If you’re looking for a new Windows 2-in-1, there’s more choice than ever in 2022.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro is the obvious option, but the company also makes a more affordable version – the Surface Go. Huawei’s MateBook E sits in the middle, but the likes of HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus all have versions of their own.
The latter takes a two-pronged approach to Windows 2-in-1s, with the business-focused ExpertBook B3 Detachable joined by a device aimed squarely at consumers.
It’s known as the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED and undercuts the Surface Pro in price despite including a keyboard and stylus. But does that mean you should buy one instead? Unfortunately not, as I’ll explain in this full review.
Design & Build
- The plain, basic design
- Solid webcam and fingerprint sensor
- Not enough ports
If I were to use one word to describe the Vivobook Slate’s design, it would be understated – and not in a good way. The combination of plastic, glass, and aluminum is something we’ve seen on tablets before, but Asus prioritizes function over form.
It still feels premium and durable, despite the tablet weighing only 780g. That becomes significantly heavier when you connect the cover and keyboard.
Those accessories are the only way to add even a hint of color. The Vivobook Slate is only available in black, although there are two unique edition sleeves if that’s important to you.
However, there is one design element you’ll immediately notice – a silver metal strip that extends across the top when used in landscape mode. It adds some helpful grip when holding the tablet, but Asus has used it as an opportunity for unnecessary branding. You can ‘wow the world as a ‘cultural originator.’
This does at least sit flush with the back of the device and means the 13Mp rear camera doesn’t stick out like some tablets. But low image quality means it’s only valid for document scanning or the occasional reference photo.
Of course, that 5Mp front-facing camera is far more critical. Its crisp 1080p footage is better than your average webcam but still very dependent on good lighting conditions. Alongside a decent microphone, it’s a solid option for video calling.
They’re housed within some thick bezels, which make the Vivobook Slate feel more dated than it is. Asus hasn’t used this to include front-facing speakers, although it is still comfortable to hold without obscuring the screen.
There’s also support for Windows Hello face unlock – you’ll be relying on the fingerprint sensor built into the power button instead. It’s easy to set up and generally reliable, but certainly not the fastest.
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