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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Tablet --- Now I can get rid of my Desktop!

    Posted
    DeifiedTexan
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Absolutely a life changing device for me. I have to give up my office with the arrival of a baby boy. I fretted about this as I love my study but I really like my desktop computer in the study. My wise wife suggested I use one of our existing notebooks instead --- a no go for me. If I am sitting at a desk then I don't want to be on a laptop conversely for mobile use I am not a fan of notebooks due to the weight and battery life. I went to the Microsoft Store after watch all the microsoft commercials. I was hesitant as I had previously updated my desktop home computer to Windows 8 and what a hassle as I had to learn something new and different. I really liked the Windows Surface at the MS Store though --- Windows 8 was truly made for a tablet but the Surface ran Windows RT and if I lose my desktop then I would not be able to use my Windows programs (Quicken, etc)with the Surface. The Microsoft Rep told me that the Surface Pro was on the way but would weigh 2lbs and have a short battery life. No thanks. I came home and did some research and found the Asus Vivotab Smart which magically ran full Windows 8 on an Intel Atom processor. I was again hesitant as I had a netbook with an Atom processor years ago and it was slow. But the reviews were great on the Asus Vivotab Smart. So I bought it along with the cover and keyboard. Game charger. Its super fast and seamless. Plays movies without a hitch. The system is as fast as my eyes can watch the screen and fingers can swipe. Windows 8 is weird on a desktop but is by far the best tablet OS going. I liked my Ipad and wifes Andriod phone but they were toys to a certain extent. This has all the same features except that Windows 8 is more intuitive as a tablet than the Ipad and Android. Plus I can run my beloved Quicken and Microsoft Office, etc. I won't miss my desktop computer and office (save that is where I watched football). Pluses: - 9 hrs of battery life (I can confirm this) - Windows 8 is the ultimate tablet OS (use your thumbs) - weighs ~1.25lbs --- light - get the cover and keyboard --- the are a must, the keyboard is normal sized and the cover is a kickstand also - Screen is super clear and fresh --- viewing angles are great - Windows Metro/modern is great and it took getting this tablet for make me figure that out - Full Windows although I only find myself use quicken, office for the traditional windows programs - Take the dive and sign up for the integrated Microsoft experience: outlook.com email and use skydrive cloud for you storage which is free. I resisted this at first but once I switched over to outlook.com IMAP email and the cloud for "my documents" --- I realized I was stupid for waiting so long. - Thus Windows 8, outlook.com and skydrive synchs all my computers and tablets seamlessly with zero work. So with this tablet synched my email, music, documents, pictures, etc when I turned on the tablet for the first time and logged in with my email. - Kills complexity in my life. Now my computers, notebooks and this tablet are on the same synchronized platform even my background picture and passwords are the same. So I am going to sell my Ipad (never liked Itunes) and my wifes Andriod phone is on chopping block. Minuses: - The App store is still developing which is a bit of a hassle. Netflix and audible.com, fitbit are there but my wife wants the facebook app, pinterest (wife's request), skyward and a few others. - Apparently computer writers/reporters are fanboys of Apple and Google which will be a disservice as their readers will stay with those platforms instead of switching to Windows 8 tablets thus the App store may be slow to reach a critical mass of users. - Microsoft made a mistake with the Surface. Its beautiful but RT is limited compared to Windows they should have taken the Asus approach with full Windows 8 on a Intel Atom. This tablet is lighter, has the same battery life and all the windows goodies. - at $499 its more expensive than Androids although beats the pants off Apples considering you full Windows 8 - Does not come with Office installed Get this tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Tablet when Working

