ASUS VivoTab Smart 10.1
ASUS recently sent over one of their latest tablets for us to play with. The ASUS VivoTab Smart is a 10.1 inch tablet that runs the full version of Windows 8 and has all the bells and whistles one would expect. Hardware wise, the VivoTab Smart is a pretty well stacked piece of equipment. At the heart of the VivoTab Smart is an Intel Atom Z2760 dual core processor backed up by 2Gb of DDR3 DRAM. The ASUS VivoTab Smart has 64GB of storage built into the unit with an additional 32GB of online storage for three years from ASUS. Currently you can pick up the ASUS VivoTab Smart for only $449.99 shipped, the ASUS TranSleeve Keyboard is available for only $99.98 shipped.
One of the (many) key points of the ASUS VivoTab Smart is the battery life. ASUS claims that the VivoTab Smart is capable of over 9.5 hours of mobile computing! Though, their idea of mobile computing for battery life is 720p video playback with 100 nits brightness, default volume with headphones and Wi-Fi active. Not sure that that is exactly mobile computing, but we will be sure to see how the battery holds up with Futuremark Powermark.
Some of the Windows 8 Tablets out there run the neutered version of Windows 8, commonly known as Windows RT. Windows RT has some limitations, one of the main ones that comes to mind is the software is quite limited at this time. While RT has software limitations, the version of Windows 8 on the VivoTab Smart is the full blown version of Windows 8! What does this mean for us, well, we can install and run just about any Windows software out there. The only thing we are limited by is processing power. The Intel Atom processor isn't nearly as powerful as a processor like the Intel Core series. We may be able to run everything, it just may take a little longer to run.
The Intel Atom Z2760 dual core processor runs along at 1.8GHz and turned out to be a pretty solid processor for the VivoTab Smart. Of course there is always room for more speed, but that would come with a sacrifice of battery life.
It's not exactly surprising that the VivoTab Smart didn't score to high on the Windows Experience Index. A score of 3.2 is relatively low by most standards today, though the WEI is mainly meant for desktop/laptop hardware.
ASUS was going for a versatile, user friendly piece of equipment with the VivoTab Smart. First impressions tell me that they have hit the nail on the head! Let's take a look at the specifications below and we can continue on our tour!
ASUS VivoTab Smart ME400 Specifications
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ASUS VivoTab Smart Exterior Features
The ASUS VivoTab Smart features a 10.1" screen with a native resolution of 1366x768. It's an IPS panel that is as much as 1.5x brighter than traditional displays, up to 350 nits. The increased brightness from the IPS panel helps it be seen in the sunlight. The VivoTab Smart has an incredible viewing angle of 178 degrees, which is just about a straight line.
The ASUS VivoTab Smart doesn't feature much as far as over the top branding, a simple ASUS logo on the front corner is all that we will find on the front.
The front facing camera is a 2mp camera, great for Skype and other programs.
Along the bottom of the ASUS VivoTab Smart we will find a Windows Key that will bring us back to the start screen.
Along the outer edge of the ASUS VivoTab Smart we will find a number of key features, above we can see the 3.5mm audio port as well as the volume up/down key.
Along the other edge of the VivoTab Smart we can find a mini HDMI, and micro SD slot. If this were the 3G version of the VivoTab Smart there would also be a spot for the SIM card here.
Along the top edge of the ASUS VivoTab Smart we can find the power button.
The cover that accompanies the VivoTab also doubles as a stand. Just above the Legit Reviews logo is the typical mico-USB 2.0 port for charging, or connecting to various devices.
The back of the ASUS VivoTab Smart has a couple more logos, including the Windows 8, Intel Atom inside, and ASUS logo dead center.
The rear facing camera on the ASUS VivoTab Smart is an 8Mp camera. The camera features a backlit CMOS sensor and large F/2.2 aperture, the combination of these is designed to improve the quality of photos in low light.
Since the ASUS VivoTab Smart is a little larger than a cell phone with NFC, ASUS has marked where the NFC technology is located on the back of the tablet.
