Nextbook Flexx 11 Review – Windows 10 On A Budget

There are a lot of great things about Windows tablets. They can bring a great value to the table and even replace your laptop to a degree. Another great thing is that they can be insanely cheap. Some Windows tablets can be purchased for as little as $100, sometimes even less. One I’ve been testing out recently is the Nextbook Flexx 11. This budget Windows 2-in-1 brings a lot for a small price, including full Windows 10.

Specs

  • 11.6″1366×768 IPS Touchscreen Display
  • Intel Atom Z3735F – Quad-Core 1.33GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage (expandable via microSD)
  • 2MP Rear & Front cameras
  • 2x USB ports, POGO keyboard dock
  • Windows 8.1/10

Hardware & Design

As a budget device, you probably wouldn’t expect much from the hardware on this tablet. However I was pleasantly surprised by just how good it actually was. Nothing about the device really feels “cheap”. My only real complaint was with the matte texture on the outside. Now don’t get me wrong, I love matte textures on just about any device, but on the Nextbook Flexx 11 it’s poorly implemented. The tablet tends to pick up fingerprints easily and shows marks very easily as well. To make matters worse, it’s very difficult to clean.

The matte outside of this tablet feels pretty good, but it gets dirty very easily.

The matte outside of this tablet feels pretty good, but it gets dirty very easily.

Even though this tablet is very cheap, it doesn’t feel cheap. Overall, hardware on this tablet is pretty solid.

Software & Performance

When it comes to the software, the Nextbook Flexx 11 is running Windows 8.1 out of the box, but that’s easily upgradeable to Windows 10. Performance on Windows 10 is actually surprisingly good. This is not a powerhouse machine, but it will get the job done. I typically used it for simple tasks such as writing documents, watching media, and things like that.



As far as gaming is concerned, this device tends to show it’s price. It can certainly play games, but it’s not going to play them very well. Since this device is low-cost, it’s certainly going to be attractive to parents as something for their kids. So to answer the question on their minds, yes, it plays Minecraft. As I said, performance won’t be amazing, but it can do it and it’s perfectly playable albeit only on lower settings.

The Nextbook Flexx 11 brings a full Windows 10 experience in a solid, and low price form factor.

The Nextbook Flexx 11 brings a full Windows 10 experience in a solid, and low price form factor.

Display

With an 11.6″ 1366×768 display, you probably wouldn’t expect much. While there’s nothing too impressive about this display, it’s much better than I expected. Colors, brightness, and viewing angles are all solid, but it’s nothing all that impressive.

Keyboard & Trackpad

One of the highlights of the Nextbook Flexx 11 is the keyboard. Included in the box, this keyboard dock attaches to the tablet via POGO pins. The highlights of the keyboard include the fact that it is backlit, it adds two full size USB ports, and that it’s easy to disconnect and reconnect. However on the downside, the hinge where it connects doesn’t feel very stable and the trackpad is small and just really not all that good.

The keyboard on the Nextbook Flexx 11 is surprisingly good, although the trackpad is not.

The keyboard on the Nextbook Flexx 11 is surprisingly good, although the trackpad is not.

The overall typing experience itself is surprisingly good. This definitely doesn’t feel like a premium keyboard, or even one found in a Chromebook, but it does get the job done and it gets it done quite well. The addition of it being backlit only makes the experience that much better.

Full size USB ports in the keyboard? Sign me up!

Full size USB ports in the keyboard? Sign me up!

Battery Life

One of the highlights of this tablet is the battery life. Using this device in short sessions can get me a couple days worth of battery easily, and using it straight through is no problem at all. Is battery life incredible? No, but it is very good and much better than I was expecting.

Final Thoughts

So overall, the Nextbook Flexx 11 is a great tablet, and even better when you consider the price. Retail pricing falls at about $230, but I’ve been seeing deals on it as low as just $180. For that price, I don’t think you’ll find a better Windows machine, especially not a 2-in-1.

A backlit keyboard on a tablet this cheap just blows my mind.

A backlit keyboard on a tablet this cheap just blows my mind.