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Disgo 8104 review

£161 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Disgo

Our Rating: We rate this 2 out of 5

The Disgo 8104 is a cheap ICS tablet. Read our Disgo 8104 review to find out more.

The Disgo 8104 is a widescreen tablet that's lightweight and, thanks to the textured plastic construction, easy to hold. Its 1.2GHz single-core processor seems to labour under the weight of the latest version of Android's (Ice Cream Sandwich) and you'll often find yourself waiting for the device to catch up with you, even when typing.

See also: newer Disgo 9104 review

This was borne out in our testing, where the Disgo 8104 took a foot-tapping 12,085ms to complete the SunSpider JavaScript test. Lag is also a problem with the front-facing VGA camera even before you connect to Wi-Fi and try to talk to someone.

The Disgo 8104 has mini HDMI and mini USB ports for output and input and a micro SD slot to expand the 4GB internal memory. There are home, power and volume controls. See also: Group test: what's the best tablet PC?

If there's one element you cannot afford to get wrong with a tablet, it's the screen. This isn't just a display but it's also the main control mechanism, and can't be upgraded. The Disgo 8104 has a 10.1in capacitive touchscreen and should be the devices' greatest asset.

Unfortunately, it isn't. For a start, it has a resolution of 1024x600 - the same as many 7in tablets. This equates to a low density of 118 pixels per inch.This results in text looking blocky and blurry, and it's only when you zoom into web pages that it becomes sharper and more readable.

It's not the brightest, either, and has a grainy appearance. Narrow viewing angles compound the problem, as colours shift as soon as you move your head from directly in front of the screen.

Several times during our testing, the touchscreen refused to recognise that an icon had been pressed and, when in a browser, it would detect something entirely different to the link chosen or simply zoom in for no apparent reason. See also:Group test: what's the best Android tablet?

Scrolling through menus often resulted in random selections due to the over-sensitive screen and games such as Angry Birds became a lottery due to the unpredictable nature of the controls.

One last nail in the coffin is that the unit ships without access to the Google Play store, meaning your choice of quality apps is greatly diminished.

Instead you get a link to the Disgo store which contains twenty Android apps (including Facebook, Twitter and Skype) a few of which should come on the device as standard. There's also the SlideMe Market, which has a much wider selection but is hardly replete with top-notch titles.

Disgo 8104 Expert Verdict »

Disgo 8104 - 4GB Scores 6.8 out of 10 based on 39 reviews
10.1in 1024x600 display
Android 4.0
4GB storage + Micro SD (up to 32GB)
802.11 b/g/n
1.2GHz single-core processor
512MB RAM
0.3Mp Front Facing camera
1080p Playback
Mini USB, Micro SD, Mini HDMI
266x169x9mm
2 years return to base warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 3 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 5 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 3 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 3 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 4 of 10 overall

The Disgo 8104 is an enormously frustrating device to use. The touchscreen is one of the worst we've used and the choice of apps is very poor. We desperately sought to find positives but the simple fact is that you can get so much more for your money, although not necessarily with a 10in screen. This is one budget tablet to avoid.

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