    Posted
    Cookie0910
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have been working on this tablet for a few days and I have enjoyed the experience when it is actually working. I have tested multiple tablets, from the iPad to the Galaxy tab and the Microsoft Surface, and all these tablets are great for their specific usage. For my personal taste, the Surface was nearly perfect for me, but I was interested in this product because of Windows 8 and price. The tablet has not disappointed when using the same programs as the Surface. It runs as smooth, or if anything, more fluidly than the Asus RT and Surface RT. This tablet has all the perks and more from the tablets with Win RT. I absolutely think this tablet can be a competitor to the high-priced market tablets ($499-$599). People are weary about Atom chips but in reality, if you are comfortable with the current tablets and don't actually do heavy computing, the Atom chip should be fine for you. This is the perfect college student tablet, and even work. At my job we used to use the iPad and a laptop for work, but I was able to replace both with the Surface but sometimes we needed Photoshop, Acrobat or Nitro, and that's what this tablet came in for and it has filled the spot. I have a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse, and Micro-HDMI hookup to this tablet for dual monitor and it hasn't skipped a beat, again when working correctly. Now for the bad of this tablet. At times the tablet does not register the touch interface and you need a cold reboot in order to use once again. Furthermore, the item has crashed on several apps when using them, such as Word, Excel, and a few Microsoft store apps. Though this should be fix soon by Asus BIOS updates. I consider Asus to be exceling in all consumer devices. The Asus Transformer, RT, and Smart are amazing tablets; the Zenbook matches the MBA. Moreover, after a day of updating, somehow the this tablet has less memory availability than the surface. As of writing this review, I have a bit more than 19.2 GB of free space. This issue can be tackled with in the inclusion of a MicroSD port and the integration of Skydrive with Windows 8. For me, Skydrive is 7 GB is enough to work with, but if you want a heavy media tablet, the 64gb SD card is a great solution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A+ for those in need of a bit more than a tablet

    Posted
    kuhzorkis
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    A testament to this product: I've had many (too many) electronics that I LOVE, but this is the first time I've hopped on here to write a review for one :) I purchased this 3 days ago and have to say that I am surprised at the negative reviews. ASUS must have gotten things together and fixed the issues with this tablet. Granted, it does take a bit to update, but be patient and you'll be rewarded. I picked this up primarily because I've had a Nexus 7, iPad, HP TouchPad, etc, etc, etc and I always found myself returning each because I didn't use it. No more! This little tablet gives me the nice "tablet" functionality (in all honesty, apps are still relatively scarce, but that will be rectified), while also allowing me to run desktop apps - the ONE thing that slim tablets have been missing. I am a graduate student and use SigmaPlot to run all my data analyses. It's a full stats, graphing, function-fitting program and it runs FLAWLESSLY. I would say it runs just as well (if not better) as my new MacBook Air runs it in Parallels with 2GB of RAM dedicated to it. Granted, you're not going to be running Photoshop or graphics intensive programs on it - even "Jetpack Joyride" shows framerate issues, but if you're looking to engage in tablet behavior with a little bit of light desktop use, ASUS has hit the nail on the head. Pros: Battery life is stellar at 9+ hours Nice IPS display USB OTG Expandable storage (a must, since Windows takes up about 30GB) Mini HDMI out Runs my desktop apps! Very solid build quality Perfect size for a tablet/PC Responsive touchscreen - except in Chrome (native Windows app) Cons: A little slow to update Graphics-intensive programs will not be your friend Few accessories (it's a bit bigger than the RT version, but I've managed to squeeze it into a case) A little on the quiet side - headphones are a must Pick up the Logitech 810 keyboard and a mouse and you're good to go!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great intermediate tablet for business

    Posted
    TravelerBusinessUser

    I purchased the ASUS ME400C Vivo Smart Tab about 6 weeks ago. I have taken the tablet on several business trips and overall, I believe it to be an excellent machine for business and some entertainment use. Performance specs are not great, limited storage and processing speed, but the tablet has performed flawlessly for me even compared to my high end laptop. I have Office 13 loaded, Adobe writer, and several other apps which all perform fine. Deleting factory installed software has been no problem either like on some android devices. The ME400C uses a full version of Win8. Some recent publications have slammed Win8 and I may agree that Win8 is not for non-touch screen machines. But I have to say, I really like Win8 on this tablet. It starts up and shuts down very, very fast which is a big plus allowing me to get it started, grab some quick data and shut it down during meetings. The 10.1 inch screen is a perfect compromise between an entertainment device and a productivity device. It's easy to use on an airplane, easy to carry around, but is large enough to actually work on with a keyboard. I purchased the ASUS keyboard but I didn't like the way it functioned as a protective case. I purchased a RooCase as stated on another review here and modified it slightly to be able to carry the keyboard around. I can deploy the keyboard when I want to but also use the functions of the case when only finger swiping is required. The screen is very good but I noticed it is less bright than other tablets. I only noticed this in the showroom. I have no complaints about it myself. Speaker volume is about the only complaint I have. Simple to correct by loading a different media player that boosts volume to 200% such as VLC Media Player. The number of Win8 games and apps is not great yet but this has not concerned me as I use it for business primarily. I use this tablet to compliment my main machine in the office by using cloud storage for my files which can be accessed from anywhere (over smartphone net connection). Overall, I really like this tablet. The price is right for me even though it lacks the performance of other tablets that cost twice as much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Value in a Windows Tablet

