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
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.
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: 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.
Pros: Bright and vivid display, Long battery life with docking station, High-quality camera, Thin and light design
Cons: Sluggish SSD, Netbook-size keyboard, Touchpad doesn't yet support Windows 8 gestures, Limited app selection
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?
Conclusion: The Asus Vivo Tab TF810C is probably the best Atom-based Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptop we’ve looked at and, if you can live with its limited specs, the hybrid we would most recommend. Its beautiful IPS screen goes brighter than those of rivals, it’s nicely designed, offers good usability, and a full-size Wacom stylus. It also leads the pack when it comes to battery life, as it lasts up to a whopping 19 hours on a charge.
Pros: Stylish and metal-clad, Unmatched battery life, Brightest screen in class, Full-size Wacom stylus
Cons: Atom still performs poorly, No integrated stylus slot, No full-size SD card reader
Summary: The Asus Vivo Tab RT is a really portable device with loads of features, as well as some major power and the excellent keyboard dock. The Windows 8 RT OS is user friendly but does have a few odd quirks, and there need to be more apps available.
Pros: Quad-core processor; Bright, sharp responsive display; 64GB of expandable storage, along with SkyDrive; Dock offers double the battery life as well as a physical keyboard
Cons: A little awkward to type with dock; Windows 8 too simple and has the odd quirk; Shortage of decent apps as yet.
Excerpt: Asus comes to the Windows tablet party with a strong tablet pedigree, which is just one of many reasons I looked forward to seeing the Asus Vivo Tab RT. The company already has shown a talent for innovative design with its Transformer Pad series of Android tablets . The Vivo Tab RT handles many tasks well. But as a tablet —one of the first running Windows RT to reach my desk—it falls short of its Apple iPad and Google Android competition.