Asus Vivo Tab on the way: It's all about the ink

Asus Vivo Tab on the way: It's all about the ink

Summary: My obsession with mobile technology is confirmed once again as a new Asus Vivo Tab with keyboard dock is on its way to my door.

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My quest to find the perfect tablet/laptop for work/leisure is seemingly never ending. My recent purchase of the HP Envy x2 left me happy with the capability of the device, but it didn't last. The Envy misses one feature that I have come to realize I really want in a Windows 8 hybrid, and that's an active digitizer for inking on the screen.

That's the primary reason a new Asus Vivo Tab (model # TF810C-C1-GR) system with a keyboard dock is being readied in an Amazon warehouse to be delivered to me shortly. The Vivo Tab is similar in most ways to the HP Envy x2, so I'm pretty sure I will like it. It adds the active digitizer (Wacom) and pen which really excites me to get back to handwriting notes for my work.

I also ordered the dock which is not included with the tablet, which is annoying. While some buyers might want the tablet only I think Windows 8 is much better with a keyboard available.

I miss the ability to take handwritten notes, and have for a while. I relied totally on Tablet PCs for a decade in my previous career as a geophysicist so I'm familiar with how well inking works for me. I have been wanting to get back to handwritten notes for my writing work, as it stimulates the creative part of the writing process. There's something satisfying about jotting down ideas and then outlining them for a writing project. I find the ideas flow seamlessly, much more so than with a keyboard.

I also miss creating mind maps for projects, especially writing projects. The ability to quickly enter topics and then flesh them out with the pen is so productive. Dragging topics around on the map to instantly reorganize the flow is priceless.

The new Asus should be here tomorrow and I intend to jump on it quickly. I'll share how well it works in general and for inking in particular. The Asus Transformer Prime tablets and keyboard docks have impressed me since their release and I'm looking forward to trying this Windows 8 version in the Vivo Tab.

Those wondering why I didn't go with a Surface Pro to do this work, that's a valid question. For me it came down to two things: battery life and keyboard. The Asus gets over 10 hours with the tablet and another 9 hours (claimed) with the keyboard dock. That's important to me as I prefer having all day operation with no power worries. Secondly, I write so much that I prefer having a real laptop-quality keyboard. The TypeCover with a Surface Pro comes close but not quite close enough for me.

Topics: Mobility, Laptops, Tablets, Windows 8

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  • Just curious

    James, are you keeping all these devices or returning them. You seems to own an envious collection of devices.
    • Keep some, give away others

      Some of my gadgets I keep, as I rotate around to keep up with the various technologies. Others I give away, to family members and friends. The latter usually those who I feel would be well served by the particular gadget.
      • I wish I had that luxury of yours.

        I envy you. :)
        Ram U
        • Re: I wish I had that luxury of yours.

          A lot of these Windows devices only seem to appeal to people with that luxury.
  • Which Asus Vivotab?

    Asus runs several tablets under the Vivotab brand.
    • This one

      It's this one:
      • I hope it's okay

        As I said in response to one of your other posts, I found the Atom version of the Samsung Ativ a little too unresponsive for best inking. I ended up with the Core i5 version, which has superb inking. I know that for you, the Core i5 is unacceptable for battery life, but we'll see how you feel about the Atom inking experience.

        I'm hoping that the next iteration of the Atom will add better inking performance to its superb battery life, but I just don't think this one is there.
        • Just for that reason I picked up Surface Pro

          Ram U
        • Atom is OK for me

          It's not the fastest but I don't have any complaints so far in the tablets I've tried. Performance hit worth the long battery life for me.
      • 10" version with Full HD screen and I'm there

        tried the Samsung Ativ 11.6" transformers and while they are great as netbooks, they are just too big and heavy as a tablet.
        Since I don't expect it to be a powerhouse PC, and portability is everything, I'd like it to be around 9-10" screen. A TF700 infinity but with an atom and an active stylus and I'm there.
        If you need a large screen tablet with stylus, this thing is ideal.
  • James, try these apps and I like them

    1. grapholite pro (and Art Studio from the same company)
    2. Blueprint Sketch and Plan
    3. espresso Mind Map.
    Ram U
    • Thanks!

      Definitely interested in the mind map app. Will look at the others, too.
  • I look forward to your review!

    I bought the Envy X2 on sale for $525.00 when you did. I love it! I don't do/need handwriting even though we both likely have had the same stuff over the years. So I am sticking with the X2. I sold a high end laptop I never used and my old reliable netbook with an 8 inch screen. I also sold my Galaxy Tab 10.1 I used daily. It more than replaces all three.

    I had the Commodore DX 64 back in the early 80s. It wasn't till recently I found it was exceptionally rare as they only made a few with two 5.25 floppy drives instead of the one the SX 64 had. Wish I had kept that one, along with two or three others. We have come a long way.
  • Not best reviews on Amazon

    I hope you have better experience with it than most seem to have according to the reviews.

    Good luck!
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet2 and Samsung ATIV 500T

    Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet2 (10.1 in. size) provides Wacom digitizer inking experience on Windows 8 and has an accompanying bluetooth keyboard/kickstand. Samsung 500T (11.6 in. size - similar to HP Envy x2) does come with Wacom inking on Win8 plus a physically attached keyboard.

    I'm looking forward to reading a comparative review (smackdown) from you between the Lenovo TPT2, Samsung ATIV 500T, and this one from Asus (ViVo Tab). All have similar Atom processor and its trappings (RAM, SSD drive, screen resolution, USB 2.0, micro SD, some kind of HDMI out).

    Since I'm looking for that sweet spot hybrid with inking experience like you, Office OneNote, long battery life, cool (no fan) experience - not interested in running games - such a review coming from you would be a good read.
    • ASUS VivoTab

      The ASUS VivoTab has 2 important things that neither the Samsung or Lenovo tablets have:

      1) Another battery in the keyboard (adds 9 hours more battery life)

      2) A GPS

      These 2 features are what sold me on the VivoTab, and I haven't been disappointed.
      Bill Reilly