If your child is looking to have their "first computer," then you should consider getting them the Kurio Smart. It's the first Windows 2-in-1 tablet made for kids, and it costs about $170. It runs Windows 10, so they'll have access to the same things us grown-ups do like Cortana, Microsoft Edge, the Windows Store, and more. Don't worry, though, because you'll still be able to determine what websites, apps, and games can use, and even also set time limits.
Kurio Smart specifications
|Display||8.9 inch IPS capacitive touch screen|
|Resolution||1280 x 800 pixels|
|CPU||Quad core Intel Bay Trail 1.8 GHz|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphic- Gen 7|
|OS||Windows 8.1 upgradeable to Windows 10|
|Camera||0.3Mpx Front / 2Mpx Rear|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi b/g/n - Bluetooth 4.0|
|Ports||Micro USB, Micro HDMI, MicroSDHC|
|Battery||Lithium Polymer 4900mAh|
The Kurio Smart 2-in 1 tablet comes in either blue and white, or pink and white. It has a glossy, plasticky material, so it feels and looks like a toy. It doesn't feel fragile, though.
The left side of the tablet has the headphone jack, microUSB port, microHDMI port, power port, microSD slot, and microphone. The power port and headphone jack look very similar, so make sure to insert the AC adapter in the right hole. I learned that the hard way.
On top, there's the power, volume, and Windows buttons. There's nothing on the right side. Below the 8.9-inch display are dual front-facing speakers, which I like because that's a better location than being at the bottom or the back of what I'm looking at.
To the left of the display is a 0.3-megapixel camera and the back has a 2-megapixel camera. Those are not something to get excited about but don't forget about the price tag.
The keyboard works as a stand for the tablet. There are only two positions available: open or closed. The angle isn't adjustable. There's no battery within the keyboard, so it's actually drawing power from the tablet. It's not Bluetooth-enabled either so it only works when the tablet is physically connected to the dock. The magnets keep the tablet in place, and they are strong enough so that the dock stays on even when you lift the tablet.
Most of keyboard buttons are normal-sized, but there are some sacrifices to fit them all in the limited space. The Enter key is smaller than I'm used to, and you'll have to use the Function key for some things that you normally use the shift button for, like ? and ". On a positive note, the keys have great travel.
Out of the box, our review unit came with Windows 8.1. The setup process, however, included a free upgrade to Windows 10. Kurio Smart comes with several pre-installed games. The list includes Bubble Blast 2, Burger, Doodle Grub, Happy Chef, Hill Climb Racing, and more. Of course, you can always add more from the Windows Store.
There are also a couple of pre-installed games that use the front-facing camera to recognize movement for controls. For example, you can hit home runs by swinging your arm in front of the camera or steer a parachute by leaning left or right. I had fun playing them, so I can imagine the kids having a blast with these games. There are also plenty of other games to check out at the Windows Store.
It's not all about fun and games, though. Don't forget that this is Windows 10. The Kurio Smart includes a Microsoft Office 365 personal subscription, but I think the Microsoft Word Mobile app from the Windows Store should be enough for kids using these devices.
The Kurio Smart has a 4900mAh battery. I noticed getting about 5 hours of usage until I need to plug it in.
Remember that this is a Window 10 device. Kids can have access to Cortana, Microsoft Edge, the Windows Store, Control Panel, and other settings unless you create a child account for them. This is done through Microsoft's built-in Family Safety system. A "Create a child account" shortcut is available in the Start screen that helps you create the account.
With the Family Safety System, you can:
- See activity reports about what they do on their devices, including buying apps and searching the web.
- Set age limits for rated content like apps, games, videos, movies and TV.
- Set time limits for how long they can use devices.
- Put money into their account so they can shop in Windows and Xbox stores without a credit card.
The Kurio Smart 2-in-1 tablet is marketed for kids. It looks like a toy, but don't be deceived. This is a Windows 10 device that even grown-ups can use. Don't expect performance to be on the same level as the bigger and more powerful Surface Pro 4, but anyone using the Kurio Smart can browse the web, watch Youtube videos, play some games, write essays with Microsoft Word, and more.
If your kid is asking you for a tablet, you should highly consider the Kurio Smart. It's a good buy at just under $170, and you can play with it too when they're not using it. Would you buy this for your kid? Sound off in the comments!
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