Micromax Canvas Laptab review: A tablet that falls short as a laptop

By: | Updated: January 28, 2016 11:31 AM

Canvas Laptab is primarily a tablet and laptop use is a secondary option

micromax canvasCanvas Laptab is primarily a tablet and laptop use is a secondary option

We live in a tech bubble—where our computing is dominated by a smartphone, tablet and a laptop. Most of us use three devices to accomplish three different set of tasks which are often differentiated based on productivity. Honestly, not everyone likes to carry these many devices and the so called detachable 2-in-1’s running Windows is the solution from consumer electronics industry to our multiple device woes. The leading tech companies want us to use one device that converges between a laptop and a tablet.

The idea of detachable 2-in-1’s was pioneered by Intel when Microsoft radically changed Windows 8 for touch friendly devices but it had a problem. The industry was too slow to offer one really great solution and most devices were priced far higher. Fast forward to 2016, things are completely different. Windows 8 is behind us and Microsoft has built a great repute for Windows 10.

The ecosystem is flourishing and OEMs are refreshing their device form factors and even 2-in-1’s are pitching hard to win back heart of consumers. So it doesn’t take much to believe that Micromax, which recently launched its first Windows 10 laptop is giving the category another shot by refining its older Laptab at a price that would worry even the world’s no. 1 PC maker. Does Micromax Canvas Laptab live by the legacy of Intel’s vision? We will find out in our review.

What is good?

After using Canvas Laptab for more than a week, I am very sure that this is primarily a tablet and laptop use is a secondary option because the tablet is an elegant piece of hardware here. It houses all the gadgetry and plethora of ports that you would need. The tablet in itself is light compared to many others. The Micromax Canvas Laptab comes with a 720p display, which is simply perfect for most cases.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Canvas Laptab LT777 runs Windows 10. The refined operating system from Redmond-based Microsoft Corporation works like a charm here. Using Windows 10 on Canvas Laptab made me believe that Windows is still the in-market OS for desktop class computing. The Canvas Laptab comes with Windows 10 build 10240 out-of-the-box and users should update it to build 10586 immediately.

Another notable mention goes to the tablet mode on Windows 10, which works reliably here. The moment you undock the tablet, Continuum suggests for switching from laptop to a tablet. The Micromax Canvas Laptab LT777 will easily win award for marathon battery life among sub 11-inch tablets. The 9000mAh battery is extremely big for the hardware that comes with the device.

What is not good?

I am not at all impressed with the keyboard dock of Canvas Laptab. Firstly the hinge on which the tablet rests didn’t feel great in terms of build quality.   Even the keyboard’s performance was underwhelming. For one the keys aren’t roomy and one can’t expect to type blazing fast on this one.

Also Micromax has added a Function key next to arrow keys which makes no sense for even the hardcore keyboard person. Micromax Canvas Laptab’s keyboard isn’t backlit in true sense. Micromax has lit the pad on which keys rest and not the individual keys. It definitely doesn’t help typing in dark conditions.

Now that Microsoft has added that Start Screen back in Windows 10, there was absolutely no need for Micromax to retain a dedicated Windows button.

Should you buy?

If you want a Windows 10 running tablet without burning your pocket, Micromax Canvas Laptab LT777 makes a great choice. It has got decent processing power and great display to make for a great consumption device. Even the lack of apps won’t be a big issue whatsoever. But if you want it to double up as a laptop, then this is not the one to pick. Rather buy the Micromax Canvas Lapbook which is a decent machine under budget.

** Estimated street price:  Rs 17,999

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