Reviews and Problems with Asus VivoTab Smart (ME400C)
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ASUS VivoTab Smart: Review
17 June 2013
Summary: The ASUS VivoTab Smart is an interesting and fairly powerful tablet, certainly with a good balance between quality and price. Ideal for everyday use, and Web browsing, e-mail, access to social networks, photos and video playback, but not suitable for heavier tasks, such as editing, where the limits...
Pros: Front camera, support 3G, GPS, magnetic keyboard, NFC module, Autonomy, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, rear camera 8 MP, Windows 8, LTE Support.
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.
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.
Summary: On the other hand, ASUS did cut some corners to achieve such an aggressive price. The design is plasticky, and you won't find a full-size USB port. And while the optional $129 TranSleeve Keyboard can come in handy, it's not as convenient as a dock that feels more secure in your lap.
Summary: The Asus VivoTab Smart is slim and portable, has good screen colours and runs on the full version of Windows 8, letting you install any software you want. Its Atom processor won't let you tackle intense tasks like photo editing without complaining, but it'll handle the day-to-day essentials...
Pros: Slim, portable design; Runs full-fat Windows 8; Affordable price; Decent screen colours; Good performance for the price.
Pros: Excellent general specs, 8MP camera, full Windows 8, In terms of apps, Windows 8's Start screen is still the poor relation of the iPad . But the breadth of apps available in the Windows Store is getting better, and there are now plenty of apps from big names such as Amazon, AudioBoo and Dropbox. ...
Cons: Processor slow, Ports problematic, Could be brighter, But because of its lack of poke, this isn't that Holy Grail Windows 8 tablet we were hoping for – a tablet that can be used as a multi-purpose main PC. But it really is just the processor that is holding the ME400 back. But perhaps we're expec...
Conclusion: Good to see the full version of Windows 8 on a standard tablet, and the better-than-average camera will probably appeal to some. But while it comes in at a reasonable price, the Microsoft Surface RT offers a better screen, more powerful processor and its own kickstand for around the same price, and...
Pros: Wired: Slim design, full Windows 8, 8 megapixel camera and 2 megapixel camera
Cons: Tired: Screen not full HD, processor a bit underpowered
Conclusion: There's so much to consider here that it's almost enough to make your head melt. First, there's the price - £400 is reasonable for a tablet, especially one as flexible as this. At the same time though, laptops are cheaper and offer more power.
Pros: Full Windows experience, compact and light, well-built, upgradable storage via microSD
Cons: Can be sluggish, not enough RAM, Windows 8 is confusing here and RT would have been simpler