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Coby Kyros Tablet Review

The Kyros performs well for the money if you can tolerate the limitations of the unit itself.

February 24, 2012
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Screen

The screen of the Coby Kyros MID8120 is 6.406 x 4.8125 inches, with a resolution of 800 x 600 and a resistive touch screen. This is the standard option for budget tablets, but as far as resistive touch screens go, that of the Coby Kyros MID8120 isn't terrible.

Front Image

Indoor & Outdoor Use

Resistive screens seem to reflect less light than capacitive screens, for whatever reason, but don't take that to mean that the Coby Kyros MID8120 is easy to see in the outside. On the contrary, because of the abysmally low peak brightness, even if you crank your backlight to the maximum level, you'll struggle greatly in seeing your screen properly. This is a tablet that pretty much must stay inside to be used, even on an overcast day.

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NOTE: The images above are shot with a variety of lighting sources, which may cause some color shift.

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Legibility

Because of the type of screen used by the Coby Kyros MID8120, legibility is impacted negatively by a hazy outer screen layer and a low DPI. Though the text itself is increased in size, it’s still not the greatest.

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Reflectance

Using our highly specialized lab equipment, we were able to determine that the screen of the Coby Kyros MID8120 reflects around 25.5% of all light shone on the screen. Perhaps the only saving grace of the Coby Kyros MID8120 in terms of reflectivity is that the reflection pattern really is not that terrible.

Screen Size & DPI

The Coby Kyros MID8120 has a rather odd screen size, but it’s decent, nonetheless. By employing a 6.406 × 4.8125 inch screen with a resolution of 800 × 600 pixels (125 DPI), the Coby Kyros MID8120 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 isn’t all that great, 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.

Blacks and Whites

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 seven see the image in many environments.

Blacks and Whites Chart

Color Gamut

Like most tablets, the Coby Kyros MID8120 has a somewhat poor color gamut when compared to the rec. 709 standard. As you can see from t he chart, the reds and greens are undersaturated and shifted to a noticeable degree, and the blues are shifted wildly to a cyanish color. The white point is also a bit off from where it should be.

Color Gamut Chart

Battery Life

While it’s not enough to make users forget about their experience with the tablet, the battery life is absolutely absurd. Lasting well over 8 hours reading eBooks and playing back video, the Coby Kyros MID8120 actually does provide a respectable performance for what is otherwise a product noted to take every measure it can to come in at a price point under $100.

Battery Life Chart
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  11. Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Comparison
  12. Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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