difference from viewing the spec

I would imagine it'll be the full Windows version. But 1gb of ram and 16gb of storage will be a very painful experience. I bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro for £157 which has 2gb of ram and 64gb of storage. Because of the size of the operating system you won't get much storage afterwards, you'd be lucky to get 2/3 gb of storage.

Its going to be interesting to see how these take off, clearly they are going to for cheap android market and from reviews seem solid enough hardware wise to be good alternatives to Android, plus as its full windows rather than RT it has all the legacy support.

However I have a bit of a concern with the strategy, I have a 10" and 8" Windows 8 tablets and Windows 8 just isn't good enough as a stand alone mobile OS yet, both due to the relatively low number of apps, but also because it just doesn't seem as intuitive as other mobile devices, plus you still really need to have a keyboard to make Windows work the best, so really putting such a cheap device into so many peoples hands may just end up with more people annoyed with Windows than impressed with what it can do. Which is a shame as personally I want more convergence!

mjbuckhurst

Ironically windows these days isn't such a memory hog, compared to … Ironically windows these days isn't such a memory hog, compared to Android, I'd personally prefer 2GB as a minimum, but for basic office applications should be ok.I'd definitely be concerned at the usability of Windows on a 7" screen though, although Windows can be told to use larger fonts and icons, it doesn't help on every aspect (that's why MS had to push the Metro interface, nice big easy to hit buttons, instead of a tiny start button).After getting a full windows tablet, all my other tablets are now on media only duty, there's no comparison, no messing around with nearly compatible office apps, no half baked attempts to do the work you do on a laptop or desktop, on a tablet. But then as a software developer for Windows, it's a darn site easier to write applications.mike



Windows 8.1 isn't a memory hog but applications are. 1GB is simply not enough.

darklight

is this a full windows tablet or RT machine , I still haven't got my … is this a full windows tablet or RT machine , I still haven't got my head around being able to tell the difference from viewing the spec



It's easy - PROCESSOR.

Intel=full Windows. Arm (like NVidea Tegra)=RT.

Jamie_M

It's easy - PROCESSOR. Intel=full Windows. Arm (like NVidea Tegra)=RT.



hey thanks for the enlightenment!!

moneysavingkitten

Funny how it's window tablet but it looks like a misspelling of Linux.



Yeah, hilarious.

second question is there a way to run windows 7 on these machines. I root my phones sometimes but have to borrow a windows laptop from a pal each time as I'm not aufait with the process on Apple mac's . secondly trying to root with windows emulation on Imac Parallels or Vmware doesn't work , the usb pass through always hangs.
Anyway could you tell me if this would run the familiar windows 7 environment
thank you

what's the cashback on the linx 8 listing ? " £30 cash back on tablet trade-ins"

rev6

Windows 8.1 isn't a memory hog but applications are. 1GB is simply not … Windows 8.1 isn't a memory hog but applications are. 1GB is simply not enough.



I've been able to run SQL Server 2012 Enterprise, plus Visual Studio 2013, plus Office 2013 and a selection of minor apps including browsers and anti-virus, on a 2GB Windows tablet with a lower spec Atom, wasn't great but worked ok, and compared to lugging 3kg of desktop replacement laptop, on a train it was worthwhile.

Obviously it depends on the apps you run, Firefox and Chrome are both memory hogs, but Office apps don't seem to be, but if you can manage to have a page file (which might be difficult with only 16GB, you'd definitely want to consider adding a large microSD card to this), it's not as bad as it used to be, paging into solid state memory is such a boost in performance compared to spinning disks.

mike

darklight

second question is there a way to run windows 7 on these machines. I root … second question is there a way to run windows 7 on these machines. I root my phones sometimes but have to borrow a windows laptop from a pal each time as I'm not aufait with the process on Apple mac's . secondly trying to root with windows emulation on Imac Parallels or Vmware doesn't work , the usb pass through always hangs.Anyway could you tell me if this would run the familiar windows 7 environmentthank you



Windows 7 wasn't built for touchscreen devices so it would be a really bad idea.

I have an Acer Tablet and it runs Win8 fine on 1GB RAM also the onboard Storage shouldnt matter too much since a 64GB can be had for £20 or less.
I took all these into consideration before buying mine and have no regrets. At this price I might as well get my little boy one he can play on it too.

mjbuckhurst

I've been able to run SQL Server 2012 Enterprise, plus Visual Studio … I've been able to run SQL Server 2012 Enterprise, plus Visual Studio 2013, plus Office 2013 and a selection of minor apps including browsers and anti-virus, on a 2GB Windows tablet with a lower spec Atom, wasn't great but worked ok, and compared to lugging 3kg of desktop replacement laptop, on a train it was worthwhile.Obviously it depends on the apps you run, Firefox and Chrome are both memory hogs, but Office apps don't seem to be, but if you can manage to have a page file (which might be difficult with only 16GB, you'd definitely want to consider adding a large microSD card to this), it's not as bad as it used to be, paging into solid state memory is such a boost in performance compared to spinning disks.mike



This will be used mostly for browsing. 1GB is painfull for Firefox or Chrome.

rev6

Windows 7 wasn't built for touchscreen devices so it would be a really … Windows 7 wasn't built for touchscreen devices so it would be a really bad idea.



Once you get outside the Metro interface, Windows 8.1 really isn't that much different from Windows 7.

I think the bigger problem, is Windows 8/8.1 is a tight fit in 8GB and with 1GB of ram, Windows 7 is a lot worse in both performance and memory requirements, so probably would struggle.

mike

rev6

[quote=mjbuckhurst] [quote=rev6] This will be used mostly for browsing. … [quote=mjbuckhurst] [quote=rev6] This will be used mostly for browsing. 1GB is painfull for Firefox or Chrome.



