Pros Thin and light tablet; thin and light laptop; Intel Atom Z2760 processor (the Atom processor because it runs all the x86 legacy programs while allowing for a true tablet form factor); Windows 8 for its versatility and speed; long battery life.
Cons The touchpad is very sensitive and I've had to adjust to it; limited memory.
Summary I have an Android tablet that I use for fun, but it was not a tablet I can use for work. I am a lawyer and wanted a computer that I could use as a tablet in court or at meetings when I needed to be able to hold my computer like a notepad, such as when I am standing and speaking. This computer does that. Mostly I use it as a laptop because I need to type, but if I go to court, I can take the tablet off the dock and hold it in my hand like a notepad, but one that has my entire case file on it (for all my cases).
I bought the Asus 810c over the Samsung Ativ 500 or 700 because they did not have a battery in the dock. That caused them to be top heavy, and I read that they had connection problems with their docks. The Ativ 700 has more computing power but is too heavy and thick to use as a tablet. That is also the problem in my view with the Surface Pro. It is too thick and heavy to use as a tablet, and you can't even put it on your lap to use as a laptop. The surface also has a smaller 10 inch screen. Reviewers who like the Surface Pro put to much emphasis on raw computing power and not enough on the impractical form factor. If you want a usable tablet, it has to be thin and light. If you want to type on the device, you need to be able to dock it like a laptop and type on your lap.
I find that the Z2670 processor delivers crisp performance and handles all of the word processing, web surfing, and document manipulation I do with reasonable speed. More power would be nice, but only if the form factor is preserved. A tablet that is not thin and light is not useable as a tablet.
I have never seen the HP Envy 2 or the Lenovo Lynx, but they are built on the same Z2760 platform. They are less expensive, and might be better buys. Maybe Asus is charging more for build quality and appearance, which are good. The device comes with a carrying case that doubles as a tablet stand, and that is worth something. I don't feel as though I've overpaid. I realize I could have gotten a more powerful ultrabook for the same price, but it would not be a tablet. When you need a computer you can hold while standing, you need a tablet. I also considered the Lenovo Yoga 13, but thought it was too heavy to use as a tablet. Maybe the Yoga 11s will do, but it is not out yet.
The battery life on this device is in the range of 15 hours when docked. I leave home with the device charged up in the morning, and I just don't have to worry about plugging in.
The memory is limited. I have about 20 gigs left over after loading various apps and all of my work files. Eventually, I will get a high capacity micro sd card, but I do not plan on using this computer for a lot of media storage.
When the Windows 8 market place matures with more and better apps a Windows tablet such as the Vivotab will be the best.
Pros Good for typing documents, the web and other basic computer things.
Cons If you are expecting miracles from this laptop prepare to be disappointed
Pros Works great (when it works)
Long battery life especially with additional keyboard
Cons Quits without notice. Simply won't turn on one day (and any data you don't have backed up will be gone)
Extremely poor customer service and website
Pricey tablet $800 retail additional keyboard another $200
Summary Tablet failed after just a few weeks with no warning. Simply won't turn on. I have now found this is a common problem that ASUS either can't or won't address. (Check Amazon reviews)
ASUS support and website is a nightmare that sends you in circles.
1st time tablet fails you have to pay to return it yourself.
Customer service never contacts you to let you know status and link they provide you with for your RMA gives little info.
After a couple of weeks a new tablet showed up at my door.
New tablet lasted a couple of months, then once again failed ...same problem. Black screen (You can hear the power button hum but nothing happens.
Sent it back for the 2nd time.
Couple weeks go by it is returned again no info provided on problem or status
Worked a week...then failed for the 3rd time.
(presently on its way back to ASUS)
4 emails and countless phone calls later I was finally told that at least one of the failures was due to the motherboard the rep couldn't tell me anymore than that.
Unfortunately, ASUS can't guarantee that when it comes back the problem won't occur again.
They won't offer a refund and I was told to contact the orgininal seller (in this case Adorama) who basically said sorry not their problem. So neither the seller or manufacturer will stand by their product.
My suggestion is unless you can afford the expense of this tablet and have plenty of time to spend dealing with poor customer service and packing and returning your tablet to ASUS (Plus the constant backing up and dealing with the threat of losing your data) You should probably steer clear and investigate another product.
Pros Looks great, good form factor, legacy windows programs run without a hassle, docking hinge is strong but easy to disconnect, Windows 8 runs beautifully.
Cons Frequent BSOD, trackpad inconsistent and switching off on wake from sleep, digitiser stopped recognising swipe gestures after a few weeks, keyboard not registering keys reliably, not recognising second battery, the list goes on.
Summary This machine promises so much but is let down by being extremely buggy and inconsistent. I have been waiting for the windows 8 transformer like tablets for what seems like forever and purchased one the minute they became available in Australia. Out of the box it is a beautiful peice of kit and setup was a breeze. Metro (or Modern or whatever MSFT calls it now) is sweet and buttery smooth. Desktop programs installed and ran a lot faster that I had expected given the low power processor and the stylus implementation is great.
bugs started appearing; the trackpad wouldnt work from sleep, the second battery wasnt always recognised and occasionally the unit wouldnt shut off (or switch on) and the battery would run flat overnight. Often wouldnt wake from sleep and required a reboot to get started.
OK, early adopter and all that I was ready for some issues. Then the keyboard proved to be unreliable registering random keys (?sofware or hardware, not sure). Then the digitizer started doing weird things like registering pen input when the stylus was over 1cm away and refusing to register finger swipes from the side of the screen so I couldnt open the charms bar.
No worries, just refresh windows. Didnt work. Totally reinstall the OS and lose all my programs. Fair enough. Didnt work. Desperate times call for desperate measures, get on the forums and find out there are new drivers for the chipset. Installed them, didnt help.
Then I discovered that in Australia we have rubbish lemon laws which means that I had to mail the machine back to the retailer (not ASUS) who sat on it for 2 weeks before then sending it to ASUS where it seems to have gone into a black hole. ASUS in Australia didnt even seem to know the model existed and have provided no driver support in spite of a growing furore from similarly disaffected owners of this machine.
Reading the other review posted one could put my experience down to bad luck and sour grapes but I feel that people need to be aware that there are significant numbers of customers who are very disappointed with this computer. There appears to be some inherent flaws with either the hardware/software or both, and many people have commented that they feel the machine was not properly tested and debugged before being released.
If it worked as promised, I would have no hesitation in recommending it as a sexy and capable computer in spite of the compromises made in memory and processing power. Windows 8 is not just pretty it is fun to use and the battery life is excellent. But its just too unreliable and buggy. If and when ASUS address the above issues it may live up to its potential but until then, buyer beware!
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