- 10-23-2012, 03:58 PM #1
So at last it seems there is information on Asus' Windows 8 tablets:
Vivo Tab Smart and Vivo Tab:
Asus introduces VivoTab, VivoTab Smart Windows 8 tablets for $499 and up - Liliputing
Transformer book, only new info so far:
Meet ASUS Transformer Book | Techinstyle.tv
Still waiting on pricing and dates, hopefully soon.
Edit: video of their Windows 8 lineup:
Last edited by theefman; 10-23-2012 at 05:42 PM.
- 10-24-2012, 02:14 PM #4
That sucks if true. To me iPad is better on ARM side compared to W8 and there's really no other full core hybrid out there other than Transformer Book. Need that rigid laptop mode that Surface Pro doesn't offer.
Do i really need to buy Acer W700 without that keyboard possibility... or iPad 3 to replace my old iPad, both for around 600 euros.
Taichi could be another option, but not really happy to drop 1300 euros for it. Especially as it's not exactly what i was looking for.
Last edited by tissotti; 10-24-2012 at 02:22 PM.
- 10-24-2012, 02:31 PM #5
Frankly, I'm stumped. There really isnt an x86 Atom tablet that isnt either overpriced or lacking something which is why I was going to go for the TBook since it would have been worth the price. Now its either the Asus (at $1000 they are stark, raving mad), Acer W510 (no NFC), Envy X2 (too apple like), Thinkpad 2 (non-folding keyboard), Samsung (plastic crap, no battery in dock), Ideapad Lynx (no rear camera), Dell Latitude 10 (no keyboard), Asus Vivo Smart (no keyboard dock), Acer W700 (no dock, no extra battery).
Not sure why no one seems capable of releasing a device that is either reasonably priced or fully featured. I really think MS will have a problem getting the average consumer on board with these devices. Its like the WP7 launch all over again.
- 10-24-2012, 02:38 PM #6
Imo while The Verge and other reviewers certainly are not the final word (you buy what you want and need), but i do think they make some real points about the ARM performance and lack of apps. Why would the normal customer buy ARM Windows 8 device over iPad? It's a question that has some merit.
Envy X2 is indeed also one option, but for the price i really don't wanna touch atom.
- 10-24-2012, 02:56 PM #7
As for ARM performance, at least with the Asus it seems the lower than expected performance is down to them skimping on the SSD quality, the laptopmag review says the speed is actually less than a traditional hard drive, which is ridiculous. As usual, OEM's use the cheapest, crappiest parts and charge like they use premium components.
Still, MS needs to do some work on performance, app loading times have been mentioned a lot on forums from users running the RTM. Anyone coming from an ipad would instantly mark RT down for the excessive loading times and its something that should have been addressed before release.
- 10-24-2012, 08:02 PM #10
- 10-24-2012, 08:33 PM #11
And the looks would definitely bug me, not fond of the rounded shape either and I intend to use whatever I get for at least a year before passing it on so i'd rather not go all that time not completely happy with my purchase.
- 11-21-2012, 02:10 PM #13
Looks like the Vivo Tab is about to hit shortly, excaliberpc shows it in stock "asus tf810" | EXcaliberPC.com , Sears and Kmart (are they the same company now, their pricing is identical) have listings for it Tf810 from Sears.com, Asus Tf810 from Kmart.com, and even Radioshack has it listed ASUS VivoTab TF810 Docking Station (Gray) : Tablet Docks | RadioShack.com. And the asus FB page says end of November (posted on the 6th).
So anyone still going to bite? I wasnt going to go for this due to the price but I recently bought the RT version and quite liked the build and design of it but the smaller screen size and keyboard plus not being able to use my MS Touch Mouse makes me think I will just get it. The lower price from Sears makes me think there will be some good deals after BF so it may not be so expensive in the end.