Alldocube iWork GT Review: A Decent Laptop Replacement

Alldocube iWork GT Review
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A while ago, we reviewed the iWork 20 Pro – a budget 2-in-1 Windows from Alldocube. We were quite fond of the laptop experience it brought for just $300. Despite ticking most of the boxes for home and students, it fell short on performance. So, what if you wanted the same 2-in-1 experience with a little more performance while also not costing a fortune. Look no further than the Alldocube iWork GT that I have with me for review today.

Alldocube iWork GT Specifications:

  • Design & Build: Metal build, 163 x 259 x 10.58, 610 grams
  • Display: 10.95-inch IPS, 2000×1200 pixels, 5:3 aspect ratio
  • Keyboard Cover: Full-size keys (non-backlit), Pogo-pin
  • Trackpad: Multi-touch trackpad, Windows Precision drivers
  • Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core processors
  • RAM: 8GB LDDR4x
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe (integrated)
  • Audio: Stereo speakers
  • Battery: 3900mAh
  • Camera: Front (1MP), Back (5MP)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.1
  • I/O Ports: 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A (w/PD), 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A, 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro HDMI 1.4, Pogopin
  • Price in Nepal: N/A (USD 749)

Alldocube iWork GT Review:

Performance

Unlike the iWork 20 Pro, Alldocube iWork GT is powered by last year’s 11th Gen Intel Core processors. Here, you can choose between Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors. However, I found the Core i5-1135G7 variant to be the best suited for my workload. It comes with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB SSD, which is plenty for moderate users like me.

Day-to-day usage

I spend a significant portion of my day writing and editing posts and scripts on LibreOffice, though I also have my favorite Spotify playlist on loop in the background. Barring the audio quality of the stereo speakers, which simply is not loud enough and required me to use my TWS earbuds, I simply have no complaints here. The tablet can even handle multiple chrome tabs at the same time.

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Likewise, I faced no issue optimizing photos and designs for our website on the Alldocube iWork GT using Adobe photoshop. Though, I could hear the fans at times.

Gaming

Over on the GPU front, you get Intel’s Iris Xe iGPU with 80 execution cores. There is no option for discrete graphics, but unless you plan to do high-intensive tasks like video editing or playing, you won’t have any issues.

Still, to see what it is capable of, I decided to play a few rounds of CS: GO on the iWork GT. There were noticeable hiccups while running the game in the High settings.

However, the situation improved as soon as I dialed the settings down to Medium. Here, the game was quite playable with 40 – 50 fps on average. You can hear the fans running if you pay attention, but it won’t distract you much.

Design

After I was done with my gaming session, I recorded the temperature of the tablet, which I found close to 40-degrees towards the extreme right of the back panel. The left side was comparatively cooler at around 35-degrees because of the placement of the vents on the top.

Also on the right are the power button and the volume rocker key. Likewise, you can find a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type-A port, a MicroSD card slot, and a speaker grille.

On the opposite side, there are two USB Type-C ports, both of which can be used for charging and display output in addition to charging. You also get a micro-HDMI 1.4 port and a second speaker grille here.

As mentioned earlier, the speakers are not anything to write home about. They lack bass and can’t get loud enough.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The main body of the iWork GT is made up of metal with a matte finish on top. It weighs around 610 grams and measures 10.58mm in thickness. It is quite pocketable too. When compared to a regular notebook with the exact same specifications, it takes up an insignificant amount of space. Thus, you will have no problem carrying it around wherever you go.

An important thing to note here is there is no built-in kickstand on the iWork GT. Instead, Alldocube has included a 5-pin Pogo connector on the back that you can use to attach a cover keyboard that you can use to adjust the screen in levels of inclination. This keyboard will cost you an extra $50.

Alldocube iWork GT Pogo pin keyboard cover

If you plan to use the iWork GT for your school and office, as I did, I do recommend getting the keyboard as this makes the tablet a way easier to work. Though it shipped with Windows 10, I did not have to wait long for the Windows 11 update. Still, I don’t think the OS is quite ready for touchscreen right now

The placement of the connector makes it tricky to properly connect the keyboard. The keys don’t have much depth to them but you will get used to them. Sadly, the same cannot be said about the trackpad. So, I recommend getting a reliable mouse.

Alldocube iWork GT Design 2

There is even an iPad Pro-like magnetic keyboard cover, but it is not as readily available as the other.

Display

Talking about the display, you get a 10.95-inch laminated IPS screen with 2000 x 1200 pixels resolution. There are uniform bezels around the screen that help prevent accidental touches. The colors and viewing angle of the screen are good.

Alldocube iWork GT Display

But it would have been better if it were a little brighter. Visibility can be an issue when using the tablet in a well-lit room because of the glossy surface. However, if all you do is stay indoors and binge-watch Netflix shows all day, then it won’t be much of an issue.

Alldocube does mention that the iWork GT does have stylus support on its official product page. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with any stylus in the box.

Cameras

Moving on, Alldocube iWork GT has a total of two cameras. The front-facing module is placed in a landscape orientation alongside the dual-microphone array. However, it is nothing to be excited about.

Even in a well-lit room, the photos come out grainy with pale colors. In this regard, the 8MP rear camera does perform a little better, but still, it’s nothing to write home about. That being said, I do like the fact the default camera app comes with different modes to capture notes from whiteboard and documents.

Battery Endurance

Finally, let’s talk about the battery backup. Here, you get a 3900mAh battery which doesn’t seem a lot when you consider that it is a fully functioning notebook. For reference, even smartphones these days average 4,500 – 5,000mAh cell capacity and they don’t come near the iWork GT in terms of size.

That aside, I was able to get around 4 to 6 hours of screen-on-time on a full charge. And this was with my usual set of tasks that I mentioned earlier. The smaller battery capacity does take a hit when it comes to gaming. Even a quick session of CS: GO can drain a significant level of the battery. So, make sure to have the tablet plugged in when you feel like gaming.

On the bright side, it comes with a 45W power brick along with a Type-C to Type-C cable. Because its PD complaint, you can even use it to charge other gadgets like phones and accessories. Thus, you won’t have to carry multiple chargers whenever you hit the road.

Alldocube iWork GT Review: Conclusion

So, this brings me to the end of this video. Frankly, I have never looked back at my windows tablet during my two months with the iWork GT. This tablet can transform into a fairly powerful Windows notebook when you need it, bringing you the best of both worlds. It can get you through most day-to-day tasks that you are likely to come across as a student and a working professional. Plus, the connectivity option is quite good.

That being said, Alldocube really needs to work on the speakers and cameras. Likewise, the battery life and screen brightness are only decent enough. For a product positioned as a Surface alternative, it does lack behind. For the $800 price tag (tablet + keyboard), you can get the Surface Pro 7+ with the exact same chipset, wider accessories compatibility, and Microsoft’s trust.

Alldocube iWork GT Review: Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Decent display for indoor usage
  • Robust Metal build
  • Reliable performance
  • Rich connectivity options

Cons:

  • Sub-par cameras
  • Speakers could have been better
  • Only 3,900mAh of battery