ASUS VivoTab Smart

80
Engadget
Score
80

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ASUS VivoTab Smart review: a good, inexpensive Windows 8 tablet

Summary

For people who want a relatively inexpensive device running full Windows 8, the VivoTab Smart offers far and away the best value.

Pros
  • Pleasing design
  • Lots of built-in storage for the price
  • Good camera
  • Optional keyboard is easy to pack, comfortable to type on
Cons
  • Middling battery life
  • Optional cover isn't always sturdy when folded up as a stand
ASUS VivoTab Smart review: a good, inexpensive Windows 8 tablet
More Info ASUS outs VivoTab Smart with Type Cover-esque keyboard cover ASUS VivoTab Smart hands-on (video) ASUS Vivo Tab Smart comes to the UK as the ME400, priced at £399 We've been rather busy cranking out reviews lately, and we've got all the usual PC makers to thank. Similar to how we spent 2011 reviewing various Android tablets, we're now facing an onslaught of laptop / tablet hybrids, most of them running full Windows 8 and chugging along on low-powered Clover Trail processors promising epic battery life. So far, we've tested models from Acer, HP, Lenovo and Samsung. But our review cycle wouldn't be complete without ASUS -- after all, the company was selling its Transformer tablets before keyboard docks were even a thing. Today we're taking a look at the VivoTab Smart, a $499 tablet offered with an optional Bluetooth keyboard and a thin, magnetically attached cover that doubles as a stand. (Yes, with four different color options, it looks kind of like that Smart Cover.) But that's only part of the story: this is also shaping up to be a fantastic bargain for people who want a relatively inexpensive device running full Windows 8. Think about it: for $499 you get a device with 64GB of built-in storage (not 32, but 64), an IPS display, 9.7mm-thick design and an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video. Not bad at all for a device at that price. So is it as nice in person as it is on paper? Mostly.
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Breakdown

Battery life
8.0
Speed and features
8.0
Portability (size / weight)
8.0
Display
8.0
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Specs

VivoTab

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
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VivoTab

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
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