Asus Vivotab Smart ME400C Windows 8(NOT RT) tablet, 64GB £314.99 @ Argos
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Asus Vivotab Smart ME400C Windows 8(NOT RT) tablet, 64GB £314.99 @ Argos

£314.99Argos Deals
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Found 27th Jul 2013
Perfect for every day use this Asus Windows 8 tablet is an ideal constant companion, blending the familiar elegance of Asus tablet design with the familiarity of windows. Featuring a 64gb storage capacity, perfect for holding movies, photos and music as well as a high quality touch screen display, for crisp visuals and effortless interface.

Display:

10.1 inch screen.
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.
2GB RAM.
1.8GHz processor.
64GB internal storage.
microSD memory card slot.
microHDMI slot

This runs full Windows 8, not the RT version.

I own one of these, battery life is great, and build quality is really good IMO.

Bargain price for a full windows 8 tablet!

Plus 1.5% Quidco (Quidco excludes click and collect)


Direct link to black argos.co.uk/sta…htm

Direct link to white (which is £5 more)
argos.co.uk/sta…htm

Includes £10 Argos voucher if purchased before 2nd Aug

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- kingchris

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Nice Price.

Also a £10 Argos voucher with this. If you buy before 2nd Aug.

argos.co.uk/sta…htm?tag=ar:search:enhancedvoucher
Edited by: "kingchris" 27th Jul 2013

Excellent deal, heat added.

can any body tell me if you can get on to the internet via a mifi dongle or do they know of any tablets that let you source the internet other than hot spots

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gcgibsoclark

can any body tell me if you can get on to the internet via a mifi dongle … can any body tell me if you can get on to the internet via a mifi dongle or do they know of any tablets that let you source the internet other than hot spots



Yes you will be able to use a MiFi dongle ...

PC world stock this and offer a 10% of the difference price match. I wonder if this works.

Might be £11.5 discount.
Edited by: "kingchris" 27th Jul 2013

Not quite as cheap as it was on Amazon a couple of months ago but still a very good deal. You certainly get a lot for your money with these compared to the cheap and nasty RT tablets. Looks to be in stock for collection too so nice deal

Won't be too shabby once 8.1 update is out for it.

I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro on my Asus. Have to say i still prefer my iPad 4. Just slicker and as we all know it has a better app store.

Is there a Keyboard that you can attach to it like the Transformer or the Surface?

Or can you connect via USB/Bluetooth?

Looking very tempting, would miss air play on my ipad though
Am I foolish thinking about swapping my ipad 2 for one of these?
Edited by: "steviecross" 27th Jul 2013

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steviecross

Looking very tempting, would miss air play on my ipad thoughAm I foolish … Looking very tempting, would miss air play on my ipad thoughAm I foolish thinking about swapping my ipad 2 for one of these?



I would say it is a smart move ... though there may be less apps, you can run legacy software, it really is so much more functional than an iPad, and this isn't me hating on Apple or the iPad, its a great product, but IMO this is a much better choice

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AzNDeals

Is there a Keyboard that you can attach to it like the Transformer or the … Is there a Keyboard that you can attach to it like the Transformer or the Surface?Or can you connect via USB/Bluetooth?


You can get the TranSleve and keyboard http://i.imgur.com/EF0tDfv.jpg
but it is not a dock, no.

But as its a full windows machine, you can use all current/old peripherals with it (though you would need a USB OTG cable, less than £1 to do this)

And you could connect bluetooth keyboards etc too it also

clarkeyi

I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro on my Asus. Have to say i still prefer my … I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro on my Asus. Have to say i still prefer my iPad 4. Just slicker and as we all know it has a better app store.



The app store doesn't matter on the Asus as it runs the full version of Windows 8 so it can run any X86 software which gives it access to a far larger variety of applications without restrictions than the non-jailbroken Ipad will ever have access to.

John

anyone tried xbmc with the navi-x addonn im sure itll work ? might get one tomorrow on me argos card

I have one of these as well. I wouldn't bother with the Bluetooth keyboard. A fragility of windows 8 is the poor support for anything that needs right clicking so I'd buy a cheap Bluetooth keyboard of EBay that has either a trackpad or a Bluetooth mouse. Right clicking and a proper pointing device are vital if you want to copy and paste from a website or in my case use putty a lot.

I've been able to all but do away with my laptop now because of this tablet. But looking back I wish I'd of waited for the surface pro to hit the UK.

