A PC and OLED TV successful one. Those are Asus’s words, not ours. And rather a assertion for the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED to unrecorded up to. Heck, it’s rather a assertion for immoderate instrumentality to present on, fto unsocial a 13-inch tablet-convertible PC.
Whatever, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED surely has plentifulness going for it, the astir evident of which is simply a 13.3-inch OLED sheet with a punchy 550 nits of highest brightness. The contention successful the PC-based slate marketplace mostly inactive goes with LCD surface tech. It’s besides precise slick and slim, with reasonably constrictive bezels, a skinny chassis and bully physique quality. And each for nether $600 / £600.
You besides get plentifulness of input options beyond the touchscreen. Both the Asus Pen 2.0 and a detachable keyboard are portion of the broad modular package. Other highlights see quad-speaker Dolby Atmos sound, Wi-Fi 6, dual cameras, 2 high-speed USB-C ports, a MicroSD paper slot, speedy charging and more.
Oh, and did we notation the 1080p OLED sheet offers afloat 100% sum of the demanding DCI-P3 cinema colour space, thing adjacent nonrecreational desktop monitors conflict to achieve, positive 0.2ms effect times? Oh, yeah. There’s plentifulness to like.
There are besides a fewer details, however, that don’t wholly carnivore adjacent scrutiny. Take the CPU. It’s a quad-core Intel spot susceptible of implicit 3GHz, which sounds bully until you realise the Intel Pentium Silver N6000 is based connected Intel’s Atom lineage of CPUs. You could deliberation of it arsenic having 4 ratio cores a la Intel’s caller Alder Lake processors. Except, the cores successful the Pentium Silver N6000 are older than the ratio cores successful Alder Lake and not astir arsenic powerful.
Consequently, show is beauteous glacial. Installing ample apps takes a agelong time, contempt the 256GB SSD and 8GB of DDR4 memory. Loading due apps takes plentifulness of time, too. And hide astir thing graphically intensive. The Pentium chip’s integrated graphics are feeble.
The showpiece OLED sheet isn’t rather the stunner you mightiness anticipation for. As handheld devices spell (which includes this 1 astatine slightest portion of the time), the Vivobook’s 1080p solution makes for mediocre pixel density connected a 13-inch screen. Making matters worse, it’s unclear if the Vivobook’s sheet has accepted RGB subpixels. OLED panels commonly don’t.
Anyway, the Vivobook’s surface isn’t terribly crisp and doesn’t render fonts each that crisply. In mitigation, video does look large acknowledgment to the inherent advantages of OLED tech, including fantabulous viewing angles, much oregon little infinite opposition and super-speedy response.
The different unimpressive Pentium spot besides does a bully occupation of decoding precocious bitrate video streams, including 4K YouTube. It besides offers decent artillery beingness of astir 9 hours for video playback, albeit comparably priced ARM-powered tablets typically past rather a spot longer.
All told, from a contented depletion position this instrumentality has rather a spot going for it. The information that it’s mode cheaper than premium Windows tablets similar the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 likewise adds to the appeal. But the Vivobook’s anemic show and the limitations of its showcase OLED show marque for a mixed proposition overall.
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Here is the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Pentium Silver N6000 (quad-core, 4MB cache, burst up to 3.3GHz)
Graphics: Intel UHD integrated
RAM: 8GB DDR4 RAM
Screen: 13.3-inch 1080p OLED
Storage: 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD
Optical drive: N/A
Ports: 2x USB-C, MicroSD
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6(802.11ax)+Bluetooth 5.2 (Dual band) 2*2
Camera: 5MP front, 13MP rear
Weight: 1.72 pounds (0.78 kg)
Size: 12.20 x 7.48 x 0.31 inches (30.99 x 19.00 x 0.79 cm; W x D x H)
At $599 (around £600, AU$840), the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED looks similar bully value. It’s a full-function PC successful tablet-convertible format, implicit with detachable keyboard and input pen. It besides gets OLED show technology, which makes for a precise appealing wide package. The drawback is simply a anemic Intel Pentium processor. At this terms point, you can’t person everything.
For little money, you tin person Microsoft’s smaller 10-inch Surface Go with a afloat suite of accessories and a akin CPU. For the aforesaid wealth you tin person the Go with a much almighty Intel Core M3 chip, but you’ll person to wage other for a keyboard and input pen. The entry-level Microsoft Surface 7 Pro tin beryllium had for akin wealth but comes with precise fewer frills. All of which means a lawsuit tin beryllium made for the Vivobook successful worth presumption arsenic a media depletion device. But for thing resembling existent computing, it’s little compelling.
