WinBook TW700 – The $60 7 inch Windows 8.1 Tablet Updated on February 19, 2015 By Windows Guy 25 Comments An unboxing and first few minutes with my new Winbook TW700 from MicroCenter. It has 16GB of Storage, 1GB of RAM, a Quad-Core Intel processor, MicroSD Card S… More Movies In Windows 8.1 Articles By Windows Guy 25 Comments Chad W Smith February 19, 2015 I just wanted to let everyone know that I got this email from MicroCenter today. You can save 2 GB of data on the hard drive. This is specifically for the WinBook TW700 – I don’t know if it can or does work for any other tablet or Windows device. I didn’t create the file, and can’t take any responsibility for what it does. But this is from a legit MicroCenter email – so I would suggest that all TW700 owners to use it. =====QUOTE FOLLOWS===== WinBook has an important update to share regarding your WinBook TW700 Tablet. Due to the size of the full versions of the Microsoft OS and Office included with the new WinBook tablets, some users have experienced low available disk space after completing the MS Office installation and latest OS updates. While we cannot impact the size or frequency of updates released by Microsoft, the WinBook team has developed a utility that will increase the available storage space on your 7” WinBook tablet by about 2GB. Installing and running the utility is quick and should only take about 2 minutes, and does not negatively impact any of your applications. To obtain and run this utility, please follow these steps: 1. Click on the link below to open the download page from our website: http://www.microcentertech.com/winbook/WBOptimize.exe 2. Select “Save” and the utility will download. 3. After it has downloaded select “Run” 4. The next screen will detail where the utility will be located by default. Tap “OK” to proceed. 5. The next screen will give the option to save the files in the default location. Select “Unzip” to extract the files, tap OK to confirm the two files, and then select “Close”. 6. Tap the file explorer folder icon in the lower left corner of the desktop. 7. Double-tap the Windows (C:) 8. Double-tap on the WinBook folder 9. Double-tap the WBOptimize.exe file, click Yes, and then follow the on-screen instructions. For more details on running the WBOptimize.exe utility, please refer to the WBOptimize ReadMe file located in the folder with the WBOptimize.exe utility. This utility makes a modification that can only be completed one time. Running the utility a second time will not free up any additional space. The utility can be deleted after Windows finishes rebooting. PLEASE NOTE: If you run this utility and receive a message that these modifications have already been made, then your tablet has already been optimized. If you have further questions, please visit the store, visit http://www.microcentertech.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best regards, Your WinBook Support Team ====END QUOTE==== So I will download and try this, and let you know how much space I get back (if any). Chad W Smith February 19, 2015 +Knive defender This might help with the “male Siri voice” (It’s actually called “Narrator”) This explains what it is, and how it might have gotten turned on: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windows8/ This explains how to turn it off: http://superuser.com/questions/712296/narrator-keeps-turning-on-on-login-screen I can’t find a way to change the double tap thing. Basically if you have to double click on something if you were using a mouse, you’re going to have to double tap the screen to get the same effect. This includes opening shortcuts on the desktop in the classic environment. That’s not limited to this tablet. That’s a Windows 8 thing across the board. Any Windows 8 touchscreen device (tablet/laptop/umpc/netbook/ultrabook/etc.) is going to behave the same way – at least from what I’ve read online. Chad W Smith February 19, 2015 For those not fortunate enough to live within driving distance of a MicroCenter – NewEgg has a similar tablet on sale for $59.99 as well. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834757020&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=IGNEFL011315&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL011315&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL011315-_-EMC-011315-Index-_-AllTablets-_-34757020-S2A4D Chad W Smith February 19, 2015 +arun kandappan Yes it supposed SDXC and SDHC up to 64GB. Chad W Smith February 19, 2015 I hope to find my Micro-HDMI to HDMI cable this weekend, and I’ll try to post a follow-up video. Thanks for all the comments and views, everyone. A. Lawrence February 19, 2015 The TW700 has only 16 gb internal memory. Here’s how to add system files on a installed sd card. The unit accepts up to a 64gb micro SD: http://www.howtogeek.com/136404/how-to-install-windows-store-apps-to-an-sd-card-or-another-drive/ Buy a fast card. Avoid some of the bargains on Ebay. MeechaMix February 19, 2015 I bought one. Its a piece of shit. Says it has 16gb but after updates your left with 1gb and you cant even install apps to the sd card. Its 5 years behind in technology. Better off getting an android tablet that you can store apps on the sd card. I do not recomend this at all the outside pacakging is misleading and a lie. Zubin