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The ASUS VivoTab is what happens when you combine the best of ASUS’ own Transformer tablets with the goodness of Windows 8. The results are simply splendid, and the VivoTab is one of the best convertible Windows 8 experience out there. But if you, say, want something a little cheaper and more basic, the ASUS VivoTab RT is the way to go.
The VivoTab RT is basically the VivoTab fitted with Windows RT instead of the full-fledged version of Windows 8, which includes desktop version of Windows as well as Modern UI of Windows. That said, you can expect the same sort of hardware quality seen in the VivoTab. The tablet proper is slim and solidly designed, with a nice matte back that’s nice to grip.
The 10.1-inch screen is also superb: it is an IPS display that’s sharp, clear and wonderfully bright. It displays at 1,366 x 768 resolutions, which is fairly standard for Windows 8 tablets. Audio is also great, thanks to the ASUS Sonicmaster speakers. ASUS did not skimp on the built quality at all.
The keyboard dock that comes with it is also well made, which the tablet docks into securely and easily. What we didn’t quite like is how cramped the keyboard feels, as the extra estate on the dock isn’t well utilized The trackpad works well, otherwise, though the buttons are a little too soft to our liking.
Asus VivoTab RT Specifications
- CPU: NVIDIA Tegra3 Quad-Core @ 1.3 GHz
- RAM: 2GB
- OS: Windows 8 RT
- Display: 10.1-inch WXGA (1,366×768) Super IPS+ Multi-touch Support Storage: 32GB
- Dimensions: 262.5 x 170.9 x 8.3mm Weight: 525g
The VivoTab RT runs on a Tegra 3 quad core processor (contrasting the Intel Atom one of the VivoTab), along with 2 GB of RAM. The performance has a few hitches, but it’s otherwise well sufficient to keep the tablet working smoothly for most touch-based apps and games as well as document work.
Battery life is where the VivoTab RT shines best. The tablet itself managed a great 9 hours and 15 minutes in our video loop test, while the keyboard dock helps expands it to an additional 5 hours. Wonderful!
The ASUS VivoTab RT might be a stripped-down version on paper, but if you’re looking for a more basic Windows 8 tablet built with quality, this is definitely the tablet to go for. Not only is it solidly made, it also features a fantastic screen, smooth performances and really, really impressive battery life. It lives life to the fullest.