REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
There seems to be no question that Atom based systems still contain a bottleneck with respect to the overall potential of today’s solid state drives. All SSD testing resulted in lower disk transfer speed performance than the mSATA SSDs were capable of. This should not be looked at as a negative, however, as this is not a full spec computer system and if it was, it would be a definite problem carrying around and using as you would this Kupa X11 tablet. It is portable, convenient, has great specs and is the closest thing we will find to a fully fledged Windows system in a tablet. This will be key for many businesses looking for exactly this type of form factor.
We are absolutely sure that Kupa could have fit a fully capable Intel SATA 2, or even SATA 3, platform into the X11 in place of OakTrail but this would have resulted in significantly less battery life. This system will give you ten hours of normal usage before the inevitable ‘low battery’ warning pops up. Its a simple exchange of minor performance for major battery gain.
Taking a closer look at the Crystal DiskMark low 4k random results which account for a certain amount of ‘visible’ upgrade from a HDD, I might choose to stay away from the KingSpec with the JMicron controller as it is crippled in this area with results 45 times slower than the Renice and 39 times slower than the Kingston. We have to understand that some consideration of value had to come in play here and the Kingspec may have been the key factor in just that.
Prior to meeting with Mark Peng of Kupa, I had never used a tablet whatsoever, although I do understand that most tablets we see today are intended more for content and less for full fledged applications. The X11 tablet is different and Kupa seems to be the only that has dared to step outside the box in providing a product that may be just what many businesses and consumers are looking for.
Its size, weight, performance and battery life will be ideal in many environments, not to mention some additional SSD testing here but, most importantly, the Kupa X11 lives up to its claims and then some.
As for me, I am hooked on the X11 and find myself throwing it in a bag right beside my Toshiba Z830. I have discovered that it’s use in lectures and briefings trumps that of the Z830 simply because of its ‘touch’ capabilities and ease of use is a huge factor in my daily computer use. The Kupa X11 earns our Innovation Award because it truly stands alone in the crowd…at this point anyway.