- Great sized full HD screen
- Keyboard is a nice size
- You have the choice of carrying a laptop or a tablet with you
- Very heavy as a complete unit compared to other similar products
- Only one USB port
With more and more big named companies releasing two-in-one laptops, there’s no wonder that the budget manufacturers are catching up. We’ve seen the laptop market blessed by the Lenovo Miix 310 and YOGA 510 as well as the HP Pavilion x360. But now it’s time to check out the new Venturer PrimePro 12 TS, a 12-inch two-in-one tablet and keyboard mash up.
The packaging here is fairly standard, with a lid to reveal its contents. Opening up the box you’re greeted with some reading materials as well as the top of the Venturer PrimePro 12 TS laptop. End to end of the tablet has protective foam to keep it safe while in transit and is also covered in a plastic covering. Underneath this is the keyboard, which also acts as a leather case to keep the screen protected while inside a bag. Down the right hand side is a separate box which has your power adapter in it. This is just the one plug, no extra power brick to contend with which is nice.
The setup process will be familiar to existing users of Windows. It’s a few simple steps to get to your desktop which include things like choose a username, set up a Microsoft account, enter your WiFi credentials and set a password to keep sneaky hands from entering your device. You will also have to accept some pretty lengthy terms and conditions. Decline these however and you won’t be able to use the item. As I said, it’s pretty standard stuff to laptops. First time turning it on and I was greeted with a pretty hefty Windows 10 update, so make sure you’re connected to a WiFi connection rather than mobile tethering.
The overall quality and aesthetic to the Venturer PrimePro 12 TS is actually very pleasing. Venturer has definitely made some improvements over their previous two-in-one models, giving the 12 TS as much needed makeover. It gives off a very premium feel. The entire laptop is a very neat and tidy package, taking up very little space. When the 12 TS is closed with the keyboard attached, its thickness comes in at just under one inch and when it’s open, stands no more than around eight inches tall. The only negative is that it’s quite heavy when complete, weighing in at around 1.5kg.
Connecting the tablet to the keyboard is aided by a magnetic slot. It’s easy to find and the keyboard worked first time when connecting the components together. I couldn’t find any complaints here. The magnet is also used to connect the tablet case to the back of the tablet to make a stand which was very secure and sturdy.
The overall highlight of the device is the ability to turn it into a 12″ tablet. Now although this means fingerprints, it’s nice to be able to have the choice to take just a tablet with you rather than bringing the keyboard too. It makes using the tablet when lounging on a sofa so much more comfortable. The screen is full HD 1080p, which gives off some vibrant colours at times. Using the two-in-one as a general work horse for your office applications and you won’t be disappointed by the contrast. Text is super sharp and web pages can be read with ease.
Around the edge of the tablet you will find a volume rocker, one USB port which is a little disappointing, one microUSB port and a microHDMI to hook it up to external monitors or television screens. There is an exposed microSD card slot which still shows when the tablet is in its closed position, giving aid to any gunk to get caught inside. Not the best placement for this when there is a lot of room left around the edge.
There is a camera on the front, although it only shoots at 2mp. Not the best quality compared to other tablet devices on the market like the iPad, but gives enough quality to capture things like notes or a business card while in a meeting.
The keyboard needs some getting used to however. Coming from a traditional desktop keyboard, I found the keys to be quite stiff. If you’re a speedtyper, then get used to practice. I found I missed a few keys when typing as the tablet didn’t register my key press. However, the keyboard is a decent sized QWERTY style with a missing numberpad which was expected seeing as it has to match the width of the tablet. The touchpad although small is quite sensitive so moving your mouse around the screen was easy as travel distance was minimum. It is missing a left and right mouse click, having to rely on double tapping the touch pad, but laptop users would be used to this. I would have liked to see a couple of small physical mouse buttons.
Apart from the initial Windows 10 update the machine prompted to start which took an absolute age to download, the speed of the machine wasn’t too bad. My initial expectation with the Intel Atom 1.83 GHz processor was that the machine was just going to be sluggish. However I was pleasantly surprised that I could comfortably run several applications at once and barely affected the speed of the machine. It is clear that this product was intended for work use, as the spec just won’t handle gaming titles, or even editing suites such as Adobe CC. It worked well when using Microsoft Office applications.
Venturer have been brave offering this type of product to the market. It’s a bold move considering Apple have really cornered off the tablet market as well as the Galaxy Tabs. But the added keyboard from box is a nice touch. They could have easily made this an added cost accessory. We’ve found the unit to be priced at around £350 online, which is a little more than a budget laptop like the HP Stream series and even the two-in-one Lenovo Mix 310. With a nice 12″ HD screen and that 4GB RAM, its easy to justify the extra money you would be spending on a Venturer PrimePro 12 TS