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Snagged one of the $99 NuVision tablets from the Microsoft Store today. Not a bad little job. The backlight leaves quite a bit to be desired but ya know. I’m really curious to know if anyone has any experience with these NuVision Windows tabs with the Plugable Pro docking station.

 

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    Simard57 Alpha Member #631 - 1 day ago

    I have experienced two other problems which I hope someone has figured out how to address

    1 while browsing, when edge places a video off to the side it is sometimes left there blocking the screen and I cannot find a way to clear it.

     

    2- when sending message in fb messenger, the auto correct doesn't replace text, it concatenates the correction creating a messy jumble. This only happens on the envision, not my sp3 or phone

     

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      jimchamplin - 22 hours ago
      In reply to Simard57:

      Does it do the same thing in desktop and tablet mode? I've noticed that tablet mode makes Edge do some stupid things. Sites that scale nicely in desktop mode break and display as annoyingly tiny full sites instead of scaled-up mobile layouts.

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      Simard57 Alpha Member #631 - 1 day ago
      In reply to Simard57:

      that should say NuVision - not envision -- but I cannot edit it ??

      is there a time period that expires and prevents edits?

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    evox81 Alpha Member #1939 - 5 days ago

    I got a couple of these machines for free with the purchase of couple laptops from the MS store. I was expecting much, and when I booted the machine and found they'd modified (read: broken) the first-boot OOBE, the bar got even lower. Actually using the device however, I was pleasantly surprised. They were reasonably quick and the resolution of the screen was surprising given the price. In the end, they didn't really meet any need I could imagine, so I put them on eBay.

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    ErichK Alpha Member #2471 - 6 days ago

    Can't say I have experience with the NuVision specifically, but because my Nexus 7 Android tablet has been increasingly giving me problems lately, I decided to order a $99 Insignia Windows 10 tablet from Best Buy.  Originally I was thinking iPad, but I changed my mind and decided to see what it would be like if I could survive on a Windows tablet.  I don't have it yet, but it's on its way.  It's funny, I've seen some videos on YouTube of guys with cheap Windows tablets playing games like Far Cry and Crysis on low settings.  So I'm cautiously hopeful about the performance.  I just hope the reliability is acceptable.  Software-wise, 90% of the things I do on tablets are web-browsing, Wikipedia, and YouTube, so I see no reason why a Windows tablet couldn't satisfy those requirements.  The app store might not be as vast as iOS or Android, but I was thinking of installing AMIDuOS to make up for the app gap.

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      jimchamplin - 5 days ago
      In reply to ErichK:

      I ran World of Warcraft on my HP Stream 7, with everything set to lowest and the old player models turned on. It was surprisingly capable!

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      ErichK Alpha Member #2471 - 4 days ago
      In reply to jimchamplin:

      Cool!  Yeah, I just checked my shipping status, and I think my tablet might show up tomorrow.

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      jimchamplin - 4 days ago
      In reply to ErichK:

      Tried it last night on this NuVision. WoW runs like a charm. Get a fast microSD, at least 64GB and you can copy it and run it from there.

      Having owned several, I absolutely do NOT recommend using these 32GB devices without expansion. Set Windows to use the SD for everything. Apps, storage, everything. Don't use the desktop OneDrive sync client, only the app. That 32GB may seem like it's enough for a few apps and your files, but it's not, trust me. Windows grows over time with updates, so if you have stuff on the system volume, you're gonna run outta space real fast.

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      ErichK Alpha Member #2471 - 4 days ago
      In reply to jimchamplin:

      Oh, I agree 100%, and that's why I also purchased a 64 GB SanDisk card a couple days later at the brick-n-mortar Best Buy.  I read quite a few personal anecdotes online of space being eaten up the way you describe.  Thanks for the tip!  I am anxiously waiting.  One thing I'm concernced about is whether the Insignia I ordered has 2 GB of RAM as opposed to 1 GB ... a reviewer said it does in fact come with 2 GB.

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      jimchamplin - 4 days ago
      In reply to ErichK:

      I hope so. That's been a big differentiator between it and my Stream 7, which has 1GB. Also, I hope you kept up with the other thread regarding charging these devices. The wall warts that are included are insufficient to properly keep them running. Best advice I can give is to buy an Apple-made iPad charging brick and use it.

