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Asus VivoTab Smart ME400 review

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Asus VivoTab ME400 review V3

A decent Windows 8 tablet that, despite a lack of processing prowess, still offers a good proposition for business buyers

Pros:

Value for money, Windows 8, decent camera, good battery life

Cons:

Screen could be better, dull design, can run slowly

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £399

Manufacturer: Asus

The 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 packs an Intel processor, offering businesses a few 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 shiny Gorilla Glass front. This means that were it not for the Asus logo blazoned on its back you could be forgiven for thinking it was a member of the Dell XPS or HP ElitePad family 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 Vivo Tab. The plastic back feels slightly flimsy and is prone to picking up marks.

In terms of ports, the tablet comes loaded with single micro HDMI, micro SD Card and micro USB ports, meaning connectivity-wise it ticks most of the boxes.

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

Model: Asus VivoTab Smart ME400
Display: 10.1in, 16:9 ratio, 1366x768 LED Backlit
Processor: Intel Atom Z2760 Dual-core
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 64GB
Wireless connections: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Ports: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone/Mic-in), Micro HDMI, Micro SD Card Reader (support SDXC compatible card), Internal Microphone, Dual Speaker with SonicMaster Audio Technology, Micro USB
Camera: 8MP rear camera, autofocus, 1080p Full HD video recording, 2MP front camera
Dimensions: 263x171x9.7mm
Battery: 25Wh Li-polymer
Weight: 580g (1.2kg with dock)

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Alastair Stevenson
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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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