Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

Review Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C – VnReview


Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C is a tablet aimed at those who want to buy Windows 8 tablet affordable for mobile use.

Microsoft Surface RT is one of the few tablet models running Windows 8 launched before, but the price is quite expensive and the limitations of Win RT should not receive much support from users. The strength of Windows 8 tablet is that it uses the Windows operating system, so it can run many programs like on a normal computer to make working and entertainment more convenient and closer.

However, the installation on the Surface RT is the Win RT version, so the .exe software will not install, nor will it be able to use the full features but only have a similar interface. Therefore, Microsoft continues to launch Surface Pro and other brands such as Dell (with Latitude 10), Acer (with Iconia W510), Asus (with VivoTab Smart), Lenovo (with ThinkPad Tablet 2) … use Windows 8 to improve the limitations when using the software.

The VnReview product evaluated this time was the ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet model code ME400C, sold at the end of February 2013 for about 12.6 million VND – the cheapest among the full Windows 8 tablets. at the present time. The configuration includes 1.8GHz Atom 2 chip, 10.1 inch screen, 64GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera, full Windows 8 operating system. The version we evaluate does not have 3G, the version that supports 3G (code ME400CL) is about 1 million more expensive. It has 3 colors to choose from, black, red and white.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C

Design

Asus VivoTab Smart weighs 580g, lighter than iPad. The front surface is a flat glass sheet that extends all the way to the bottom of the contact surface to form the edges. This monolithic design makes the machine rugged. 10.1-inch screen, IPS technology helps flexible viewing angles and display images better than conventional laptops, but if compared to the iPad is not as impressive. The screen brightness is 350 nits, while that of the iPad is 400 nits. Screen resolution at 1366 x 768 pixels similar to that of regular laptops.

Compared to the previously launched Asus VivoTab RT, the screen of this device is inferior, because the VivoTab RT uses IPS + screen so the viewing angle and color are less changed, good contrast than when using in the sun. But in general, the machine responds well enough to normal needs.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

Screen

The screen of the Asus VivoTab Smart tablet is a glossy mirror so it is quite fingerprint-proof but easy to clean. The protective glass is a toughened glass (Corning Fit Glass) with a hard surface with scratch resistance, but the shine will affect quite a lot when used outdoors.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet reviewThe border around the screen of the device is quite thick. My thumb placed at the edge of the screen occupies just over half the width (especially the upper and lower borders), the screen border makes it easier to hold and swipe to the sides (call the charm bar or applications used Recently used) with the fingers become easier to use. However, the smaller screen border will still meet the use well, and help the machine become more elegant. Compared to the Microsoft Surface Pro and Samsung ATIV Tab, this machine has a slightly higher height because of the thicker screen bezel, so the overall look will feel square.

The 2MP front camera is for video chat, but for some unknown reason Asus placed this camera’s eye a bit to the right a bit, so it looks a bit asymmetrical, next to this camera is a light sensor. .

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet reviewThe bottom edge of the screen has a Windows window icon, this is a touch button to switch to the Start Screen or Desktop screen. Although this icon has a light color on a black background, I would prefer it if it has a bezel, a little floating and the LED lights up when used like on Sony’s Vaio Duo 11.

The body and the bottom are made of polycarbonate plastic quite solid and beautiful than normal plastic, but of course not as sturdy and luxurious as the metal frame of Surface or iPad. This plastic also helps the bottom to prevent dust and fingerprints from sticking. The four sides are rounded and slightly beveled to create a thinner feel.

In the middle of the bottom mounted ASUS brand shiny metal, scratched. In the middle near the top of the camera is a pretty large 8MP camera eye with a bright metal border, next to the camera with flash.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

Backside

The NFC wireless communication chip is located in the upper right corner. The whole bottom surface feels good to hold with two hands, but if you hold it with one hand while in the car, you have to be careful because it is a bit slippery.

The 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor and 2GB RAM seem to be squeezed in as a minimum to run Windows 8. PowerVR SGX545 graphics chip is hard to handle 3D frames or simply not strong enough to respond. apply some applications that require graphics like in a normal laptop. However, simple programs such as surfing the web, watching Full HD videos, listening to music, Office … the machine still responds well. Of course, you will experience some discomfort because the machine is late and jerks when using heavy programs or multiple programs at the same time.

The device’s storage is also an issue to consider before choosing this machine. With Windows 8, the installation capacity has taken up to 20GB, while the display capacity is only about 50 GB (takes about 10 GB for the recovery partition, plus a few GB for pre-installed programs), so that is only There is about 25 GB to store, not much. To overcome this factor, the device supports microSD card slot up to 64GB, but you will have to spend money to buy more while you do not want to install or run programs from the memory card. If the device is designed with a capacity of 128GB or more, there will be no complaints.