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carphead

I've been able to all but do away with my laptop now because of this … I've been able to all but do away with my laptop now because of this tablet. But looking back I wish I'd of waited for the surface pro to hit the UK.



You'd just of had to carry a charger round with you lol
Edited by: "1iam5mith" 27th Jul 2013

I've had this and it was alright, but the CPU does not support graphics scaling. This means that any older games that run at a lower resolution than the display (i.e. 800x600) will not stretch out on the screen, rendering them almost unplayable.

Personally, I'd stick out and wait until tablets start arriving with the new Haswell chips. Even if you don't want to buy a Haswell tablet, the price of Atom tablets will come down as a result of their release.

carphead

I have one of these as well. I wouldn't bother with the Bluetooth … I have one of these as well. I wouldn't bother with the Bluetooth keyboard. A fragility of windows 8 is the poor support for anything that needs right clicking so I'd buy a cheap Bluetooth keyboard of EBay that has either a trackpad or a Bluetooth mouse. Right clicking and a proper pointing device are vital if you want to copy and paste from a website or in my case use putty a lot.I've been able to all but do away with my laptop now because of this tablet. But looking back I wish I'd of waited for the surface pro to hit the UK.



Hey, I'm heading off to Uni in September to do physics. I'm looking to buy a light laptop for casual browsing/Microsoft office and downloading/extracting and the like but it would be a bonus if I could run some basic games and simulation/programming software.

I really wanted the Surface but the RT can't run legacy software and the Pro is about £750 so way out of my budget (of 400, maybe 500 at a push). Would you recommend I buy this and take it to uni as a laptop or do you think I'd be better of being patient and wait for a better deal to come along? I'm in no rush as long as I get it mid September.

Thanks in advance for any advice/replies. Open question.
Edited by: "Redeemed" 27th Jul 2013

Redeemed

Hey, I'm heading off to Uni in September to do physics. I'm looking to … Hey, I'm heading off to Uni in September to do physics. I'm looking to buy a light laptop for casual browsing/Microsoft office and downloading/extracting and the like but it would be a bonus if I could run some basic games and simulation/programming software.I really wanted the Surface but the RT can't run legacy software and the Pro is about £750 so way out of my budget (of 400, maybe 500 at a push). Would you recommend I buy this and take it to uni as a laptop or do you think I'd be better of being patient and wait for a better deal to come along? I'm in no rush as long as I get it mid September.Thanks in advance for any advice/replies. Open question.



You would be better of buying an i5 or i7 laptop, these are quite low speced pcs.

empyphil

You would be better of buying an i5 or i7 laptop, these are quite low … You would be better of buying an i5 or i7 laptop, these are quite low speced pcs.



Would an i5 laptop be available for around the 300-350 mark?

Redeemed

Hey, I'm heading off to Uni in September to do physics. I'm looking to … Hey, I'm heading off to Uni in September to do physics. I'm looking to buy a light laptop for casual browsing/Microsoft office and downloading/extracting and the like but it would be a bonus if I could run some basic games and simulation/programming software.I really wanted the Surface but the RT can't run legacy software and the Pro is about £750 so way out of my budget (of 400, maybe 500 at a push). Would you recommend I buy this and take it to uni as a laptop or do you think I'd be better of being patient and wait for a better deal to come along? I'm in no rush as long as I get it mid September.Thanks in advance for any advice/replies. Open question.



I would also recommend you wait for a laptop with an i5 in it at the least. You will probably be using MatLab which will demand more than an Atom processor to run sufficiently. If you're looking for a decent laptop for a decent price you could check out PCSpecialist.com

I'm about to go into third year in Mechanical Engineering and my old laptop just packed up, I'm waiting until September then going to buy one of their higher end laptops for all my CAD work. I can tell you you will regret getting a super low powered laptop when you start using some more taxing software.

liamm123

I would also recommend you wait for a laptop with an i5 in it at the … I would also recommend you wait for a laptop with an i5 in it at the least. You will probably be using MatLab which will demand more than an Atom processor to run sufficiently. If you're looking for a decent laptop for a decent price you could check out PCSpecialist.comI'm about to go into third year in Mechanical Engineering and my old laptop just packed up, I'm waiting until September then going to buy one of their higher end laptops for all my CAD work. I can tell you you will regret getting a super low powered laptop when you start using some more taxing software.



