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Windows 8 slates get affordable with Asus VivoTab ME400

Windows 8 slates get affordable with Asus VivoTab ME400
All of Windows 8 on a tablet

The official Asus VivoTab ME400 release date and price has been confirmed by the Taiwanese manufacturer, and it's good news for those looking for a slightly more affordable Windows 8 tablet.

Touching down in stores on Janaury 31, you'll need to part with £399 to get your hands on the VivoTab ME400, which sports a 10.1-inch HD LED display, 1.8GHz dual-core Intel processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and 8MP rear camera.

Like Microsoft's Surface Pro, the Asus VivoTab ME400 runs the full blown Windows 8 OS instead of the reduced RT version found on the Surface and Samsung Ativ Tab.

No bundles here

As with the Surface and Surface Pro, Asus offers a keyboard cover to attach to the VivoTab which makes typing a whole lot easier and allows you to use the tablet as more of a laptop - a real advantage for business users.

Sadly the keyboard doesn't come bundled with the Asus VivoTab ME400, and will put you back an additional £90 if you do decide to pick one up.

That's a steep price tag, although still cheaper than the Surface Pro, which is set to come in at around £200 more expensive (albeit with a slightly fancier spec sheet).

John McCann

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