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ASUS VivoTab TF810: A 'Doble-Kara' Tablet

This review shows us why it's intriguing...and maybe worth the risk
by Neps Firmalan | 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!

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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!

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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!

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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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