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The company already has shown a talent for innovative design with its Transformer Pad series of Android tablets. The clamshell-style keyboard dock is integral to the VivoTab's mojo. The VivoTab reflects the evolution of the Transformer Pad Infinity TFright down to its keyboard dock, which turns the tablet into a clamshell-style mini-laptop. That clamshell-style dock approach has proved to be a winner in the Transformer Pad Asus VivoTab RT released over the past year and a half.

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The dock Asus VivoTab RT multiple benefits: You get the flexibility of having a keyboard that you can detach at will; the dock adds only a modest amount of weight 1. The dock functions as a compact, cohesive package that's a breeze to maneuver into and out of a bag and to tote through TSA checkpoints. Design and features The VivoTab RT takes many design cues from its Android predecessor, the Infinity; but some hardware tweaks and design accents—including rounded edges on the glass—make this model very much its own tablet. The tablet weighs just 1.

Review: Asus VivoTab RT has thoughtful design, but brings a mixed tablet experience

That's slightly narrower and lighter than the Infinity, which measures By way of comparison, Apple's newest iPad measures 9. The Asus tablet felt well-balanced and comfortable in my hand; I particularly liked holding it vertically for reading; its slightly narrower width made holding it in portrait mode seem especially natural. The VivoTab RT's ridged back makes the tablet easy to hold. The tablet has a metal back, with a ridged texture in its top quarter. I found that this texture made the tablet uncommonly easy to hold in one hand, without fear of its slipping through my fingers. All of the descriptions here Asus VivoTab RT that the user is holding it in landscape orientation.


In this ridged upper area, you'll find an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash, and an NFC tap point. The tablet's headphone jack sits right above the volume rocker in the upper right corner, and its Micro-HDMI port hides beneath a flap in the upper left corner. The power Asus VivoTab RT, situated along the top edge, is annoyingly slim, which makes it difficult to press. The tablet has true stereo speakers for left and right audio porting out the rear. This feature constitutes a huge improvement on the audio available from the Infinity, and it sounded noticeably better and more usable in my casual tests. The VivoTab RT also has a docking station release slider situated along the lower left, which made releasing the tablet simpler. The Infinity lacked this feature. The keyboard's keys felt less comfortable to type on than the ones on previous Asus keyboard docks did.

Still, overall, I'm less enthusiastic about this particular docking station than with the ones on previous Asus tablets. This VivoTab RT's docking station retains the extra battery inside and the hinged, clamshell design, but it lacks the convenience of an SD Card slot, like the one on the Infinity's dock.

As you'd expect, the keyboard is customized for Windows RT. Nvidia says that the Tegra 3 supports Microsoft's Connected Standby mode under Windows RT, so you Asus VivoTab RT read email, view calendar entries, and check news headlines, with minimal impact on battery life.

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Overall, my experience using the tablet to perform various tasks was positive, and the VivoTab RT seemed zippy and responsive. I did encounter a few instances of laggy behavior some apps opened slowly, and in-book navigation was slow on the preloaded Amazon Kindle appbut those drawbacks were the exception, Asus VivoTab RT the rule.

Even the built-in Photos app speedily navigated my usual complement Asus VivoTab RT high-resolution photos in the library; however, like many Android tablets, this Microsoft-based tablet doesn't appear to render the image correctly in the Photos app if you zoom into your picture. The I did note that on-screen images had a slightly greenish cast when compared side-by-side with the same images on the Infinity and the Apple iPad screensmost obviously with skin tones. Microsoft enables auto-brightness by default, but the display improved when I disabled that feature and adjusted the brightness manually. The tablet's pixel density of pixels per inch is a fraction of the iPad's ppi, but it's slightly better than the Microsoft Surface's ppi and the average Asus VivoTab RT At this writing, the only cross-platform tablet tests we could perform were Web browser-based: These tests provide limited insight into the VivoTab's performance, but at least they offer a starting point.


On these browser benchmarks, the VivoTab RT's performance was generally good. ASUS VivoTab RT with Windows RT comes pre-installed with Office Home and Student RT. Stay productive with the touch-enhanced versions of Microsoft.

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