Tesco Connect 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with amazing reviews

By Alan Ng - Dec 1, 2014

If you are looking for the best Cyber Monday Windows 8.1 tablet, you would assume that you would need to live in the US to find it. That’s not the case this time however, as UK supermarket giants Tesco have decided to stage their own Cyber Monday UK deals this year and we can see that one product available is the Tesco Connect 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet.

This is Tesco’s own branded tablet, similar in a way to the Hudl tablet which has gone on to be a massive success. Now Tescos are offering Windows based tablets at a cheap price and the new Connect 7 tablet looks like an amazing product.

The Tesco Connect 7-inch tablet specs include a speedy 1.33Ghz Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a display resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels.


Intel HD graphics are included in this tablet, while there’s 32GB of storage memory, MicroSD support up to 64GB and a pair of 2MP cameras on the rear and also the front which is great to see.

There’s also Bluetooth 4.0 support, HDMI out, USB 2.0 and a one-year subscription to Office 365 – giving you direct access to Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Outlook all on the tablet.

It really is an impressive device and amazing to think that Tesco has now lowered their price to £99 during Cyber Monday. You can check out the Tesco Connect Windows tablet reviews here if you don’t believe us, with the majority of feedback so far all suggesting that this is a deal you don’t want to miss out on.

Let us know your thoughts on this tablet and if you agree that it looks extremely promising for the price. Has anyone been lucky enough to get one yet?

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    On CeX its from £25-£60

  • David

    Just want to say that its a great product for £59.00. Just be aware that this is a PC and unlike Android, doing a factory reset / restore can go wrong. Creating a recovery USB drive went wrong for me after Windows failed to boot after a Windows update. I downloaded “Windows with Bing” and created a bootable USB and I’m up and running again. Slight issues with some of the drivers.
    I’m currently at work using Teamviewer to remote on to finish Windows updates. Tesco confirmed when I rang the 0800 support number that there is no recovery software that can be downloaded but were more than willing to replace it. For the price and what you’re getting 10 out of 10 for value for money. 5 out of 10 for the lack of software support if it all goes wrong.

  • mads

    Beware you can’t get a replacement screen for it, and so far we cannot get minecraft pe on it .

    • Krzysztof Skolas

      its a computer, you can only get pc version, duh..

  • ashwarner

    Loving the Connect 7 initial impressions are good, only thing I would like to find out is if it is microSDXC compatible, the manual says microSD and microSDHC but that may just be a printing omission and I would be surprised if it did not take XC but do not really want to spend out on a 64GB card just to find out. Hoping MS will release an update to enable apps etc to be installed on the card.

  • alex glasgow

    Hi was looking to buy a 2 in1 combo over xmas stumbled across this saved aprox 180 to 230 depending what i bought ideal for what i wanted it for so lucky find for me

  • redwood

    I’m 50/50 on this one, its exactly the same product as a linx7 but with the tesco apps, the desktop is tiny and will not enlarge and when messages pop up get your magnifying glass, there are no dedicated covers available only one fits all that covers the buttons. Save your money and buy a hudl imho it is a far better product and windows are fighting back with a second rate product

    • Rumin8

      It’s a bit unfair to criticise a feature (the desktop) that does not even exist on Android or iOS.
      If you try to use the desktop with touch, you will get frustrated. If you use a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (about £10 each on Amazon), it makes a world of difference, and gives you a way to run any of the millions of desktop apps. If it doesn’t work out for you, get some reading specs.
      Personally I have a few apps that require the desktop. But mostly I use the Metro apps, which work fine. Apps such as Mail, Kindle, Netflix, IE, MobileVOIP, NextGen Reader, and so on.

      • rayan

        Hi, any ideas on which mouse would be compatible with this tablet. Seem to be so many with different specs and I’m not sure which would be best to buy.

    • Mike Gold

      Sorry for a late reply but I just got this tablet. It’s exactly the same as on any other Win8:
      Right click on the desktop (long hold if touching), Pick personalize, then Display and then scale everything to around 150%. At this size it’s perfectly readable. Enjoy.

  • Lee

    Its an excellent piece of hardware. I was on Android (phone and tablet) for a long time, and tried a lot. I’m no fan of Microsoft, but now have a touch screen i5 laptop, Nokia 1020 and one of these. I find them far better than Android – faster even. I think the thing is to ignore the misleading technical specifications – octo-core processors are unnecessary, and 6 million ppi + ultra HD simply don’t get used – like buying a Ferrari to do your weekly shopping in. Really impressed that this seems to be the full version of Windows 8.1. I had a Surface with Windows RT a year ago and it was truly awful. This, however, is quite brilliant..

  • peter

    £59 now, bought yesterday. Good at this price, screen good quality but a bit small. Would not have spent any more on it. A good way to try out Windows 8 on a touch screen device before committing to spend more on a laptop. Performance seems good so far, but not installed much yet.

    • olaf

      Please post any updates, I’m in Ireland, and been looking for a budget Windows tablet so got one,of these ordered today. I’ll be getting it sent over next week so just wanna know what you think of it a week later.

      • Fazoo

        I also picked one up for £59. When I collected it, I was amazed by how sleek it looked and how light it was (compared to my Asus android tablet). When I had installed all my programs and stuff, I showed everyone how good it was, we were gonna buy another one, but found the price had gone back up.

        However, this tablet is probably my best investment.
        It’s fast (can also handle a few programs at once), looks good, lightweight, can do most things my laptop can do and can even play games – with 1gb of RAM, I didn’t think I would be able to play much, but so far I’ve played Counter-strike: Source and Hotline Miami, both through Steam. No lag on either, and as I’ve hooked up a PS3 controller to it, it makes gaming much more fun.

        Some bad sides to it, is when file browsing, the desktop is very small (I didn’t mind this as I expected it before I bought it).

        When holding the tablet in landscape, my hand often covers the speakers, but isn’t much of an issue.
        We all know the Microsoft store isn’t that great which can be annoying, for example there is no official YouTube app.
        It has a mini HDMI port and one USB 2.0 dock. A big note is, you cannot charge the tablet and use a USB at the same time. They use the same port. I would suggest buying a USB dock, which is what I’ll be doing.
        You can’t lock the tablet, you can only put it in sleep mode or shut it down.

        I think that’s about it (I may be missing some stuff, I just can’t remember!). I know I’ve talked a lot about the bad aspects a lot, but I think it’s important that others know too. And besides, I do think it is one heck of a tablet with some powerful processors behind it. As I said before, my best investment yet.

        9/10 I’d give it.

        Hope this helped you.

        • olaf

          Thanks for the review. Looking forward to mine arriving next week. How do you connect the ps3 controller?? Through Bluetooth I guess but is it that simple?

        • Hello! I know this comment’s a bit old but you’re the only person I’ve seen running Steam on this device. Thinking about getting one to use for in-home streaming so I’m wondering if you’ve tried that particular feature on it and, if so, how have you found performance?

        • Milky

          A cable come with mine that you plug in and it turns into a usb port. Im trying it now to see if it works (xbox one controller) you plug that in, then plug the controller and connect it through the usb its windows 8 so it should auto intal drivers. So in theory thats how it works

  • Jay Smith

    I managed to get one for just $79

  • win8 developer

    great for the price but the z accelerometer is upside down so some software may not work correctly until a bios update comes out.