Asus VivoBook 13 Slate OLED review: the iPad Pro alternative you were looking for?
Review of the Asus VivoBook 13 Slate OLED design
The Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED is a lightweight 13.3-inch tablet that weighs 0.78 kg. The tablet has thin bezels on all four edges with an 83% screen-to-body ratio. The tablet has two USB Type-C ports with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card slot for additional storage expansion.
In terms of style, there is a somewhat funky character, which will appeal to younger audiences. The company has also included a detachable magnetic kickstand, which helps this tablet transform into a laptop, especially with the folio keyboard attached.
What I really liked about the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED is the fact that the high-end variant has everything one could want in a 2-in-1. Unlike an iPad Air or iPad Pro, where you have to buy almost every accessory separately, Asus includes a stylus, a kickstand, and a detachable keyboard case with an integrated trackpad.
The top model is a little more expensive than the entry-level variant. The overall accessory bundle adds a lot of value to the Asus VivoBook 13 Slate OLED, making it a complete 2-in-1 device that can be used as both a tablet and a laptop, depending on the situation.
Test of the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED screen
The highlight of the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED Review is the display, which is a 13.3-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1920x1080p (FHD) and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The display boasts a peak brightness of 550 nits with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage.
In addition, the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED is Dolby Vision certified. This, combined with a quad-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos, will provide perhaps the best media consumption experience. You can watch HDR content on platforms such as Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Prime Video and YouTube.
Again, compared to an iPad, the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED offers a lower resolution screen. However, the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED panel offers an unrivaled contrast ratio compared to the IPS LCD screen of the Apple iPad Air or iPad Pro. Because of this, dark scenes look darker and colors like red and green come out of the screen, which improves the media consumption experience.
If there’s a reason to choose the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED over an iPad, it’s the screen. The Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED certainly has one of the best displays on a tablet, which is suited to consuming content over all other things.
Asus VivoBook 13 Slate OLED Software Review
The Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED comes with a 64-bit Windows 11 operating system. This is yet another differentiating factor and makes the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED a device for both personal and business use. The advantage of running the Windows 11 operating system allows users to install desktop software on a tablet if needed.
I was able to download Google Chrome, VLC media player and even download open source software from torrent using torrent clients like Transmission. Besides that, I was also able to run the full version of Microsoft Office, which comes with tools like Word, Excell, Powerpoint, etc.
What makes the Asus VivoBook 13 OLED even more interesting is the fact that Windows 11 has native Android app support. This allows users to run Windows apps and Android apps natively on Vivobook 13 Slate without requiring third-party emulators.
During my tests, I appreciated the touch interface of the Windows 11 operating system and I very much enjoyed using the tablet. Again, compared to the iPad, which has several limitations due to iPadOS, the Asus VivoBook 13 Slate OLED looks like a tablet that can do almost anything and sometimes functions as a full-fledged computer.
Asus VivoBook 13 Slate OLED hardware review
The Asus VivoBook 13 Slate OLED is powered by the Intel Pentium Silver N6000 quad-core processor with a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz and a burst frequency of 3.3 GHz with a TDP of 6 W. The processor houses also Intel UHD graphics, which is a limiting factor for the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED.
In terms of benchmarks, the Asus VivoBook 13 slate’s OLED scores are slightly lower, even compared to the 8th generation Apple iPad, which is Apple’s entry-level tablet. Again, the same goes for the graphics, and you might not be able to play games on the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED.
While the high-end variant of the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED offers 8GB of RAM and 256GB PCIe Gen3 SSD. The base model and mid-range model of the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED use eMMC storage and 4GB of RAM, which might not be able to handle the powerful Windows 11 operating system.
In terms of daily use, I had no issues with the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED. The device can handle tasks like web browsing, streaming content on OTT platforms, and even some light office tasks like writing content on Microsoft Word with ease. However, it may not be an ideal device for users who want to use this device for photo or video editing.
The Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED should have come with a slightly more powerful GPU, possibly the Intel Iris Xe, which would have made it a compact gaming PC that could deliver 30fps at 720p resolution with average graphics settings.
Asus VivoBook 13 Slate OLED battery life review
The Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED comes with a 50Wh battery with support for 65W fast charging via the USB Type-C port. The device supports fast charging and can charge 60% of the battery in just 39 minutes. In my use, the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED delivered over seven hours of YouTube video streaming, and one should be able to watch two full movies on a single charge.
Again, the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED uses a passive cooling system and if you push the limits of computing, the device warns on the left side where the main motherboard sits. However, with regular use, I didn’t notice any kind of heating.
Asus VivoBook 13 Slate Verdict OLED
The Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED is a device designed for content consumption, and it excels at the same, thanks to the OLED display, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision certification. The Windows 11 operating system allows this device to be used as a tablet and a laptop at the same time, and the tablet can easily run native Windows and Android apps (soon).
A few other noteworthy features of the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED are the 13MP main camera and a 5MP selfie camera. If you’re looking for a Windows device primarily for video conferencing, the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED is definitely a great choice, especially since most laptops still come with a 720p webcam.
If you are an artist or even a student, the stylus can be used for sketching and taking notes. If you’re looking for a tablet that runs a full-fledged computer operating system that offers good battery life and is also light to carry around, you’ll love the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED.
If you’re comparing something like the Microsoft Surface Pro, the Asus VivoBook 13 slate OLED costs a lot less and offers competitive hardware with the best possible Windows experience. All in all, a nice package for those who want this to double as a tablet and a laptop.