Having already known that the Asus VivoTab Smart was coming to CES this year, it’s great that people have now been given the chance to offer their hands-on impressions of the device, which also comes with the Transleeve keyboard. Before we look a little further into the new tablet, we would just like to point out that the VivoTab Smart Transleeve keyboard is physical and not capacitive like the Microsoft Surface cover, which is sure to get a mixed reaction from consumers.
The Windows 8 tablet platform had a very slow start in 2012, but that’s because of limited app developer support, which we discussed yesterday, and also the fact that there was not much hardware choice. However, looking at what has been on show so far during CES 2013 it’s clear to see that a number of tablet makers are going to give Windows 8 powered tablets a big push this year.
The VivoTab Smart specs are not overly impressive with its dual-core an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB SSD, which is very similar to the Vizio 11.6-inch tablet specs that we viewed yesterday. However, the VivoTab Smart price is certainly a step in the right direction, which starts at $499 for just the tablet. However, if you wish to go for the bundle option then you’ll also get the Transleeve Bluetooth keyboard, although this will set you back another $129 on top of the price of the tablet.
While the design seems pretty decent along with run-of-the-mill hardware, you have to wonder if Asus has shortchanged us a little with the processor, as something with a little more power would have been a great gesture, although this would have reflected in the price, and the suggested 9.5-hour battery life.
Are you happy with the Transleeve keyboard? We can understand why Asus would want to go with this keyboard option, but there will be certain consumers who would rather a keyboard dock instead.