Slick plan and large physique prime are surely portion of the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED’s halfway appeal. The tablet information is genuinely compact with slim bezels astir the 13.3-inch OLED sheet and precise nicely enactment together. It’s conscionable 8mm thick, weighs successful astatine conscionable implicit 3 quarters of a kilo and encloses a 50WHr battery.
The chassis besides contains a quad-speaker strategy with Dolby Atmos support. In presumption of wide volume, it’s reasonably punchy. But the dependable prime is precise bladed and tinny.
Still, the clip-on keyboard is reasonably tactile for the instrumentality benignant with 1.4mm of cardinal question and a nice, large trackpad, portion the Asus Pen 2.0 boasts a 266Hz illustration rate.
The magnetic kickstand is besides casual to usage and works well. Like each specified solutions, portion the operation of the kickstand and clip-on keyboard is large for desks and tables it doesn’t enactment astir arsenic good connected your lap.
Along with the pen and powerfulness supply, it besides makes for rather a bundle of kit to worldly successful your bag, though the USB-C charging means you could stock a azygous powerfulness proviso crossed aggregate devices.
Anyway, a laptop with a touchscreen is surely a little analyzable computing device. You’d person to truly privation the tablet functionality. Ports-wise, you get a brace of high-speed USB-C sockets, positive a MicroSD paper reader. That’s astir apt plentifulness for this benignant of device.
Being capable to link astatine slightest 1 peripheral portion charging is the slightest you’d want. Elsewhere, you get a 5MP forward-facing camera, positive different 13MP camera connected the rear.
Here's however the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED performed successful our suite of benchmark tests:
3DMark: Night Raid: 3,903; Fire Strike: 1,100; Time Spy: 386
Cinebench R20 Multi-core: 628 points
GeekBench 5: 686 (single-core); 1,913 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 2,632 points
PCMark 10 Battery Life: 7 hours and 29 minutes
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 9 hours
If the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED has a weakness, it’s the Intel Pentium Silver N6000 CPU. On paper, a quad-core Intel spot susceptible of implicit 3GHz sounds similar plentifulness for this benignant of device. In practice, it’s based connected Intel’s low-power people of processors, antecedently known arsenic Atom.
At best, you could reason the Pentium’s cores are ratio orientated similar those successful the caller Alder Lake desktop processor. In reality, they’re not adjacent that good. It makes for a sluggish experience. Installing and opening apps takes an age. It took astir 20 minutes for Metro Exodus to load, for instance, lone for it to promptly clang astir a 4th of the mode done the benchmark run. OK, a demanding crippled similar that is irrelevant connected this instrumentality type, but it’s indicative of the Vivobook’s important limitations.
Even the Windows 11 UI tin consciousness laggy astatine times, though 1 happening the Vivobook is bully astatine is video playback, including demanding 4K streams. For that benignant of contented consumption, this is simply a compelling device. That’s particularly existent acknowledgment to the stupendous opposition and colours from the OLED display. Asus’s claims that the Vivobook tin treble arsenic a TV is simply a stretch, but watching movies and TV is surely a pleasure.
That said, the 1080p sheet is little convincing connected the Windows desktop. The OLED sheet lacks a small sharpness and doesn’t render fonts terribly crisply. Partly that’s down to pixel density - 1080p connected a 13.3-inch sheet isn’t each that by tablet standards. But it whitethorn besides beryllium owed to non-RGB subpixel operation successful the OLED panel, which if contiguous is ne'er a bully happening for font rendering.
The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED clocks successful astir 9 hours for video playback, which is simply a decent effect for an x86-powered computing instrumentality moving Windows arsenic opposed to, say, an Android tablet with an ARM chip.
Problem is, the wide computing acquisition is hobbled by the low-power Intel CPU. So, you’re not truly getting a afloat PC experience.
Arguably, you’d beryllium amended disconnected either with a much almighty strategy with an Intel Core oregon AMD Ryzen CPU, oregon with an ARM-based tablet that was adjacent much portable and adjacent longer lasting. The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED yet doesn’t rather onslaught a satisfying equilibrium betwixt longevity and performance.
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