Zoostorm SL8 3310-9500 review

A pleasant surprise and one of the best Windows 7 tablets on the market

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Great screen
  • Good build quality
  • Connectivity

Against

  • Basic performance
  • Limited storage
  • No App store

We've seen a wealth of tablet PCs hitting the shelves recently, with varying degrees of quality and specifications on offer. Zoostorm's SL8 3310-9500 is the company's first attempt and proves an accomplished contender, with an exceptional screen helping it to stand out from the crowd.

The 11.6-inch display features a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, one of the highest we've seen from a tablet. Image quality is razor sharp, so websites are shown to great effect, but it was the quality of video playback that most impressed us.

Both standard and high-definition movies look great, making this a perfect choice for those keen to view multimedia on a tablet.

Its build quality also surpassed our expectations. The rubber casing not only makes this tablet comfortable to hold, but also protects it from scuffs and scratches. The chassis shows no detectable signs of flex, so should survive the rigours of daily family use, though the screen picks up smudges and smears quickly.

Great connectivity

Comprehensive connectivity includes two USB ports, for connecting a keyboard say, while a mini HDMI video out makes it easy to hook up the tablet to an external high-definition display, such as your TV. 802.11n Wi-Fi is present, while there's also a SIM card slot, so you can surf the internet whenever in range of a mobile phone mast – though you'll have to purchase a tariff and SIM card from a network provider first.

Portability is also good. The 11.6-inch screen makes the SL8 one of the larger tablets on the market and the 1kg weight means it's a little on the heavy side, but it's still no problem to carry around.

The 300-minute battery life is okay, but certainly not exceptional.

The tablet runs Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. In the past we've found this to be an unintuitive platform when it comes to touchscreen devices due to the small menus, but the Zoostorm's large screen makes it much more accessible.

Many will also appreciate the familiarity and compatibility Windows 7 brings, and you'll have no problem opening all your usual files, folders and documents, while Adobe Flash is supported, so you'll be able to watch video on the internet.

The downside is that there's no App store to download games and programs from. The Intel Atom N450 processor provides limited power, which means you'll only be able to run one application at a time. The 32GB of storage provides basic space for storing your data, including media files to keep you entertained on the road.

We were pleasantly surprised by the Zoostorm SL8 3310-9500, and those after a Windows 7 tablet would be hard pushed to find a better one elsewhere.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity32 GB
HDMIYes
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelN450
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameZoostorm
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)990 g
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Height14 mm
Width295 mm
Depth195 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerZoostorm
Product ModelSL8 3310-9500
Product NameSL8 3310-9500 Net-tablet PC
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number33109500
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zoostorm.co.uk
Marketing Information

Power at your fingertips - the stunning multi-touch SL8 from Zoostorm is a true Tablet netbook (Slate PC) that delivers the most interactive, intuitive experience ever seen on an ultra portable computer. Use your fingers to page through websites, resize windows, fill out forms, control your media and drag objects around the screen in the new Windows 7 touch mode.

Package Contents
  • SL8 3310-9500 Net-tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year