The Windows 8 10.1 tablet hasn't exactly caught on like the iPad or Android tablets but there is still a small wave of pure standalone slate-style devices to choose from. Some have detachable keyboards or touch pads while others are aimed at business or education and come with features such as security features, high resolution cameras, and Intel's Core processors.
Asus's VivoTab Smart is one of these devices that looks to offer a good level of specification and performance for an appealing price. It comes with a full version of the Windows 8 operating system and 64GB eMMC flash-storage. This can be expanded further using a microSD card slot which supports up to 256GB.
In terms of display the 10.1" IPS panel is very good and offers excellent viewing angles and colour reproduction. The screen isn't quite as bright as some of the higher end Asus tablets but it's plenty usable indoors. Outside it can get a little difficult to view but you can always use the built-in polarizer and a bit of shade to make it easier.
The tablet also has a 2 MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear shooter that is great for video calls and scanning documents etc. Battery life is pretty decent too at around 6-8 hours when watching HD movies or YouTube videos. It does have large bezels on the edges of the display but that's a minor gripe. The other thing worth noting is that the default configuration of the Intel Z3740D processor allocates 512MB to the graphics memory but this can be changed in the BIOS to allow more to be used by Windows.