    Posted
    fmbma
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    This unit is currently the most reasonably priced Windows Tablet, and offers a satisfactory value for what you get. Surprisingly, the 64GB disk leaves enough room to install a fair number of programs and applications. The real issue is how practical the arrangement is. There are very few quality apps available for the tablet mode. To run it in desktop mode, the screen is almost too small to accurately touch small icons with your fingers. Buying the transleeve keyboard/cover gives you a real Windows tablet in a small, lightweight package. You have to decide if you can really work on a 10.1" screen. A more practical choice might be the Asus Vivobook x202e, which is a full featured 3 lb 11.6" touchscreen laptop that costs the same as the Vivotab without keyboard. Using the Smart, I've found the screen is very bright with excellent color rendition and clear fonts. It boots quickly, and the Atom processor is a vast improvement from previous Atoms. Mine does have a couple of problems. First, it does not readily establish a network connection resuming from sleep. About half the time I have to disable/enable the network adapter to get it to connect. Second, the sound volume and quality is awful, despite Asus' claims of superior sound. Sitting alone in a quiet bedroom, I have to crank the volume to 100% to hear a Netflix movie. Headphones are a must for most listening situations. There are positives too. The microSD slot can alleviate disk space limitations. A 64GB microSD card is under $60 now. Some Windows programs won't work with a removable drive. You can Google "symbolic links" to find a good workaround to this. You can also purchase a micro USB to female USB adapter for a few dollars to allow connection to some USB devices. If you really need to get work done and look at the screen for a few hours at a time, I would recommend the vivobook x202e. But if you want a minimal package that allows you to work at lunch or in a coffee shop, the Vivotab Smart #with the keyboard# is a great solution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best mobile devices I've ever used.

    Posted
    LearnFilms
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I've owned multiple devices starting with a Palm, then original iPhone and 3Gs, iPad, several Android phones and tablets, as well as Apple and Windows based desktop products. I switched to Android for mobile and Windows for desktop (moved away from Apple) and was REALLY happy. Then I got my Asus VivoTab Smart and, for me anyway, it was a game changer. This is by far the best tablet, and probably the best mobile device, that I've ever used. The capabilities are just amazing it's a FANTASTIC tablet and a VERY GOOD netbook class device. All Metro apps I've tried have worked flawlessly. Most desktop apps have also worked flawlessly, including GIMP, LibreOffice, Mixcraft 6, Google Chrome, etc... Because this is basically a netbook (as far as desktop apps are concerned) some of them take a few seconds longer to launch or a bit longer to process.. but for heavy processing I have my desktop machine. There are some things that will not run, like Google Earth.. it's so slow that it's not even useable. For all the stuff I use my current laptop for, I can definitely use this machine instead. In fact, this weekend I am posting both my laptop and Android tablet on Craigslist as this device replaced them both for me. The device isn't perfect.. if you want to play desktop games (more than extremely basic ones) then this isn't the device for you. If you're going to be doing heavy graphical stuff or heavy processing then it's also probably not the device for you. If you want to be able to use pretty much any Metro apps as well as Office, web browsing, photo editing, basic video editing, etc.. then this device is definitely worth a look. I debated between this and the Surface (simply because it's faster), but I much prefer the VivoTab form factor and for what I did on my laptop and tablet (prior to buying this) I could not justify another $400 to $500 for the surface. I definitely am 100% sure I made the right choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Stable and Affordable Windows 8 Tablet

