Review: Pendo Pad 8
3.1Overall Score

Price (RRP): $199
Manufacturer: Pendo

You’ve seen cheap Android tablets, now brace yourself for the onslaught of cheap Windows tablets, starting with the Pendo Pad 8, a Windows 8.1 computer in an 8 inch form factor that can be had for $199.

Features

A new tablet from a fairly new name, Pendo has been found in Australia for at least a year, but this model is the first computer we’ve heard of from the brand to carry Windows 8.

While Pendo computers are generally bargain machines delivering computers and cameras on the cheap, Android slates have generally been the focus, and from what we can tell, the Pendo Pad 8 is the first time Windows has graced a Pendo slate.

For this tablet, you’ll find an 8 inch high definition screen, running the high definition resolution of 1366×768, which in turn results in a pixel clarity of 195 pixels per inch, higher than the Apple iPad Mini without Retina, but lower in pixel count than the Retina-equipped iPad Mini.

Under this screen, Pendo has equipped the Pad 8 with an Intel Atom quad-core Z3735E processor clocked at 1.33GHZ, and running alongside 1GB RAM and 16GB storage.

Connection options are pretty standard for a tablet, with 802.11b/g/n WiFi, microUSB, miniHDMI, and a microSD slot for expanding the storage labelled with the old “TF” moniker for TransFlash (the same as microSD), with a 3.5mm headphone jack also included.

Cameras are also provided, with 2 megapixel shooters on either side, neither with autofocus or flash.

Buttons are also here, with a power button along the left edge, and the Windows button up top next to a volume rocker just to the right of it.

Despite earlier suggestions that the Pendo Pad 8 might have a SIM card slot, we can, in fact, report that it does not.

Performance

Need a computer and don’t have a lot of cash? Your options aren’t many, but now that tablets are dropping in price dramatically, slate computers are within reach of most wallets, even the ones that are particularly frugal.

No longer do you need a good $500 or so to buy a piece of touchscreen tech, because right now, you can spend a hundred bucks and grab an Android tablet. A couple hundred more will even net you an Apple tablet, but both operating systems are designed for content consumption, rather than many of the applications that workers need for work and that students may need for school.

For that, you need a desktop or laptop-class computer, such as a Mac or Windows machine, and when you start to talk computers, things get expensive, and we’re back to the $400 or $500 machine tablets used to sit in.