It’s not often that you can find a tablet that’s geared up to be a true entertainment device – in the sense that it’s specced with a quality display and speakers.
The new Vivboook 13 Slate OLED (T3300) was explicitly designed for this. While it’s not a technological marvel, it’s certainly a positive move because we don’t usually get these options to begin with.
The 13.3″ OLED display is something you typically find on a high-end unit. PANTONE Validated, covers 100 per cent DCI-P3 gamut, DisplayHDR True Black 500 certified, and TÜV Rheinland certified. In a nutshell, rich colours and a very high contrast ratio. It’s also specced in video-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio.
Made for video
Seems like every other device has Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certification but that’s not a bad thing – at least know what the bare minimum is. In addition to the display, the Vivobook features four wide-range speakers powered by a smart amplifier that Asus says can drive the speakers up to 3.5 times louder than with a standard amplifier. The Vivobook also sports Asus’ WiFi Master tech for reliable WiFi 6 connectivity.
The tablet supports and is bundled with ASUS Pen 2.0, which touts the following specs – 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, a range of 5 to 350 grams of pen-tip force and 266 Hz sampling rate. It comes with four pen tips that mimic the feel of traditional 2H, H, HB and HB pencils.
Apart from the stylus, it’s also bundled with a magnetically attachable keyboard (with a touchpad) and a cover stand with a 170° hinge. The keyboard features standard width keys with a dish carve along with 1.4mm key travel to maximise typing comfort.
The only potential downside is that the Vivobook sports a more power-friendly Pentium Silver N6000 (paired with up to 8GB RAM, 128GB eMMC and 256GB NVMe storage) instead of a conventional Intel Core processor, but that’s also how Asus optimises the Vivbook for easy charging – you can use a power bank like regular ARM-based tablets. With the given charger, the Vivbook can charge up to 60 per cent of its 50Wh capacity in 39 minutes.
Windows 11 brings with it Intel Bridge and the ability to run Android apps. And with two USB-C ports, an audio jack, and a microSD card reader, it’s an all-purpose tablet.
Artist Editions early 2022
If you are into special editions, the Vivobook has two coming early 2022. Collaborations with modern practitioners Steven Harrington and Philip Colbert include a special cover stand, wallpaper, a special box, a sleeve, a keyboard, a hard cover case and keyboard stickers. The Philip Colbert Artist Edition also comes with a pair of limited-edition shoelaces.
Availability & Pricing
Details about local availability, configurations, and pricing will be announced shortly, though prices have been listed elsewhere to start from US$599.