    Posted
    kmmtt123
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Pros: Battery Life Display Size Processor NFC Micro HDMI Micro USB Weight (580 Grams) Full windows 8 Build quality 64 Gb emmc Cons: Speaker volume could have been higher, but its still acceptable based on the compact form factor. Full USB port would have been better but not a deal breaker I initially got an Acer Iconia W510 and was fed up of the constant crashing/driver issues with the device and returned it. 1. Build Quality Checked this tab in while surfing for windows 8 tablets and i liked its build quality and features that are mentioned in pro's list here (Acer tablet had a lot of flex on the back plastic cover). As expected the tab feels really sturdy with no signs of flex no matter how you hold it. 2. Battery Life The battery life of tablet is great, i can go through full day (approx. 9 hrs of usage) without any problems.My use involves web surfing, videos, music, games etc (I use this for entertainment mostly) 3. Performance Intel Atom serves for most needs, dont expect Heavy lifting programs like adobe photoshop to run very smooth but other than that for daily needs it works well even while multi tasking. I ususally have multiple apps open and switch between them constantly, the experience goes without a hitch. You can have multiple browsers/tabs open and it would work great, the 2GB RAM complements well with the atom processor and does not show any signs of slowdown in day to day use of Office, Videos, Music, Web Browsing, reading, Games from Windows store etc and also since this is intel powered, you get all the goodies of pugins to browser in desktop mode. 4. Stability The first thing you should do when getting this tablet is update it, Asus Live is a good client to get updates related to drivers and you would see many windows updates which are very critical stabilty and power updates, these updates also include updates to make the microsoft store work better. Once you get up to date, there are no stability/driver issues and the tablet works well, Ive been using this for around a week and i did not see any crash or any driver issue. Its very stable and works really well. Hope this review was helpful for people thinking of purchasing this tablet. I definitely recommend this product. Thanks

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does What I Need it to do and More!

    Posted
    MikeCgocowboys
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I was initially worried about this tablet as it was panned as a tablet that couldn't play games and what I wanted was a tablet that could handle some business and games on the road. I initially thought I was going to have to spring for the Pro but I thought I'd try this one out first and see what it can do and it does what I need. First off, it handles the basics well. It runs Office, you can surf the internet and you can listen to movies and music. The mystery was games and I like the RTS and turn based strategy based and 2 of my favorites in particular are the Stronghold Collection and Civilization IV. To my surprise, the tablet runs them great - no lag - just perfect although I would suggest a Bluetooth mouse or the transleeve keyboard for ease of use of the games. So if you like some of the older games and you were holding off over its capabilities - then don't hold back. It has turned out to be a nice surprise and it's a keeper and I can save the $400 for the Pro. I will say, it will not tackle the current shooters and Civ V if you want to run those but for the ones I like, it's great. The bad is how they situated the speaker only on one side - seemed like they should have put one in on the other side as the one sounds good but it throws you off being on only one side of the tablet. Just use headphones - they sound great. As for storage, buy a 64GB Micro SD card and put your movies, music, photos on the card and save the internal storage for programs. If you're wandering how to load CD games, setup your DVD drive on your laptop at home as a shared read only drive and use that to load games over your wireless network at home. The USB port is for charging only. I couldn't get it to work with other USB devices even through a hub. Overall, this thing is cool and is going to make traveling both productive and fun especially with the transleeve which I have to buy from another company since Best Buy doesn't seem to carry it - unfortunately, BB, you just missed out on another $130. I suggest you give this tablet a test drive before you spend a lot on others if you're not looking for heavy, heavy computing or to run recent run games that need 1GB graphic cards. Good job ASUS!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A real Windows 8 Tablet

    Posted
    Suppin
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    Asus has released a great package with the vivotab smart. I was originally waiting around for the Microsoft Surface Pro. After it was released I became disenchanted. It was very heavy (holding it with one hand was not comfortable), and the battery life was low. It was indeed a full ultrabook without the keyboard, and it was a brilliant piece of engineering, but as a tablet there are concerns that need to be handled. I needed a different set of engineering compromises. I needed the VivoTab Smart. The VivoTab Smart is built on a different set of compromises. The focus here is battery life, and weight. It weighs less than an Ipad 3 (and is actually more comfortable to use than my ipad due to the weight). It also has a good enough battery life (8 hours). This means it functions fantastically as a tablet. Well an indoor tablet. The screen is good, but not quite bright enough for easy outdoor use. So it does lose a point there. So how does the VivoTab Smart work as a windows 8 machine? Well... it's slow. It feels responsive enough, but make no mistake... but try to do something cpu intensive, like re-encode video, and you'll feel exactly how slow the cpu is. That said if this is a "competent" computer for most tasks. There are a few complaints online about he resolution of the machine #1366x768#. Let me tell you know. The resolution is _great_ for this machine. The reason why it is "great" is Windows. Windows is _really_ bad at scaling text, and trust me you don't want to try to hit those tiny little icons, and read tiny text at 1920x1080 resolution #Surface Pro resolution#. Until windows redoes scaling, 1366x768 will work just fine for me in a 10 inch tablet thank you very much. In conclusion this is one of the first full fledged Windows 8 Tablets. It is a mixed bag but mostly good, and some bad, but certainly one of the best buys in a full fledged tablet. Pros + Weight + Battery life + Form Factor + Screen Resolution #great for windows# + Full Windows 8 + Very good value Cons - Screen Brightness - CPU speed # or lack there of # - Screen Resolution #low res for video though#

