RCA Windows 2-in-1 Hands On: 12.2-inch Budget Tablet/Laptop

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Windows 2-in-1s like the the Surface are often expensive. An exception is and RCA Windows 2-in-1 set to soon debut. We got some hands-on time with this upcoming model at CES 2017.

Design and Build

The prototype we had access to of the descriptively-named RCA 12.2-inch Windows 2-in-1 isn’t particularly svelte — It is 11.9 x 8.2. X 0.3 inches — but that’s not surprising for a mobile computer in this price range. It does feel relatively robust, flexing only slightly when we attempt to twist it.

RCA Windows 2-in-1

The 12.2-inch screen has a 1920 x 1200 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 185 ppi. This isn’t especially high, but it’s quite adequate for average users. The prototype’s screen looked fine, even under the difficult lighting conditions we examined it under.

This RCA Windows 2-in-1 includes a range of ports, including both USB Type-A and USB Type-C. There’s also a microSD memory card slot, as well as front and rear 2 MP cameras, a mini HDMI port, and a headphone port.

Keyboard

The tablet will be sold bundled with a clip-on keyboard accessory so it can be converted into a clamshell notebook. This includes a trackpad, as these are often more convenient when typing.

RCA 12.2" Windows 2-in-1

RCA 12.2″ Windows 2-in-1 Keyboard

We tested out the prototype keyboard and found it to be above average for a budget 2-in-1. The key area is nearly the size of a desktop’s, and there is good key separation and decent travel. The trackpad is usable, even there are no physical buttons.

This add-on is 11.8 X 8.1 X 0.2 inches, so it only adds marginally to the bulk of this computer.

Performance

This RCA Windows 2-in-1 will run Windows 10 on an Intel 2.5GHz Pentium N4200 processor, with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD. We were trying out a prototype, and only had a limited time with that, so we weren’t able to run our usual benchmarks. Still, preliminary use of this 2-in-1 showed that it will have at least average performance for its price range and consumer orientation.

The manufacturer promises the 7500 mAh battery will last up to 8 hours on a single charge. Battery life is another category where we will need more time with the shipping version of this product to confirm.

RCA 12.2" Windows 2-in-1

RCA 12.2″ Windows 2-in-1 Ports

Preliminary Conclusion

The MSRP for the RCA 12.2-inch Windows 2-in-1 (W1223H) is $449.99, compared with the $699 Huawei MateBook or the $899 Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Both of those rival models are considerably more powerful, as well as more portable, but the RCA-branded model is shaping up to be a more affordable option for those looking for a more light-duty computer.

Hopefully, a full TPCR review of the shipping version will be published when it is introduced later this year.


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