Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 Review - A Good & Affordable Windows 8.1 Tablet

Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Prestigio is a multinational company that’s headquartered in Cyprus which sells all kinds of gadgets from tablets to smartphones and eBook readers. The company has recently announced a new generation of Windows 8.1 tablets, the latest addition being the MultiPad Visconte 3. It is a low-cost, affordable tablet, that comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing preinstalled. The tablet is rather exciting, both in terms of design and specifications. It comes in multiple variants, that differ in the storage they provide and the inclusion of a built-in 3G connectivity. We got our hands on the version with 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi only. Read this review to learn more about this device and what it has to offer.

Unboxing The Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3

The packaging of the tablet looks good and, even though it is a low-cost tablet, we have enjoyed a premium unboxing experience.

The package includes the following items: the tablet itself, the charger, along with power adapters for different regions, the manuals, the warranty, and the product key for a Office 365 Personal subscription, which is valid for one year.

If you would like to learn more about the unboxing experience, view the video embedded below.

Given its affordable price, the package does not include a docking stand or a keyboard.

Hardware Specifications

Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 is a 10.1" tablet with an IPS display working at a 1280x800 resolution. The device weighs 1.52 pounds (0.69 kg) and it has a 7000 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery which promises to last a full day on one charge. MultiPad Visconte 3 has a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor running at 1.33 GHz, 2GB of RAM DDR3 and 16GB or 32GB of storage space on an SSD. The tablet has a micro-HDMI port, a micro-USB port, a microSD slot, a 2.0 megapixel camera on the front, a 5 megapixel camera on the back, and to our surprise, a full USB 2.0 port which you can use to connect all kinds of devices, from flash memory drives, to printers and more. It also includes a Miracast module, so that you can project your screen to a bigger display in real time wirelessly, which we think is great for a low-cost device.

The tablet lacks 802.11ac wireless connectivity, but you can connect to the network and the Internet through its 802.11n wireless adapter. It also includes a Bluetooth 4.0 chip which is useful for connecting peripherals such as keyboards and mice. Regarding audio, it has two built-in speakers, a microphone and a jack for plugging in your headphones. The Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 has a 32-bit edition of Windows 8.1 with Bing, which is free for this kind of devices, being one of the factors that makes this tablet so affordable. This is great since you will be able to also run desktop applications on it, along with the modern apps from the Windows Store. One of the best things about this device is that it doesn’t come with unnecessary preinstalled apps (the so-called bloatware or ‘crapware’). It brings the stock Windows 8.1 experience, the only preinstalled app being the Microsoft Office setup wizard. We loved this and we hope that other manufacturers will follow their example.

You can find the full hardware specifications of this device here: MultiPad VISCONTE 3 Tablet.

Using The Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3

For a low-cost tablet, the MultiPad Visconte 3 has a very good look and feel. It doesn’t look cheap, and the build quality is definitely above average. The quality of the display is generally good, with vivid colors and decent viewing angles.

In terms of weight, it is a bit heavy, weighing 1.52 lbs (0.69 kg), but it is still easy to carry around. We liked the back of the tablet, the finishing looks great, and it felt really good to hold it in the hand.

Regarding the button layout - the volume and power buttons are placed on the right-hand side of the tablet when holding it in landscape mode, and the Windows capacitive logo on the front of the device.

The MultiPad Visconte 3 works generally well. We did not encounter any major issues with it. We noticed that it runs smoothly under balanced workloads, even with 3-4 apps open at the same time. If you work with multiple apps, and you add desktop apps to the mix, you should expect some degree of slowness, but in our tests we were satisfied. Using the tablet in portrait mode is also a pleasure, especially because Windows 8.1 behaves better in this mode than Windows 8 did. The biggest inconvenience that we experienced while using this device was the very low storage space. There are versions that come bundled with 32GB or even 64 GB of storage, but with the 16GB variant you can’t do too much. This is partly Microsoft’s fault, with Windows 8.1 taking up a lot of space. From these 16GB, only 9.63 GB are available to the user, with only 5.90GB free on the first boot. After installing all the Windows 8.1 updates (as of October 2014, when this article was published), only 2.73GB remained for daily use. We even ran Disk Cleanup and the maximum free space we had was of 2.83GB. This is very little storage space and, if you purchase the lower storage space version that we tested, you must purchase a microSD card to expand the available storage.

