So, a little background as to why I decided to get this device. I use a Windows 7 PC in a home office, and one thing that is keeping me on windows is a Microsoft Works database going back a decade.
I had to restore a system image I backup daily to an external drive, but it took several hours about GB in size. Luckily this was on a Sunday, but if it happened on a weekday I would have problems running the business. While I have a laptop I can use in a pinch, my son uses it for school, and will be starting college soon.
So I needed a backup windows device in case the computer freaked out again. A couple days later, it shows up on my doorstep. Very nice packaging, as you would expect from a major manufacturer like ASUS.
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First impressions out of the box were that it is a very solid feeling device, and also very light. And now, a quick Windows 8 story. My brother came over a couple weeks ago, complaining that he hated his new Toshiba laptop, with Windows 8.
So with some help from Google I was able to bypass the lockscreen, boot to the desktop, and add a Start button to the taskbar. Basically it was now a Windows 7 laptop. So now I have a Windows 8 touch-tablet in hand, how would it work? Quick answer is, amazingly well. There is a guide on the start menu, which lets you see how gestures and features work.
Search is, well, a search function. Share lets you move information between Metro apps. Start takes you to the Start screen, while Devices lets you interact with printers, extra monitors, etc.
Settings gives you a number of options, some based on what is on-screen at the time, as well as always having the power option to shutdown or restart, wifi status, and several other settings. Swipe from the left bezel towards center, and you toggle open apps.
This happens very smoothly and quickly, the apps have no lag time appearing onscreen. Much easier than long-pressing home, and selecting an app in Android. Swipe up from the bottom to center, and app-specific menus come up. And a swipe from the top down makes the app shrink in size, until it closes as you get to the bottom of the screen. All in all, a very intuitive way of getting around the OS.
At first, coming from Android devices, it was a little confusing. As I said at the beginning, I needed a windows device to use Microsoft Works. I have a cd installation disk, but no cd player in the tablet, obviously. Well, before I ordered it, I made sure it works with external drives.
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Arrived a day after the tablet, and worked fine. The last thing I needed to do was be able to scan and print with the tablet and my Brother all-in-one.
I have the same app on my android tablets, and it works just as well on the ASUS. Combine this with a true desktop browsing capability, and I can use the tablet, in a pinch, to replace my desktop for work purposes. A second USB port would have been nice. The microsd has a plastic insert covering the port, until you put an actual card in, and the microHDMI is above that, also covered. The square panel on the upper right side is for NFC, near field communications.
Build quality is very, very good. The screen, while not as bright as my Momo12, is very easy to look at for long periods of time, and the resolution is more than enough for my needs. Battery life is excellent, I would say it can run for 8 hours of usage with no problem whatsoever.
But for a touchscreen, it is really easy to use, and get used to. The Microsoft store has very few apps, compared to Google, Amazon, or Apple stores. While it failed to do that, it did succeed in freezing the tablet. After a little online research, it turns out this program is universally disliked, and uninstalled by most users including me. Performance of the tablet is quite good. While it takes large apps a few moments to load, once running there is no lag. Users have said Photoshop, or other cpu-intensive programs, will run slowly.
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Youtube plays videos flawlessly. Netflix also works perfectly. It looks like it may be the best tablet I have, now. About Will - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own and friends pc's for about 15 years.
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