Took the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED out for a spin
I’m not someone you’d call a techy person. For years, I’ve been lugging around a laptop and a phone for work whenever I need to head out to cover an event or quickly meet with teammates—and my shoulders have borne the grunt of it. A few weeks ago, I was thinking about purchasing a tablet for those exact instances. And as fate would have it, I just recently got my hands on the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED (T3300).
The one I have on hand and am currently using to write this is the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED Steven Harrington Edition, which features some colorful art from the Californian psychedelic-pop artist. The entire package comes with a kickstand that magnetically connects to the main device, a keyboard with a trackpad, a folio or cover, the ASUS Pen 2.0, a stylus holder and a sleeve to carry it in whatever mode you’re feeling that day.
The Steven Harrington design
The Steven Harrington edition of the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. Known for his colorful imagery, his signature design is everywhere and in every accessory. But while it’s an eyeful at first, it eventually grows on you. Plus points that it’s a standout piece no matter where you use the device.
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The ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED specs
It’s a 13.3-inch OLED detachable laptop with up to 3.3 GHz speed, powered by an Intel quad-core CPU. It provides the ultimate visual and hearing experience with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Connect to the world with its two USB-C ports, one audio jack and one microSD card reader. The quick charge in the Vivobook Slate also means the 50 Wh battery charges to 60% in less than 40 minutes. It features a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera, and has a fingerprint login feature built-in to its power button sensor.
The Vivobook Slate also comes with the ASUS Pen 2.0, which has 4096 pressure levels, a 266 Hz sampling rate, charges via a USB-C port, and four interchangeable pen tips (2H, H, HB and B). It also comes with the ASUS ErgoSense keyboard, which has a 1.4mm key travel, 19.05 mm full-size key pitch, 0.22mm key-cap dish and a trusty touchpad. And it comes pre-installed with a lifetime license of Office Home & Student 2021 (which in itself saves users a lot of added work).
It’s a mouthful, but it all works out. The ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is a beast that travels with you.
The true test
Just to give you a lowdown on my day-to-day: I sit at a desk most of the time, transferring from my laptop to my phone for work (and play). I sometimes head out for an afternoon or evening to catch a product launch, a store opening or a face-to-face presentation. I know what it’s like to lug around a full-sized laptop just because my phone won’t cut it in the great outdoors. I’ve had to put my laptop bag down on a bench, an escalator and the floor for a brief moment of reprieve.
But the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED brings all the power and ease of a traditional laptop without that literal weight. Whether you want to use it with the keyboard accessory or just as a tablet, you have the option to have it your way—whatever you need whenever you need it.
I’ve used it on my work desk at home, at a coffee shop in between errands and even on my bed to review some documents. I’ve used it to watch This Is Us on Disney+ just because I could; the OLED screen and the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos features make me forget I’m watching on something that isn’t an HD television screen—it’s that great an experience, both visually and audio-wise. And the 13.3-inch screen makes it possible to intimately share the experience.
Basically, what I’m saying is this: it works each and every way; I never felt like I needed to turn my old laptop on or even crave the company of a smart TV.
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All that said, the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED does come with its own limitations. There’s no USB port, which means only Bluetooth devices can be connected to it, so I’ve been using the trackpad more in the last few days than I have this entire year. The trackpad works fine, of course, and it’s easy to switch screens because of the shortcuts it offers, but it’s just not the same as navigating easily with a mouse. But it’s a minor issue easily solved with a quick trip to a tech store.
So is it worth its price tag? Not that you can put a price on giving yourself an easier time without sacrificing the quality of your work and personal hobbies, but yes. It is definitely worth it.
Banner Image Matthew Ian Fetalver