Tablets are becoming the new PC, and Mecer have created a tablet, the Mecer Xpress c22G, that runs full Windows 8.1 along with any other Windows application. Designed specifically for those companies, and people, who want productivity and portability. Connected portability is also key to the new age of mobile computing and the Mecer Xpress c22G tablet has all the connectivity options you may wish from a computer. Steven Ambrose takes the Mecer through its paces and sees if it can keep up with a full days workload.
The Mecer Xpress c22G Windows tablet is a full function Windows 8 tablet with an 11.6” full HD 1080p multi touch display. An Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of Ram along with a speedy 64GB mSata Solid State Hard Drive, make up the key specs. Connectivity is supplied via Bluetooth 4.0, b/g/n Wireless LAN, and full embedded 3G with GPS.
A large 9000 mAh battery powers the Mecer for around 6 to 7 hours. Along with front and rear cameras all encased in a slim aluminium package make the Mecer an attractive tablet. The front and rear cameras are fairly low resolution, but were good enough for Skype and casual pictures. There are two USB 3.0 ports which are super-fast and a Micro HDMI port for external monitors or TV’s
A clip on keyboard cover is part of the standard package. The Keyboard which connects magnetically contains a track pad and along with the kick stand on the rear of the Mecer Xpress makes this device a fully-fledged laptop in most parts. In actual use the keyboard has a decent feel and reasonable travel. I was able to type effectively for many hours.
The one drawback is the Mecer Xpress is relatively heavy compared to it peers, at around 1.02 Kg and may actually be a bit heavier than some fully fledged Ultrabook laptops from other manufacturers. It is however slim and fairly silent in actual use, without the keyboard attached.
The Mecer Xpress c22G comes preinstalled with Windows 8.1 which is the latest version of Microsoft Windows. The hardware and the touchscreen make using the tablet relatively easy, and with the included keyboard, legacy use of the Windows desktop and any version of Microsoft Office simple. All programmes installed and ran as expected and no compatibility issues were found with any hardware or software. In every respect the Mecer Xpress tablet performed exactly as a Windows desktop or laptop would, with the added benefit a sensitive touchscreen. Using the Touchscreen and the keyboard quickly become effortless.
The Mecer Xpress c22G is a full function Windows 8 PC in tablet form, unclip the keyboard and full touch functionality and tablet speed boot up, make this device easy to use, and enjoyable as a media consumption device. Internet explorer and the growing range of full touch enabled Windows 8 apps allow comprehensive tablet use without touching the legacy Windows desktop. If your business requires apps or programmes to run on the windows desktop, connecting the keyboard and using the included track pad effectively makes this a fully-fledged laptop replacement.
The cons are limited hard drive capacity at 64 Gigs, limited main memory at 4 GB also restrict the Mecer to business applications and not intensive video or picture creation or manipulation. Overall using the Mecer on the road, and in the office, was easy, and having a tablet for presentations and some casual gaming of browsing was useful. The included cooling fan can also become a little noisy in quiet situations.
For standard business use I found the Mecer Xpress c22G very capable and easy to use. The overall package was effective and at the recommended retail price of around R11 500-00, reasonably good value. As always try before you buy as the PC and Tablet market has become super competitive.
For more information go to www.mecer.co.za