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Nextbook Ares 11

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By Matt Smith

This product is no longer produced but we have kept the specs available for anyone to view.

Nextbook has built an enviable reputation for developing and marketing portable electronic devices such as tablets and ‘hybrid PCs’ that boast exceptional features – but that are available to the budget-minded buyer.

The Nextbook Ares 11 is no exception to this rule. It is perfect for those who want the versatility and portability of a tablet – but also want to enjoy the input options that come from a full-sized keyboard.

Making even more suitable as a cross-over between a business machine and a device that is equally at home running games, digital movies and other applications is the fact that it comes with 64GB of internal storage. That can be upgraded (64GB more) through the addition of further memory courtesy of the microSD card expansion slot.

Portability is also a breeze thanks to the fact that the entire unit weighs in at less than 4 pounds. For fans of the Android operating system and its no-nonsense, but powerful approach to a user-friendly interface the Android OS 5.0 Lollipop interface is a great iteration of Android’s continual approach to incremental improvement.

Under the hood, the 1.8GHz Intel® Atom™ Quad-Core processor gives the system plenty of punch, read our writeup on the differences between quad and dual core processors, and although the speed may not match higher-end laptops it is more than sufficient to ensure that the Nextbook Ares 11 deals with almost any task seamlessly.

WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 support mean that this is a machine that is equally at home providing endless entertainment and productivity options in the home or on the go (access to the Internet is both easy and fast).

Making it even more versatile at delivering high-quality content is the 11.6-inch screen, with 16:9 aspect ratio (perfect for movies) and 1366×768 resolution. It also boasts an above-average charging time.

The Ares 11 is a piece of technology that will look equally at home in the boardroom, study or bedroom. The sleek design and blue trim make it almost timeless in its attractiveness.

The backlit keyboard is not only attractive, but also ideal for low-light environments such as when presenting in the boardroom. The addition of two USB ports makes it easier to important files from other devices and the micro-HDMI input adds to the allure when data is required from third parties without having access to online connectivity.

Business and home functionality is also enhanced by both front and rear cameras with 2MP resolution (and privacy can be assured through the addition of both a microphone and headphone jack – old school perhaps, but still preferred by many users).

The Nextbook Ares 11 is also the perfect solution for gamers on the go. The 3-axis G-sensor is both responsive and allows a level of immersion in the gaming experience that is so valued by those who want to mix business with pleasure – and essential for those who want to take advantage of the huge library of Android games that are now available.

For those who place an enormous amount of value on the creative process – or simply ease of use, the sensitive touch screen adds to the pleasure of owning the device. It is equally sensitive to input via a finger or by using the new generation of stylus devices.

For those users who want a hybrid PC (doubling as a tablet) the Nextbook Ares 11 has a number of positive attributes, including above-average connectivity options and a great price.

The screen still holds its own against other, newer models of this type of device (especially with a fast Internet connection) and the price is hard to beat. For users looking for a high-end laptop experience, this type of hybrid device may not be the best choice – but for honest value for money performance, it provides good value.