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May 8, 2013
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There's a certain charm with things that can act as or is made up of more than one device and can do multiple things. Which is why stuff like, say, that 2-in-1 coffee mix you gulp to shoo the morning blues away or that camphone you use to shoot Insta-selfies (on a side note, be a good lad and join us on Instagram here) can be seen as patok.

Which is also why the gadget you see below is intriguing. Take a look at the ASUS VivoTab TF810, a hybrid that functions as a tablet and can transform into a laptopminus the contortionist-worthy moves those 'bots in that famous cartoon and movie have.

asus vivotab tf810 reviewStraight of the box...and to our lab!

It's a tablet!

Yes it is! And this is pretty obvious from the get-go. You've got a glass-metal slab with an 11.6-inch touchscreen almost void of physical buttons. Based on our numerous fondling of similar devices, it's larger than the normal tablet.


And a good-looking one, too!

The VivoTab TF810 is a looker. It's sleek, shiny, and smooth, while also having that pang-sosyal feel and appeal. It doesn't feel rickety nor cheap. It's not the lightest tablet around (weighing about 675g), but it's a trade-off we're willing to make for the larger display. It's also not the thinnest (at 8.7mm thick), but it's thin enough that you won't mind having it inside your man-purse or backpack.

asus vivotab tf810 reviewLike an exquisite piece of dark chocolate. Damn, it looks fine!

We particularly liked the look of the touchscreen when turned off. It's in deep black while deactivated, which gives the tablet a suave, mysterious appeal, almost like what you've expect from a James Bond gadget.


Wait, it has a keyboard?

asus vivotab tf810 reviewMore than just for typing...

The VivoTab TF810 comes with a keyboard dock which also gives it additional ports, USB slots, and a boost in the power department. We were able to juice out of it about nine hours of battery life from a single charge. Not bad, but wait 'til you connect the dock; the damn thing lasted 15 straight hours!


NEXT: Is it up to the task of being a tablet and a laptop? How much must we burn for it?


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