First impression: Notion Ink Cain 2-in-1, the affordable Windows hybrid

Notion Ink, the Indian company that launched the ill-fated Adam tablet is coming back with it's second attempt, the Notion Ink Cain, a convertible Windows 8.1 tablet that comes bundled with a docking keyboard and a wireless mouse. Here's our first impression of Notion Ink Cain.

Published Date
11 - Nov - 2014
| Last Updated
12 - Nov - 2014
 
First impression: Notion Ink Cain 2-in-1, the affordable Windows...

With Chromebooks available for as cheap as $199, affordable Windows devices are in trouble, but here is something to stir things up. Bangalore based firm, Notion Ink had recently partnered with Intel and Snapdeal and had announced the Cain 2-in-1 convertible tablet priced at just Rs. 19,990. The Cain is a 10.1-inch tablet that comes bundled with a keyboard dock which also acts as a stand and case. You also get a wireless mouse which feels really low on quality, but with such a low price tag, we arent complaining.

The tablet runs on an Intel Atom Baytrail Processor Z3735D and comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot, 2MP front and rear cameras, a 3.5mm audio jack, a mini HDMI port, a microUSB port (for data and charging), a full sized USB 3.0 port, a proprietary charging port and a 7,900mAH battery. Like all traditional Windows tablets you get power/sleep button, a volume rocker and a capacitive Windows button below the display.



The touchscreen display has an IPS panel with a 1280x800 resolution and the quality is fairly decent. The viewing angles and brightness level on the display are impressive for such a low end device. However, the protective glass panel on top is a fingerprint magnet. The construction is all plastic which a brushed metal finish at the back and it isn't something that we would say premium.



The keyboard has a chiclet-key layout which is surprisingly comfortable and easy to use. The touchpad is smooth although it could have been a bit more responsive. The keyboard dock extends to the back of the tablet and can be folded down like a case. The case also folds up to act as a kickstand for tablet which is nice to see. 


For regular document editing, internet browsing and catching up on your latest TV series and movies, the Notion Ink Cain is an excellent companion. The overall construction of the tablet is not very attractive, but it gets the job done. The addition of a full sized USB 3.0 port and a mini HDMI port makes it even more productive. 

In our opinion, the Notion Ink Cain is worth the money. It does lose points in the overall design and construction, but the hardware seems to be spot on.