ASUS Vivotab Note 8 Now Available in USA. Plus: First impressions from Chippy.

Posted on 10 February 2014, Last updated on 26 January 2020 by

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The ASUS Vivotab Note 8 is now available in the US Microsoft Store [Update: Now out of stock] and that’s great news because the ASUS Vivotab Note 8 is turning out to be one of the best 8-inch Windows tablets there is.

I have one, along with the Dell Venue Pro 8 and Toshiba WT8, here and I can tell you that not only is the pen working well but it has even more value because it’s stowed on the device. Annotate in Reader, Draw in the Windows Metro OneNote app, have fun with Fresh Paint, and that’s just in the Modern UI. The palm rejection is super due to the registration distance of the pen (it’s registered before your hand gets anywhere near the screen)

The pen isn’t for everybody but it really really extends the usage of the tablet into note-taking, annotations, creativity and desktop control.

A 32GB version is going to cost you $329 which is more than other Windows 8.1 tablets but you’ve got the pen, a pretty good rear camera and fun camera software (YouCam included) and ASUS have done a really intelligent thing with the recovery partition. They’ve taken it off the SSD and put it on an included MicroSD card saving 4GB of space on the drive. Once you’ve put that somewhere safe and dropped a 32GB card in and configured Windows to store personal data on the microSD, you’re good to go.

The screen isn’t as good as that on the Dell Venue 8 Pro and I have to admit that the Dell is far nicer to hold for long periods due to rubberised back, smoother edges and smaller size but the ASUS isn’t terrible.

The first two battery life reports (via powercfg) show 6:12 and 6:56 screen-on, connected battery life (used mostly for sofa-style usage) and give excellent Connected Standby (always-on) figures of 331hrs and 281hrs. Over 10 days!

Other notes:

  • True GPS (Broadcom) included.
  • TPM2.0 (enables full disk encryption)
  • No HDMI port
  • Speakers, stereo but so-so quality. (4/10)
  • Screen. Slight creamy tint. Two
  • I currently have 10GB free after initial install and updates (plus 28GB personal storage (music, pictures, videos) on a 32GB MicroSD card.
  • SSD disk speeds (not encrypted): Max 140MB/s sequential read, Max 40MB/s sequential write, Max  10MB/s 4K read, Max 3MB/s 4K write. (4K write speed is not impressive at all.)

Unboxing the ASUS Vivotab Note 8 (with Dell Venue 8 Pro)

 

Update on availability.

Availability info Via: Engadget

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