Asus VivoTab 8 review: Asus VivoTab 8 is a Windows tablet built around stylus use

The 1.3GHz Intel Atom Z3740 CPU is par for the course with similar systems, and it won't surprise you to see that they all performed reasonably closely in our benchmark tests, although the VivoTab 8 wasn't the top performer in any individual test.

For an 8-inch experience, an Atom CPU should be fine, and the tile-based Windows 8 interface and apps optimized for it work especially well. Drop back to the traditional desktop, and some programs may feel a bit sluggish, but on such a small device your expectations are in line with that.

The Acer W4 is the king of battery life in the 8-inch arena, with a duration we clocked at 8:36, but the VivoTab 8 is a strong second, running for 7:39 on our video-playback battery drain test. The best laptops and tablets (especially OS X and iOS devices) run longer, but seven to eight hours for a handheld device running a full version of Windows 8 should be more than enough for most scenarios.

Conclusion

Eight-inch Windows 8 tablets are finding their own in their second or third revisions, with decent battery, solid performance, and a fairly uniform set of designs and features. Of the current crop, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 costs more but has a great design and high screen resolution, and the Acer W4 has the longest battery life.

The Asus VivoTab 8 could use a thinner body and more ports, but it includes a Wacom stylus. If that's a feature you think you'll really need, you can probably look past its other shortcomings.

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2
13,870
Dell Venue 8
14,177
Acer Iconia W4
15,224
Asus VivoTab Note 8
15,400
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
15,801

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Multimedia multitasking (iTunes and Handbrake)

Lenovo ThinkPad 8
1,051
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2
1,001
Asus VivoTab Note 8
958
Acer Iconia W4
953
Dell Venue 8
947

Note:

In seconds, shorter bars indicate better performance

Apple iTunes encoding test

Dell Venue 8
426
Asus VivoTab Note 8
399
Acer Iconia W4
398
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2
398
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
315

Note:

In seconds, shorter bars indicate better performance

Video playback battery drain test

Lenovo ThinkPad 8
422
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2
442
Dell Venue 8
450
Asus VivoTab Note 8
459
Acer Iconia W4
516

Note:

In minutes, longer bars indicate better performance

System configurations

Asus VivoTab Note 8

Windows 8.1 (32-bit); 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 32GB SSD hard drive

Lenovo IdeaTab MIIx 2

Windows 8.1 (32-bit); 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 128GB SSD hard drive

Dell Venue 8 Pro

Windows 8.1 (32-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Atom 3740D; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 32GB Sasmung SSD

Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Pro

Windows 8.1 Pro (32-bit); 1.46GHz Intel Atom Z3770; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 64GB Sasmung SSD

Acer Iconia W4

Windows 8.1 (32-bit); 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 64GB SSD hard drive

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