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January 07, 2014

Asus VivoTab Note 8 Comes with a Wacom Stylus for a Reasonable Price

It would appear that the tablet space is maturing somewhat, if the products on display at CES are any indication. Take, for example, the Asus VivoTab Note 8, which is an eight-inch Windows tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail CPU.

On the surface, if you’ll excuse the pun, the VivoTab Note 8 seems nearly identical to the eight-inch Windows tablets released by Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba and other PC manufacturers. However, Asus’ offering sets itself apart by coming equipped with a Wacom digitizer stylus. With this feature, the VivoTab Note 8 seems to be a valid choice for designers, cartoonists and other creative professionals on the go.

As it so happens, the Surface Pro actually provides support for any Wacom stylus but with a price point close to $1,000, stylus not included, it’s a pricey option. Meanwhile, although the iPad doesn’t officially support such styluses, there are third-party options that bring touch-sensitive drawing to the tablet. That said, many of these, such as the Intuos Creative Stylus, have been criticized for having a broad nib or an overall clunky implementation.

The VivoTab Note 8, meanwhile, offers decent specs — an IPS display with a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 CPU, 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of onboard storage — for a reasonable price point. Indeed, the 32GB model starts at $300, with the 64GB model only costing an extra $50.

By simply offering decent hardware at a reasonable price, the VivoTab Note 8 makes itself an attractive and competitive offering; after all, why spend $200 on an Android tablet, when you can get a full Windows PC experience for a little more? Add in the Wacom stylus and the VivoTab Note 8 seems like it could be a legitimate option for many.

But hey, if this tablet isn’t the one for you, it seems like there’s at least one out there to fit every niche.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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