Local tech brands have nailed it this year – successful sales of Android smartphones and tablets, launching flagship-worthy smartphones and better smartphone design and camera quality. Now they are entering the PC space! Earlier this year, Starmobile launched an all-in-one PC called the Starmobile Engage 10 Pro. Running Windows 8.1, this device can do anything like your PC or bigger laptops do. How does it fare on real, day-to-day use? Let’s find out.
Starmobile Engage 10 Pro:
- 1.8GHz Quad Core Intel Atom Z3735F Baytrail-T processor
- Intel HD Gen 7 graphics
- 2GB DDRL3 RAM
- 32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 10.1-inch WXGA IPS LCD display (1280 x 800 pixels) 160 ppi
- 5 megapixel rear facing camera
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- WiFi, Bluetooth, Mini HDMI port
- 7,500 mAh Li-Ion battery
- Windows 8.1
- SRP: P11,990
- Status: Available on Starmobile stores and kiosks
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
We have a a Lenovo G410 14-inch laptop as our work partner. It is quite unfair to compare them since our Lenovo laptop has beefier specs. But it took us quite some time getting used to because we are used to a 14-inch laptop.
An all-in-one device can be used as a laptop or a tablet. The 10-inch screen can detached and can be used as a tablet. As a tablet it is extremely handy although not so light. We use the Engage 10 Pro as a laptop than just a multimedia device. We write our blogs, do emails, and surf the net on this device. Carrying it around is much more convenient than our cumbersome Lenovo laptop.
The keyboard dock included has the same soft matte finish as the tablet which gives a better grip. It is also less prone to smudges and fingerprints too. We find the keyboard and touchpad a little small for our fingers but typing experience is a breeze.
The 10-inch screen is an IPS LCD display with a WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. We must say it very decent and has good sunlight legibility. Unfortunately, it does not have auto brightness feature. Meaning, you have to manually adjust the display’s brightness level.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
For those who have not experienced Windows 8.1 yet, it is much better than any Windows version. It is fast and intuitive. It doesn’t even need high end specs to run smoothly. Microsoft included 1-year free Office 365 subscription which means, you have Microsoft Office applications ready-to-use out of the box. You can make Word documents, Powerpoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets. This is perfect for students who needs to carry a small computer to school.
Software experience is pretty smooth. The quad core Intel processor performs pretty well on heavy tasks. Windows 7 apps can run here plus apps from Windows store that can be found on Google’s Play store is also present. You can download Facebook, Twitter and games like Asphalt 8 via Windows Store.
Since it is a computer, it has the usual ports you need. All worked fine. Transferring files via Bluetooth or USB is a breeze. WiFi connectivity is also good.
One common complain we have in a laptop is battery life. We want a device that can last beyond 4 hours. Most all-in-one PCs have good battery life but we’ve never experienced such amazing battery life on this device. Tablets and all-in-one PCs usually last 6 to 8 hours of straight use. But the Engage 10 Pro lasted 10 hours of straight use! We opened the device 7am with WiFi on and at 30% brightness and got down to 5% battery in 5:50pm. That was the longest battery test we had on this device. At 50% brightness, it lasted up to 8 hours of use.
There’s no need for you spend more than 30k for a laptop anymore. Just take a look at the Starmobile Engage 10 Pro. It comes with free Office 365 for 1 year, decent performer, and has an amazing battery life. This graduation season, make this device a perfect gift for your kids who just finished Elementary or High School.