Hybrid computers are slowly becoming a trend in the market in recent times, and one of the more prominent brands that usually come into mind when talking about convertibles is ASUS. One product in particular that’s been making quite a buzz in the tablet scene is the ASUS Vivo Tab TF810c, which we’ll take a closer look at in our first impression.
Not to be confused, the TF810c is different from the Vivo Tab RT (TF600T). The latter runs on (as it name implies) Windows RT while the former has Win8 installed out of the box. In addition, this model is equipped with dual-core Intel Atom Clover Trail Z2760, whereas the TF600T has a quad-core NVidia Tegra 3 processor under the hood.
If there’s an aspect that these two Windows-powered hybrids have in common, it’ll be their design. In fact when these two machines are placed side-by-side, it’s quite tricky to differentiate which one is which. It’s only when one really take a closer and compare the screen size can they identify the TF810C.
Occupying the majority of the real estate at the front is the device’s 11.6-inch Super IPS+ display panel with Corning Fit Gorilla Glass laid on top of it. The whole portion is a devoid of any physical buttons hinting that it’s really design for touch-based operation.
There is, however, a capacitive button with a Windows Logo at the bottom part of the screen which serves as a quick access to Start Menu. The screen also shares a small portion of its land with the 2MP front-mounted camera which sits at the top of it and is slightly off-center to the right. Then there’s the Power/Sleep/Wake button at top left with a manual reset hole beside it.
Run your fingers on the each side of the tablet and you’ll come across some of the tablet’s ports and keys. On the right side, there’s the volume rocker and a Micro-HDMI port hidden under a flap. Found at the top portion of the TF810C’s left side is the audio jack and Micro-SD card slot while the latch release is situated near the bottom left corner.
A pair of differently –sized holes that goes in the keyboard dock can be located at the bottom portion of the tablet. The smaller of these holes is accompanied by the tablet’s charging port which also acts as contact point between the slate and its accessory.
Flip over the tablet and you’ll be greeted with the TF810C’s intricately designed posterior which exudes a simple yet stylish aura. The back side is divided in two sections; on one hand you got a brushed aluminum with the an engraved ASUS logo in the middle and on the other hand you got a rubberized, grooved top panel which plays host to the 8MP camera and its flash.
The keyboard dock’s design sports a pair of USB 2.0 ports on each side along with the charging port and a tiny LED light indicator on the left. More than just an input device, the keyboard also doubles as a power source for the tablet. It extends the mileage of the TF810C by up to 8 hours thanks to its 25WHr 3380mAh battery.
Asus Vivo Tab TF810C specs:
11.6” Super-IPS+ WXGA touchscreen display, 600-nit
Corning Fit Gorilla Glass
1.8GHz Intel Atom Clover Trail Z2760 dual-core processor
Intel GMA w/ shared Graphics memory
2GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
64GB SATA III SSD
Expandable up to 64GB via Micro-SD card
8MP autofocus rear camera w/ LED Flash
2MP Front-facing camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
2x USB 2.0 ports (Dock)
30WHr battery, up to 10.5 hours (Tablet)
25Whr battery, additional 8.5 hours (Dock)
Dimension: 294.2 x 188.8 x 8.7 mm (without dock)
Weight: 675g (without dock)
In our opinion, the design of the ASUS Transformer Pad played a significant role in its success in the Android scene and this is exactly what they’re trying to achieve with their Vivo Tab portfolio. The company has applied the same no-frill design that resulted to a minimalist yet sophisticated looking machine.
Of course, design is just one of the many aspects that need to be taken in to consideration before handing your hard-earned money over to ASUS (USD800 for the table alone to be exact). So be sure to catch our full review of the ASUS Vivo Tab TF810C in the coming weeks.