Gulati February 19, 2015 Great Video Chad! And a great deal too! Towards the end of the video you were looking for the Computer Properties I believe, but seemed a little lost and you should be able to find it in Windows 8.1 folder equivalent of “My Computer” called “ThisPc” whose shortcut you can add by right clicking teh Desktop(long press on touch screen) Personalize> Change Desktop icons>In the Desktop Icons Popup check mark the Computer Check box and click Apply or Ok. Then navigate to your desktop and right click (long press) on the “This PC” icon and select properties, you should see the My Computer Properties pop up showing you the RAM, Processor and OS information stuff along with a bunch of other shortcuts. An easier way is to Swipe from the right side of the screen to display the Charms Bar and tap on the search field, and in the search field type in “Computer Properties” the first result should be System, tap on that and you should see Computer Properties. Hope this helped. I’m new to Windows 8.1 myself so I commiserate in your novice neophyte experience with it. But I find Windows 8.1 easier to use than Ubuntu on Android tablets. All the best! A Dembinski February 19, 2015 I bought a TW700 on 12/1 & am on the verge of returning it to the store. I have been getting to know it & very quickly ran up against its memory limitation. I cannot install the current set of Windows Updates considered important at the time I bought the machine. The error message says there is insufficient room. I deleted the original antivirus and installed AVG free version. When I attempt to update AVG, the error message says there is insufficient room. I activated the included MS Office 365 and found it has 2 installations, one necessarily part of the TW700, and the other can be used on any other Windows machine you like – not bad considering a standalone Office 365 subscription for a year costs more than this entire machine. I thought I would try to reset the TW700 to its original factory configuration and have been unable to do so. I spent over an hour using the Microcenter tech support Chat system, and after trying all manner of things, could not get the machine to reset itself. The Chat tech told me I would have to bring it back to the store to get that done. Somehow I was able to stumble into the UEFI shell (you need an external USB keyboard, press Shift+left arrow+restart to get into that set of options, one of which is going into the UEFI shell. I have never been in a UEFI shell, but soon guess it used Unix commands & I was able to stumble around a bit & read some of the directories. I was able to get some of the directories of that hidden partition, as follows: Directory of D:Images 11/18/2014 10:39 PM . 11/18/2014 10:39 PM .. 11/01/2014 02:09 AM 5,646,302,722 Install.wim 1 File(s) 5,646,302,722 bytes 2 Dir(s) 105,361,408 bytes free Volume in drive D is Images Volume Serial Number is 4E91-9FEA Directory of D:Recovery 12/10/2014 05:29 PM . 12/10/2014 05:29 PM .. 0 File(s) 0 bytes 2 Dir(s) 105,361,408 bytes free ———– Apparently the actual “recovery” partition of my TW700 is empty. I don’t know what is in the “Install.wim” file under the “Images” directory. I suspect it is mostly the installation package for Office 365. When I activated that software, it was nearly instantaneous, so I don’t think I downloaded much of any of the Office 365 software & that it was already on the hidden partition. I also tried to create a recovery disk using a flash drive. This showed me something disquieting (from Windows “Create a USB Recovery Drive” directions found online: “3. After the recovery drive tool opens, make sure the Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive check box is selected, and then tap or click Next. Note • The checkbox is greyed out when your PC doesn’t have a recovery partition. The recovery drive will include only the recovery tools and a bootable image, but not a recovery image to use for refreshing or resetting your PC.” So guess what – the “Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive” check box WAS greyed out. I suspect strongly this machine has no true recovery drive, and that if your OS is corrupted, your TW700 will be bricked. George Ayura February 19, 2015 If you set your expectations accordingly, the Winbook 7 is a good tablet. Pro: – Very affordable for the price of $59 -Good windows modern ui performance for 1GB ram -No flex in case, comfortable to hold with one hand -Light sensor for auto brightness -LED charge indicator -Full size USB port, microHDMI -Physical Windows Button mounted on side of tablet Con: -2.57gb usable space after windows update & before office365 is installed (recover partition is 5.57GB which can be reclaimed if one creates a recovery USB drive) -screen led backlight bleed across bottom of screen Great tablet for my nephew who is always borrowing my smartphone. I would recommend reclaiming the recovery partition to gain as much space on the main disk drive as Modern UI apps & data can only be installed on c:. Some other tablets in this price range and screen size omit video out and charging LED indicator. In general desktop apps suffer from only having 1GB Ram. Finally, I can not find the display settings to change the desktop icons from small to medium size (I