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Coby Kyros Review

The Coby Kyros MID8120; while a poor performer, actually does great compared to other tablets in its price range.

February 24, 2012
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Science Introduction

Low price often begets low performance. While that's not a universal constant, it's very true for this tablet. Here come the numbers.

Screen Performance

Almost all of your interaction goes through the screen, so it might as well be good, right?

The Coby Kyros MID8120 has a rather odd screen size, but it's decent, nonetheless. By employing a 6.406 x 4.8125 inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels (125 DPI), the Kyros gives its users a screen somewhere in between the 10.1-inch tablets and the 7-inch tablets that are more popular these days. The resolution is awful, but it's not fair to expect a tablet this size to have something much greater (yet). Still, this isn't going to give you the clearest picture with a DPI of 125. The coating on the screen doesn't help either.

Because of the terrible peak brightness, you will have a really hard time using the tablet in conditions that are not low light. The black level is quite good, but it's hard to laud a low black level when it's hard to even see the image in many environments.

Like most tablets, the Coby Kyros MID8120 has a somewhat poor color gamut when compared to the rec. 709 standard. Reds and greens are undersaturated and shifted to a noticeable degree, and the blues are shifted wildly to a cyan-ish color. The white point is also a bit off from where it should be.

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Battery Life

That battery isn't doing much, so it lasts a while.

One of the best things about this tablet is the fact that the battery is so well-paired with the hardware, giving it a very good life of 8 hours and 35 minutes when watching video files. Additionally, the Kyros managed to continuously read an eBook for around 8 hours and 38 minutes. For reference, we test this with the backlight cranked as high as it can go, and the Wi-Fi turned off, so your mileage may vary if you use alternate settings.

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