Asus VivoTab Smart Review
Unlike the Asus VivoTab RT that is limited by Windows RT, the VivoTab Smart comes running the full Windows 8 32-bit operating system. This means that instead of only being able to run Modern UI programs that are designed for ARM processors, the Intel Atom-based Asus VivoTab Smart can run standard Windows programs, including ones for Windows 7.
We won't go into great detail about the Windows 8 platform, since we’ve covered it most recently on the Microsoft Surface Pro. When it comes to personalization, Windows 8 isn't as deep as Android, but it's far better than what the iPad delivers. Windows 8 also incorporates social networking services such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, but the People Hub, which aggregates all social networking content, doesn’t execute well with its layout. Making matters worse, third party offerings don’t do the platform justice just yet; however, it’s something we’re certain that developers will improve over time.
The People Hub
The Asus VivoTab Smart comes running the full Windows 8 32-bit operating system
Processor and Memory:
The power behind the tablet is a 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 processor along with 2GB of RAM. While this is good enough for most basic programs, such as MS Office, web browsing, and watching videos, it still is lacking a punch when compared to the Intel i5-3317U processor with 4GB of RAM found on the Microsoft Surface Pro. When running more demanding programs on the VivoTab Smart, or having multiple programs open at the same time, you do start to notice a bit of a lag and even some screen “stutter” as it’s trying to keep up.
Internal storage is also pretty limited. The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with 64GB, but over half is used out of the box, leaving only 25GB free. The only way to add additional room is by using a microSD memory card, which can provide up to another 64GB of storage space; though you probably wouldn’t want to install and run programs from the memory card. Because of this, it would be nice if Asus made a 128GB version.
Internet and Connectivity:
You are treated with two version of Internet Explorer. The touch-friendly Modern IE version found on the main Start screen gets things moving with its quick page loads, fast rendering, and smooth navigational controls. For a more standard desktop-like experience, Internet Explorer 10 in the desktop mode is none other than the familiar one that’s used by all Windows PCs, and even offers Adobe Flash support (remember that Android Jelly Bean Tablets officially do not). Naturally, you have the option to install and run other desktop browsers on the VivoTab Smart, such as Chrome and Firefox.
There’s no word yet on whether the Asus VivoTab Smart will come in a version to work off of cellular data networks, such as 4G LTE, so our unit was strictly Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4GHz. Also on board is Bluetooth 4.0, aGPS, and NFC.
1. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
For $500 this is a great competitor for the ipad or top of the line android tab. Its priced right, the camera is decent, storage is about the same as other similarly priced tablets, and it runs full windows 8. Damn good deal. Oh and the battery is awesome. The only real downsides are the display res, which is still on par with some tablets, and the Intel atom chip. This is exactly what the atom was made for-lightweight, low power PC- and the atom in it does have a beefy speed when compared to arm processors, but limited full windows is a sacrifice.
2. pookiewood (Posts: 550; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
I was considering this tablet. I have to put my blinder on though. I was hoping Nokia would announce something at MWC. I really want a 7"-8" tablet running RT at a great price. If they can get Win8 Pro in that form factor at a reasonable price I'd take that as well.
9. JASFL (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 May 2013)
I had wanted to pick up the Microsoft Surface Pro.. after reading several reviews, after reading technical specs... after "hands on" at the various stores... I selected this Asus VivoTab Smart MC-400C..
I got it home and began opening it up and turning it on for the first time... I know it is only a 1.5 processor with bursts to 1.8.. 2 gigs of onboard memory, 64 gigs storage and operating system but It came to life so quickly.. I proceeded to update, it had two Asus updates and some 30 win 8 updates and that did take some time to finish up.. I then decided to upgrade win 8 to pro..
after adding what software I needed onboard and cleaning up.. my remaining storage space is still greater then half of the onboard 64 gigs.. I mapped my network drives and installed my printers and scanners... picked up a Microsoft Wedge bluetooth keyboard and mouse...
The Asus VivoTab Smart worked right out of the box, and it hasn't skipped a beat...
this one tool... has brought all my computing power to the most fluid level, I feel, it has ever been... via many different methods, web, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC, I can and do connect an get data or equipment to perform in a seamless fashion..
The Asus VIvoTab Smart is a successful, powerful and comfortable addition to any computing household..