Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric
I really like that Asus Vivo Tab. Same price as the Surface but you can get the keyboard dock for free through the end of the year...
I bought one a few days ago and will be promptly returning it when my Surface shows up tomorrow. I fell in love with it (more specifically, I fell in love with Windows RT. Unbelievably well done.) at Best Buy, and since it was the only Windows tablet they stocked, I bought it. I also love the concept of the detachable keyboard, and Asus executed it very well.
The one problem? The hardware Asus spits out is cheap crap. As I began using it more frequently, I continued to notice little (some big) problems with the build quality.
First, if you press on the screen around the edges of the tablet, it actually visibly goes down, complete with a creaking sound, as though it is not securely attached to the chassis. Second, the power and volume buttons are very awkward to press as they are at a weird angle. Fourth, the rubberized plastic flap that covers the MicroHDMI port is EXTREMELY flimsy, and if you just brush your hand over it the wrong way, it pops out and just hangs there. Fifth, the full size USB port on the dock was off center internally from the opening on its chassis, making it difficult to plug in a USB device, and very hard to unplug them.
Finally, the last straw that made me say !@#$ it and order the Surface, a horrible, bright white dead pixel showed up on the screen. My last laptop was also Asus and had similarly awful build quality. Asus put out nothing but cheap crap, and it is unfortunate as their dock solution is currently the best on the market, IMO.
I forgot to mention the WORST problem of the VivoTab RT. Knew I was forgetting something. The screen brightness is controlled by a cheap PWM. What does that mean? It means that unless your brightness is all the way up, you can notice the screen "flickering" between a narrow range of brightness. The dimmer you set the brightness, the worse it is. At, and close to the lowest setting, it is completely unbearable, especially in a dark room. It gives me a bad headache and makes it very hard to focus on things on the screen. I thought my unit was just faulty, but if you search Google for "vivotab rt flickering", you will see people with the same issue. Literally unbelievable. Cheap piece of crap.