can easily do it for my other windows 8.1 tablets) and as such the touch targets are way too small in desktop mode. Bottom line: if you can accept the screen imperfections and manage your c: storage this is a good starter tablet. EmotionalManagement February 19, 2015 I bought one of these a few days ago. I love it! However, I had a coupon from Micro Center and was able to buy the tablet for — wait for it — $29.97. Yep. $30 for a tablet — and a full year of Office 365, the Personal edition. I was able to cancel my Office 365 subscription and use this instead — saving me a ton of money. They also offered 16 GB storage media for free. But you had to have the coupon. So my suggestion is this: go to Micro Center and sign up for their mailing list. You want to find out about these things quickly. That’s got to be how they make money — it’s a loss leader, but then you tell many other people about it, and you find out how cool the store is. So you start buying other items there. email@example.com February 19, 2015 I bought this tablet but I had to return it because there is only 8.87 GB of space available and after I installed Office365 I was not able to do all the Windows updates. That is a real bummer because this could easily be one of the best deals in tech. I was able to play with it, it’s a solid device only the storage issue I had. I have a 16 GB microSD card I bought also for the tablet but the lack of space on the C: drive was troublesome. But with all that said I am still thinking maybe I should go buy it again and just don’t install Office on the tablet and use Office online in a browser. Not sure yet. I know there is a recovery partition and that is what is taking up most of the space but that is still an issue. I am really torn because I want to like this device. medumdum February 19, 2015 Would you happen to know if i can somehow dualboot Android from an SD card on this tablet? I’m picking one up tommorw irregardless, but I think it would be nice to have a lighter OS thats designed to be on a (relatively) small size screen and completely optimized for touch (although I’m getting a keyboard case and mouse anyways). Also, I have several paid apps on my google account that I would like to have on my new tablet, since my previous Android one broke. RanmaBluRay February 19, 2015 Can you install linux distros on this? I know I don’t need this thing at all but I’m having a hard time trying to fight the urge to buy it :( db cooper February 19, 2015 Just picked one up and its not bad at all. I’m shocked 60 bucks and it works. hummer guy February 19, 2015 does it need a wifi connection for camera to work M Valencia February 19, 2015 does this have wifi connection? i can’t connect to wifi Aldon Hughes February 19, 2015 Chad, you are THE MAN. The utility freed up over 2 Gig, although I still think it is grossly dishonest to advertise a 16 gig with only ~ 8 usable. Anyway, thanks for this posting. Darko Mandic February 19, 2015 It is really impressive that a company can make a product like this, have it sold for $60 and still make money. Or do they? Phil Sherrod February 19, 2015 Next time try to get your camera to focus. Rich Daley February 20, 2015 I have one of these. If I had it to do over again, I might have spent the extra to get the 8 inch model with 2GB of RAM for $139 but I don’t really need another tablet. I just couldn’t resist that price. It is cheaper than the memory I was buying for desktop at Microcenter. The Haswell processor handles video very well. It comes with an Office 365 license for 1 year which can be installed on both the tablet and a laptop or desktop plus it gives you access to the mobile Office apps and 1 TB of cloud storage. I’m not really too concerned about the lack of storage (after the Microcenter fix, i have about 3GB available). I put Onedrive on my SD card and generally stream video to it either from my media server at home or using Netflix. It works great for playing 1080p video on my TV. The big negative for me isn’t the lack of hard drive storage but the 1 GB of RAM. It gets bogged down when using Chrome which is my choice of browser and a resource hog. It is unfortunate because the size of this device makes it perfect for couch browsing. IE is snappy but I like that Chrome syncs my desktop and laptop bookmarks and history. All of that said, even if I only use it for watching video on my TV, it is still a good value for $59 especially with the Office 365 subscription and Cloud storage. TearsOfAClown18 February 20, 2015 Great video! How’s the picture quality? I heard reviews saying it’s grainy…also how about touch sensitivity? I heard you have to tap twice or sometimes 3 times to get a response. Thanks! Arc_67 February 20, 2015 Wow, this is impressive for that price! I would appreciate another video showing the gps in action, the estimated battery life and maybe you could also test the micro HDMI with a FullHD monitor (if you can). Thanks! omfgitsshan February 20, 2015 Is this thing running proper Windows 8.1 .. not some RT version? Also if I put an mkv video file on a USB drive (or internally) – will this play it (may have to install some video codecs)? George Ayura February 20, 2015 How much usable space is left over after Office365 and windows updates installed? Comments are closed.