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The Xbox-streaming Linx Vision 8 tablet is a lot better than you might think

It's probably not a brand many are familiar with, certainly in more global markets. But Linx has already provided a run of decent, low cost Windows tablets. The Vision 8, however, takes a whole new focus.

The tablet almost seems secondary in this ensemble, because what grabs you first and foremost is the handlebars.

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What Linx has done is to create a cradle for the Vision 8 with a built in Xbox One controller. The renders we've seen so far don't tell close to half of the story. Given the £149 price tag you'd be forgiven for expecting some cheapness and a less than stellar experience.

Happily that doesn't seem to be the case. It's no Elite Controller construction by any stretch, but it's not bad. The handlebars feel solid, the grippy material is, well, grippy enough, and it's not an unpleasant thing to hold.

What surprised me more was the surprising comfort at playing a game with it. The whole setup is a little peculiar when compared to more traditional controller, but it seems to work. It'd probably take a little while to get comfortable with but in my hands-on playing Forza 6 streamed from a nearby console, it was positively enjoyable.

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The sticks felt responsive, the ABXY buttons remind of the old Xbox 360 controller a little, and they light up. If that sort of thing is important to you. On a driving game like Forza 6 the experience was probably easier to get to grips with than a first-person shooter would be, for example.

That's where the limitations of design will kick in the most. The controls while responsive aren't as close together as you'll be used to. There's also the small matter that you're supporting a tablet as well as trying to mash buttons. For some more casual game streaming though, it's surprisingly good.

The tablet itself is standard enough fare for a budget Windows 10 slate with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It's not the slimmest thing you'll ever encounter either, and the 1280x800 resolution display will not be making your game graphics look their sharpest. Integrated stereo speakers are a nice touch, though.

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All told I definitely like this tablet more than I thought I would. It's surprisingly solid and would make for a great gift for the kids. The usual caveats will apply to game streaming, but this is certainly a more elegant solution than a regular small tablet with cables hanging off it and a controller plugged in.

It's nice to be surprised, sometimes.

If you're interested hit the link below to pick one up from Currys PCWorld for £149.

Buy the Linx Vision 8 at Currys PCWorld

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

18 Comments
  • Probably worth checking out. I just bought the 7" version for £40 on ebay with a year of 365 included and ive been surprised at how good the tablet is.
  • Dude.. Windows tablets are gonna take over... I seriously believe they will be the most popular eventually...
    ........
    Can't say the same for phone...
  • what everyone wanted tablets to be from the jump, windows tablets actually are now. Its only a matter of time before the masses realize this, if they havent already, and microsoft is making the transition easier by catering to the people who became content with the paradign of the stop gap phenomenon of an "app" due to lack of functionality of other devices and os's, people who refuse to move on from EXE, and the future.
  • I don't think people will ever move on from traditional EXE apps. Nor should they. The whole appeal of a Windows tablet is that it can run traditional desktop apps, not just slimmed down mobile versions. If you take that away, you basically end up with Windows RT again.
  • Great gift for the kids as you said!!
  • Can I get one here in the States?
  • You can get anything... Money talks.
  • Or use a surface tablet with the wireless 360 controller. Works for me. But this is far cheaper I suppose. Kudos to them.
  • A lot cheaper. Like...around £250 cheaper ;-) Could buy two of these and still have money left in your pocket!
  • And the wiiu is beat. Hopefully the NX is great, I love Nintendo.
    On topic, I hope uwa get utilized for hardware setups like this, good fun for certain games and parties.
  • Microsoft needs to pair up with these guys. Would be a great attraction to most Xbox owners and could cut into the WiiU's exclusive features.
  • I've got the 7 inch tablet and when I try to stream it constantly loses signal to the xbox Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • you got a defective one. You should try and get an exchange.
  • Still have my Atari Lynx
  • are the controller parts replaceable? Controllers are consumables and fail, especially the 3rd party ones.
  • Does the tablet come out of the holster?
  • Ye seen a video of it on pc world, that shows the tablet slide into the controller.
  • I am surprised that MS didn't create some low budget win10 stick that had a wireless Xbox controller receiver built in.  Even a custom built OS that simply booted straight into the Xbox app.  Sell that to the consumer as a fully blown X0 casting device. Or even there very own version of this with a lumia tablet, would of created more sales and introduce the lumia name to a wider audience, seems a great opportunity lost by them.