Reviews and Problems with Asus VivoTab Smart (ME400C)
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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: Despite having the lowest price among Windows 8 tablets , the Asus VivoTab does not skimp when it comes to hardware features and performance. Inside this tablet, you’ll find the same high quality components that are used throughout all current Windows 8 tablets. The 10.1 inch display is pretty respectable even though it only has a 1366×768 resolution.
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
Summary: ASUS' VivoTab Smart has some things going for it. It features a crisp display, long battery life and the ability to run both modern-style Windows 8 apps and traditional desktop apps for the same price as the more limited Micorsoft Surface with Windows RT. Plus, for $499, you get 64GB of storage, which is double the 32GB $499 Acer Iconia W510. (The 64GB version of the W510 costs $579.
Pros: Long-lasting battery, Impressive camera app, Very aggressive price, Twice the storage of competing Windows 8 tablets
Cons: Plastic design, Desktop apps can be slow to open, Lacks full-size USB port, Keyboard and cover not lap friendly
Summary: The Asus VivoTab Smart is absolutely not for everyone. If it’s a bargain you want, get a £159 Google Nexus 7. If it’s smarts and sexy looks, you can nab an iPad mini for just £269. But there’s still an audience out there, who ever since day one have been calling for a tablet that will let you install whatever you want, run desktop apps and play Flash. Are you one of these people?
Conclusion: For those holding out for a full Windows 8 tablet that’s capable of running regular Windows 8 programmes, the Asus VivoTab Smart is what you are looking for. With an LTE version available as well (not tested here), as far as Windows 8 tablets go, the VivoTab Smart is a very decent offering. It comes in at a not too bad price of R7 000.
Pros: Beautiful screen, Well built, A pleasure to hold, Decent battery life