Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 Gaming Performance Review

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August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 Gaming Performance ReviewHi guys, welcome back to this website!

As you might have known already, Google Nexus 7 used to be the center of attention especially in tech industry as this tablet was the first (if i’m not mistaken) tablet shipping with Tegra 3 quad-core processor inside.

And it suddenly made this Google-branded tablet one of the best gaming tablets on the market that time.

And that was not so surprising given that Tegra 3 quad-core processor – homemade by NVIDIA – was a really powerful chipset especially for handling most of the graphics-related tasks on the device, like gaming for example.

That’s mostly thanks to the 12-core GeForce ULP GPU that came packed on that Tegra 3 chipset.

Any games that you throw on this Google tablet will perform great even in full high graphics, with all the advanced visual effects running smoothly with no lag whatsoever.

Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 benchmarks and gaming performance

And that’s probably the reason why many tablet manufacturers were so attracted to bring this powerful chipset into their own homemade devices – from Sony with its Sony Xperia S, Asus with its Asus Transformer series, HP with HP Slate 7 Plus, Acer with its Iconia Tab family, Lenovo with its IdeaTab tablets and a couple of other counterparts.

And apparently, Toshiba also wants to get a share of this Tegra 3 tablet category with its own Android devices.

Earlier, i’ve already showed you 2 tablets from Toshiba which i thought were great for gaming, if not the best. And those are Toshiba Excite 10 SE and Toshiba Excite 10 AT305, both using the same Tegra 3 processor, the same 10.1-inch display with 720p resolution and even the same 25Wh battery capacity.

But today, i want to show another tablet – from the same manufacturer of course – and i also believe this one is going to be a great gaming tablet.

The tablet that i’m about to show today is Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275, and yes - it is a 7.7-inch Android tablet rocking the Tegra 3 chipset under the hood.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this device, including its gaming performance as well as what games that would work smoothly in full graphics on this tablet, then here you go, my personal review of Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275.

Introduction

From what i’ve seen on many reviews on YouTube, Tegra 3 tablets are mostly great for gaming.

And that’s no exception with Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275. Similar just like any other Tegra 3 slates that you see today on the market, there’s no single doubt that this Toshiba tablet will be a great gaming tablet, especially in terms of performance.

And that already makes it a worth considering for most of tablet shoppers out there given that gaming has become one of the most favorite things to do on tablet - besides watching movies/TV shows, browsing the web, reading contents, listening to music, etc.

Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 Gaming Performance Review
Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275
Compared to Google Nexus 7 side-by-side (2012 edition), there is one thing that this Google-branded tablet really excels that Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 doesn’t – and that is in battery life department.

Google Nexus 7 is powered by 4325mAh battery capacity, which ensures an all-day-long battery life for the users.

Meanwhile, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 only gets 15Wh or around 2500-2700mAh power battery, which is a half lower than the one inside the Google’s tablet.

So as a result, this Toshiba tablet might not be so great as a gaming tablet given its shorter battery life compared to Google Nexus 7, although it’s not gonna be that bad either.
Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 Gaming Performance Review
Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275
However, that doesn’t hold back this Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 from being a great gaming tablet.

This tablet is still a decent quality tablet for that matter.

It’s still more than capable to handle most of the older games released in 2013 or before that year – like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7: Heat, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, N.O.V.A 3, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun DeadZone, Horn (which is a great open-world RPG) or Dead Space – all in buttery smooth performance and in full highest graphics.

And this is more than enough for most of users especially the ones who love gaming. But we’ll talk more about this later.

Besides for gaming, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 will likely be good also for taking photos or videos.

And that’s thanks to its 5MP and 2MP cameras provided on the back and front respectively, as well as an autofocus and LED flash, which could really help a lot for taking low-light photos or videos.

And if you love browsing the net, you’ll be glad to hear that this 7.7-inch device also ships with 3G cellular support, meaning that you’re able to surf the net even when you’re not in hot spot area.

But the questions remain, with all of these amazing stuff provided by Toshiba on this tablet, does Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 have what it takes to be a great media-consumption or even gaming tablet?

Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other 7-inchers on today’s tablet market?

Is it worth it to buy this device?

