Asus VivoTab Smart - Tablet Review

A Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet

WINDOWS 8 TABLETS have yet to find their niche. It’s difficult, after all, to be more expensive than Apple’s evercool iPad, yet less usable than an inexpensive laptop.

Asus VivoTab Smart - Tablet Review

The Asus VivoTab Smart, however - a slim little 10.1-inch tablet with a Clover Trail processor - is relatively cheap. It starts at just $499, and that includes 64GB of built-in storage. It also runs the full version of Windows 8, which means you don't have to settle for Windows RT.

But compare it to a low powered Ultrabook, and it's toast, though it's moderately powerful for a tablet. Battery life is good and long - 7 hours, 36 minutes in our tests.

The $499 price tag doesn't include the VivoTab’s accessories: a Smart Cover-esque magnetic screen protector that folds into a stand, and a separate Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad. Those extras cost an additional $130.

The VivoTab has a solid polycarbonate back in white, black, or red, plus a 10.1-inch touchscreen. With a maximum thickness of about 0.38 inch, it weighs a mere 1.28 pounds, and the accessories add little weight or thickness.

Ports and slots are pretty limited — it is a tablet, of course — but it offers Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and an NFC chip. The screen has excellent off-axis viewing angles but lacks brightness.

The VivoTab Smart is both extremely portable and very usable, and the full Windows 8 OS is a welcome bonus.

Asus VivoTab Smart specifications

Operation systemWindows 8
CPU / ModemIntel® Atom™ Z2760 Dual-core
Dimension / Weight262.5 (W) x 171 (D) x 9.7 (H) mm / 580g Color: Black/White/Red
Memory / StorageRAM: 2GB / Internal Storage: 64GB 32G / 3 Years ASUS WebStorage
Connectivity / Network802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0
Display10.1“ Ratio: 16:9 ( 1366x768 ) LED Backlit screen with 178° wide viewing angle IPS panel
Camera8MP, F2.2, Lens: 5P, Auto-focus (rear) with LED flash, 2 MP(front) with LED indicator 1080p video recording
Interface2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in) 1 x Micro HDMI 1 x Micro SD Card Reader (support SDXC compatible card) Internal Microphone Dual Speaker with SonicMaster Audio Technology 1 x Micro USB
BatteryTablet : 25Wh 9.5* hours Li-polymer
SensorG-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, NFC


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