      Also: http://plugable.com/products/ud-pro8/ ... You're welcome ;)

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      ErichK Alpha Member #2471 - 4 days ago
      In reply to jimchamplin:

      When you say insufficient to keep them running, are you saying they don't do a good job of charging the battery?  Or that they don't work well while plugged in?  That dock looks neat and all, but I don't know if I'm ever going to need something like that.

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      jimchamplin - 4 days ago
      In reply to ErichK:

      To me, if it can't keep it at a steady level while plugged in and in use, it's insufficient, as that means the battery and charger can't keep up with the device. My iPad charger keeps it at one charge level. If it's at 98% when I plug it in, no matter how hard I use it, it stays at 98%. The bundled charger with my NuVision will let the tablet lose charge no matter how lightly I use it.

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      ErichK Alpha Member #2471 - 4 days ago
      In reply to jimchamplin:

      Ah, I see what you're saying.  It's something to consider I suppose.  Normally I've been charging my tablets overnight, and I get enough out of the battery the next day ... rinse and repeat.  My Nexus 7 gets very good battery life, but I wish I could say the same for my Asus Transformer Book Chi.  Great 2-in-1, and works as a tablet in a pinch.  Kind of big though.  I'm hoping that the purchase of this Insignia W10 tablet will really open the floodgates for using Windows 10 as a tablet OS, with better battery life, more sensible screen size, etc.

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      jimchamplin - 23 hours ago
      In reply to ErichK:

      Did you get it?

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    Simard57 Alpha Member #631 - 6 days ago

    I hope you enjoy it more than I do mine. The construction of the tablet is fine but the disappoint is that it is always dead when I pick it up. There are not proper power management states and it drain battery quickly even when not being used. Hope you have better luck. I wish I returned mine.

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      jimchamplin - 6 days ago
      In reply to Simard57:

      I've already noticed that it has some issues in that regard, but nothing that can't be mitigated by a 9' USB cable to charge. It does fine when connected to power.I experimented with adaptors and found that an iPad mini brick would actually charge it at 2.1 amps while the included plug I think is like .5 amp.

      In other words, useless.

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      Simard57 Alpha Member #631 - 6 days ago
      In reply to jimchamplin:
      not unlike my solution but I was hoping for an untethered tablet!

       

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      jimchamplin - 6 days ago
      In reply to Simard57:

      I wouldn't mind either, but oh well. I use it when I'm sitting down, so it's not a big deal really! It seems that there's always some engineering shortcuts on these little slates. My HP Stream 7 was always a pleasure to use, but it too had design issues. At least NuVision didn't saddle this with 1 measly GB of RAM. HP had a cheesy screen but NuVision used an uneven backlight with a decent IPS panel.

      Oh well. It was less than $120 with a 32GB microSD and tax. I'm going to enjoy it for what it is!

      Oh! And what was your solution?

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      Simard57 Alpha Member #631 - 6 days ago
      In reply to jimchamplin:

      Like you I use a ten foot USB cable with tablet on bed side stand

       

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      jimchamplin - 5 days ago
      In reply to Simard57:

      What charger are you using? I found that the included wall wart charged far too slowly to be useful.

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      Simard57 Alpha Member #631 - 5 days ago
      In reply to jimchamplin:

      just went with the one that was included. perhaps given your experience, I should consider changing

       

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      jimchamplin - 4 days ago
      In reply to Simard57:

      I did an experiment. Last night I used the NuVision only, in place of my desktop and used the wall wart from an iPad mini. it's the full-size 2.1 amp iPad charger. It never fell below 98%, even with the screen on for hours, using Bluetooth, streaming music from Groove, and using JS-heavy websites. Today I used the tablet again in place of my desktop but with the included charger. Usage was lighter, and the screen was off and on, essentially using it as more of a mobile device. It's now at 39% after several hours of use.

      I'd say yeah, use a non-crap charger for it lol

      It claims to be 2A (2,000mA) but my tester pegged it at 1.4A so I think the chargers are of dubious quality.