- Full Windows experience
- 32GB inbuilt storage
- 7700mAh battery
- Detachable keyboard
- Full Windows OS experience
- Decent battery life
- Detachable keyboard
- Slow charging rate
- Cramped keyboard layout
- Only one USB port
Micromax, the country’s own smartphone maker, took a nose dive in the niche yet rapidly growing convertible laptop category. As part of that plan, the company introduced the Canvas Laptab, basically a combination of a tablet and a laptop. It offers full Windows OS experience compared to previous generation tablets that had Windows RT only. The convertible laptops have been premium priced products for the functionality they offer - removable screen which can be independently used as a tablet and a detachable keyboard. However, Micromax has tried to achieve the same with the Laptab but at an affordable price tag attached to it.
Introduced at a price tag of Rs. 14,999, the Laptab is targeted primarily to be a portable solution and competes with the devices in the same price segment such as Lenovo Essential A10 and Asus X205TA.
At first sight, the Laptab looks like any other super slim ultrabook. But, what sets this device apart from other laptops is that it can be transformed into a tablet or a laptop, depending on your preference of use. The Laptab works as a laptop when the screen is connected to the keyboard through a hinge, and as a tablet, once detached from it. Both the parts - the screen and the keyboard are quite heavy.
A 2-megapixel primary camera is situated at the top of the device. When the device is held in landscape mode, you can find all of the slots and ports located on the top-right side, at the back of the screen. It mainly comprises of a microSIM card slot, a microSD card slot, a micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm port.
The power and the volume rocker keys are located on the right side, which according to us, was quite unusual for a laptop. Moreover, these buttons were made of plastic and were slightly hard to press, which was quite cumbersome. Therefore, getting used to these keys takes a while, especially if you are a new user.
At the bottom, is only one USB port that makes it difficult to connect to multiple external devices at the same time. Speakers are present on either side of the screen. The detachable keyboard comes with magnetic pins which hold the screen and the keyboard together. We found that these magnets were not strong enough to hold the screen and the keyboard tightly, because when we pulled the screen down, it would undock from the keyboard at times. For those of you who are not used to using convertibles, you need to ensure extra care while closing the screen, so that it doesn’t pop out from the hinge. The keyboard is pretty much the same as on a standard laptop, but the key layout is cramped. One may struggle a bit to reach to the multimedia keys.
The trackpad is quite responsive and supports Windows 8 gestures, which makes it easy to access various applications. A 2-megapixel secondary camera comes just above the screen which can be used for making video calls as well as for capturing selfies. The Windows logo acts as the Home/Start key.
The Micromax Canvas Laptab comes with a 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a pixel resolution of 800x1280 pixels that translates to a pixel density of 149 PPI. The display has decent colour quality and gives decent viewing angles. Although it appears slightly washed-out, one can enjoy reading text as well as browsing through images. The display is quite reflective and has poor legibility in direct sunlight. The screen is rather heavy when used in tablet mode, especially when held for a long time. Therefore, it doesn’t seem ideal for reading a lot of text on, unlike the e-book reader.
The Laptab is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F mobile chipset clocked at 1.33GHz, coupled with 2GB of DDR3L RAM. There is 32GB of internal storage, out of which only 24.4GB is available to the user. This may not be sufficient if you like to store huge multimedia files on your device. Thankfully though, the storage space can be further expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card. In terms of connectivity, the device supports a 3G network-capable microSIM card, but does not support voice calls. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 is also supported. Although this device packs an interesting mix of hardware components, we found that it was suitable only for basic usage, but not for resource-intensive tasks.
The Canvas Laptab comes preloaded with Windows 8.1, but is upgradeable to Windows 10 and above. It also offers a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. The Windows Store is the go-to place if you want to download apps. Furthermore, this Laptab allows you to enjoy the full Windows OS experience, unlike the Windows RT that was available in previous generation tablets. For instance, on the Laptab, you can create partitions on the flash storage, as on PCs and laptops. This allows you to store all your personal files, music, videos, documents and other data in individual partitions. In a nutshell, the Windows operating system, allows you to perform such tasks easily, as long as they are not resource or graphic-intensive.
The Laptab sports a 2-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. If you are a photography enthusiast, you might not find the quality of images captured by this camera impressive enough, although you could use it for making video calls and capturing decent selfies.
In terms of video playback, the device plays 30fps videos without any lags, but when it came to playing 60fps videos the device was disappointing. You can easily install a music player or a video player of your choice. The audio output is clear but not loud enough, so you might have to use headphones when using it outdoors.
The Canvas Laptab sports a mediocre quality screen, whose responsiveness, we felt was not up to the mark. At times, it failed to register taps, which was a hindrance especially when used in the tablet mode. Switching between tasks is quite easy and the device doesn’t lag, since it supports Windows gestures.
The device scores 778 for Single-Core and 2128 for multi-core in Geekbench benchmark test, which indicates the average performance of the LAPTAB. The SiSoftware Sandra benchmark test revealed that the CPU and memory performance on this device were on par with other tablets such as Asus T100tA, which only reiterated the fact that the device is suitable for basic tasks.
The Laptab’s Intel HD graphics managed to score 6560 in Ice Storm. During our usage, casual games ran smoothly, but the graphic-intensive ones tended to lag, barely managing to run. We felt that the device was good for moderate usage such as for browsing the web or streaming multimedia. The device scored 3.5 out of 5 in BootRacer benchmark which indicates that it will take couple of minutes to boot and not couple of seconds.
The device comes with a massive 7,700 mAh battery, but fails to offer 10 hours of battery life as claimed by the company. After using the device to watch 1080p videos for an hour, listening to music for an hour, browsing the web and gaming, the device managed to last for about 7 hours. Moreover, it took about 5-6 hours to reach a full charge at times, which was quite annoying. Using the device much more intensively is likely to drain the battery faster.
The Micromax Canvas LAPTAB was launched in India for Rs. 14,999, but is available online for Rs. 14,489. At this price range it competes with the Lenovo Essential A10 and Asus X205TA. It is mostly targeted for those who are looking for a light weight, affordable, and a convertible laptop-tablet solution. On the brighter side, it offers a full Windows OS experience, and lets you access the web anywhere using the built-in 3G SIM slot.
Battery life tends to be on the lower end of the spectrum as it drains quickly when you are engaged in a task which involves intensive graphics or loading heavy web pages and the slow charging rate contributes to be one of the major issues of this device. The size of the keyboard is another issue, and users with big hands will feel the discomfort. Moreover, the fact that this device provides only one USB port, limiting connectivity options is also a niggle we faced.
Having said that, the LAPTAB works well as an affordable tablet for general use such as watching movies or browsing web but is clearly not for power users.