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Quick Review of the Asus VivoTab Note 8

I purchased this on Saturday Feb. 15, on making a visit to the Microsoft Store at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Almost a week earlier I learned that Microsoft had put this Windows 8.1 tablet on sale online, and I soon watched it become sold out, at $329.99; I however purchased this guy for $299 in the store.

After 5 days with the device I have to say I really like it. It’s great to use both as a note taking device with the bundled Microsoft Office Home suite included (Microsoft bundles Office Home with all 8 inch Windows 8.1 Tablets) , or as a media player device watching streaming videos on YouTube or Blip. Because it’s a full x86 Processor I also don’t have a problem with non-native video codecs. I can run VLC on it, or even ITunes.

Battery life is hard to test in 5 days, but I am able to go a day or two on casual use. Asus claims 8 hours, which is on par with other Bay Trail Atom Tablets.  One of the huge benefits of the Bay Trail Atom tablet is that they can recharge off just about any Micro USB charger; chances are you have a few of those lying around. Unlike the Surface Pro, who’s charger is around $60 to $80.  

I’ll admit I was stunned by the overall performance of this tablet, while it wasn’t screaming like the Surface Pro; it wasn’t a slouch either. This is not the Atom of the Netbook generation or even the Atom in the early Windows 8 tablets that came out last year like the Samsung ATIV 500 or Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2.

I mentioned the ATIV and Tablet 2 for a specific reason. Those devices and the VivoTab Note 8 share a feature that was my main attraction to this device, The Wacom digitizer! I have been a fan of Wacom digitizer pens since I was first introduced to them on my old ThinkPad X41 Tablet, whose pen works on Asus VivoTab note 8!

Now why would I do such a thing you ask? What could be the benefit?  Well Asus did disappoint in their included pen digitizer by not giving it an eraser head, like that on ThinkPad Tablets of yester year, or even the Surface Pro (whose digitizer also works on the Asus Vivotab Note 8).  The included pen can be stored in a silo at the bottom of the tablet, something it does have over the surface pro, who’s magnetically attached pen falls off more often in my bag than I care for.

Honestly, that lack of an eraser head is my only complaint for the Vivotab Note 8 though. It’s priced well at $299 for the 32GB model. It’s a little pricier than the competition of the 32GB Dell Venue 8 Pro, which does have an optional Synaptics digitizer (though I hear the driver/firmware is still a little buggy), which is available at Microcenter for $199 on sale, or the 64GB ThinkPad Tablet 8 at $399 which does feature a 1920x1200 display but lacks a digitizer option (Damn you Lenovo! Damn you). This is a device I’m carrying back and forth to work and I am recommending to anyone.


SPECS: (Taken from Asus Site)

  • Windows 8.1
  • 8-inch HD (1280 x 800) IPS display
  • Intel Atom Z3740 processor
  • Integrated Professional Wacom Digitizer Stylus with EMR Technology
  • 2GB LPDDR3 memory
  • 5MP rear camera and HD front-facing camera
  • 802.11 ABGN, Bluetooth 4.0+HS, Miracast
  • Up to 64GB internal storage, up to 64GB microSD card slot and bundled unlimited ASUS WebStorage (1 year)
  • Micro USB
  • 15.5Whr battery
  • 220.9 x 133.8 x 10.95mm
  • 380g



Wacom Digitizer

Priced Right.

Bundled Office Suite

Light weight

Mirco USB Charging.



Included Pen/Digitizer doesn’t have eraser (though the device does recognize pens that do)

Bit of a stretch but the Vivotab Note 8 didn’t include a Micro USB to full USB adapter (other tablets do)


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