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Pros: Windows 8 with available update to 8.1 - I did not have the issue some people reported where various functions stopped working after the update; I think ASUS has fixed that.
MicroSD slot was easy to use and accepted by Windows (I've had issues with MicroSD and Windows before).
Even though its RT, you can still get into the nuts and bolts of the OS. Since experimenting with Windows 8 was a main reason I bought this tablet, this is a major plus.
Came with the docking station - free!
Cons: Proprietary charging/docking port - I know its to connect the dock, and it does come with a USB adapter dongle, but I really dislike proprietary USB connections.
The operating system chews up something like half of the onboard memory. Given that this is the nature of a full blown OS, even if it is RT, it was expected, but still not cool.
The default power settings aren't optimized for use as a tablet. When it tried to 'Sleep,' the screen would shut off but the tablet would keep going full bore, which meant the battery would be dead in the morning before I started shutting it down when I was done with it.
Other Thoughts: Windows 8(.1) RT - I'd almost call this a con, except I knew what I was getting when I bought it. RT really doesn't give the best Windows experience, what with the user being locked into using only apps from the App Store.
I did not receive the model with a SIM card for connecting to a cell network, as some have reported; the model advertised isn't supposed to have one.
The USB adapter dongle is enormous in relation to the size of the tablet and awkward to use when attached to the tablet.
The hinge portion of the docking station seems very stiff.
Pros: Easy setup
Dual band antennas
Instructions were surprisingly good.
When it occasionally decides to work, it works very well
Cons: DHCP would randomly stop working, even though the unit had a strong connection to the wireless router. Gave the unit a static address, which solved the problem for about an hour. This means you can't even access the setup pages, as devices sit for ages (let one go for an hour once) trying to get an IP address. Reset the device, got back into the setup. Unit says it has a very strong signal from the router, but it can't connect to it (even tried this with an open network; it still said it couldn't connect). Then it would suddenly connect and I could configure it. In the time it took to put down my tablet and pickup my smartphone, it stopped working.
Also crashed my entire network once on connecting; had to reboot every wireless device in the house.
Other Thoughts: Replaced it with a different, non-Edimax repeater, which has had exactly no issues.
Keeping the unit both as a reminder not to buy bargain brands and in the hope that it might work better with a different router at some point in the future.
Display Name: Joshua H.
Date Joined: 07/06/11
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