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 of the processor you are definitely filling. Outstanding photo department, perfect connectivity, interesting NFC module.
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. 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
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.
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. We exhaustively tested how well this works.
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.
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 with the full fat Windows 8 Surface Pro coming soon, the VivoTab Smart has got its work cut out.
Pros: Wired: Slim design, full Windows 8, 8 megapixel camera and 2 megapixel camera
Cons: Tired: Screen not full HD, processor a bit underpowered
Asus VivoTab Smart (ME400C) Windows 8 Tablet Review
11 April 2013
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × 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: 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. And while Windows is usable on a touchscreen, the desktop elements found in Windows 8 - as opposed to RT - mean that it's inherently more fiddly to use at times, and you're likely to find yourself stuck without a keyboard or mouse.
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