Asus VivoTab Smart Deals

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams


Richard Kingston

January 31, 2013, 4:07 pm

Only 2GB of RAM on a Win8 machine. This sounds very low to run full size desktop apps. Any comments?


February 3, 2013, 8:48 am

Yes. Bought one yesterday in a moment of weakness. Nice bit of hardware to hold but dog slow and there appears to be no way of getting Bluetooth running when using a mouse. Depending upon the application in use you have to wait a considerable length of time before the press will activate anything. Bottom line is that this really should be running Android not a full version of Windows 8. I made a bit of a mistake to be honest.


February 13, 2013, 2:35 pm

Disabled most of the "notifications" in Windows 8 and used Webroot's excellent SecureAnywhere for antivirus/antimalware. Works very well. I've installed everything from the full version of Office 2007 and a portable Photoshop CS3 to Wireshark and my complete Age of Empires kit. Going back over the PC games that do or should run very well on this tablet, I'm in heaven! Oh and any of the Logitech el cheapo keyboard and mouse setups works terrific if you get yourself a microusb hub(doesn't have to be powered but I picked up one of those too). There's a cheapo hub with a micro on the one side and a normal usb connector on the opposite with 3 ports on its body at London Drugs and other fine PC supply stores.

This week end I'm trying the Asus keyboard and folding cover for the Vivotab Smart as well as giving the Kensington 10.1" universal cover with integral bluetooth keyboard. A friend already has it and is telling me its a better option than the Asus setup but we'll see if he's full of hot air or not.

Bottom line truly is the Vivotab is able to run everything made for Windows 7 32 bit and earlier with the exception of a few bits of bloatware (some coded for Vista were fugly stuff indeed) and anything 3D. There should be about 10,000 of the best games of all time available and playable on the Vivotab Smart. Anyone running out of great software to run on it simply isn't trying one jot. An iPad has what over the Vivotab Smart running all the major game emulators available to a real Windows tab?

PPS. Wireshark on a $500 tablet? That makes this one terrific networking tool too.


March 13, 2013, 2:20 pm

Here's something not mentioned here nor in other reviews.
How long would the device take to fully charge ? It's powered from a micro USB port, so the current is probably not big.

Johari Baharuddin

March 25, 2013, 6:03 am

It took me about 3 hours to fully charge the battery.


April 19, 2013, 7:56 pm

A direct comparison to iPad and Nexus isn't fair. You are looking at a full version of Windows 8 here, which gives you the capability to run PC softwares. This tablet is like an iPad running OSX, but this is non-existent. If you have no interest in this capability, go for Windows 8 RT tablets instead, which is a true tablet OS, in the same league of iOS and Android.

Roy Batterman

April 21, 2013, 6:03 pm

2gb is useable, although the bear minimum


May 9, 2013, 6:10 am

Hey there, how's the CS3 running on it? I'm getting mine next week, I still have my CS3 Installer, but not sure if I'll install that or the CS5. I mean, how is it with just using touch screen?


June 2, 2013, 10:33 pm

My emails don't want to go - they just stay in a holding mode. Any suggestions.


August 4, 2013, 1:16 pm

we are talking about tablet not a full size pc

Vernal Scott

February 19, 2014, 5:49 pm

Just ordered mine at under £235. I've already played with it, so I know what I'm getting: a very capable mobile computer with full Windows 8 at a very good price.

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