Asus VivoTab Note 8 Windows 8.1 tablet now available for $329

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Asus VivoTab Note 8Look at that, another compact, budget-conscious 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet has gone up for grabs stateside, tackling a class of portable computers that’s slowly but steadily getting overcrowded. Good thing the Asus VivoTab Note 8 can set itself apart from rivals Dell Venue 8 Pro, Acer Iconia W4 or Toshiba Encore with a special little treat, namely an included Wacom digital stylus.

Also, early adopters can score a free copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, normally worth around $140. On the not so bright side, Asus promised back at CES in Las Vegas to price the VivoTab Note 8 at $300, which for some reason didn’t happen in the end.

Instead, the slate is $329. Big deal, 30 bucks extra, you might say. Well, it’s probably not such a big deal, but when you have so much options around, it could matter. A lot, since, say, the Toshiba Encore costs $290, whereas Dell’s Venue 8 Pro starts at roughly $250.

Again, the Note 8 has a few things going for it, including pen support, a zippy quad-core Intel Bay Trail chip, 2 GB RAM, beefy 8-hour battery, spacious 32 GB SSD and microSD support.

The design is somewhat bittersweet, with elegant lines and an overall sturdy feel, but thick bezels and chunky profile (almost 11 mm), while the display is pretty much in line with what the competition brings to the table: 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. Ultimately, it’s a mixed bag of nuts, so a $30 or $50 discount would likely make it an easier sell.

Via [Microsoft Store]

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