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very capable tablet.

    Posted
    MrWhistles

    This tablet is great. I did what everyone else seems to do when they buy this. I spent my first hour going through all of the windows/asus updates. Once I finally got some time to play with it I installed spotify and steam. Basic steam games like FTL and 1,000,000 for instance run great. I feel like I don't have to compromise with most software. If you want chrome then go to chrome.com and install the PC version of chrome. It's that simple. Tablets like the Surface Pro and the Iconia W7 have the Intel HD 4000 GPU (same as a base 13" Macbook Pro for reference) and so I'm sure would cover more in the realm of games but I'd imagine that both tablets handle most every day software just fine. I never thought I'd say this but even Android feels constrained now that I have access to a desktop OS on a tablet. There are two classes of windows 8 tablets right now: Atom based and "Core i" based. The tablets in the same class as this one (Atom based) have the exact same CPU,GPU, etc but this tablet is around $100 cheaper but I'm not quite sure there really is a compromise that comes with the smaller price tag. If you are in the market for a tablet then skip the android/iPad tablets and pick one of these up. Just be ready to jump in and start learning how to use Windows 8. But don't be scared. It's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Also, do yourself a favor and grab a capacitive stylus. I bought a "iFrogz - Stylus - Black" from my local Best Buy for $17. Works perfectly fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent TABLET worth every penny!

    Posted
    TroofTella
    • My Best Buy® Member

    If what you are looking for is a tablet or an On The Go Computer, look no further! If you are seriously trying to use this as a primary means for all your computing needs, BUY A LAPTOP! The Operating is Excellent, and unlike RT you're able to install anything that you'd be able to install on a regular working computer.. without Jailbreaking or Rooting! I'll admit that the speaker design is a bit of a miss.. but what tablet out there boasts excellent sound quality? I'm sure most People out there are going to be using head phones anyways! This tablet comes with 64gb of flash memory space and has an SD card slot that is expandable for up to an additional 64gb (more with futur SD development) and just like the Ipad you have a "Cloud" service that will provide even more space (up to 32gb online). For as little as $3, you can purchase a Micro USB host cable, and link directly to an external drive of your choosing! If you are unhappy with this tablet, than i doubt you'd be happy with any other tablet bearing a window's 8/RT logo.. but dont fault ASUS for your dislike in the OS.. simply chose a tablet with one that suits you! If you are shopping for a tablet, expect a tablet.. if you want more than what this puppy can offer... then you're not looking a tablet..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Could be Great

    Posted
    hardyV
    • My Best Buy® Member

    i read a lot of good thinks about this machine and so i bought it. the first downer was not being able to transferr files from my computer via a usb, but after spending a long time with a chat line support i was told to put my data (photos, files programs etc) first on a mico sd card then install this card in the tablet and copy them into it. OK, not nice, but i did it and bought a micro sd card, so i can install a legacy programm into the windows 8 tablet. to my surprise the 20 year ole lotus approach data base worked great in wi8ndows 8! so the part of being able to use old / legacy programs is correct true and great!!! BUT GOING ON LINE really sucks, it is only possibler as long as i am near my router in the house, we have a comunity wifi system that shows 5 bars on my old notebook and it is so weak in the tablet you can not even connect to it. After doing some googeling and research i am sorry to say that this is not the only new windows tablet with this problem, it seams like they all have the same problem of bad wifi recocnition! so what is to do? it will work fine if in your home, near your own router, but don't go to a hotel and axpect a signal. i hope the manufacturers cure this with better equipment soon, since i will have to return this product and will not buy another one untill i read good things about the wifi reception, THAT will then become MY windows 8 tablet. The idea is GREAT, the tablet seams to be Great as well, windows 8 is totally differenty then any other windows and you will be lost, BUT i found a free program called 'Classic Shell' that lets you use it just like windows 7 and bingo you find everything again:)!!! My Vertict is that i would have LOVED this to work for me, but the bad wifi in all of them makes me wait for better products in the future! Sorry to give you this downer, but it is true, cost me 3 days of agrevation before i gave up. hope that helps Hardy Florida PS. BEST BUY has nothing to do with this and is a great store!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lighter than IPad 4

