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Good: Cheap, easy to use
Bad: Hardware prone to errors, Windows 8 OS, difficult to find support equipment
Comment: I have owned this tablet for a little under six months, and for a while the video driver would crash after waking it (fixed by new video driver). However, the motherboard recently screwed up, and needed to be replaced. Still under warranty, thankfully, but not boding well.
It also runs the Windows 8 operating system, which is often obstructively difficult to work with, requiring much more complicated and difficult solutions to problems easily fixed in Windows XP or 7. Recommend avoid.
Good: Not much
Bad: Cheap build, under-powered, Asus warranty
Comment: This is a good tablet in concept but not in execution.
Perhaps it will be good for you if you just want to surf the web or read some email messages. Anything uses beyond that is beyond the power of this machine.
As a consumer it is hard to tell what the sources of the problems are. My charger does not work all of the time. The power button works intermittently. The Wifi is spotty at finding networks when the router was only 5 feet away. Buttons on the screen were often unresponsive. Application software runs so slowly that it is hard to tell when that machine is running and when it has seized up. When installing Windows updates, it is common for the machine to seize.
It may be that Asus built a cheap machine. It may be that Windows 8 is just too demanding for the small power in the tablet. It may be that the Intel Atom is just too weak for Windows 8. Whatever the source or sources of the problems, the machine rarely works well and often fails to work.
I am a professor and bought the machine to replace printed lecture notes. It is humiliating when, standing in front of a class, and the tablet fails to come to life when the power button is pushed.
Asus support is helpful in tone, but their only assistance is to say, “Send it back.” I have sent the machine in for repairs four times. It seems that Asus should be able to get it right after that many attempts. Each time is comes back having wiped out my data and application software which takes hours to reload. So the poor quality machine will not only cost you money, but it will cost you time, all while failing to work.
Asus will not give a refund nor will they replace the machine. Apparently their plan is to simply have me send the machine in repeatedly until the warranty period runs out. That is a clear indicator of a company that is unworthy of anyone’s patronage.
My suggestion is that you avoid this machine and perhaps this company.
Good: Very litte besides price.
Bad: Desperately fragile, the touch screen is slow and unresponsive
Comment: I would earnestly council that you avoid this tablet. It is so fragile that despite being encased in a protective cover, the smallest drop or tap (mine was in a case, and fell approximately 40 centimeters) shatters the screen, leaving unusable. There is no question that to get to this price level many, many corners have been cut in terms of quality.
Leaving build quality to oneside, the reponse is slow and deeply frustrating. Windows 8 itself is quite enjoyable to use.
Either get Google's Nexus 10, or face up to the fact the if you want a tablet with full Windows 8, its going to cost more.
Comment: just looking for now not ready to pull the trigger yet
Good: the internet
Comment: It's great
Good: Everything except can't upgrade ram and no removable battery
Bad: At the low asking price, nothing
Comment: Been using this for a couple of weeks, for the low asking price, i have nothing to complain about.
If i could add more ram i would love it more :)
Good: Full OS
Bad: Intels graphic choice
Comment: The Atom is a great CPU and more than enough for a Tablet. You don't really know what you have been missing on a iPad and Android Tablet until you have tried a full OS Tablet. The experience is amazing! Not really into the resolution stuff.. think this resolution is perfect for the screen size. On the iPad and Nexus I spend more time zooming.. same goes for my 1920x1080 laptop where even 15.6" is to small. Only downside is the Intel choice of Graphics for the Atom..but it is enough for games like Civ IV.
Comment: Hey iCnet, the Nexus has a higher resolution than the ipad, and i know you know that, so why suggest editing photos on the ipad when talking about the low resolution of this Asus tablet?
Good: Full windows, battery life and weight
Bad: Feels a little bit plasticy
Comment: Had this tablet for a couple of weeks now having bought it on launch day. As a full Windows 8 (read not RT) it works very smoothly and really makes Windows 8 shine. Swiping through programs feels very natural and the tiles make for easy navigation. Battery life seems to be pretty much on par with the claimed 9ish hours too.
Being full Windows means you can stick older programs on the tablet and that you aren't limited to just the Windows store. This is a real bonus. The CNET review makes a big deal out of the tablet not running heavy duty programs very smoothly. I’m sure this is true but then who buys a £400 tablet with an Atom processor for intensive photo editing! The tablet will probably do it just don’t expect full laptop performance… if that is what you want or need buy something appropriate!
The tablet is and feels very very light but as CNET says the compromise here is the back does feel a bit plasticy. One thing that feels very absent from the box when you buy the tablet is a micro USB to full size USB adaptor to allow you to plug in any Windows compatible device. This can easily be bought online but it would have been easier and nicer if there was one in the box!
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