Toshiba Excite 10 SE Gaming Performance Review

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Published on August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Toshiba Excite 10 SE Gaming Performance ReviewHi guys, welcome back to this website!

As the use of smart touch screen devices becomes really fundamental these days and more and more people start migrating their old cell phones to these modern high-technology gadgets, now many smartphone and even laptop manufacturers are not hesitant anymore to jump to the new bandwagon – a more profitable land of business - a tablet market.

If Apple iPad used to be the one and true king in this tablet making business – with meaningless threats from Android camp -, now there is no single king in this market - there is no definite choice for customers.

Now more and more Android tablet manufacturers have started to take this business seriously.

Not only have they improved the build quality and design of their homemade tablets, but they have also made a lot improvements and tweaks on many sectors of their tablets - like the software, UI, features, battery life and the most importantly, the performance.

Toshiba Excite 10 SE benchmarks and gaming performance

Now it’s not only Samsung that deserves to get the most attention from this market and of course, tablet shoppers.

There are also Sony, LG, Asus, Acer, Archos, Xiaomi and a couple of other Android counterparts, not to mention the other new comers in this business that deserve to gain a huge chunk of market share in this industry.

Interestingly, one of those new comers in this market happens to be Toshiba, which we all know already, is not really active – in fact, never got involved whatsoever with even cell phone making business, let alone smartphone or tablet markets.

But that doesn’t mean that this laptop maker will suck at making tablets.

Well, that’s not true because there are many other laptop manufacturers that have a massive success in this tablet market - despite not having any experience in cell phone or smartphone making business in their journey – like Asus, Acer and several other counterparts.

Anyway, in the past couple of days, there has been a lot of my reviews that talked mostly about Tegra-powered tablets – from the Lenovo IdeaPad series, Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7, Xiaomi Mi Pad, Motorola Xoom and T-Mobile LG G Slate, with all of these devices powered by either Tegra 2 dual-core or Tegra 3 quad-core SoC (system-on-chip).

Today, I still want to keep the momentum going by talking more about Tegra tablets.

But this time, it’s going to be Toshiba tablets that should get your attention for the next few days because i have some of them prepared for my next reviews.

But the first one from Toshiba that i’m about to show you right now is a 10.1-inch tablet called Toshiba Excite 10 SE, a Tegra 3 tablet sporting the 720p resolution display.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know more with this Toshiba homemade tablet, including its gaming performance and what games that would work great and in full graphics on this device, then here you go, my personal review of Toshiba Excite 10 SE.

Introduction

As i mentioned above, when it comes to tablet market, then the name Toshiba sounds really unfamiliar to hear in this business.

As a matter of fact, this company never get involved whatsoever in the cell phone market, let alone smartphone market.

However, thanks to its years of experience in laptop making business, Toshiba’s decision to jump to this new industry seems like a good one.

Despite not being so popular as a tablet manufacturer nor shipping millions of devices every quarter just like Apple or Samsung, Toshiba still manages to deliver some devices that are worth considering for many tablet shoppers out there.

Toshiba Excite 10 SE is one of the good quality tablets made by this company.
Toshiba Excite 10 SE
Toshiba Excite 10 SE
Compared to any other regular Android tablets on the market, Toshiba Excite 10 SE basically looks and works just the same as its counterparts.

It is a 10.1-inch tablet running on Android platform with the same looking UI of Android OS (where you can fill the homescreen widgets, app shortcuts or anything).

Given that this tablet was released back then in December 2012, then the 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display doesn’t seem like something that is worth bragging in front of its rivals, especially when many flagship models that time already migrated to 1080p - or even 2.5k display (*cough* Google Nexus 10 *cough*).

However, that’s not the thing that should get the spotlight on this device. The biggest highlight found on this tablet is definitely in its performance department.

Toshiba Excite 10 SE is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU.

And this type of specs used to be considered as one of the best hardware specs on the market that time.

With Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, then it means Toshiba Excite 10 SE will be so great for gaming.

However, that’s not the only reason why Toshiba decides to out this tablet to the market.

Besides for gaming, Toshiba Excite 10 SE will also be great for some other things, like watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents, editing documents, taking photos/videos or even just checking emails.

