Saturn Pro 10 by Venturer
The Saturn Pro 10 is a very good hybrid for those on a budget, with a number of factors in its favour. It may be outperformed by higher-end devices, but holds its own against the vast majority of devices on the market.
The Saturn 10 Pro has a 10.1” 1280 x 800 IPS HD monitor and the display is crisp and of a high quality. The brightness of the screen is perhaps a little lacking, but this is only a minor negative and is massively outweighed by the overall quality of the display.
- Performs well
- Good design
- Dark screen
- Poor camera
- Charging port is dodgy
- Occasional lag
The tablet is connected to the keyboard via a docking connector and this is a remarkably efficient way of doing things. I was initially concerned that pulling the tablet out of its dock may risk damage, but found that it was surprisingly durable and easy to use. One slight issue with this system is that the screen doesn’t quite angle far enough back, leaving the tablet in what can be quite an uncomfortable position to use.
The device measures 26cm x 1.8cm x 16.5cm (WxDxH) without the keyboard and 26cm x 2.8cm x 17.4 cm with the keyboard attached. The Saturn Pro weighs just under 1kg and is perfect for use as a portable device. It is small enough that it can be transported easily, while remaining big enough to use efficiently. The keyboard is perhaps a little small, as I occasionally found myself hitting the wrong key, but this was infrequent and could be down to me not being used to the design.
On the whole, the keyboard itself is very impressive. It’s responsive, well designed and even has a few handy shortcut keys across the top, which saves time when needing to switch between apps or responding to notifications. Unfortunately, there is no way to unlock the device using the keyboard, but once more this is no major concern. Another slight issue is that the trackpad on the keyboard is occasionally a little bit slow to respond, but this doesn’t impact use too much and the touch screen means that the trackpad isn’t essential anyway.
The Saturn Pro 10 runs faster than its price would suggest, using its quad-core processor and 1GB RAM to load apps quickly and run them smoothly. There is minimal lag on video playback and videos are shown with a good level of picture quality.
The tablet also runs the majority of games well, with the vast majority of them operating smoothly. There was a small amount of lag and unresponsiveness when running more graphically demanding games, but overall the Saturn Pro 10 coped well.
When browsing the internet, the Saturn Pro occasionally slowed down and became unresponsive, however this was only very temporary and never made the experience particularly difficult or unenjoyable.
RCA advertise a six-hour battery life, but the product does not quite live up to this. While the battery life was perfectly adequate and sufficient for my needs, it did fall short of the advertised figure. Charging the tablet is reasonably quick and enables you to get working again within a decent amount of time.
The Saturn Pro 10 comes with 2MP cameras on both the front and rear, which seems remarkably low quality compared to the options available elsewhere. Luckily, photo taking isn’t the most important thing for a tablet, but it remains a disappointment regardless.
There is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, meaning that you can connect to other devices easily. This came in handy when playing music through a wireless speaker, which the tablet did with no difficulty.
Speakers are also built in to the device, which offer reasonable sound quality, but nothing exceptional.
The Saturn 10 Pro has ports for standard and micro USB, and also has a traditional headphone jack. There is also room for a microSD memory card, which is useful if you feel the 32GB of storage isn’t quite enough.
The tablet is available for £129.99, which represents very good value for what is a reasonably good device, particularly as it means you do not have to fork out for both a tablet and a laptop.
Should you buy the Venturer Saturn Pro 10?
If you are operating on a tight budget then the Venturer Saturn Pro 10 is definitely worth consideration. The device is wonderfully useful and operates reasonably well, with a few minor exceptions.
Of course, if you have a bit extra to spend on a device, it could be worth finding a higher-quality option.