A handheld tablet and a computer in one.
The Venturer EliteWin 11KT is a robust tablet-laptop/computer multi device. While Windows 10 still isn’t fully optimised for tablet use, access to productivity programs like Word help to make up for it. Combined with the attachable keyboard, the device is suitable for use on word-processing and alike. But not too much more.
The Venturer 11KT is a tablet with an impressive 11.6 inch screen with a 1366 x 768 display. It is bright and crisp enough to be pleasing to look at, indoors that is. Outdoors you may struggle to see the screen in bright conditions because the brightness just doesn’t contradict the reflections off the glossy screen. In terms of size, it’s suitable for landscape use but, although a feature of the device, I don’t think I could get much use out of the portrait orientation because it’s too long and too narrow for any program to run on.
Swiftly glancing down though, is the Venturer keyboard. Easily an impressive feature of the notebook.
It comes included with the device so you don’t have to worry about buying it in conjunction. The keyboard turns the tablet into a much more useful little device. It simply slots onto a sturdy hinge, using two metal, magnetic prongs to hold it in place against the copper electrical connection. This setup is symmetrical, and so the screen can be attached either way round, making it possible to turn the keyboard into a stand.
The keys on the keyboard itself aren’t the most impressive, however. The keys feel extremely cheap and light with weak structure. Similarly, the trackpad is extremely painful to make use of, and is probably the worst part of the tablet. There are no buttons to click where you may expect them and it feels highly unnatural to just tap a pad, when you have button click keys just above – the combination just doesn’t work.
It also seems to be crammed on the edge of the keyboard, almost as an afterthought. However, setting the trackpad aside, there is a touchscreen just above and this is ideal to use as it is very responsive and accurate.
The notebook boasts two cameras, admittedly they won’t be winning you any photography awards any time soon, but they’re a nice feature to have if you’ll be making video calls – or if you just need to take a snap.
Similarly, the in-built speakers are decent but very tinny in sound.
This notebook boasts 2GB of DDR3 RAM and an Intel Atom processor running at 1.3GHz. Boot takes around 1 minute which is better than many other 2 in 1 notebooks.
Having said this, turning the device on can be annoyingly finicky, as can waking it from sleep mode. The power button doesn’t always register, and it takes a few seconds to re-awaken.
The device has a USB, Mini-USB, Mini-HDMI and an SD memory-card slot of up to 64GB, offering expandable memory.
Touch screen use
As good as the touch screen is I still feel that Windows 10, is not touchscreen friendly (although I prefer it to when Windows 8 tried too hard to be touch friendly).
This is of course at no fault of the manufacturer, simply just the operating system included. The actual touchscreen of the Venturer is decent, as far as touchscreens go.
With word-processing and light tasks being this notebook’s strong point; combined with the free Office 365 trial, I feel as though the notebook is aimed towards those at schools or universities – but I also found it to be quite handy on my numerous occasions of travel, whereby I could just slide it out of my bag and it will fit on the travel table on the back of train seats, for instance.
The Venturer EliteWin 11KT is just (currently) costs £199.99 on Amazon, although its smaller brother, the Venturer BravoWin 10KT is cheaper at £149.99 but you sacrifice the extra screen space.
There’s a multitude tablets on the market for a variety of prices, and so you generally pay for what you get. However, I think the EliteWin and BravoWin notebooks are the exception to this. You pay so little in return for quite a lot.
The Venturer EliteWin is a great tablet as long as you know what you are getting. It is functional, and will happily see you through pages and pages of word processing, and although it isn’t the flashiest of tablet-notebook combos in other areas, this is partially down to the awkward Windows 10 operating system working on a tablet, and the stripped back, ‘focused-on-work’ feel to the device.