The front camera has 2.0 MP and the back camera has 5 MP with autofocus. You can use them for brief video calls and casual picture taking, but the quality will not be great. The tablet is suitable for quick video calls and some selfies, but not good for outdoors photography or any kind of high-quality photography. On the other hand, we were very impressed by the audio quality of the speakers when listening to music or watching movies. They are pretty loud, without neglecting the quality of the sound, which is clear and sharp. A downside of this tablet is the power cable - it is very short and you can’t comfortably use the MultiPad Visconte 3 while it charges. We encountered the same issue with other tablets as well, from other manufacturers. Charging the battery from zero to full took about 3 hours while powered off, which is a decent result. In terms of battery time, Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 delivers pretty good results. The manufacturer promises a full day on one charge, but that will happen only if you don’t do very much on this tablet, with the brightness set to the minimum. In our tests, it lasted somewhere between 5 and 6 hours while using the tablet for things like browsing the web, email, using Windows Store apps, watching videos both online on YouTube and offline with the Video app and playing some casual games from the Windows Store. Because the tablet doesn’t come with a stand or a keyboard, you can use it only as a tablet. This means that it is not going to be a productivity device unless you are willing to invest in accessories like a Bluetooth or a USB keyboard and mouse, plus a cover or a stand. The tablet experience offered by the Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 is generally good. This device is easy to hold, feels good when using it, and it works well. Windows 8.1 is a better tablet operating system than Windows 8 was, both in terms of user experience and optimizations regarding the usage of memory and storage. One downside that some users may take into consideration is that the app ecosystem offered by the Windows Store lags when compared to that of its competitors, but the situation will improve.

Performance In Benchmarks

It is time to compare the Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 with the ASUS Transformer Book T200 and the Toshiba Encore 2. We ran several benchmarks and compared the results we obtained for all these devices. We first measured how fast this device starts, using BootRacer. The Prestigio MultiPad Encore 2 boots, on average, in 27 seconds, which is significantly better than its competitors.

We also ran the 3DMark app from the Windows Store to measure gaming performance. In the Ice Storm Unlimited test (the most detailed test available), the Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 had a score of 14732. That is 2% higher than the Toshiba Encore 2 score of 14436.

Let’s see the overall score obtained by the Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 and the ones obtained by its competitors. As you can see, the Asus Transformer T200 was the top performer in this test.

Since the overall score doesn’t tell you much, let’s take a look at the frames per second that were obtained in each test. You can see that Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 managed to beat the Toshiba Encore 2 in every graphics test.

To evaluate the battery time we first tried the Peacekeeper benchmark which tells us how much the battery lasts while browsing the web. Unfortunately, this test did not work on the Toshiba Encore 2 that we tested a while go so we can only compare the results obtained by Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 with ASUS Transformer T200. In this test, the battery lasted 6 hours and 1 minute from a fully charged battery to zero.

In addition, we ran Powermark. We used the Balanced benchmark which runs web browsing, word processing, video and light gaming workloads. This time we compared the battery time obtained by Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 with that of the Toshiba Encore 2. The Prestigio tablet lasted 5 hours and 8 minutes, which is a good result in our view.

We mentioned earlier in this review that the Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 took about 3 hours to charge itself. Below you can see a comparison with the charging times of its competitors. As you can see, it fares very well.

Product Rated
4/5

Verdict

The Prestigio MultiPad Visconte 3 is a good looking tablet, with a great build quality, good performance and most importantly, an affordable price tag. For users who do not need to use it as a productivity device, but as an entertainment device for consuming all kinds of content (web browsing, email, Facebook, YouTube and so on), this tablet is a great choice. We recommend that you pay attention to the version that you purchase and ensure that you have enough storage space for your needs. If you will purchase the version that we tested, with only 16GB of storage space, we recommend you to include a microSD card on your shopping list.