Over the past few years, there has been a dramatic uprising of hybrids (part tablet, part netbook), a market which continues to grow, while offering more affordability across the range. A few weeks back we featured the Acer Aspire Switch 10 V, a hybrid device much like the Click X10 we have for review today. And while they don’t occupy the same market space, given the chasm in pricing, they do fall into the same category.
There are many similarities between the two devices, although there are quite a few standout differences that could sway your decision to either end depending on your requirement. The variables of choice also expand beyond the capabilities of the devices in question, and also come down to pricing and availability. We take a closer look at the Click X10 and what it has to offer to the market.
Build and Design
The Click X10 doesn’t sport the slimmest of design, but it is quite solid. The unit has a matte black, plastic finish, with silver, plastic trimmings along the sides. Most of its bulk lies in the tablet portion of the unit, with the keyboard being fairly thin on its own. The keys are well-spaced and have a tangible click when pressed. This makes a big difference on the 10″ device, as I often find it difficult to get accustomed to the smaller keyboard and soft keys. The Click X10 uses a slight different docking system, and while magnets are present to align the display to the keyboard, you don’t get the same audible click as with the Switch 10 V. Instead, a bit more precision is required to position the display and to make sure its securely in place, without worrying about it sliding out and dropping to the floor.
In terms of interfaces on the Click X10, there are quite a few. These include a SIM slot, microSD card slot, x2 USB2.0 ports, microUSB port, and miniHDMI port, all of which are found along the left side of the device. The SIM and SD card slots are exposed, along with the 3.5mm auxiliary jack, while the remaining ports are enclosed within two flaps. There are two cameras on the unit, a 5MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera. You’ll find two buttons on the top, those being the power button and volume rocker.
The overall styling of the Click X10 isn’t overwhelming, but a rather modest approach for a budget device.
Screen and Display
As mentioned earlier, and as the its name suggests, the Click X10 has a 10″ touchscreen, fitted with IPS LED panel. Unlike the Switch 10 V that comes in two variants, 1280x800px and 1920×1200px, the Click X 10 only comes with the 1280x800px resolution display. For many premium tablets and hybrids, the 1080p resolution is the bare minimum. At the same time, the resolution on the Click X10 isn’t a complete deterrent. In keeping with the constraints of a budget unit, you won’t find the latest panels fitted here. What you get, however, is an decent looking display, that isn’t overly pixelised or grainy, and gets the job done well enough.
There aren’t any notable stutters or jitters as a result of poor response times, and video playback is watchable at the very least. While I wouldn’t recommend using the device in direct sunlight, as it suffers a bit in bright daylight, normal viewing is adequate. The colours are bright and the blacks are sufficiently dark, with greys easily distinguished.
Performance and Battery Life
In terms of its of its performance, the Click X10 delivers a mixed bag of results. The unit is powered by Intel’s Baytrail T-CR Atom Z3735F, which has a 1.33GHz Quad-Core CPU (can be clocked to 1.83GHz if required), which has its own, built-in HD graphics. The unit has 2GB DDR RAM, 32GB flash memory, and mono audio output, and runs a 32-bit version of Windows 10, even though it is capable of supporting the 64-bit version. The general computing performance is good, and you won’t often run into any hiccups or lag as a result. You won’t, however, be able to run many games on the unit, so I would recommend sticking to the basic Solitaire and Zuma games if you do want some entertainment on the go.
The most disappointing aspect of the Click X10 is it’s lack of battery life. The unit has a Polymer 6000mAh battery. On average, users can eke out roughly 4 hours of continued usage, in moderation, and decreases somewhat when running a few more background tasks or processor-heavy tasks. The lack of an additional battery fitted to the dock also leaves a lot to be desired. It would have made a quite a significant difference in performance, much as it did for the Switch 10 V.
The lack of additional resources within the dock are extended to the storage capacity. The 32GB storage only has 28.5GB of usable capacity, which decreases to just above 18GB after the Windows 10 installation. While users are more than capable of utilising the microSD card slot (up to 64GB) or an external HDD (which defeats the purpose of portability in this case), I can imagine this would frustrate most power users. There is the obvious option of cloud storage, but this may not be the best solution given the current data costs while on the move.
The Click X10 is better suited to individuals who prefer working on-the-go, rather than those looking for cheap entertainment, but suffers a bit in terms of its battery life and storage capacity, to make a truly great purchase. That said, the unit does have an RRP of R3,999, and can often be found on the odd sale for around R3,000. This makes it a really good purchase for those on a tight budget.
In comparison to the Switch 10 V, which potentially has a longer shelf life as well, the Click X10 is able to stay in the fight for the first few rounds before having to concede the match. But, with a cost of almost one third of the Acer’s hybrid, the match may yet be decided on a technicality.