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Asus Vivo Tab RT review

An ARM -based Vivo Tab with Windows RT

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel

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For

  • Good design
  • Decent performance
  • Good quality 10.6-inch screen

Against

  • Use of proprietary ports and adapters
  • RT edition limits software you can install

A Windows RT tablet for the masses, the 10.6-inch Asus Vivo Tab RT is also powerful, with its Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and Microsoft Office 2013 apps.

Built from the ground up for Windows RT, Asus's new 8.3mm thick tablet is a do anything device for work, travel and play. It's the Windows equivalent of Asus's Android tablet cousins, the Eee Pad Transformer series, and like those tablets it uses the same ARM-based processors you'll find inside your smartphone.

It joins a lineup of several new Windows RT tablets, including the Samsung Ativ Tab, Dell XPS 10 and Microsoft Surface. Like the Surface, the Vivo Tab is also available as a more expensive and more powerful Windows 8 tablet running on an Intel processor.

Asus Vivo Tab RT review

While Asus would no doubt prefer that business users spent the extra money on the Asus Vivo Tab, since it sees the Vivo Tab RT as more home and entertainment-orientated - there's no reason why you can't also use this tablet for work email, word processing, presentations and spreadsheets.

If you're not familiar with Windows RT, it's a new version of the Windows family, along with Windows 8, that runs on ARM-based devices. This means you can't install old desktop apps, but you do get Microsoft Office 2013 apps supplied - Word, Excel and PowerPoint - and you can install more new apps from the Windows Store.

Graphics power is at the heart of the Vivo Tab RT; the ARM-based processor it uses is manufactured by graphics experts Nvidia, and it's the same power we've seen in other tablets over the last year, including the Asus Transformer Prime and HTC One X.

Asus Vivo Tab RT review

The Asus Vivo Tab RT is a 10.6-inch tablet, making it slightly bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad. The bigger screen is a boon for watching video, but it's mainly there because the Asus Vivo Tab RT can be used in a laptop-style clamshell setup with a keyboard dock.

The keyboard dock includes a USB port as well as an extra battery (you'll get nine hours of use out of the tablet itself). But if you want to connect a USB device directly to the Tab RT rather than via the dock, you'll need to use a proprietary adaptor that slots into one of the tablet's - again - proprietary ports. This is a shame, but we assume this is down to its slim profile.

So what's the screen like? It boasts a 1,366 x 768 Super IPS+ display and, while it's very bright and Windows looks pin-sharp, there's sadly no Full HD display. We're hoping there's an understandable and price-orientated reason why it's not better.

Asus Vivo Tab RT review

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Video calling, recording and photography are all well catered for. There's an 8MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash plus a 2MP snapper on the front, which means Skype calls will be clear and crisp and you'll be able to record Full HD video without hassle.

In use, Windows RT is responsive and quick and flicking through apps using the Windows gestures works very well.

In terms of internal memory, there's 2GB of RAM included in addition to a 32GB flash storage drive. The latter also contributes to the impressive speed of the tablet.

Asus Vivo Tab RT review

The thing we like the most about this device is the design; Asus is no stranger to producing great quality devices and it's produced another cracker here. The aluminium chassis is great to look at, while the front is a smart glossy black, covered in Corning Fit Glass.

There's the now-standard Start button in the centre of the bezel and the excellent design aesthetic even extends to the ultra-compact power adaptor.

The Asus Vivo Tab RT offers a super Windows 8 experience in a lightweight package. However, it hasn't matched its main rivals for price. That's a real shame and may put some buyer's off, but overall, the benefits of the Asus Vivo Tab RT do justify the substantial extra outlay.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyVivoTab RT TF600T
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
ColourAmethyst Gray
Operating SystemWindows RT
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)525 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuper IPS+, TruVivid Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height8.3 mm
Width262.5 mm
Depth170.9 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTF600T
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelTF600T-1B028R
Product NameVivoTab RT TF600T-1B028R Tablet
Product LineVivoTab RT
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberTF600T-1B028R
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Multimedia Enjoyment at Hand

The 10.1" design is the perfect size for multimedia enjoyment. A stunning Super IPS+ display with ASUS TruVivid Technology delivers superior visual clarity both indoors and out. Tablet users with entertainment in mind will find a great partner in the VivoTab RT.

Package Contents
  • VivoTab RT TF600T-1B028R Tablet
  • AC Adapter