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ASUS Vivo Tab


Visualize this: You are giving an elevator pitch on a tablet – just like in the TV ads.

Now, imagine you’re at your desk or in a hotel room accessing your company’s internal network. Are you using a tablet or a notebook PC?

Chances are you were thinking about a normal notebook PC in the second scenario, because that’s the way we work in the real world.

But in a perfect world, we would not need two devices. A single device could be both a tablet and a notebook, and be compatible with existing systems and software.

Welcome to the world of the VivoTab and VivoTab Smart, ASUS’ latest tablet-notebook hybrids.

Just like the popular Transformer tablet, both VivoTabs can morph from a tablet into a notebook PC. But unlike its Android cousin,  the VivoTabs run Windows 8 on Intel Atom microprocessors. This means they can run most Windows PC based software – from your favourite PC games to enterprise business software.

Feature wise, both VivoTabs sport an 1.8MHz Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core microprocessor, 2GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 1366×768 pixel display, Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0. On top of that, they’ve thrown in an HDMI port, a mini USB, an 8-megapixel back facing camera and 2-megapixel front facing camera, and a micro SD reader. Where they differ is the screen size and accessories.

VivoTab, the bigger of the two, sports an 11.6-inch screen, Wacom stylus technology and stylus, quad speakers and optional dockable keyboard. The keyboard itself houses a full-size USB port and extra battery that extends the VivoTab battery life from 10.5 hours to 19 hours.

VivoTab Smart, on the other hand, comes with a smaller 10.1-inch screen, two speakers and does without the dockable keyboard and stylus. However, since it’s Bluetooth-enabled, you can connect any Bluetooth device ranging from a mouse to a joystick, transforming it to a notebook.

For the creative industry roadies and photographers, the VivoTabs are a dream come true. Want to do location documentation? Not a problem for VivoTab with its camera and GPS. Want to edit photos? Just load up Photoshop. Want to present a new idea to the client? Just draw it up with the stylus on CorelDRAW.

Others, like system administrators, will love VivoTab for different reasons – compatibility. Since both the tablet and traditional notebooks run Windows 8, no separate training is needed and most of the software will be compatible. This means less work and lower cost.

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