Venturer EliteWin S 11KT

The Venturer EliteWin S 11KT is a fairly cheap 2-in-1 Windows Laptop-Tablet hybrid that looks impressive and performs well.

Unsurprisingly, more expensive alternatives such as the Microsoft Surface Books will work much quicker and seamlessly, and prove to be better at heavy-duty tasks, but for those on more of a budget then the Venturer is definitely worth considering.

    Pros

  • Affordable
  • Performs well
  • Looks great
  • 64Gb microSD card included

    Cons

  • Heavy
  • Poor sound quality
  • Charging port is dodgy
  • Battery life not great

    Rating

  • Performance:4 Stars
  • Features:3.5 Stars
  • Design: 4 Stars
  • Value:4 Stars
Overall rating: 4 Stars




Design

The Venturer EliteWin S 11KT looks really nice. The design is much more impressive than the previous version – the EliteWin 11KT – and the tablet and keyboard link up much more cleanly than before. When they’re attached, it really does look like a normal notebook, whereas before the tablet always looked poorly fitting.

The Venturer measures 12.05 x 7.87 x 0.98 inches and weighs 1.38kg, which is rather hefty, so if you are after a highly portable device then this isn’t the one for you. All of the buttons and ports are located along the left-hand side of the screen, but I’m not a fan of the charging port; when the charging wire is plugged into the tablet the wire is very loose within the port, coming out fairly easy and therefore leaving the device uncharged if you don’t pay attention.

Again the EliteWin uses a multi-points capacitive touchscreen, and I’ve yet to experience any issues with touch responsiveness. You can scroll through webpages with relative ease just as you would on a normal tablet, or you can use the track pad if you prefer. The trackpad has worked well for me but it took a while to get used to the fact there is no ‘click’ downwards when you are selecting things.

However, I was a bit disappointed that the screen quality is still 1366 x 768 pixels. While I think the 11.6-inch screen is a good size, I feel the quality could have been improved from the previous version, to rival alternative laptop/tablet hybrids.

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Performance

Using the Windows 10 Operating System and an Intel Atom Quad Core Processor (up to 1.83GHz), the Venturer EliteWin S 11KT works speedily. When tasked with heavy demands, such as running certain power-hungry games, I did notice a slight slowdown, but it isn’t really built for heavy demands in fairness so it wasn’t a major concern.

Using it to make notes, browse the internet and produce work on Microsoft Office apps was all I needed the EliteWin for, and it worked well for me throughout these tasks. I had a perfectly good experience using Windows 10 on it, and the free one-month trial of Office 365 was very useful.

Coming in two parts, I found the EliteWin to function well whether I used it as a notebook or tablet. You can disconnect the tablet from the keyboard, spin it round and use it to face the other way if you want, which is useful and easy to do, and it automatically switches between tablet and laptop mode seamlessly.

When separating the tablet from the keyboard, you do need to give it a fairly strong pull to overcome the powerful magnets, but it’s still very simple to do, as is reattaching it.

The battery is alright, but not incredible. While Venturer state a battery life of up to eight hours, I found it needed recharging after about five hours of standard usage, which is less than I’d like.

In terms of the power button, it seems more responsive than the previous EliteWin, but still takes longer than I’d like to switch on the tablet. It takes around 30 seconds to boot up, which isn’t too bad, but ideally it would be around the 20 seconds mark.

Features

There is a front and rear camera on the EliteWin S 11KT, which is convenient as you can Skype your friends and family, but the image quality is very poor. At only 2MP it’s worse than most phones, so you may prefer to just video call using your smartphone rather than with the Venturer. Of course taking photos etc. isn’t really high on the list of priorities for 2-in-1 laptops, but I would still expect at least 5MP really.

There is also a small speaker on the back of the tablet, but it’s not a great one. It can reach a fairly high volume but the sound quality is poor, so you will generally always want to use headphones or connect to a speaker when playing audio.

The EliteWin S 11KT does come with a free 64Gb MicroSD card too, which is very useful in ensuring I have enough memory space for my files.

Price

The price is one of the strong points for the Venturer. While the EliteWin S 11KT starts off £50 more than the previous version, at £269.99, it’s still a fairly affordable option, and it can work out considerably cheaper to purchase this rather than a notebook and a tablet as separate items.

Should you buy the Venturer EliteWin S 11KT?

If you’re on a budget then the Venturer EliteWin S 11KT could prove to be a very good purchase. It does the job without any major issues, and is a nifty device on the whole which I’ve enjoyed using.

However, if you don’t mind spending a bit more money then you could find yourself a higher-quality hybrid (or standard laptop, if you’re not too fussed about having a tablet).