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  • 3G
  • Mini-SIM
  • Weight 332 g (11.71 oz)
  • Released July 2012
  • 7.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels, (~196 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Multitouch for up to 10 fingers
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Protection
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce 2 GPU
  • Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • SRS sound enhancement
  • 16/32/64 GB Internal storage
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • GPRS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • EDGE
  • HSDPA, HSUPA
  • USB
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Bluetooth
  • HTML, Adobe Flash Browser
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • Colors Dark gray metallic
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (15 Wh)
As far as the performance goes, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 features a quad-core Tegra 3 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz per core, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, which reminds me with other Tegra 3 devices like Google Nexus 7 (2012) or HP Slate 7 Plus, although this Toshiba tablet indeed has a higher clock speed than these 2 rivals.

Meanwhile, on other sectors, there are a 7.7-inch display sporting the resolution of 720p (1280x800 pixels) with pixel depth of -196 ppi, a 5MP camera on the back with LED flash and autofocus, a 2MP camera on the front to do selfies, 3G cellular support, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 16/32/64GB of internal storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, a 15Wh power battery (equal to 2600mAh battery) and a couple of other basic standard features, excluding the FM radio.

Overall, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is still slightly better than Google Nexus 7 (2012), but not better than HP Slate 7 Plus – given its small battery capacity.

But thanks to the 3G cellular support provided on this tablet, it makes this tablet worth considering than those 2 rivals.

Screen

It’s a good decision by Toshiba to only use the 720p resolution on the 7.7-inch display of this tablet, which is a ‘perfect match’ or adequate for the Tegra 3 processor inside this tablet.

So with this type of medium-resolution display, this processor is more than capable to deliver its best performance to this tablet without squeezing a lot of juice from its battery (which is really small, only around 2600mAh battery).

And that is achievable because there are not many pixels that must be executed by the Tegra 3 chipset on this tablet along with its 12-core GPU, thus decreasing its power usage drastically, even when doing some heavy tasks.

User Interface

When it comes to UI or User Experience, there’s actually nothing to write home about on this tablet.

As a matter of fact, most of Toshiba Excite tablets comes with the UI that comes close to the stock UI of Android OS, with the standard homescreen (that you can fill with widgets, app shortcuts, etc), app drawer, notification and setting windows and many other things that you’re already familiar to see and use on your Android device.

So there’s nothing new on this tablet, which is great because it won’t give such a heavy burden to the processor of this tablet, making it perform much even faster and smoother without draining a lot of power from its battery, thus giving much longer battery life to the tablet.

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In terms of performance – overall performance -, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is actually pretty similar with other Tegra 3 tablets with 720p resolution display, say, Google Nexus 7 (2012) or HP Slate 7 Plus – which both sport the same Tegra 3 SoC and 720p display.

However, given that the Tegra 3 inside this Toshiba tablet has higher clock speed than Google Nexus 7 and HP Slate7 Plus, then the performance of Toshiba Excite 7.7 will be much faster than these 2 rivals.

So for any basic tasks that you throw on this tablet – like watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents like books or magazines, operating the UI, using live wallpaper, editing documents or playing games -, there’s nothing ground breaking about this Toshiba tablet.

And that means, it will execute all of these tasks in buttery smooth and lag-free performance, even when multitasking many apps at once with or using live wallpaper on the homescreen (and this usually is the one to blame if tablet runs laggy – the live wallpaper!).

And this is not so surprising because any tablet that is powered by Tegra 3 quad-core processor usually has fast and powerful performance, even when doing heavy graphics-related tasks – as seen on Google Nexus 7, HP Slate 7 Plus or any other Tegra 3 devices.

The good news is, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is only sporting 720p resolution on its 7.7-inch display, allowing this tablet to perform faster with no lag whatsoever given the low amount of pixels that must be executed by the processor.

It goes the same with the gaming performance of this device.

Similar just like Google Nexus 7 (2012), Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 will also be great for that matter.

Thanks to its 12-core GeForce ULP GPU inside this tablet, not to mention the 1GB of RAM and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core, this tablet really flies when playing games.

It handles most of the older games perfectly and smoothly even in full highest graphics, allowing users to enjoy their favorite games at the fullest with all the graphics and visual effects that are provided by the developers.

Games like Modern Combat 4, Dead Trigger, N.O.V.A 3, Asphalt 7: Heat, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, GTA Vice City, GTA III, Horn, Dead Space, ShadowGun DeadZone or Real Racing 3 – all will certainly run smoothly on this tablet, and the most importantly, in full graphics.

