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Asus VivoTab Smart ME400 review

The Windows 8 tablet to beat?

So the main question - should you buy the Asus VivoTab ME400? Well we do love it. In fact, we'd certainly go as far as to say this is the best Windows 8 tablet we've yet seen in terms of power efficiency and capability. But we do have reservations over the processor, which can cope with basic tasks yet does struggle due to the complexity of Windows and multitasking with desktop apps.

We liked

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In terms of apps, Windows 8's Start screen is still the poor relation of the iPad. But the breadth of apps available in the Windows Store is getting better, and there are now plenty of apps from big names such as Amazon, AudioBoo and Dropbox.

And Windows 8 wins in terms of productivity because of the desktop – you just can't beat a mouse and keyboard if you're dealing with an Excel spreadsheet (though you'll need to buy or install a copy of Office, of course).

The VivoTab ME400 is being marketed by Asus as the best of both worlds – a device that can be used for business and for pleasure. And for that we would recommend it.

We disliked

But because of its lack of poke, this isn't that Holy Grail Windows 8 tablet we were hoping for – a tablet that can be used as a multi-purpose main PC. But it really is just the processor that is holding the ME400 back.

But perhaps we're expecting too much. After all, it is only £399/US$499/AU$599. And as such it's a great alternative to the iPad. Essentially if you want a slate device that's more like a PC than Apple's device, then this is the tablet for you.

Final verdict

When you think about the tablet leader, the iPad, it's hard to look past its stunning combination of performance and power at a great price point. That, combined with the Retina display, means that if you just want a tablet device for apps, entertainment and basic work, it's still by far and away ahead of the pack.

But the Asus VivoTab ME400 is our favourite Windows 8 tablet yet – it's not as efficient as an iPad, but you can use it with your existing software and have the best of the Start Screen and traditional desktop modes on the same device. We loved it, we'd just love it to have a little more poke.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination Technologies
Graphics Controller ModelPowerVR SGX 545
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyVivoTab Smart ME400C
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelZ2760
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.80 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)580 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height9.7 mm
Width262.5 mm
Depth171 mm
Screen ModeHD
Product SeriesME400C
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelME400C-1B043W
Product NameVivoTab Smart ME400C-1B043W Net-tablet PC
Product LineVivoTab Smart
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberME400C-1B043W
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Always on. Always connected

With the brand new touch focused Windows 8 operating system and advanced power saving capabilities of the next generation Intel® Atom™ processer Z2760, with burst 1.8GHz., the VivoTab™ Smart offers a true mobile experience. Always stay on, connected and up to date!

Multimedia Enjoyment at Hand

With a 580g ultra portable and 10.1" design, enjoy the incredible multimedia experience with the IPS Panel and ASUS SonicMaster technology every moment!

Package Contents
  • VivoTab Smart ME400C-1B043W Net-tablet PC
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year