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Pendo Pad 7 - Windows 8.1 - $69 in-Store at Coles

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Hi all,

First time poster here, so apologies if I'm not doing it right!

Coles have an in-store special on the Pendo Pad 7 Windows. It comes with Windows 8.1 (which will include free upgrade to Windows 10), a years subscription of Office 365 Home and an added 12-month subscription to taste.com.au digital.

It's got an Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB storage. Pretty sweet deal for 70 bucks.

Matt

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    anyone have feedback on these tablets? might get one for my folks to use… seems cheap, nothing to lose.

    Also what time's dinner - cooking Kantong chicken stir fry eh?

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      Terrible screen. Give me headache after 5' into using it

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      I believe they are the same as the unisurf ones which were going for <$50 after cashback. The screen is horrid, it may seem like a good deal but they are garbage.

      edit: okay, maybe not garbage, but there are much better chinese options with higher res IPS displays for not much more

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        When you can see individual pixels on the screen you know it's bad..

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        Depends on what you are using it for I say.
        And funny enough, if you want to use it as a tablet, you'd better off paying more with better screen.

        I am waiting for a cheap bluetooth mouse to be shipped in from deal extreme. Once I have it, I'll hook the tablet up to my TV and use it as a windows pc/media player.

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      I was happy with mine until the screen broke from having it in my backpack :(

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    These are too damm slow to do much, and you are left with almost no storage

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      It's not speedy but you can add an SD card

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        If you could put windows updates and office365 on the sd card that would be fine. I bought last time used it for a week and was lucky to sell it. Its really not useful at all.

        Anything pendo is pretty crap

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          Its really not useful at all.

          I've been running Node.js on it 24/7 since last December and it hasn't missed a beat. At the time it was the cheapest Win 8.1 device I could find locally and probably still is. No regrets.

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          @kamoi:
          Why would you want a Win 8.1 device for running Node.js?

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          @manic: Easy installation.

          Before this I had it set up on a VPS running CentOS and I won't put myself through that again :P

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      The speed and storage is Ok (use SD card for media),. It the awful screen that is the problem. The 8" version is said to be much better.

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    How much do they normally sell for?

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    Can you use the license key for a PC? (windows + office)

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      Windows no, office yes, but keep in mind it is only a 12 month subscription. You might be better off using OpenOffice or Google docs.

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    Crap crap crap bought one and returned within hours then had to basically lie and say it was faulty to get refund, counter lady said distributor was hard to deal with. Unisurf 8 inch is 200 times better.

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    This thing is a POS. The screen is pretty terrible, and 7" is too small for a Windows tablet anyway due to font size/scaling/rendering issues and other UI elements being too small to easily see and properly interact with, even when using the smallest touch pen (stylus) I could find.

    8" is really the absolute minimum for a half-decent Windows tablet experience.

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    I bought this just to install windows 10 and stream from my xbox one, it works great. Yeah the screen isn't big nor great quality but people seem to forget it only cost $70 ($65 for me)

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      I don't think people are forgetting that it only costs $69. Rather I think what you're hearing here is that a lot of people don't think it's worth even that much. I don't.

      But everyone has different needs and expectations I guess.

      I will say however that Windows 10 makes small tablets much more usable. The font rendering seems better and more consistent across metro-styled and "classic" UI elements and there's generally less of a need to dive into portions of the classic interface anyway.

      Still, after using a 8" Windows tablet I'd still never wish anything smaller on anyone, at least not for daily use.

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        Well I probably should have said I wouldn't use this for anything else other to stream games from my Xbox one, I already own a iPad air 2. This was simply just a cheap windows 10 tablet to stream Xbox one games for now. I will be getting a laptop at the end of the year so that'll replace the crappy tablet. I completely understand why people wouldn't buy this though.

        :)

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    I bought one at $89. It's quite usable except for that screen at 1280x800. It looks reasonable at 1024x600 but Windows won't run various system apps because it's less than 768 pixels high, and the interpolation to 1280x800 is not good on the eyes.
    Coles at Newmarket (Brisbane) had 3 left at 10.30 this morning. I didn't do a price check to see if they've been marked down again. Ask at the service desk.

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