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.
Summary: The battle begins. The Microsoft Surface RT was the first device that introduced the world to the newest version of Windows and the first one to run on the ARM architecture. Asus is well known in the industry to make the best quality tablets other than Apple. Asus is hoping this to be another feather in their cap.
Pros: Precise touchscreen, Workmanship / choice of materials, Work speed, Battery life, Bright screen, The maximum brightness enables outdoor use. The tablet mutates to a permanent companion due to its robust build and size.
Cons: No digitizer pen, Current price, Full-sized USB port only in dock or via adapter, A digitizer pen for handwritten inputs like in the case of Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 would complete the bundle
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: It turns out that when I wished for an Asus Transformer Pad Infinity running the new version of Windows, I was half-right. I love the idea of the convertible form factor, and the fact that the Vivo Tab feels like both a tablet and a laptop. But it's not a great example of either: the tablet has some build quality issues, and the whole laptop element is subpar because a 10.1-inch laptop doesn't work.
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
Summary: Overall, the $599 ASUS Vivo Tab RT is a very good Windows RT tablet and certainly a viable Microsoft Surface alternative. The Vivo is not only lighter and thinner than Microsoft's slate, but boasts a very bright display and a keyboard dock that adds endurance. The Vivo Tab also has sharper front and back cameras.
Excerpt: Asus was making full touchscreen tablets with optional keyboard docks before it was cool. They did it with Google’s Android, and now they’re doing it with Microsoft’s Windows. One of their first Windows-powered creations is the Asus VivoTab RT LTE . It comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display and can be attached to a separate keyboard dock for easier typing and extended battery life. Just how good—or bad—is this attempt at yet another Windows RT tablet?