Asus ViVo RT Tab
I managed to steal another device to road test with Windows 8 on it. This time around it is a Windows 8 RT device from Asus , the Asus Vivo RT Tab device. Now I must state up front that the only real RT device that I have had a decent play with has been my surface so in my head that was my bench mark.
The Asus Vivo Tab RT is nice, it has a 10.1 inch screen (1366 * 768) and docked into its keyboard weighs in at 1036g. Without the keyboard this RT device is light, really light just 525g. The build quality is really nice and love the feel of it out of its keyboard docking station. The device that I had to play with had 2GB of Ram and 32 GB of storage with a 2 meg front camera and 8 meg rear facing camera. Battery life was close to 8 hours ( Asus reports 9 hours) with it docked I got another 6 hours (14 hours total) which is really good. Now one key thing that is missing is a 3g slot, it only comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ( I think that 3g is missing due to the same reasons as it is on the surface). What powers this all is a NVIDIA Tergra3 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz which is more than enough power for an RT device.
The experience was first class and I loved using the touch screen in my day to day Windows 8 life. The Asus ViVo RT Tab comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview – if you want to upgrade to the full RTM product then open up Windows Update from the control panel and run windows update from there. I really like using this device, it works well and is a great way to dip your toes into the Windows 8 RT world.
Would I buy this device , Yes but not at the expense of my surface. If you do not have a surface then I would seriously look at this device.
What holds this device back for me is the docking station. I have got used to my Surface touch keyboard and having a to plug into a “large keyboard” felt weird ( even if it does give you and extra 7 hours battery.