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.