The file transfer via laptop is also different from the tablet. The device will not display its storage capacity as an attached drive, this time it is a computer with a separate operating system. So you need to perform data exchange via microSD card.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

The top edge of the device on the left corner is the power button

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The bottom is flat, there are no buttons

The left side from the top to the bottom is the micro HDMI port hidden in the plastic cover, this cover when attached to the body has a very small slot to put the nails into the lid. The lid is tight, so be careful as you pry and pull it out slowly, lest it break the attached plastic. The bottom has a microSD card slot, the bottom is a micro USB port to plug the battery charger. It uses Windows 8 but does not have a regular full-size USB port, nor does it come with a port transfer cable from micro HDMI and micro USB to full-size. You can buy this additional device in computer stores for about 30 thousand.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

Bottom edge

The right edge from the top is a 3.5mm combo jack for headphone and mic jacks. This socket also beveled in the direction of the edge to the bottom so when plugged in the headset or speakers will feel snug. Below are the volume buttons and a small small hole.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

Accessories and warranty

Comes with only battery charger and user manual. The machine is genuine 2 year warranty.

Extensive accessories include a Transleeve keyboard connected via bluetooth and concurrently protective “jacket”, machine base. This accessory is sold separately for about 2 million, does not come with the device.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

Transleeve keyboard has many colors

Features and applications included

The device also supports multiple wireless connections such as standard Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC. There is also a G sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass, Hall sensor as on conventional tablets.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

NFC chip close communication

It has built-in camera, Skype, FigerShare applications to manage data, storage tools like Asus WebStorage with 32 GB free for 3 years, Asus Vibe Fun Center app store, My Dictionary to look up dictionaries, SuperNote notebooks, My Library ebook archive …

Feel the process of use and performance

It uses the full version of Windows 8 instead of the Windows RT version like on VivoTab RT or Surface, so it can run normal programs like a computer, not limited as Windows RT. Live Tiles tiles create a beautiful interface. The Windows app store already has a lot of software, but some are limited, such as watching full-screen movies with KMPlayer software, using the drag-and-drop feature from the top to the bottom but can’t turn it off. show go.

For web browsing, the built-in IE10 is very compatible with touch use on Windows 8, especially in the Start Screen interface. The Flip Ahead feature helps you swipe from right to left to move to the next page quickly (see more here). However, the process used to type the page name in the address bar proved not very convenient when in desktop mode. Virtual keyboard does not automatically appear when you press the prompt to enter the name of the address but must activate in the taskbar.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

With Office 2013, the machine works stably. I tried playing some free games downloaded on the store within 1 hour and found that the machine worked well, the bottom was a bit hot.

The time it takes to boot from pressing the power button to entering Win takes about 14 seconds. The reboot time is 25 seconds while the shutdown time only takes a few seconds.

Camera

Asus VivoTab Smart comes preloaded with two camera apps, one of which is bundled with Windows 8, the other exclusively by Asus. With this exclusive camera app, users can turn on / off the flash, select effects or adjust white balance according to their needs, and can also take panoramic photos.

The rear camera has an 8MP resolution capable of adjusting the focus, supports flash and the ability to record Full HD video quality is quite good for a tablet.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

Actual photo

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Normal photo

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Panorama mode

1080p movie recording

Sound

On the left hand side there are 6 rows of small holes to play the sound of the speakers. The speaker is designed to deviate from one side to the other, creating a sense that it sounds a bit skewed towards the speaker instead of the sound coming to both ears like many devices have symmetrical speakers. The sound of the device is quite good, but I found the power to be quite small when turned on fully and using the machine with two hands. If placed on the surface of the wooden table, the sound will be louder. Moreover, the speaker design in this position is very easy to be obscured by the palm of your hand when using the device, making the inherently smaller sound.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

The speaker is only on one side (mono), not the stereo as the NSX specification

The battery

According to the manufacturer’s specifications, the device uses 25Wh Li-polymer battery. According to the manufacturer, in 720p video playback mode, 100 nit brightness, the default volume via headphones, Wi-Fi connection, the machine can use 9.5 hours.

Actual test, using KMPlayer program to continuously run Up animated movie of 720p quality, screen brightness at 50%, volume set to 50% with headphones connected, Wi-fi off, the device can be used 7 ,8 o’clock. This result is a bit lower than the manufacturer’s specifications, but this time is also considered quite long for an Atom Chip tablet running Windows 8. Full charge time is 5 hours.

In terms of everyday tasks, I use Office, surf the web, occasionally listen to music, watch movies and play games, and find that the device can meet more than a day.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

Conclude

Asus VivoTab Smart is a tablet running Windows 8 that has a competitive price. It is lightweight, has a long battery life, so it is easy to take with you for entertainment as well as solve some work with common office software like a laptop. Before planning to buy the product, you should see more the tablets running Windows 8 are appreciated here. At the same time, it is necessary to consider the advantages and disadvantages of this machine such as: cheap price, good battery, good camera but not 3G support, no integrated fullsize USB port like in laptops and the file transfer mechanism must go through memory Stickā€¦

Tung Anh




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