53511 Scroll Essential

We give this budget Android Tablet PC a thorough testing to see how well it it stacks up against recent fierce competition in the cheap Android Tablet PC market.

By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012

The Good

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Very low price. Well worth the £80!

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Good selection of applications

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Great introductory tablet pc

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Access to Google play

The Bad

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Not the most sensitive touch screen

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No flash player support

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Excruciatingly slow at times

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OS hanging/crashing at random intervals

Introduction

This Tablet is a very rare beast indeed, a PC available at under £100 that is actually responsive and reliable. This is truly great value for money, another rarity in today’s world.

Deep in the heart of the Congo, there is purported to exist a creature known by the locals as ‘Mokele Mbembe’ (“He who stops rivers”). This monster is said to be a relict Sauropod dinosaur with a huge body and a long neck. Western explorers and cryptozoologists have searched for physical evidence of this creature for over a century with no luck so far.

 

Elsewhere in the world, across a long, lonely stretch of road in Trumbull, Connecticut, USA, there is said to roam a pack of feral children with oversized heads (known informally, yet aptly, as ‘MelonHeads’) who lay in wait for unsuspecting travellers and terrorize them mercilessly. Every Halloween, hundreds of teenagers flock to the area hoping to catch a glimpse of these odd creatures, who remain surprisingly quiet, possibly because all the legends can be traced back to one deformed boy who used his peculiar appearance to jump out at young couples and scare them witless to impress his friends (if there was ever a positive story of facial deformity, that has to be it –what a legend!)

 

Now, somewhere amongst the vast unknown of the Internet, there has emerged evidence of an even stranger chimera, a creature borne of dark magic and unholy science: a Tablet PC that costs less than £100 and is actually worth buying. I know, call me crazy, but it is out there, somewhere, and I intend to find it.

Presenting the Storage Options Scroll Essential Tablet, proof positive that legends can come true.

 

The Specs

The Scroll Essential utilizes only 2GB of memory, which is pretty crappy for a product manufactured by a company called ‘Storage Options’, but this can be improved to a whopping 32GB by using a Micro SD card. The Scroll Essential has been designed in a very basic ‘nuts and bolts’ way and is nothing if not simple in terms of design.


It works ably as an E-Reader, an online media player (though lack of Flash support is irksome, meaning no iPlayer) and as a low level home computer (as it can support a USB keyboard) so it is a really multi faceted design. Referring to itself as an ‘entry level’ Tablet is a clever marketing stroke also, as right away nobody is expecting an iPad for £80. Instead, the Scroll Essential is a complete master of the basics. Combining an excellent media player, full social network interaction and a swift response time, this is no frills computer manufacturing at its very purest.

 

 

The Price

Less than £50 for you, Squire. You can’t argue with that.

 

The Performance

Amazon currently has second hand models available for under £50, which is an unbelievable bargain. It runs Android 2.3 (via which, thousands of Android apps are available) and works simply, but beautifully. This is a very good Tablet indeed.

 

If you’re looking for a portable way to check your emails or Facebook (or even to look up other folklore, mysteries, myths and legends in your spare time), then this is probably the Tablet for you.

I never thought I’d find a Tablet in this price range that was actually worth recommending this highly, but here it is. As an integrated media player with solid, reliable WiFi - you aren’t going to get any better for under £100.

 

The Scroll Essential utilizes only 2GB of memory, which is pretty crappy for a product manufactured by a company called ‘Storage Options’, but this can be improved to a whopping 32GB by using a Micro SD card.

It is cheating a little bit, because this was originally a more expensive model that has simply dropped in price, but that still impresses me.

 

Of course, it isn’t perfect. What we have here is a basic machine that is prone to basic drawbacks. Despite generally very strong performance, the Scroll Essential can occasionally slow down. WiFi on any Tablet has yet to be perfected and can still drop out and cause problems. The touchscreen can occasionally be oversensitive as well, but this and all the bespoke complaints are de rigueur for any Tablet in this price range.

 

So by all means, check the web for other reviews; you’ll see that they are almost unanimously positive for this device. There are a lot of satisfied customers out there.

 

What Other Users Say

24 of 33 Amazon users gave this a product 4/5 or 5/5 review. That’s a lot. ‘Prof Phogg’ (5/5) called it “a brilliant gadget”, while ‘Ziggy’ (5/5) said it was “great value for money”. ‘Mersey 26’ (5/5) said that it was a great alternative to the more expensive Tablets on the market, as well as a good product for performing simple functions.

 

Our Verdict

This Tablet is a very rare beast indeed, a PC available at under £100 that is actually responsive and reliable. This is truly great value for money, another rarity in today’s world.

 

Though monsters and curiosities may populate the worlds of our imagination and unspeakable creatures may very well dwell in the remotest regions of our homes, hidden from view to all but the most intrepid; the world of consumer electronics has its own legendary creature, the cheap Tablet that is actually worth buying. Sightings are rare (and more often than not disputed), but these mysterious inventions do exist, and they are out there right now, waiting to be discovered.

 

 

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