Review: Mecer Xpress Executive Series Windows A801 tablet

I’m sitting here, supervising a playdate with the Mecer Xpress Executive Series Windows A801 tablet on my lap. By supervise, I mean I’m trying to bash out a couple of articles while being questioned on unicorns and responding to the ever-present barrage of questions about whether or not we can have popcorn for lunch.

Mecer Tablet 1 | DigiKids

I’m not unique, I know. There are, quite prominently, millions of parents out there who need to be able to work efficiently and effectively while out of the office, especially when they’re sitting on the stands watching the 97th Hockey game for the year.

 

On questioning fellow parents who also work on the move a lot, like I do, the thing that’s bugged them the most, is that there are too few Windows tablets out there (by the way, the Nextbook is great!), and that the marketplace (and, therefore, advertising) appears to be dominated by the Apple and Android devices. That’s a problem for a large portion of the office workers out there, because seamlessly migrating from your Windows machine to your tablet, when it’s not run on Windows, can be a pain.

Mecer Tablet 2 | DigiKids

That’s what’s impressed me about the Mecer Mecer Xpress Executive Series Windows A801 tablet. It runs Windows 8.1 and if there are three words or phrases I would use to describe it, they would be:

Fluid
Pricewise, this is not an expensive device. Heck, the recommended retail price of R1999 means it comes in well below many of the other tablets out there. I would’ve thought this was a telltale sign that something had been compromised, processor-wise. I was wrong – this little tablet packs an Intel Bay Trail Quad Core 3735G CPU (1.83GHz) and a whole bunch of memory to keep things moving along at pace. I’m darn impressed with how quickly I can zip through widgets and open up important applications. That’s pretty important when I’m trying to juggle a deadline and a playdate, trust me. I do know where the compromise came in though, and that’s in the front and rear-facing cameras. But, seriously, who takes pictures with their tablets anyway? That’s why we have fab cameras on our phones, right? RIGHT!? It’s amazing to browse the web as though I were on a desktop computer, too. It feels a little weird at first, but once you get used to it, it’s really quite fantastic to browse as you would normally at your desk.

Mecer Tablet 3 | DigiKids

Application Station
The Windows Apps environment has grown, substantially, since the last time I took a peek. With more than 560000 apps now available in the Windows and Windows Phone stores, all the applications you need for an office on the move and more, can be found here! I have grown particularly, and quite quickly, fond of OneNote. The browsing experience is beautiful and apps render quickly and crisply. And that’s where the next term comes in…

Multi-faceted
Many tablets are designed for specific purposes – either focused on work or entertainment. With this device though, even though it’s designed for the professional on the move, it’s pretty easy to hand it over to the family for some entertaining times. Hilariously, yes, there are MANY fart and fart-related apps in the Windows store and yep, games-wise, you’ll find a stack of fun for everyone. There’s also a ton of nifty educational apps – for little people, I think the Interactive Touch Books are fantastic!

Verdict
A cost-effective, zippy little machine that fits in my handbag and enables me to get things done, no matter where I am. It comes with its own smart cover and has both WiFi AND 3G capabilities, so I really can stay connected, even if I’m keeping an eye on the kids at the park.

 

 

 

Cath Jenkin

As a mom, Cath raises her daughter with a strong focus on technology, as she believes that digital literacy is as important as learning to read. With a long history of creating content for online and print publications, and in particular as a parenting columnist, Cath brings her curious mind... Read more

14 Comments
Cath Jenkin

Hi Andre,

Thanks for your comment! In my experience of reviewing the tablet, I didn’t experience much lag, especially when using it for business-oriented purposes, like word processing programmes and the like. I hope that helps!

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Thinus

Hi there,

In your review you say that the next book is great…
how would you compare the two? and have you used the nextbook?

I am aware that the mecer has 3g, and the nextbook not, but that is about the only difference I can see.

Thanks
Kind regards.

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Cath Jenkin

Hi Thinus,

Thanks for your comment! Yes, I have used both, and, personally, I prefer the Mecer because it has 3G. Also, I found it easier to hold, when compared to the Nextbook but that may have been because the Mecer comes with its own case and cover.

Thanks!

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Cath Jenkin

Hi Ernest,

The tablet does have a SIM card slot so could be used to make calls once a SIM card has been inserted and activated.

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Xabiso

How do you set up your tablet to make calls? It would be appreciated if you can give me the steps. Thanks

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Cath Jenkin

Hi there Xabiso,

We were recently asked a similar question. See below:

Hi there! Thanks for your comment. I have done a little research for you. Please see links below for some assistance:

WhatsApp appears to be available for Windows Phone (https://www.windowsphone.com/en-za/store/app/whatsapp/218a0ebb-1585-4c7e-a9ec-054cf4569a79), but not for Windows tablets – Check out the Windows store here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-za/windows-8/apps#Cat=t0

Also remember that Whatsapp is now available as an in-browser option, whereby you can sync your phone with your tablet and send/receive messages that way: https://web.whatsapp.com/

You can also install: Skype or Viber for similar purposes:

http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-za/app/5e19cc61-8994-4797-bdc7-c21263f6282b
http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-za/app/7a5aebdf-75c9-4c1d-93f2-44fdbc27ffad

I hope this helps!

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daph

I just bought this but seem not to be able to download whatsapp and where do I go to activate calls thanks

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Cath Jenkin

Hi there! Thanks for your comment. I have done a little research for you. Please see links below for some assistance:

WhatsApp appears to be available for Windows Phone (https://www.windowsphone.com/en-za/store/app/whatsapp/218a0ebb-1585-4c7e-a9ec-054cf4569a79), but not for Windows tablets – Check out the Windows store here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-za/windows-8/apps#Cat=t0

Also remember that Whatsapp is now available as an in-browser option, whereby you can sync your phone with your tablet and send/receive messages that way: https://web.whatsapp.com/

You can also install: Skype or Viber for similar purposes:

http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-za/app/5e19cc61-8994-4797-bdc7-c21263f6282b
http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-za/app/7a5aebdf-75c9-4c1d-93f2-44fdbc27ffad

I hope this helps!

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David

Hi Cathy

I just bought this device, i inserted a sim but its not appearing & again how do i remove the simcard?

Regards

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Cath Jenkin

Hi there David – please get in touch with the retailer you purchased from, or Mecer directly, for any support queries. Good luck!

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