    Posted
    CJinOC

    Kudos to Asus for entering the Windows 8 world. This 10 inch tablet is very light weight and looks great. It is barely longer in length than an Ipad but shorter in width and thinner than the IPad. This is full Windows 8 and not RT. It comes with a micoUSB and microSD slots. My only complaints would be lack of stylus support, port sizes, and no 3G/4G option, but for the price this is a great deal. The screen quality is great comparable to IPad 2 but does not compare side by side to a IPad 4 Retina display. I would definitely recommend an accidental warranty as since this is lighter, it does not feel as sturdy as an IPad. The 64GB hard drive is really a 33GB hard drive because of the space Windows 8 consumes. You can use Adobe Photoshop on here which takes about 10 seconds to open up. There is also a magnetic keyboard option for this tablet but is not yet sold through Best Buy at the time of this review. The 10.1 inch alternatives are the Dell Latitude 10 which offer full USB and SD slots and swappable battery or the Levono Thinkpad 2 which offers a stylus but has USB issues; both of these are more expensive and heavier than an IPad but offer 3G/4G support.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Such a disappointment

    Posted
    StillSearchingforaTablet
    • My Best Buy® Member

    It's lightweight, feels lighter than an iPad 4. The screen for not being retina (Apple, Nexus 10# or 1900x1200-ish #Kindle 8.9 HD, B&N Nook+), is surprisingly good - certainly good for reading ebooks. The "modern UI" (replaced the "Metro" nametag) is smooth and responsive. The built-in calendar and email apps are good - particularly if you amend the settings to allow all Gmail calendars to sync. But, it crashed on set up and needed to be forced closed. When it decided there was a need to update Win8 it took a full hour! I suppose I could have turned auto update off an updated at a more convenient time, and perhaps the first update was going to be the longest. But, here is the deal breaker: I bought it to run particular Win7 apps: Logos, Vyrso and Verbum. These are not graphics intensive - text mainly with search. Tapping into a dialogue box within the app did not bring up the on-screen keyboard. I had to show the task bar, open the keyboard, move to the dialogue box, type, then minimize the keyboard. IThe Win 8 apps do pop up the keyboard automatically. Then, wait an eternity for the action to complete. It made the whole program so laboroius. I checked with the developer and 1.8Ghz dual core with 2GB of RAM while on the minimum side, was nonetheless good enough for the program not to hang as it did. Several time I got the "program not respinding" messageand for actions to be queued up. So beware what apps you want to run. If you want it just for the Win8 apps, then perhaps do do not need a Win8 slate. It's going back this afternoon. I will take the lower functionality of the iPad, Android apps on an iPad or Nexus / Kindle with decent speed, rather than trying to mimic a desktop in the palm of my hand (well two hands). Really diappointed. Under powered..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Afforadle and Solid

    Posted
    utastudent

    Does what its expected to do, initial updates take some time but after that the experience is amazing. Its a very stable tablet and works as expected. The build quality is solid and there is no flex no matter how you hold the tablet. Despite being solidly built Asus managed to keep the weight of this tablet to 580grams which makes it really easy to hold The atom processor is great for daily tasks like web browsing, videos, games from windows stores, music, Microsoft office etc. You can also use your legacy desktop apps since its Intel. The tab has no problems in multi tasking or switching between the apps. All in all this generation of atom processors is much better than before. Its good for tablet computing The battery life is approx. 9-10hrs which is great. Windows 8 has a little learning curve. Takes about a day to get used to and works amazing on a tablet. Bottom line its a affordable tablet not just for content consumption but also content creation. Hope this review helps you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very functional tablet for the price