According to Gartner, 50% of time spent on tablets is entertainment (games, video and audio), and the rest split relatively equally between office tasks, browsing, social media etc. Thinking about my 7/8" tablets, that's probably true, browsing on a small screen tablet is quite a painful exercise, whereas they are perfect for games and video.

But as always, it's horses for courses, only the end user can know what it will be used for and therefore only the end user can therefore decide if it's any good.

For me this would have been great (just a year too late), for the work I normally put my tablets through (running my business), memory and performance are way down the list of requirements compared to Windows and convenience.

mike

No SD card slot?

EDIT: It does have one! I wonder what the max supported capacity is.
Edited by: "Easy2BCheesy" 14th Oct 2014

Why is this in the 'mobiles' category? Please change it to 'computers'.

Banned

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This Lynx is better...

Isn't there going to be an issue with apps for these? The Windows app store is not very good at all IMO (I have a Nokia on Windows so I know how bad it is).

Considering these devices are using Intel processors, they won't be as bad as the price would suggest. Windows 10 (in technical preview at the moment) only has a requirement for 1GB of RAM. So an upgrade path for these tablets exists, whereas the same cannot be said for many ARM based tablets (like the Hudl).

The 8" version has HDMI out, not sure about the 7" - both have WiFi and Bluetooth though, so connecting a mouse/keyboard should be no issue at all. On the 8" you could then output to a TV/Monitor and basically have a dirt cheap PC/Tablet in one device.

Considering many people just use their phones and don't have any kind of computer, never really experienced Windows at home.. This is a bargain, offering far more functionality than an Android device at a similar price point, although I would go for the 8" one unless someone can confirm the 7" has HDMI.

Obviously it won't be great for running powerful programs like Photoshop, Visual Studio or Dreamweaver. However, at least you can run them and learn how to use them, unlike on Android. This is far more powerful than the computer I used as a kid, on that computer I learned everything from graphic design to programming...

I bet this could even run Minecraft (full) and World of Warcraft haha - I remember seeing 1GB Atom devices running World of Warcraft (not great, but it was playable). That was 3 or 4 years ago, so it should be possible?

Quids

Isn't there going to be an issue with apps for these? The Windows app … Isn't there going to be an issue with apps for these? The Windows app store is not very good at all IMO (I have a Nokia on Windows so I know how bad it is).



This runs Windows Desktop apps too. It has a full desktop browser. You can also run Bluestacks on this. You may even be able to install Android X86 and dual-boot. The Windows Store on the desktop is different from the phone, there are a lot of apps on each that don't exist on the other. Although Microsoft have said that Windows 10 will be supporting Universal Apps, so more will come. Especially if these devices keep getting cheaper. The Windows Store is only around 2 years old, so it is a lot younger than the competing stores, it makes sense that stuff would be missing, but alternatives always exist.

Edited by: "PhearFactor" 14th Oct 2014

rev6

Windows 7 wasn't built for touchscreen devices so it would be a really … Windows 7 wasn't built for touchscreen devices so it would be a really bad idea.



thanks

mjbuckhurst

Once you get outside the Metro interface, Windows 8.1 really isn't that … Once you get outside the Metro interface, Windows 8.1 really isn't that much different from Windows 7.I think the bigger problem, is Windows 8/8.1 is a tight fit in 8GB and with 1GB of ram, Windows 7 is a lot worse in both performance and memory requirements, so probably would struggle.mike


hey thanks too!!

I wonder how much usable space will be left with a 16gb windows 8 tablet with office. I have a 32gb asus and only have about 15gb usable space.

1GB of ram won't do it either but really depends on what you use the tablet for, my old dell tablet on older processor with 2gb lags on videos.

7inch for windows? 8inch would be ok but 7 inch is just too small for windows computing. Good price for office 365 though as that alone is already £79.99 for the year so it's like getting a free tablet for Office 365 subscription.

Heat added.

missleading

OK price for a UK sold machine, but the PIPO W2 8" 1280x800 2GB RAM, 32GB … OK price for a UK sold machine, but the PIPO W2 8" 1280x800 2GB RAM, 32GB Windows 8.1 and Office 365 can be bought for £85 if you look. Office 365 can be installed on 1 small tablet plus 1 PC or laptop and normally retails for £59.99.



I take it thats from HK?

steveturnbull2014

would rather go for the hudl 2 as it has a much better screen


Does it run Windows 8 on it? If not, then it's not comparable.

I'd jump at this if it had 2GB of RAM

I would wait for Windows does 10 if your not in any rush. It will be run across all platforms, think of its as the ios of Microsoft. Better apps, integration etc. Windows 7 can't run on it as it's not made for touch. Maybe try vm aware?

Besford

Yeah, hilarious.



Perhaps I should have said odd.

Windows and Windows Phone Store are a completely different thing.

unfortunately you can run Phone apps on windows or vice versa.

Windows store has got a lot of apps. and im sure the most popular are there.

A tablet like this for this price, better than any android tablet imo.

I might consider in near future

Quids

Isn't there going to be an issue with apps for these? The Windows app … Isn't there going to be an issue with apps for these? The Windows app store is not very good at all IMO (I have a Nokia on Windows so I know how bad it is).

There was a change in Windows 8.1 Update that squeezed Windows into less disc space, so depending on what else they have installed on the machine you could have around 12GB space free on a 16GB machine. This is a rather technical but see here for the official Microsoft blog post on this blogs.windows.com/itp…ot/ or for comments from PCAdvisor pcadvisor.co.uk/new…es/
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