I’m not going to lie, I’ve always felt the Surface Pro’s are a little on the pricey side (but I’m willing to evaluate the unit if Microsoft sent one to me!) Other manufacturers’ devices were cheaper but still not at an entry point for a low risk purchase. Apple started with their iPad and later released the iPad mini with a lower price point. Microsoft tried to make a cheaper model with the RT tablet but the App Store just wasn’t developed enough for this. Fast forward two years and the Linx 8 has been released at a retail price of £99. Maybe the Linx 8 is the iPad mini of Windows 8 … at an even better price.
From the moment you open the box it feels well made from the packaging to the device itself. It sits nicely in the hand and feels like a natural fit, especially in portrait rather than landscape mode. It is lightweight with a Windows soft key on the front and three hardware buttons on the side for power, volume up and volume down. There is a micro USB port (used for charging), a micro HDMI port and micro SD slot for additional storage (although OneDrive for Business won’t sync to external storage which is very annoying). In addition to the three ‘micro’ connections there is a regular 3.5mm headphone jack.
I bought mine from Amazon who advertise it as 16GB storage but it is actually 32GB storage. There is a 2MP camera on the front and another on the back and the device has Bluetooth.
The cherry on the cake is that you also get a one year Office 365 Personal subscription with 1TB of storage (worth £59.99 for a year’s subscription). This allows you to install Office on a PC or Mac in addition to your tablet and includes 60 minutes of Skype world calling per month.
So the big question is how does it perform? It performs really well. It is responsive and I don’t ever feel like I am waiting for it to do something. I am using it extensively including syncing OneDrive, using Office 365, Facebook and Twitter … and writing this blog post.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this product. It is fantastic value for money and is a great device for browsing the web, catching up on a bit of work or just for playing games.