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Asus Vivo TF810C 11.6 inch tablet with Bundled Keyboard-Grey (Intel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz, 2Gb RAM, 64Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 8)
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- Designed to complement Microsoft's new touch-enabled OS
- Dual-purpose design - combines a high-resolution multi-touch display with a detachable QWERTY keyboard dock
- Corning Fit Glass display backed by high-precision Wacom digitiser stylus technology
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- full on PC that runs all your software
- excellent digitizer pen and on screen writing
- easy to hold
- looks gorgeous
- is a serious work laptop and a nice entertainment center as well
- close to 20 hours battery with keyboard !!!
- can not play graphical intensive modern games
- a few issues with drivers and stability but his will be fixed
- not HD screen
I do still wonder if the i5 tablets would have been better but not until they get the battery life fixed. This is just amazing for your day to day PC needs.
I previously owned a wide range of tablets both android (Iconia a500, Samsung p7300, tf201) and iPad (you've seen one, you've seen them all) and that has really put me off each and every time was the lack of proper office support (and the ability to properly render and edit a complex document) and the fact that no matter how advanced, they're still toys that depend on a PC to be either rooted, jailbroken, flashed, fixed, updated, synched and so on.
If you owned atom powered devices, make no mistake. This is not your usual atom processor! Office 2010, Photoshop 5 and inking work amazing! Especially inking, I still can't believe my eyes how fluid it is and how natural it feels.
In the performance department, the tablet is on par with the other tablets on the market. Games usually run great (GOF2) with far better visuals than their tablet counterparts but are unfortunately poorly optimized some regarding control GOF2 others video (the PC non-touch version of Great little wargame is poorly optimized and unplayable). For most of them you will need a decent virtual keyboard and so far there are only two.
However I had a lot of fun with Need for speed 5: Porsche, Carmageddon TDR (2 probably works too) and mafia 1 (driving only, for aiming somebody will need to create a virtual joystick app).
So as far as the criticism of not being able to play mouse & keyboard games goes I'd say windows 8 is doing WAY better than expected.
If you need extra apps don't forget to check the Intel's AppUp store and keep in mind that some Bigfish games (Monopoly 2012 in my case) might work perfectly.
As far HD video goes you should have no issues with 1080p.
All I can say if you're worried that multimedia might be an Achilles's heel, like I was, you couldn't be more wrong.
Speaking of CPU-intensive tasks, I'm amazed that this thing never gets hot! I mean there are barley any games that look as good as NFS5 or Mafia for ARM devices and you don't need those to feel your phone/tablet burning up. The worst I managed to get with the TF810C is mildly warm.
Last but not least, be prepared to be blow away by a big surprise. IE10. IE10 makes Chrome look like Chrome makes Firefox look. To give this any kind of sense: IE10 is damn fast! much faster than Chrome and much better optimized for touch. So far it has replaced Chrome but I can't really get used with that horrible UI. I don't think anyone at MS is actually using IE10.
A quick note on the battery and power, I'd rate it to 10 hours without the dock for the way I use the tablet. Considering I this is my 3rd day I'm still using it a lot and trying all kinds of stuff. Just keep an eye on what clutters up in your taskbar. I do my best to keep bloat-apps that don't actually need to run at startup nor do they need a taskbar icon, in check and I try not to allow any non-MS services to run at startup.
The tablet itself does not have a standard USB port but it does come with an adapter for the custom dock connector. Both the tablet and the tab+dock can power a portable HDD or ODD.
Kudos to Asus for including:
-pen + tips
-nice leathery case
Not so kudos for not keeping up with the support. I keep reading about people that install beta HP or supposedly newer Samsung drivers. I can't tell if the post holiday batch shipped with newer drivers but I haven't had any issues of any kind.
Again, I disprove with the custom dock connector but given the thinness of this device I can't complain. I do however own USB sticks that only contain the plastic strip with the connectors (no metal USB connector housing). If somebody would finally adopt a 1/2 thickness USB to fit those connectors alone, it would be great step forward from the various custom adapters.
All in all I'd give it a 6 out of 5 but Amazon won't let me.
EDIT: I just tried the HP drivers myself (started benchmarking and was curious if they'd bring any performance enhancement).
Results are as follows:
-the dock battery fails to be recognized after a while
-slight performance loss
-auto brightness adjustment issues
Results others have reported with HP/Lenovo drivers
-freezing & BSOD
-overall sluggish performance
-dock gets drained after tablet instead of charging it
Conclusion: Even though all Atom tablets released by Asus/Samsung/Lenovo/HP have the same SoC, the drivers are customized differently depending on the components each manufacturer chose. Since these drivers are not offered in an unified package by Intel it's a very bad idea to try HP drivers for example, like I did.
Whatever issues you may encounter on various forums from early buyers, those were either windows related or are caused by "other brand" drivers.
Just run windows update and look for updates first thing after you boot and patiently wait for them to install (it does take a while). Your experience is guaranteed to be smooth as butter afterwards. TIP: don't connect anything to bluetooth before updating!
EDIT: Asus driver update released.
For some reason it's only available via Asus's LiveUpdate program. If you removed it you should either refresh your tablet or look for it on some tablet forums. It's supposed to be version 1.19 and other versions will not work, this is a device specific program.
You can also find the latest update pack on "some tablet forums" in case LiveUpdate doesn't connect. However make sure your connection or antivirus are causing that.
If you played around with other driver packs, do a full refresh as others reported issues and the drivers not being completely installed.
So far this update fixes all previous issues, such as the mousepad not waking up after long periods of sleep and graphics glitches in some games.
Very happy with the tablet.
- It is small enough to be portable, but still large enough for some serious work
- The battery life is fantastic, I've managed at least 13 hours, so you really can just take it anywhere and not worry that you need to stop working
- The touch screen is very responsive
- The keyboard is better than many found on more expensive ultra books
- There is sufficient CPU power for most typical business and study related tasks
- The stylus works very well, very responsive. So you can make hand written notes and draw diagrams
But watch out for the following:
- If you decide to add a MicroSD card (e.g. Class 10 64GB card), format it to NTFS first, it seems to perform better
- You can increase the available main memory by 8GB buy using Windows 8 options to create an external recovery partition on a USB memory stick (you'll need at least 8GB) and then using a command line function called "diskpart" to remove the 8GB recovery partition from you C: disk (only do this if you feel confident and have read all the advice that is available if you do some research using google)
- Bluetooth mice. The BT seems to interfere with wifi. So use a mouse with a tail!
This is the first computer that I have owned that I really enjoy using, and my other laptop costs £300 more than this Asus laptop!
The keyboard freezing issue seems to be related to two causes:
1. Recovery from sleep mode. I have not found an simple solution for this beside a re-start.
2. Interference between Bluetooth and wifi. As mentioned above, avoid using a BT mouse and this should address the loss of wifi and mouse functionality.
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