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ASUS VivoTab M80TA-C1-BK Intel Atom 2GB DDR3 Memory 64GB Flash 8.0" Touchscreen Tablet Windows 8.1 32-Bit

  • Intel Atom Z3740 1.33GHz (Turbo up to 1.86 GHz)
  • Windows 8.1 32-Bit
  • Touchscreen
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • WACOM EMR Stylus Pen
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Robert C.
  • 5/9/2014 1:56:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat For Me

This review is from: ASUS VivoTab M80TA-C1-BK Intel Atom 2GB DDR3 Memory 64GB Flash 8.0" Touchscreen Tablet Windows 8.1 32-Bit

Pros: Love the 8 inch form factor with full windows 8.1. Professionally, it is very nice to leave my bulky Dell M4700 at my desk when going to a meeting. I've found that Windows Store apps work for the majority of my needs, but it is great to be able to drop into the desktop. The stylus is a must when in desktop mode since you can hover over items to get drop down menus and have finer control over selecting items with the cursor.

I've also enjoyed it for personal use. Reading is okay, but not quite as nice as the Asus Nexus 7 that I owned previously. It's a little heavier and the Kindle app just doesn't work as well. I absolutely love playing Civilization V on this sucker, the touch controls are fantastic. I've also played Settlers of Catan online and found that to work perfectly with touch controls and the stylus. Pairing my plantronics headset without the use of the proprietary dongle worked very well.

Cons: I have had similar issues with the WiFi and power button. Every once in a while, the WiFi just stops responding and a reboot is required. I am also unable to connect to my TV as a wireless display, although I'm not sure which product is to blame on that one.

The power button can be frustrating. I also have to keep holding the power button down repeatedly to get it to respond. It doesn't happen every time, but often enough to be annoying. A couple of times I thought the device might have been bricked.

From a battery perspective, I can definitely get through the day on a single charge for my typical work routine. For lounging around and gaming, it will last 2-3 hours.

Other Thoughts: This is definitely the tablet for me due to my dependency on Windows as an IT professional with a focus on Microsoft Technologies. The ability to open legacy applications on the desktop makes it so that I can leave my desktop behind with confidence. If that isn't important to you, I would definitely suggest other tablets because it is a noticeable step back in terms of form factor (a bit heavier), user experience (OS and app store diversity), and accessories (covers, keyboards, etc).

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/22/2014 1:02:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNear perfect... if the pen doesn't fail

This review is from: ASUS VivoTab M80TA-C1-BK Intel Atom 2GB DDR3 Memory 64GB Flash 8.0" Touchscreen Tablet Windows 8.1 32-Bit

Pros: This is really an amazing device when it works. If you are after an 8" windows device with good pen input there is no other option on the market.
This device has a Wacom digitizer. If you are not familiar with that, it is the top of the line pen input technology found in many windows tablet pc's and Samsung Galaxy Note devices. The Synaptics digitizer on the Dell Venue 8 Pro has improved dramatically from the initial release, but, at least in my opinion (I own both), it is still not nearly up to Wacom level. Synaptics doesn’t cross my “good enough” threshold. Wacom is well beyond it.
Wacom when combined with full OneNote offers the best digital handwritten note taking experience available. The 8" size brings that experience long available on larger/heavier devices to a compact size that can be brought with you everywhere.
This device has a “Bay Trail” SoC which is a big step up over previous generations of Atom. If you have had poor experiences with prior versions of Atom you will be pleasantly surprised with the advances made in Bay Trail. It will struggle with very demanding programs, but for many tasks like document editing, note taking, movie watching, web browsing the experience is very smooth.
Bay Trail is x86 so this device runs full windows (not RT). An 8” screen is too small to run many desktop apps on comfortably, but I find the ability to have access to those apps in a pinch to be a significant bonus.

