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The Nextbook Ares 11 is a tablet hybrid worth skipping (pictures)

The Wal-Mart exclusive starts under $200 and comes with a dockable keyboard.

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It's easy to pass on this Nextbook

For less than $200, this tablet comes with a keyboard. Is it too good to be true?

Partially. Take a closer look at the Nextbook Ares 11 by clicking through the slideshow and read the full review for all of the details.

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Separate, but equal

The Ares 11 can be used as a standalone tablet, but it works best with the keyboard.

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Just push it

The keyboard easily comes off by pressing the button at the top.

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Smooth finish

The back of the tablet features a smooth matte finish that almost feels like suede.

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Ports-a-plenty

The tablet houses many ports, and the keyboard adds two more USB 2.0 ports to the list.

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A writer's perspective

Though the keyboard is a great addition, its functionality leaves a lot to be desired.

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All of the lights

The keys don't light up, but the blue plastic around them does.

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Props for the propped angle

When open like a laptop, the Ares 11 keyboard slightly lifts. This creates a comfortable typing angle.

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All together now

When closed, the Ares 11 is a bit chunky, like a netbook. Remember those?

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Pretty profile

The blue accents give the Ares 11 a fashionable look.

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Back buttons

The power, home and volume buttons are located on the back of the top edge of the laptop.

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Small and functional keys

The keyboard is a bit crammed, but typing was still easy. The addition of the touchpad is a nice...touch.

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