Versus TouchPad 10.1 review

No good as a video player, but for all of those other things the Versus is perfectly capable Tested at £170

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

No good as a video player, but for all of those other things the Versus is perfectly capable


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    Big tablet for small money

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    Good audio

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    HDMI output

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    Expandable storage


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    Flawed screen

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    Patchy performance

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You may have never heard of Versus before, but the company is starting to make waves by offering impressively specced tablets at very low prices.

Versus TouchPad 10.1 review: Features

Take the Versus TouchPad 10.1 for example: it’s a 10.1in dual-core tablet running Android 4.1, and it’s available at the likes of John Lewis for just £170. Now if that sounds too good to be true it’s because it sort of is, but the Versus does have things going for it.

Despite having a largely standard version of Android 4.1, the Versus isn’t particularly snappy; it also seems to lack the power to play HD MKV files smoothly. On top of that, the screen’s panel structure is visible as faint lines behind whatever it’s displaying. It’s a shame, as it has decent colour balance and detail, and standard-definition files play fine.

Versus Touchpad 10.1

Versus Touchpad 10.1

It’s much better for sound, though. Plug in a pair of decent headphones and you’ll get good clarity, nice punch, and decent bass and control. Only a bit of brightness at the top spoils the party, but given the price we’re prepared to forgive that.

Versus TouchPad 10.1 review: Verdict

For web browsing, social media and remote controlling your network-connected home cinema and hi-fi devices there’s little to complain about (other than those screen lines), so as long as your expectations aren’t higher than the price, the Versus can be a useful tool of a tablet.

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