ASUS VivoTab Smart ME400 Tablet Benchmarks
The new Futuremark 3DMark is a great benchmark for cross platform performance. Ice Storm is an entry level benchmark for tablets, phones, and lower power devices. The ASUS VivoTab Smart was able to score 2084 3DMarks. A quick run of Ice Storm on the ACER Aspire S7 gives us a score of 33572 3DMarks. There's something to be said about the power of Ultrabooks compared to Tablets.
Firing up PCMark 7 on the ASUS VivoTab Smart we were able to hit 1402 PCMarks.
Running the latest version of Geekbench 2 we were able to score 1420 overall.
This is where the ASUS VivoTab Smart takes the cake, the battery life is worlds better than any of the ultrabooks that we have tested. The VivoTab Smart lasted an impressive 9 hours and 40 minutes under this workload. The Ultrabooks that we have tested have barely lasted a quarter of that!
- Cyberpower Zeus M2 - 2 Hours 58 Minutes
- ACER Aspire S7 - 1 hour 59 minutes
- ASUS Vivobook S500CA - 2 hours 21 minutes
We may be sacrificing some of the performance and speed of an ultrabook but the battery life makes up for it if that's what you need!
The camera on the ASUS VivoTab wasn't great. Despite the fact that it was a nice bright spring day, the sky came out looking a little grey and dreary.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
If you're looking for great portability, tablets are certainly the way to go. Tablets are typically smaller and light than ultrabooks, though they don't have the power of an ultrabook. There are certainly some tradeoffs, but depending on your needs a tablet like the ASUS VivoTab Smart may be exactly what you need. Tablets are light and can easily fit into places such as a briefcase, purse, or even into the pockets of some jackets and pantsmaking them great for on the go. The ASUS VivoTab Smart that we've been looking today at is great for those looking for productivity on the go and has some distinct advantages over some of the tablets out there.
Probably the most distinct advantage that the ASUS VivoTab Smart has is that it isn't running a neutered operating system. ASUS was smart about it and is using a full version of Windows 8. This allows us to run any application that will run on your desktop/laptop to run on the VivoTab Smart. Since the VivoTab is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, it isn't going to be nearly as powerful but it should be able to get the job done. We spent some time using the VivoTab Smart for day to day word processing and general office tasks and never had any issues. We even went as far as running the x264 HD Video Encoding benchmark to see how it would handle the more processor intensive tasks. Let's just say that I wouldn't recommend counting on the ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet (or any tablet for that matter) to run anything that processor intensive. Tablets just aren't meant for work loads like that, but it was worth a shot.
When it comes to performance the ASUS VivoTab Smart isn't exactly a beast. It's running on an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core so we weren't expecting it to keep up with ultrabooks, nor is it meant to. With that being said, there is one area that the VivoTab was a beast - Battery Life! We ran Futuremark's battery life testing software Powermark and pretty much blew the doors off of anything we have previously run it on. The ASUS VivoTab Smart was able to run for 9 hours and 40 minutes. This is a very impressive amount of time considering the work load is a pretty hefty load.
The ASUS VivoTab Smart was accompanied by a matching keyboard. While a keyboard of this size does take a little getting used to, ultimately I was able to work on it after a few minutes of adjustment. If productivity is what you're looking for out of the ASUS VivoTab Smart, I would certainly recommend picking up the TranSleeve Keyboard to accompany the tablet as it makes a world of difference when it comes to the day to day office tasks on the go.
The ASUS VivoTab Smart ME400 Tablet carries a street price of $449.99 shipped at this time. The TranSleeve Keyboard from ASUS is an additional $99.98, though it's a great investment if you plan on doing any office type work. The ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet is backed by a 12 month warranty from the date of purchase.
Legit Bottom Line: The ASUS VivoTab Smart ME400 Tablet is running Windows 8, this gives the ASUS VivoTab Smart a great selection of applications. Actually it is pretty much anything will run in a Windows environment. Toss in the battery life that we experienced and the increased portability of the 10.1" size and the ASUS VivoTab Smart is great alternative to an ultrabook and a great tablet overall!