Reviews and Problems with Asus Vivo Tab RT / RT LTE (TF600T)
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Asus Vivo Tab RT review
7 January 2014
Summary: When I reviewed the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity , one of the best Android tablets available, I ended with this: "If you want one device that's both a tablet and a laptop, I'd wait a few weeks to see what Windows 8 has in store." I said something similar about the Transformer Pad , and about the PadFone . Asus's modular strategy works reasonably well with Android, but seems tailor-made to fit how Windows 8 works.
Pros: Light, thin form factor, Excellent battery life, Above-average speaker
Cons: Windows RT has some serious flaws, Keyboard and trackpad are too small, App ecosystem is basically non-existent
Excerpt: ASUS’s rendition of Windows RT shows what Microsoft got so right, and so very, very wrong with the Windows RT. It’s not like ASUS is trying to hide VivoTab RT, in fact, it’s one of the only Windows RT devices that is really making a go of it in the United States. Samsung never offered its ATIV Windows RT tablet state-side, and just pulled it from Europe as well… due to slow sales. Look, we’ll keep this one brief.
Pros: Excellent multitasking, refined hardware, great Transformer dock performance.
Cons: Windows RT’s walled garden limitations, multitasking hampered by desktop app ban.
Summary: The ASUS VivoTab RT isn’t the absolute best Windows RT tablet on the market, but it’s a pretty darn good one. You’ve probably noticed by now my repeated references to the Surface. While it might not be fair to repeatedly refer back to the other device, Microsoft has really used it to set the standard for Windows tablets. It is, however, a big tablet, thanks to its 10.6-inch screen.
The Windows 8 Tablet Review: Acer Iconia W510 vs ASUS VivoTab RT
25 December 2012
Conclusion: Considering all of the positive and negative aspects of both of these tablets, it is quite evident that Windows 8 is a touch operating system and should only be experienced with a touch environment. I personally did not like Windows 8 until I started to use it with these two tablets, and since then I have grown to love it even more than Windows 7.
Conclusion: Before we get into the nitty gritty, we’d like to point out that Asus is offering a special promotion on the VivoTab RT , which enables any buyer of the tablet to get the keyboard dock for free. Yes folks, you heard that right! If you pick up the tablet before the end of the year (December 31st, 2012), you’ll be able to nab it au gratis! All in all, it’s really giving the Surface RT a good run for its money.
Pros: Sleek and sturdy design, Better camera performance than the Surface RT, Convertible design, Phenomenal battery life with the keyboard dock
Summary: The VivoTab RT is one sweet little system. It's remarkably thin and light even with the keyboard dock attached, and both components combine solid build quality with a certain elegance. They gel nicely, too; the tablet and dock can be attached and separated with ease, and the accompanying OS does a good job of switching between environments suited to each configuration.
ASUS VivoTab RT review: everything you loved about the Transformer tablets, but with Windows
26 October 2012
Summary: For better and worse, the VivoTab RT replicated everything we loved and didn't love about the company's Android-based Transformer tablets. This, too, is exceptionally thin, light and easy to hold, with long battery life and a good camera. Still, the fact that ASUS hasn't changed the layout on its keyboard dock means you'll have to brace yourself for a cramped typing experience -- which is a shame since Microsoft's own Surface tablet is offered with not one, but two...
Conclusion: Asus has made a great tablet with a decent keyboard dock, but it’s hampered by Windows RT, which is just too new of an operating system to be of great value to most of you. There just aren’t enough apps or software that can run on this tablet, leaving you to mostly use the Web browser, which is also harmed by the fact that RT can’t install browser plugins.
Pros: Great battery life, Solid hardware construction, Powerful specs, Comes with Microsoft Office, Keyboard dock works well
Cons: Windows RT lacks software, Random shutdown issues, Microsoft Office not touch friendly, Windows button difficult to press, Windows RT not ready for prime time yet
Conclusion: Viewed within a vacuum, the VivoTab RT is a strong first effort from ASUS as part of the new Windows tablet push. It’s a conservative and mature design that has proven itself in the marketplace. It’s a thin tablet with a clean, modern aesthetic that doesn’t push the boundary much. A high quality IPS display, solid performance, decent camera, a well-designed laptop dock, good battery life that becomes awesome when you include the dock - really, there isn’t too much wrong...