Conclusion: We've reviewed quite a few tablets here at AVForums, the majority using the Android OS but a couple of iPads as well. They've varied in looks, design, specification and performance, ranging from the top draw iPad down to a sub £250 Toshiba AT300. As far as the £429 Asus VivoTab Smart is concerned, it sets itself apart in that it offers a full Windows 8 operating system.
Pros: Full Windows 8 operating system, 8MP rear camera, Light and comfortable to use, Cheap for a Windows 8 tablet
Cons: Low quality internal speakers, Low resolution screen, Frustrating to use without a bluetooth keyboard, No USB connection out of the box, Build quality could be better
ASUS VivoTab Smart ME400 10.1 inch Windows 8 Tablet Review
6 May 2013
Summary: The ASUS VivoTab Smart ME400 Tablet is running Windows 8, this gives the ASUS VivoTab Smart a great selection of applications. Actually it is pretty much anything will run in a Windows environment. Toss in the battery life that we experienced and the increased portability of the 10.1″ size and the ASUS VivoTab Smart is great alternative to an ultrabook and a great tablet overall!
Summary: Well, there you have it. I think the VivoTab Smart may be the first serious Windows 8-powered competitor to Android- and iOS-based tablets.
Asus VivoTab Smart – the best of Transformer coupled with Intel and Windows 8
28 April 2013
Conclusion: The biggest advantage the VivoTab has over the competition is that even though it’s got a good quality build and top of the line hardware inside (well, if you don’t count the Surface Pro with its Core i5 CPU… and 3 hour battery life), it is still very cheap – you can get it for only $499, the same price you’d pay for an iPad or Android tablet. For the specs and Windows 8, that’s a great price – it finally makes the OS a contender for the average user.
Excerpt: The VivoTab Smart is a Windows tablet that seems to offer it all. This is a full unhindered Windows 8 device that’s somehow managed to come in both lighter and cheaper than its iPad equivalent plus it’ll let you run all your desktop apps and has a battery that lasts a full working day. However if that’s left you scrambling for a pen and asking ‘Where do I sign up?’ can we humbly suggest holding that thought for a moment – there are still quite a few caveats here.
Pros: Full Windows 8 OS lightweight design 7-hour battery life.
Cons: Netbook level performance only 33GB usable storage.
Conclusion: Compared to the competition, the Asus VivoTab Smart, at $500, is on the inexpensive side for Windows 8 tablets. That’s a very un-netbook-like price, though. And if you’re going to use the tablet for real work, you’ll need to shell out another $100 for the keyboard and cover. The balance between performance and portability is tipped a little too far to the latter’s side for something at this price.
Pros: Light, comfortable to hold, solid build, Less expensive than the competition, Runs full Windows 8 and older programs, Long battery life
Cons: No full USB input port, Underpowered Atom processor, Cameras unimpressive
ASUS VivoTab Smart review: a good, inexpensive Windows 8 tablet
20 February 2013
Summary: In absolute terms, the VivoTab Smart isn't our favorite low-powered hybrid (that would be the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2). But it's close. Hands down, this offers more bang for your buck than anything else you might be considering, what with its attractive design, relatively low price point and generous storage.
Pros: Pleasing design, Lots of built-in storage for the price, Good camera, Optional keyboard is easy to pack, comfortable to type on
Cons: Middling battery life, Optional cover isn't always sturdy when folded up as a stand