Conclusion: For a sub £300 Windows 8 tablet, the Asus VivoTab Note 8 has a lot to offer. The closest competitor with very similar specifications, the Dell Venue 8, doesn't offer a stylus out-of-the-box or have a handy little slot to keep it in either and the stylus is the big selling point here and what sets the tablet apart from the competition.
Pros: Excellent Wacom Stylus, Good value for money, Free Microsoft Office, Full Windows 8.1
Conclusion: Out of the latest group of Windows 8 slate tablets, the Asus VivoTab 8 distinguishes itself with a low price, and by including standard features that are options on competing tablets. These extra features help it to pull ahead of the pack to become our first Editors' Choice for entry-level Windows 8 slates.
Pros: Compact. Built-in storage for pressure-sensitive stylus. Has GPS/GLONASS support. 9 hours of battery life. Comes with MS Office Home and Student. Comes with carrying case. One-year warranty includes accidental damage.
Summary: Designed for note taking, the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 delivers a natural, realistic drawing experience with an onboard Wacom stylus that sets it apart from competing Windows 8 slates. The device also comes with an array of fun, useful apps that will boost your creativity. Unfortunately, its below-average battery life and poorly placed Windows button diminish our enthusiasm for this tablet.
Pros: Good stylus performance, Useful included-software, Quality speakers
Cons: Poor button location, Heftier than competing slates, Below-average battery life
Summary: The Asus VivoTab Note 8 is one of a slew of inexpensive Windows 8.x tablets coming to market. In its current iteration, the device represents a solid content-consumption product for consumers, or as a business unit for workers to read and respond to emails, surf the Web, or read documents during commute or travel times.
Excerpt: Samsung has dominated when it comes to stylus tablets, thanks to its ever-expanding glut of Galaxy Note devices (bolstered this month by the spangly new mega-sized Note Pro 12.2 ). They’re great Android devices for keeping productive or creative on the move, rocking the brilliant S-Pen for precise interactions. Now Asus wants in on the action, with the VivoTab Note 8.
Pros: Long battery life, Slick stylus control, Full Windows 8.1
Cons: Screen is too dim, Performance stutters, No HDMI
Summary: Alles in Allem hat uns das ASUS VivoTab Note 8 relativ gut gefallen. Gerade im Vergleich zum etwa gleich teueren Toshiba Encore oder dem Lenovo Miix 2 kann es natürlich durch den Wacom Digitizer und den integrierten Stylus punkten. Akkulaufzeit und Performance haben uns ebenfalls relativ gut gefallen. Hervorzuheben ist auch das vergleichsweise helle Display.