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
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?
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. Has Asus successfully implanted laptop-class, x86 hardware into a 10.1″ tablet form factor?
Conclusion: Were you just looking for a tablet and not a convertible netbook-like device, then the £399.99 VivoTab Smart ME400 has an awful lot going for it. It’s well-designed, nicely balanced, has a great screen and feels fast enough for anything bar serious gaming and media creation. It doesn’t have the wow factor or rock-solid build of the Surface RT, but then it’s running a 'proper' Windows OS that doesn’t have the quirks or limitations of Windows RT.
Pros: Fine screen, Good design and build quality, Runs Windows 8 not Windows RT, Excellent value
Cons: Jerky frame-rates on 3D games, Average battery life
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 perfectly well.
Pros: Slim, portable design, Runs full-fat Windows 8, Affordable price, Decent screen colours, Good performance for the price