The good thing is, Toshiba Excite 10 SE is only sporting the 720p resolution display, meaning that its performance will be lag-free and smooth, its processor will be able to deliver its best without any single cough, and this tablet could provide you an all-day-long battery life for multimedia usage – thanks to the 25Wh battery capacity or around 3300mAh inside this tablet.

But the questions still remain, with all of these great goodies provided by Toshiba on this tablet, does Toshiba Excite 10 SE have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet?

Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other 10-inch rivals, like the old-gen iPads (or even iPad Air), Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 10 or Asus Transformer Pad series?

Is it worth it to buy this tablet?

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  • No SIM
  • Released December 2012,
  • Weight 639.6 g (1.41 lb)
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels, (~149 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Multitouch for up to 10 fingers
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce 2 GPU
  • Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 16 GB Internal storage
  • 3.15 MP rear-facing camera, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • No GPRS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • No EDGE
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • No Radio
  • USB
  • HTML, Adobe Flash Browser
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Colors Black/Silver
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (25 Wh)
  • Up to 12 hours of Talk time (multimedia)
In terms of spec sheet, Toshiba Excite 10 SE seems like a pretty interesting offer compared to other devices in low-end tablet market.

It features a 10.1-inch display rocking the resolution of 720p or 1280x800 pixels (with the pixel density of -149 ppi), a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core, 1GB of RAM, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, 3.15MP rear-facing camera with autofocus support, 1.3MP camera on the front, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 16GB internal storage, 25Wh power battery (or equal to 3250mAh battery), Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and a couple of other standard basic features, excluding the 3G cellular and FM radio.

Screen

In the screen department, there’s nothing ground breaking on this tablet.

It features a 10.1-inch display sporting the resolution of 720p or 1280x800 pixels (with the standard -149 ppi).

So in real world quality, this display still looks pretty sharp and crisp on this tablet, but of course not as sharp as other 10-inch rivals with 1080p or 2.5K (2560x1600 pixels) display.

So for enjoying some media contents, the display of this tablet still delivers a pleasing experience to you, although the pinch-to-zoom gesture still needs to be deployed a lot, especially when reading books/magazines or browsing the web.

But overall, having the 720p resolution on a 10.1-inch display still looks ‘okay’ for this tablet.

User Interface

On software side, Toshiba Excite 10 SE actually looks and works pretty much the same with other Toshiba Excite tablets out there.

It comes with the standard Android UI that comes close to the stock UI of Android OS and it doesn’t bring some aggressive customizations from the manufacturer. So if you’re already familiar using Android device in the past, then you will feel at home when using this tablet.

It still has the same standard Android homescreen that you can fill with widgets or app shortcuts (or even picture of your pet or live wallpaper in the background), the same looking app drawer, the same notification and setting windows, the same bottom on-screen buttons and many other things that you’ve come to love on Android OS.

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In terms of performance, Toshiba Excite 10 SE excels in this sector really well.

And that’s not surprising given that this tablet is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with the clock speed of 1.2GHz per core, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU.

With this type of specs, there’s no doubt that this Toshiba tablet will scream in performance, even when handling graphics-related tasks, thanks to that 12-core GPU.

Actually, this tablet is gonna be pretty similar with other Tegra 3 tablets sporting the 720p display, like Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus.

So it will perform smoothly for any kind of basic tasks that you throw on this tablet – such as: watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents like books or magazines, editing documents, checking out photos or emails or even playing games.

Talking about the gaming performance of this tablet, it’s not gonna be that hard for me because i’ve already seen a lot of Tegra 3 tablets out there - especially the ones with 720p display - capable to handle most of the graphically demanding games in buttery smooth performance, even in full highest graphics.

So you can expect the same with this Toshiba tablet. Toshiba Excite 10 SE is gonna be a great gaming tablet, if not the best.

As for the games that would work perfectly in full graphics on this device - similar just like Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus -, this Toshiba tablet is also capable to perform smooth when handling games like Modern Combat 4, Dead Trigger, N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, GTA Vice City, GTA III, Asphalt 7: Heat, ShadowGun DeadZone, Real Racing 3, Temple Run 2, Horn and many other games (released in around 2013 or before that year) – all in smooth performance and the most importantly, in full highest graphics.

However, for the latest and the most graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5, i have doubts that these games would run smoothly in full graphics.