    Posted
    palur
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    It is a Windows 8 tablet and hence can run most of the legacy programs. Though, I have an Ipad and Samsung galaxy tab 10.1, I found that to run most of the programs like, MS Office, flash content, I wanted a windows8 tablet. In that sense-more functionalty for a given price, I believe this can easily replace the other two that I have. It is not a full laptop replacement, though it may be used for that purpose. It is very fast for the routine purposes, but not for power/memory hungry programs, for which Surface Pro is the best in tablet format. It is light and very easy to use (if you are familiar with windows8). The camera is decent. Skydrive helps to store all the files on cloud conveniently. Photos look very crisp and well saturated. Volume is as good or as low as in other tablets. If the expectations are as for a tablet, this is highly desirable. If you are looking for a laptop replacement, this may not meet your needs and demands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    great if working, but random freezing a dealbreakr

    Posted
    LearnedHand
    • My Best Buy® Member

    From a hardware perspective, this product looked really promising to replace a full-size laptop for note-taking in lectures, while doubling as an entertainment device in my spare time. Windows 8 was necessary for me for networking and compatibility purposes, but I'm still unsure if this tablet is worth keeping. I have used it for much of today and twice already the screen has locked up and become unresponsive to touch. I had to manually restart the device. After updating and booting each time, WiFi was inexplicably not functioning. Only after a second reboot did the tablet return to proper functionality. I love working on it, it pairs well with universal wireless bluetooth keyboards and runs smoothly when it does run. But the freezing issues may be a dealbreaker for me. Perhaps I jumped the gun too early on this new device and stability updates may still need to be released. I was hoping the OEMs had figured out most of their Windows 8 troubles by now.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great all-around tablet

    Posted
    Shaibelle
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    Bought this as a replacement for my old laptop I've had since I graduated high school. Love the set-up and features of Windows on this device. (I suppose if you're not fond of Windows 8, this isn't the tablet for you). While some are not fond of the start screen, I find it very easy to use and navigate. The gestures and functions you can use on the touch-screen are very convenient and, again, make navigation from one screen, or app, to the next very simple. On a side note, I use this tablet for sketching and drawing on a regular basis and have been EXTREMELY pleased with the touch-screen's sensitivity in reading my stylus-strokes. I highly suggest this tablet for people who have an interest in digital art or the like- it works exceedingly well in this area. On the downside, I am a little disappointed with the lack of apps common on other operating systems not being in the Windows app marketplace. This is a small issue to me, however, and has no real effect on how I view the overall tablet. I also have slight issues when trying to type quickly on the on-screen keyboard, but this is also true for me on any touch-screen. (I have not yet bought the dockable keyboard). Overall this is a great tablet- definitely worth every cent!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Very Impressed

    Posted
    Gyro2013

    I'm 2 days into the new VIVOTAB SMART and I must say I am much more impressed than I expected. The entire WIndows 8 experience is perfect - My view that microsoft was dated are behind me -- they waited and got it right. Its the perfect blend of past and future and I guarantee anyone with any creative cells in their body will embrace this change. Apple has nothing that can touch this product in terms of pricepoint, productivity and open-source. Yes this is my first review -- EVER. I chose to write this because of the all the critics out there that believe apple and android are at the cutting edge. If your idea of productivity is angry birds and surfing web with no flash - have at it. I know where I'll be -- Hats off to ASUS for a great product - I also own a nexus7 which was also very good value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Somewhat disappointing

    Posted
    Solman77
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    Initially I thought this would be a great tablet, since I had tried Win RT on the Surface and the app support just wasn't there yet. I liked that you could install desktop apps on this little tablet. I thought I was willing to compromise with the Atom Processor, in order to get full Win 8. I was wrong, it's just not quick enough. Browsing is quick, but things like updating take forever. The camera quality is pretty good, but the shutter speed is a little slow. I also felt that for a 500 dollar tablet, the build quality could have been better. The edges were pretty sharp, and while you won't cut yourself, they're definitely uncomfortable. The display had a dead pixel, which was apparent on anything but a black screen. I wish I had seen it on display before purchasing it. I've used iPads, Android tabs, and now Win 8 and RT. For my money, you can't beat the Androids and everything they offer. But maybe the 2nd generation of Win 8 tablets will offer a little more. I wanted to like it, but I returned it today.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend