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.
Summary: The compatible one. No matter whether iOS, Android or Windows RT, all operating systems have their quirks when it comes to the compatibility with the standard Windows 7 or Windows 8 versions. Asus' VivoTab Smart might eliminate these restrictions owing to Intel's Atom CPU and Windows 8.
Pros: Bright, viewing angle stable and high-contrast screen, Good touch features with reliable feedback, Good battery life, Far-reaching Windows compatibility, Windows 8 on a tablet. That works quite well and is as functional as a Swiss pocketknife.
Cons: Fiddly micro interfaces, Hardware button with moderate feedback, Partly outdated performance for Windows 8, Matching cords and adapters for the micro interfaces. Also, the graphics solution for Windows 8 could have a bit more power and above all a better compatibility.
Asus VivoTab Smart (ME400C) Windows 8 Tablet Review
11 April 2013
Excerpt: Want a tablet but struggling to justify the laptop-like price tag? Want a laptop but thinking that the larger size could be an inconvenience? Asus aims to make those problems a thing of the past with its best-of-both-worlds VivoTab Smart (ME400C) ‘hybrid’ tablet.
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...