The Asus VivoTab Note 8 is one of a slew of inexpensive Windows 8.x tablets coming to market. In its current iteration, the device represents a solid content-consumption product for consumers, or as a business unit for workers to read and respond to emails, surf the Web, or read documents during commute or travel times. However, I would recommend purchasing an add-on Bluetooth keyboard, as typing on the screen in either a vertical or landscape mode is too difficult, especially for those with larger fingers.
The product retails for $330 for a 32GB version and $380 for a 64GB unit on the Microsoft Store. This costs slightly more than a comparable Lenovo Miix 2 8-inch touchscreen tablet, which lists for $300 on the Microsoft store. The product also competes with the $300 Dell Venue 8 Pro, although Microsoft is currently selling the Dell tablet for $230.
- Wacom digitized stylus
- Soft-touch back
- Below-average battery life
- Camera quality barely average
The Asus VivoTab Note 8 is a good showing out of the gate as a content consumption unit for surfing the Web, reading books, and watching videos, and its stylus and touch-sensetive display makes it a better than avarage option for note taking.
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