If you are looking for a budget tablet for work/office productivity tasks, and also some play, you should consider buying one of the two tablet models from Asus, shown below.
1. Asus T100TA-H1-GR(S) Detachable 2-in-1 Tablet:
- Introductory Video:
Let’s admit it – A tablet is just a toy if it doesn’t have a keyboard, if its monitor isn’t large enough for office productivity apps, and if it can’t run Windows-based applications for work & office usage. This 10.1″ tablet from Asus comes with a detachable keyboard dock and built-in Windows 8.1 Operating System/MS Office Home & Student edition, which makes it a perfect budget tablet for work. And play.
- Detachable 2-in-1 Touch Screen Laptop + Tablet.
- 10.1″ HD Screen
- 32/64 GB SSD Storage (tablet) + 500 GB hard-drive storage (keyboard dock).
- Windows 8.1 OS; Pre-installed MS Office Home & Student 2013 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote.
- Intel 1.3GHz Atom Processor, 2 GB RAM
- 11-hour battery life
- 1.2 MP Webcam
- USB 3.0 port; Micro USB; Micro HDMI; Bluetooth 4.0; MicroSDXC ports.
- 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi built-in
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 2.4 lbs
- The bundled software cost of Windows OS and MS Office package is much more if bought separately – these two are important for work.
- 11 hour battery life makes it ideal for usage during travel/airplanes.
- Free unlimited web storage from Asus for one year.
- Can add additional storage to the tablet via SD Card Slot. The 500 GB HDD storage on the keyboard dock (available in two models) is sufficient for storage in most cases.
- 178-degree viewing angle.
- Auto adjustment of display brightness based on your environment.
- Sonic Master true-to-life sound.
- Mouse and touch screen can be used at the same time.
- Detachable keyboard – make it work like a laptop or a tablet, at will!
- Light weight (even with the keyboard case).
- Excellent price, Asus is a good brand that makes quality hardware.
- Single USB port – you might want to buy a USB hub additionally.
- Limited storage on the tablet, but storage can be extended via SD card.
- No DVD/Optical drive.
- Keys on the keyboard not backlit, keys are a bit smaller compared to normal laptops.
- No built-in 3G/4G data option/SIM slot.
- The tablet doesn’t bend 180 degrees backwards while attached to the dock (bending angle is limited).
Price (USD)/Buy From (USA): Amazon web-page for,
- ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR(S) 10.1″ Detachable 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, 64GB (Grey). (There are three models with different storage options).
2. Asus VivoTab TF810C-C2-GR 11.6″ Tablet:
- Introductory Video:
This Asus VivoTab has a large 11.6″ screen, Wacom Digitizer Stylus, Windows 8 OS, MS Office Home & Student Full Edition, front & rear webcam & 64 GB built-in SSD. The only thing it doesn’t have is a keyboard dock, but you can always buy a bluetooth keyboard/dock (and mouse) to use with this tablet. (Note: The keyboard dock shown in the above video is no longer available). This is a tablet that can become a laptop, if you want it to.
- 11.6″ HD Screen
- Wacom Digitizer Stylus (1024-level)
- Windows OS, MS Office Home & Student – Full version
- 64 GB SSD built-in storage, SD Card Slot
- Intel Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM
- 8 Hours battery life
- 1.5 lbs, 0.1″ width
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi built-in
- USB port, Micro SD card slot, audio jack, Micro HDMI port
- NFC sensor
- 2 MP Front Cam, 6 MP Rear Cam
- Quad Speakers
- Large screen – 11.6″ HD display makes working on office productivity applications, a breeze. It comes with multi-touch display and 178 degree viewing angle.
- Windows 8 OS + MS Office Home & Student Edition full version included. The cost of this software, if bought separately, can be much higher.
- Wacom Digitizer Stylus – 1024 levels – Use it for precision input, as a mouse, for doodling, drawing simple graphics, natural writing experience, etc.
- Metallic finish makes it look and feel good.
- SonicMaster Quad speakers makes it a multimedia powerhouse.
- Very attractively priced, especially for a quality hardware device from a popular brand (Asus).
- Integrates with OneDrive for cloud storage. Asus provides 32 GB of free cloud storage for 3 years.
- OneNote & SuperNote along with the stylus make it easy to take notes.
- Users can install any application available for Windows 8 PC (as full Windows 8 OS is included).
- SD card slot expands the available memory in the tablet.
- Full HD video recording.
- No DVD/Optical disk drive.
- No built-in 3G/4G connectivity.
- Doesn’t come with a keyboard dock.
- There is no slot to hold the pen in the tablet, but it comes with an elastic loop.
- Limited storage capacity.
Price (USD)/Buy From (USA): Amazon webpage for,
- Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard for Business (Bluetooth keyboard + tablet dock).