Thanks for that, couldn't have asked for a better response! I'll do that then, seeing as you're in a similar situation to me, do you mind if I pm you sometime if I need help on a laptop?

Redeemed

Thanks for that, couldn't have asked for a better response! I'll do that … Thanks for that, couldn't have asked for a better response! I'll do that then, seeing as you're in a similar situation to me, do you mind if I pm you sometime if I need help on a laptop?



Yeah you're totally welcome to whenever!

liamm123

I would also recommend you wait for a laptop with an i5 in it at the … I would also recommend you wait for a laptop with an i5 in it at the least. You will probably be using MatLab which will demand more than an Atom processor to run sufficiently. If you're looking for a decent laptop for a decent price you could check out PCSpecialist.comI'm about to go into third year in Mechanical Engineering and my old laptop just packed up, I'm waiting until September then going to buy one of their higher end laptops for all my CAD work. I can tell you you will regret getting a super low powered laptop when you start using some more taxing software.

Its a different beast though, this is a tablet. Horses for courses

steviecross

Its a different beast though, this is a tablet. Horses for courses



That's definitely true but Redeemed was asking if this would be suitable for him to use as a laptop at university. Which it really isn't for a physics student.

excellent, thanks - might just go for this

Can this run visual studio without lag, specifically for Windows phone 8 development using emulator?

alxdenisov

Can this run visual studio without lag, specifically for Windows phone 8 … Can this run visual studio without lag, specifically for Windows phone 8 development using emulator?


I think that needs 64bit. And these Atoms are 32 if I'm not mistaken.

jaydeeuk1

this or … this or http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/acer-w3-810-8-tablet-64-gb-21414704-pdt.html?



Both the same specs, just different screen sizes. That being said I'd be more inclined to go for the ASUS, Acer aren't exactly known for their build quality.

There's a review of the W8 on theverge. They said the display is really bad. I'd see if you can give one a try first.

Atom cpus, at least as used in netbooks, don't perform well. I would wait for a tablet with i3 or i5 CPU to run Windows.

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mkgroucho

Atom cpus, at least as used in netbooks, don't perform well. I would wait … Atom cpus, at least as used in netbooks, don't perform well. I would wait for a tablet with i3 or i5 CPU to run Windows.



Clover trail atoms, along with windows 8, make this very snappy. These CPUs are a huge step up from the old netbook ones... certainly performance ones...

People need to remember that this is a tablet, not a desktop replacement, most people who will buy this also have their powerful PC/Macs ... Which x86 CPU does the iPad or any android tablet use?

jaydeeuk1

this or … this or http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/acer-w3-810-8-tablet-64-gb-21414704-pdt.html?



This has a **** screen. Its rumored to even be replaced in Sept with an IPS one.

Really lets the product down.

1iam5mith

Clover trail atoms, along with windows 8, make this very snappy. These … Clover trail atoms, along with windows 8, make this very snappy. These CPUs are a huge step up from the old netbook ones... certainly performance ones... People need to remember that this is a tablet, not a desktop replacement, most people who will buy this also have their powerful PC/Macs ... Which x86 CPU does the iPad or any android tablet use?

Yes i agree with you fully, I have an i7 ultrabook and for me this would simply replace my Ipad with a unit that allows me to play all video formats and run my windows compatible software that i use as standard at work/home. The only concern for me is would it replace one of my items or would i end up with a third unit, Ie Ipad/Ultrabook/Asus tab

Quite a nice piece of kit, but performance & updates are a little disappointing. If you want to see an unboxing, I have one here youtube.com/wat…gXE and my thoughts here youtube.com/wat…wZA

There is a windows surface with RT much cheaper, ~279 at John Lewis... Would that be a better deal? How does it compare with this? (also on hukd)

crazydadz

There is a windows surface with RT much cheaper, ~279 at John Lewis... … There is a windows surface with RT much cheaper, ~279 at John Lewis... Would that be a better deal? How does it compare with this? (also on hukd)



Major difference is the RT has an ARM CPU and runs Windows RT. Both can run anything from the Windows App store, but the Asus Vivotab has an x86 CPU and a normal version of Windows.

You can install anything you want on the Asus, you are not limited to what is available.

However the RT does come with Office and will be better quality hardware then the Asus.

Depends on what you want to do with it.

Second issue with the £279 RT is its 32GB after Windows & Office is installed it leaves less space.
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