Home Reviews Mobile Devices Asus VivoTab Smart Windows 8 tablet is appealing

Asus’s VivoTab Smart is a surprisingly good, well priced bundle with a Bluetooth keyboard and softcover thrown in.

I do a lot of reviews and I look for differentiation – what makes this a better tablet than others?

The main differentiator is a deceptively simply thing – it uses a mini USB to charge the tablet (and for all other uses as well) instead of a more traditional, bulky 19 Volt notebook charger. This is great – at last the charger does not weigh more than the tablet.

Apart from that the ME400C specifications include:

  • Intel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz dual core CPU (which provides respectable power for playing movies, word processing, spread sheets etc).
  • 2GB/64GB/microSD and 32GB Asus WebStorage
  • 10.1”, 16:9, 1366x768, IPS scratch resistant Corning Fit Glass
  • 2/8MP front/rear camera with 1080p video recording
  • 802.11 N and Bluetooth 4
  • G-Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, GPS and NFC
  • Dual speakers with SonicMaster technology
  • 580g and 9.7mm thin
  • 25 Wh batery for 9.5 hours claimed life (I got up to 7 hour in a travel situation).

The 290g keyboard is Bluetooth and needs to be separately charged. The sleeve adds 155g. It attaches magnetically to the bottom edge and the grip is a little tenuous - but it works. 


These are premium specs for a device that is being sold for $449 at Office Works (keyboard and sleeve are additional $118). Micro USB charging is a really useful feature (share your phone charger).

Not to take anything away from this gem but the more I review tablets however the more I think prefer a hybrid design that more closely resembles a notebook or netbook. Invariably I end up using it in a notebook manner than a tablet but as a bonus this has a good keyboard.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!






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