However, given that Tegra 3 quad-core processor is already considered as ‘outdated’ for today’s tablet gaming, then there will be some limitations over which games that would work perfectly in full graphics on this device.

So for the latest most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5, i’m very positive that these games won’t run smoothly in full graphics on Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275.

But there’s always the option that you can use to set their graphics to even the lowest level in order to make them perform smoothly on this tablet.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

There is one sector that Google Nexus 7 (2012) is really superior at, while Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 not. And that is in the battery department.

Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is powered by 15Wh or around 2600mAh power battery inside, which is smaller than the 4325mAh power battery under the hood of Google’s tablet.

So in terms of battery life, this Toshiba tablet will not be as great as Google Nexus 7 and probably could survive only around a few hours (possibly 4 to 5 hours) for playing games intensively – i mean, like playing games in the row without stopping or without resting the screen at all -, especially the games with heavy graphics.

However, for the most parts outside playing games, this tablet is still more than capable to deliver a satisfying battery life to the users - probably around 10 hours for enjoying multimedia contents like watching movies, reading books/magazines, surfing the web, listening to music, checking emails, checking out photos -, and that’s an all-day-long battery life for sure.

The good thing is, Toshiba doesn’t do a lot of customizations on the UI and features of this tablet, so there’s no significant heavy load going on in the background (RAM).

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, similar just like my impression of Google Nexus 7 (2012), there’s no single doubt that Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is a good gaming tablet, if not the best - in terms of performance of course.

And not just for playing games, this Toshiba tablet will also be good for many other things, like watching movies, browsing the web, listening to music, reading contents, editing documents or even just checking emails, which is more than enough to convince tablet shoppers out there to purchase this device.

Not to mention, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 will also be good for taking photos or recording videos.

And that's thanks to its 5MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera that is already equipped with LED flash and autofocus supports.

When it comes to quality, then there’s nothing to brag about on the camera of this device, especially compared to other 7-inch rivals like iPad mini, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Samsung 7-inch slates or even Xiaomi Mi Pad.

However, it’s good to see that Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is well-prepared in its camera sector with a complete set of features, especially with the autofocus and LED flash, which is really vital these days especially for those who have hobby in capturing photos/videos in low-light condition or at night.

Unfortunately, there is one downside found on this tablet. And that is in its battery department.

Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is only powered by 15Wh battery capacity or around 2600mAh (with the assumption that 24Wh = 3250mAh).

And this is considered as really small for a 7.7-inch device like tablet.

So in terms of battery life, this tablet might not be as strong as other 7-inch rivals out there, especially the ones with Tegra 3 SoC – like Google Nexus 7 (4325mAh) or HP Slate 7 Plus (4000mAh).

And this will impact directly to its battery life when playing games, which probably will breath its last breathe around 4 to 5 hours, or probably less than that, given its power-hungry Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

But other than that, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is still a decent Android tablet.

It’s great for watching movies, browsing the web, reading books/magazines, listening to music, checking emails, taking photos/videos, editing documents and the most importantly, playing games.

To end this review, i’ll try to answer some of my questions i asked previously above in ‘introduction’ section:
  1. Yes – of course. Thanks to the Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is more than good as a media-consumption and even gaming tablet, if not the best. And the good thing is, this tablet is sporting the 720p resolution on its 7.7-inch display, which looks pretty sharp for enjoying multimedia contents.
  2. Yes – this tablet is still relevant to be positioned alongside other 7-inch rivals on today’s tablet market. However, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 should be compared with other mid-end tablets like Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7/8.0, HP Slate 7 Plus, Kindle Fire 7 HD, OG iPad mini and any other 7-inchers in mid-end tablet category, not the high-end one.
  3. I’ve got to say, no. And that’s mainly because of its small battery capacity. I mean, compared to other Tegra 3 tablets – like Google Nexus 7 (2012) or HP Slate 7 Plus – the battery capacity inside this Toshiba tablet is really small. And moreover, Tegra 3 quad-core processor is considered as a power hungry processor, with 4-core CPU handling the entire performance. So as a result, the battery life of this tablet will not be as great as Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus, which both pack much bigger battery inside. However, put its battery life aside, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is still a decent media-consumption and even gaming tablet.

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