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Asus Vivotab Smart ME400 review

A decent Windows 8 tablet, despite a lack of processing prowess
Tue Apr 09 2013, 16:17

Product Asus Vivotab Smart ME400
Specifications 10.1in 1366x768 LED backlit display, Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core 1.8GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, 2-in-1 audio headphone/mic jack, microHDMI port, microSD card slot, internal microphone, dual speakers with Sonicmaster audio technology, microUSB port, 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and HD 1080p video recording, 2MP front camera, 25Whr Li-polymer battery, 263x171x9.7mm, 580g, 1.2kg with dock
Price £399

TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Asus' Vivotab Smart ME400 targets the same price bracket as Microsoft's £399 Surface RT tablet.

However, despite retailing for the same price, the Vivotab features the full version of Windows 8 and has an Intel processor, offering businesses more incentives to take an interest in the mid-range tablet.

Design and build
Visually, the Vivotab looks pretty much like every other Windows tablet on the market, featuring a black plastic, slightly curved chassis and a shiny Gorilla Glass front. This means that were it not for the Asus logo emblazoned on its back you could be forgiven for thinking it is a member of the Dell XPS or HP Elitepad families of devices.

The only real surprise we found regarding the Vivotab's design is its hefty 580g weight. While this means it's lighter than the 676g Surface RT, it's still heavier than most non-Windows tablets.

Asus Vivotab ME400 review back

However, given the fact that the Vivotab is designed to be a netbook or laptop replacement as opposed to a standalone tablet, its heft is forgivable.

Our one qualm with the Vivotab's design is its build quality. In the past Asus Android tablets have been very well built, which left us slightly disappointed with the Vivotab. The plastic back feels slightly flimsy and is prone to picking up marks.

In terms of ports, the tablet comes loaded with single microHDMI, microSD card and microUSB ports, meaning in terms of connectivity it ticks most of the boxes.

The Vivotab also has NFC and Bluetooth support, so those that want to use the device as a laptop replacement can connect a keyboard to it fairly easily.

Next: Display, operating system.


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