Asus VivoTab Smart ReviewAsus VivoTab Smart 8
The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs. The first is the standard one that is part of Windows 8, which is pretty much no frills and gets the job done. But our favorite is the Asus Camera program, as it is easier to use when changing between the camera, video recorder, and panorama modes, as well as selecting options, effects, and settings.
The default Windows 8 camera program
The Asus Camera program
The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs
Recording video at 1080p is common these days, and VivoTab Smart does an OK job, though some detail is lacking. However, we did like that it maintains autofocus during the recording process, and playback is smooth and stutter-free at 30 frames per second.
Just like with Windows RT, the Photos Hub with Windows 8 doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary with its feature set, but rather, it's a basic picture viewer that offers us the ability to crop and rotate images. As for sharing, there isn't a native option, and instead accessing the “Charms” section of the Windows 8 interface will present us some of the apps that can handle the sharing process.
The new Music Hub for Windows 8 is deliciously sweet looking, as it incorporates the Modern UI style of the platform into the music player – and also offers synchronization with your XBOX Music account. All in all, it's one of the better looking music player interfaces out there. With the speaker discretely hidden behind the microdots on the tablet's rear, it doesn't produce anything spectacular with its output. Instead, its weak and mute tones make it notoriously difficult to hear in noisy environments. Thankfully, you can overcome this by plugging in a pair of wired headphones to the 3.5mm headset jack, or by using wireless Bluetooth headphones or speakers.
The Asus VivoTab Smart supports various video codecs out of the box (DivX, H.264, MPEG-4, and Xvid), though MKV is not supported and will require you to install a 3rd party player. Video playback is smooth and looks well on the 10.1” display, through we can’t help thinking how much better it would be if the display was full HD resolution.
1. clevername (Posts: 1436; 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: 631; 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..