Recently I posted about my experience with this tablet, which I got at a heavily discounted sale price to replace my Microsoft Surface RT as my biking/backpack writing machine.
It still has great battery life, weighs less than 1.4 pounds, has a nice, bright, screen, and is more than powerful enough for my purposes: Writing, blogging, surfing, movies and videos, etc.
However…as it turns out, it has a problem with the wireless chip it uses: A Broadcom 4330 “combo” chip, which manages both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. Unfortunately, in many cases, the chip interferes with itself, and that seems to be what happened with my machine.
In other words, if the WiFi is connected, my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse don’t work for crap – slow, jumpy, frequent disconnects, “sticky” keys, etc. The problems are so bad they make the machine unusable for writing.
Everything Bluetooth works great if WiFi is disconnected. And WiFi speeds up consideably if I turn off Bluetooth.
So, I can either write with no web access, or I can have web access but not write.
Okay, so it’s not the end of the world. I can switch between one or the other, but that’s a pain, especially given my MO for writing – I like to move seamlessly between the two modes, because I do a considerable amount of research as I write.
My current workaround is a cheap wireless USB keyboard and mouse, and a single y-branch USB adapter into which I plug the two USB dongles, and then plug the whole thing into the tablet. So far it works great, and doesn’t really add much to the overall weight of the package, but it is something to consider if you have some interest in this machine.