Asus VivoTab Note 8 - Reviews

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    ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 has been one of CES' worst-kept secrets, but we're still glad to see that it's finally official. The 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet is a direct foil for Dell's Venue 8 Pro, and includes a familiar-sounding 1,280 x 800 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and an HD-capable front cam. Most of the differences revolve around its namesake pen input; the VivoTab includes a Wacom stylus that can handle 1,000 pressure levels, arguably trumping Dell's less sophisticated (and purely optional) approach. An ever-so-slightly faster 1.86GHz Bay Trail Atom chip doesn't hurt, either. The tablet should ship either late in the first quarter or early in the second, with prices starting at a frugal $299 for a 32GB model and climbing to $349 for a 64GB edition.

    ASUS reveals the VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch Windows tablet with Wacom pen input
     
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    LAS VEGAS—Asus will join the likes of Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba when it ships its new 8-inch Windows tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail-class CPU. But the Asus VivoTab Note 8 has one key differentiator: A Wacom digitizer stylus.

    The tablet’s IPS display delivers native resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels and is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor, 2GB of memory, and up to 64GB of storage. Onboard storage can be supplemented with up to a 64GB microSD card, and Asus is bundling unlimited cloud storage free for one year.

    The VivoTab is outfitted with a 5 megapixel rear camera and a high-definition front-facing camera. The tablet does not have HDMI out, so Toshiba’s Encore (and Lenovo’s new business-oriented ThinkPad 8, announced yesterday) will have an advantage on that front—at least with folks who want to connect their tablet to a larger display.

    The VivoTab Note 8 will be available late in the first quarter or early in the second at prices starting at $299 for the 32GB model and $349 for the 64GB model.


    Asus outs the VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch, $300 Windows tablet with a Wacom stylus | PCWorld
     
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    You've got to love YouTube journalism - when comparing the Asus Wacom to the Dell Pro Synaptics (second video above) he says the Wacom is "a bit more accurate" which is like saying a BMW is a bit more luxurious than a Kia...
     
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    ha! I would have rather said it was like comparing a fountain pen to a #4 pencil, but I like your comparison better...

    Actually, for me, I think the Synaptics is more accurate compared to the Wacom (could never really get calibration to work well, even with all the tricks and info out there). To Synaptics' credit, the tip seems to be exactly where the ink is being output, wheres the Wacom always had a bit of offset for for me. Having said that, I'd still jump ship for the Wacom just for the feel when the new stuff comes out.
     
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    Finally! A wacom device done right with a nice price tag on top.
    Minor problem: The windows button should be on the bezel and touch (no point having it on the side)

    PS:Might pick up the keyboard alone for the surface
     
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    Semantics I know, but Synaptics is more accurate, but Wacom is far more precise. As long as the calibration (which effects accuracy) isn't too bad, precision is the more important thing. It is fairly easy to learn to adjust to the small constant offset that results from an imperfect calibration, but you can't do anything to account for the precision. I suppose writing bigger with a zoomed page can account for that but that has rather major draw backs. The offset is simply a matter of practice.
     
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