Thankfully, the developers of these games already provide the options to set the graphics of these games to even the lowest level, allowing tablets with medium-grade hardware to be able to play these games in smooth performance by sacrificing the entire graphics and especially visual effects in these games.

Overall, i’m really impressed a lot with the gaming performance of this tablet, which is actually similar just like my impression of Google Nexus 7 and HP Slate 7 Plus, given their same type of hardware specs (720p display, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU and 1GB of RAM).

However, if you are a real tablet gamer and you always want to be able to play the latest graphically demanding games in the future, i suggest you switch to other tablet with more powerful GPU and processor, like HP Slate 7 Extreme, Xiaomi Mi Pad, NVIDIA Tegra Note, NVIDIA Shield Tablet (with Tegra K1), Google Nexus 7 (2013), Kindle Fire HDX, iPad Air and many other tablets.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Toshiba Excite 10 SE, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

In terms of battery life, Toshiba Excite 10 SE is well-prepared in this department.

This tablet is powered by 25Wh battery or equal to 3250mAh battery capacity, which is good enough – but not that ideal – to keep the engine going for a solid day, of course in one full charge.

But this will also depend on which type of user are you.

I mean, if you are not a power user or just a moderate user, and will only use this tablet in your spare time – or when taking a break from your busy job or work -, then you can expect to see this tablet last around 1 full day.

However, if you are a power user and will always use this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like for watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row without stopping -, then its battery life will drop drastically to just around 4 to 6 hours, which is still considered as pretty good for a 10-inch tablet.

The quad-core processor of this tablet – which is power hungry given its 4 set of cores - should be the one to blame if this tablet could only last much shorther than 4 hours.

But i believe with just a medium-resolution 720p display used on this tablet, it’s not gonna take a lot of power from its battery, which means the battery life of this tablet will likely be pretty good overall.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i think it’s not that hard to recommend this tablet to you, especially if you’re currently looking for a great gaming tablet with 10-inch display.

Even though this tablet doesn’t come from such a popular brand, the overall quality of this tablet is still on par with many other rivals in mid-end tablet market.

Besides, Toshiba has already had years of experience in laptop making business. So it probably could really help a lot in ensuring its quality, especially in terms of build quality and of course performance.

Toshiba Excite 10 SE is definitely great for playing games. There’s no doubt about that.

As a matter of fact - similar just Google Nexus 7 (2012) or HP Slate 7 Plus -, Toshiba Excite 10 SE is also capable to handle most of the graphics intensive games released in 2013 or before that year – like Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3, Asphalt 7: Heat, Horn, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun DeadZone, GTA Vice City and many more – all in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics.

But, as mentioned above already, for the latest games like Asphalt 8, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5, this tablet will suffer a lot when handling these games in full highest graphics.

Besides great for gaming, Toshiba Excite 10 SE will also be great for many other things – like watching HD movies (given its HD display), reading books or magazines, browsing the web (although you’ll always need to do the pinch-to-zoom gesture a lot), listening to music and even taking photos or videos (although the quality of its rear 3.15MP camera will not be on par with other 10-inch flagship devices like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S or Sony Xperia Z/Z2.

So to end this review, here are my answers of my previous questions i already asked above:
  1. Yes – thanks to the 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, 1GB of RAM and a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, this tablet is more than great for playing games. The good thing is, Toshiba Excite 10 SE is only sporting 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, making sure that the Tegra 3 processor and its GPU won’t have to squeeze their power to the limit just to execute all the pixels on the screen. So this tablet will perform really fast and smooth, plus lag-free, especially for gaming.
  2. Yes – despite using some outdated hardware (processor and GPU), Toshiba Excite 10 SE is actually still relevant to be positioned on today’s tablet market, but not alongside 10-inch flagship models like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S, Sony Xperia Z/Z2, Google Nexus 10 or Asus Transformer series (with 1080p display). Instead, this tablet will be comparable with other 10-inch tablets in mid-end market, like Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 10.1, etc.
  3. Yes – but in one condition. And that is if you manage to get this tablet in the price range below $200. I mean, if this tablet is still priced at $250, then it’s not that worth it because Toshiba Excite 10 SE is not a 3G-enabled tablet. Besides, this tablet doesn’t come from some popular brand. So that should count in placing this tablet in mid to even low-end market.

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