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RCA Viking Pro 10.1 Review

The RCA Viking Pro 10.1

The RCA Viking Pro is a 10.1-inch, two-in-one hybrid tablet that comes with an affordable price tag. It is called a hybrid tablet as it features a detachable keyboard. This tablet appears o be more expensive than the Kindle Fire, but runs purely on Android and features better specs. Read on to know more about this hybrid mobile device and what is so great about it.

Specs

  • Operating System: Android 5.0
  • Chip: Quad Core
  • Resolution: 1280×800
  • Screen:      10.1″ IPS
  • RAM: 1GB
  • RAM Type: DDR SDRAM
  • Capacity: 32GB
  • Front Facing 2 megapixel webcam
  • Rear 2 megapixel webcam
  • Battery Life: 6 Hours
  • Unit Weight: 2.29LBS

The RCA Viking runs on Android Lollipop 5.0, with 24GB of internal storage. You may delete some of the pre-installed applications if you want more free space for other purposes. It has an MT8127 quad-core processor that runs at 1.3GHz and supported by 1GB of RAM. In terms of performance, this hybrid tablet works just fine. Most apps will run smoothly, but you will want to avoid multitasking. It is best to close all the unused apps to make way for those that you want to open. For its price, it is still quite fast.

Screen

The screen display spans 10.1 inches. While it only has a 1280×800 resolution, the price still makes the purchase well worth it. It is capable of running high-definition videos, which is great news for video streamers. For most purposes, this 10.1-inch screen display is adequate.

Keyboard

The keyboard is compact and surprisingly good. It features 17 shortcut keys for better typing experience. The trackpad has multitouch capabilities that can be extremely useful at times. However, you have to be extra careful not to touch the trackpad as you type on the keyboard. You may choose to use a wireless mouse as desired.

Cameras

This device has front and back cameras with decent resolutions. Both cameras offer 2megapixels, which is already enough if you are not fond of taking photos or you simply want to take decent shots. It can be useful in an emergency, and you do not have the time to grab your smartphone or DSLR to take photos.

The Speaker

Audiophiles can easily spot which devices have the best sound. This hybrid tablet, however, will only give you the quality you need for basic uses. If you are extremely particular with sound quality, then you may use the tablet’s Bluetooth feature and connect it to a wireless speaker.

Design

This tablet is made of rigid plastic. While it may seem cheap quality, this material is not the type of plastic that attracts fingerprints. Mobile device users know how gadgets tend to get filled with smudgy fingerprints and end up looking cheap.

The tablet and keyboard offer 9.6-millimeter thickness, making it portable, but durable enough to last long. One possible downside would be its weight of more than two pounds. You might end up switching hands or changing your view to portrait mode so you can ease the strain on your hands.

You will find a reset button on the back portion, along with a micro SD slot that lets you expand the device’s memory up to 128GB. Other important features to look for include the headphone jack, volume control, micro USB port, and the micro HDMI slot. This two-in-one tablet works pretty well. The keyboard is attached using the magnets, and it lets you go on tent or display mode when watching videos or movies.

The Battery

The RCA Viking Pro’s battery life is not too bad. When fully charged, you can use this device for up to five hours. It even sends you a notification when there is 20 percent battery left. You will be given the option to turn the brightness down to maximize the remaining power. Furthermore, you only need three hours to fully charge this device. It also consumes nearly zero power when on a standby mode.

Verdict

The RCA Viking Pro 10.1-inch hybrid tablet is truly worth its price. It is a more affordable option compared to many of its competitors. It has all the basic features that you need, but the inclusion of a detachable keyboard gives it a twist. This tablet is ideal for users who are not particular with the sound quality, resolution, multitasking capabilities, and other advanced features present in the more expensive models.

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