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Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 review: Comfy design and useful features at a fair price

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The Good The Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 boasts a comfortable build, sharp screen with good viewing angles, and starts at a reasonable $329. Included Asus software significantly enhances multimedia experiences and the floating dock feature makes multitasking quick and easy.

The Bad Large apps and games take a long time to load. Also, the power button sometimes takes its time to respond. Swipes to unlock the screen often go unrecognized.

The Bottom Line The Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 is a well-priced large tablet that doesn't compromise on useful extras.

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6.3 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 6

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With the Memo Pad HD 10, Asus delivers a tablet with an appealingly low $329 price without making you feel like you're getting the short end of the stick. The tablet rocks a sharp IPS screen with great viewing angles and a comfortable design. It also packs a multitude of Asus' experience-enhancing apps.

The tablet isn't without it faults, though; it is slow to load large apps, and it lags when trying to wake up after long periods of time. That said, the Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 sits comfortably among affordable tablets that don't sacrifice too much quality for a low price.

The Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 isn't the most stylish, sleek, or thin tablet, but for its size, it's pretty darn comfortable and light. It weighs less than the Google Nexus 10, and the smooth matte finish on the back, combined with the grippy texture, make a comfortable handheld experience that melts the tablet into your hands. In addition to the soft tactile feel, its round edges don't protrude into your palms in an irritating or painful way.

Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 Google Nexus 10 Toshiba Excite Pure Asus Transformer Tab Infinity TF700
Weight in pounds 1.24 1.33 1.39 1.32
Width in inches (landscape) 10.1 10.4 10.3 10.4
Height in inches 7.2 6.9 7 7.1
Depth in inches 0.37 0.35 0.4 0.33
Side bezel width in inches (landscape) 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.8

The tablet's bezels provide enough space for your fingers to rest on without blocking anything on the screen. Unsurprisingly, the glossy screen attracts a significant number of fingerprints and smudges, but they're easily removed with a microfiber cloth.

The grippy texture, matte finish, and light weight are a winning combination. Josh Miller/CNET

The left edge houses the Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB ports, with the microSD slot in between them, and the power button around the corner on the far left of the tablet's top edge. The speakers are located on the back, along with the 5-megapixel camera. The headphone jack is located right above the volume rocker, on the top of the right edge.

The only sign of weak build quality was unearthed while using the Folio Key; when removing the tablet from the cover, a small section of the back panel slightly snapped off, and -- although it took some pressure -- it snapped back into place without any further damage.

Most of the ports are located on the left side of the tablet. Josh Miller/CNET

The tablet runs Android 4.2.2. and offers the option of Asus' Quick Setting notification panel as an alternative to the two traditional Android pull-down menus. The Quick Setting notification panel offers fast access to various settings, including all those on the pure Android menus and then some.

The Memo Pad FHD 10 comes stocked with various Asus goodies, including the handy floating dock, multimedia-experience-enhancing Audio Wizard, and Asus' Splendid screen calibration app.

The Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 allows you to use Asus' Quick Settings menu as an alternative. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

The floating dock app is useful for multitasking or quickly executing small tasks; you can open a browser window, change Audio Wizard settings, check your calendar, and more -- all without having to close the app you're using.

Speakers on a tablet are an often neglected feature, and the Memo Pad FHD 10 doesn't house the most powerful pair, but it does offer its impressive Audio Wizard feature. Audio Wizard significantly enhances the quality of audio and is an essential tool for enjoying movies or music -- it just doesn't work with headphones.

The Audio Wizard feature is easy and essential to use. Josh Miller/CNET

It has six different settings and is easily accessible from the floating dock. In addition to increasing the overall volume -- the default power-saving mode is set very low -- the Audio Wizard enhances the soundscape and subtle noises during a movie, and makes music sound fuller. The sound quality, even when using the Audio Wizard feature isn't amazing, but it is good, and, when it comes to tablet speakers, good is great.

Thanks to the positioning of the speakers on the back, when the tablet is on a flat surface, the audio bounces off of it, creating a louder and fuller sound than when holding it. The highest volume setting isn't terribly loud, but it's decent for the small speakers -- any louder and the sound quality would suffer dramatically.

The speakers are located on the tablet's back and sound louder when placed on a flat surface. Josh Miller/CNET

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