Cons: In many minor ways this tablet isn’t as good as the Dell Venue 8 Pro. The Dell has a somewhat better screen. It is a little bit thinner. It has a more solid build quality feel to it. It has better hardware buttons. These draw backs I feel are minor though in comparison to the large advantage with the pen (when it works).
By far the largest draw back with this device is a very high rate of failure with the Wacom digitizer. Approximately 30% of owners are experiencing digitizers that fail soon after purchasing the tablet (based on some statistics I did over on the tabletpcreview forums under the same nickname). For affected devices the digitizer will cease functioning, requiring various temporary fixes to restore operation, but the problem progressively gets worse with time until it eventually can’t be restored.
My device first started showing problems after 2 weeks where it stopped functioning. The next failure didn’t happen for a week after that, but after ~35 days (just beyond the return window) it had reduced to an unusable state. Many other users are reporting similar experiences. My device is currently in RMA.

Other Thoughts: This device is great when it works, but the unacceptably high failure rate with the Wacom digitizer is a major problem that needs to be fixed.

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  • Peter B.
  • 4/19/2014 8:13:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: ASUS VivoTab M80TA-C1-BK Intel Atom 2GB DDR3 Memory 64GB Flash 8.0" Touchscreen Tablet Windows 8.1 32-Bit

Pros: Wacom digitizer. Terrific with OneNote.
Windows 8.1 is terrific on a touchscreen this size.

Cons: The WiFi adapter is complete junk. It routinely becomes completely unresponsive (Windows reports No networks available) when moving between networks--say work to home. My phone has no trouble with these switches. The Windows WiFi connection utility also stops responding when I go from one network to another. I have to restart Windows to get it to work again. Sometimes I can then connect to the network. Sometimes I need to restart Windows several times before it will connect. The Windows "troubleshooter" can't do anything to fix these issues.

The power button is squishy junk. It often doesn't work. To get the tablet to wake up, I repeatedly press the button over and over again (often for as long as a minute).

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

It's good to know that you are satisfied with the Note 8. If I can be of further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# 3628229 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Jay N.
  • 4/13/2014 3:59:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice tablet

This review is from: ASUS VivoTab M80TA-C1-BK Intel Atom 2GB DDR3 Memory 64GB Flash 8.0" Touchscreen Tablet Windows 8.1 32-Bit

Pros: Runs most Windows apps
Great form factor
Excellent build quality
WACOM digitizer and pen support
Very nice screen
Great audio

Cons: Wasn't free
Location of MicroUSB charging port
Physical Windows Key
No included sleeve or cover
Windows isn't 64-bit

Other Thoughts: This is my 4th tablet. I'm a tablet junkie! I've owned an original Surface RT, Surface Pro, Dell Venue, and now the ASUS VivoTab.

Of all the devices I like this one the best. It has more power and versatility than any Windows RT tablet. While not as powerful as a Surface Pro, it fills every need I have in a tablet. It runs all Windows 32-bit apps. All the hardware in my home is compatible with it such as printers and mice and keyboards.

The build quality is very nice. This is a sturdy device. It feels as good in the hand as the Dell Venue but is ever so slightly heavier. You can feel the quality when handling it.

The screen is very bright and readable from almost any angle. I use the VivoTab to read books and I never have eyestrain or fatigue.

One nice surprise was the fantastic built-in audio. Listening to music and watching video on this device is a pleasure! The Dell Venue disappointed me with sub-par audio.

One of the big sells for me was the WACOM digitizer and pen. Most other tablets have no pen and if they do, no pen holder. The ASUS VivoTab has a nice pen holder and very accurate pen input. It's a pleasure to use as a note-taking device.

Are there cons? Sure! A decent sleeve or cover wasn't included. The location of the charging port is inconvenient. The Windows key is a physical key. The Intel Baytrail chipset isn't 64-bit so we don't get access to the benefits of a 64-bit OS.

Overall, though, I am very pleased with this purchase and would definitely buy again. Microsoft will have a challenge making a small form-factor Surface that is as nice as this tablet!

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