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Originally "Fast and responsive but lags in games" but now "Almost unusable as it has slowed to a crawl"
on 1 January 2014
Update September 2015:
I reduced the score yet again from three stars to two. The reason is that it has become almost unusable in the last few months and I'm always running out of memory while using it. It has 1.8GB of memory which has proved to be insufficient as I always seem to have less than 0.5GB of it free at any time. Also I just bought the Teclast X98 Air which makes the Toshiba look even worse by comparison.
Before the Teclast I have always owned mediocre tablets, so maybe my expectations were too low when I first reviewed the Toshiba Excite Pro. I'm now not sure it was ever a fast tablet and looking at the low antutu rating of 17,000 I don't know what I was thinking describing it as fast even when it was new. The Teclast is way faster and has a much nicer screen. Let's hope it doesn't slow to a crawl like the Toshiba did.
For my original blinkered review see below.
I delayed buying this due to all the suspicious negative reviews. I just don't know how Toshiba manages to sell this tablet at the low price I got it for as the spec is high. The screen has the same ultra-high resolution as the Nexus 10 but the Excite Pro is more powerful. There's a lot to like about it and only very minor problems.
Update early 2015:
After using it for some time I noticed a few problems with the tablet and have therefore reduced the rating by two stars. The biggest problem is with the tablet's performance in 3D games. It lags quite badly in these types of games. Despicable Me is one game that suffers from this lag. It takes a split second longer than it should for the game to respond to the controls. This makes the game far more difficult to control.
Same problem occurs in GT Racing 2. You will struggle to control your car due to a half second lag between you turning the wheel and the car responding. This kind of lag is disastrous for such a game. Even dropping the detail levels to their lowest is not enough to prevent this lag and your lap times will suffer. I was led to believe the Tegra 4 processor was good for games but it appears the processor cannot handle the high screen resolution. Such a shame because this tablet is fast everywhere else.
Other problems are minor but worth mentioning, such as the volume level not being loud enough when watching some videos, like in iPlayer for instance. It does also get quite warm when playing games in particular. Also the battery life is very average and could have been better. On very rare occasions I cannot get the WiFi to work when I have no problem getting it to work with my other devices.
Despite these problems i am still fairly happy with it as I got it for a bargain price.