Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED T3300 – Review 2021

Imagine the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook, but with Windows 11, and you want the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED, a detachable 2-in-1 tablet with a stunning 13.3-inch OLED touch screen. With the base model likely to ship in early 2022 for $ 599 including stand, keyboard and pen, it should be a bargain compared to Microsoft Surface Pro 8 and Apple iPad Pro with their optional accessories (though $ 100 more than Chrome OS Lenovo ). But even in the enhanced model tested here, the tablet’s Intel Pentium Silver processor is a trick-weak blade that gives it hardly acceptable performance. Asus’ marketing has the right idea: Think of the Vivobook 13 Slate as your personal OLED TV (well, YouTube and streaming TV) that can also handle email and modest Microsoft Office tasks.

Funky Green Medina

The base version of Slate OLED combines a full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) Gorilla Glass display with Pentium Silver N6000, a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor with Intel UHD integrated graphics plus an insufficient 4 GB of memory and 128 GB of eMMC flash storage. Asus would do much better to put the $ 599 sticker on the step-up model T3300 sent for review with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB NVMe solid-state drive.

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED rear view

We have reviewed many laptops that carry the VivoBook brand, but the “b” is not used on the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED’s smart transparent plastic box or in the inspiring slogans – “Uncage Your Possibilities, Wow the World, Cultural Originator” – etched in it , Asus calls Funky Green on its matte black base, removable keyboard cover and magnetic rear support cover. The tablet measures 0.31 x 12.2 x 7.5 inches and weighs 1.72 pounds; it’s about 3 pounds with its front and back covers attached.

The hinged support leg of the back cover works in both horizontal and vertical directions, as opposed to the non-backlit keyboard that clicks on the bottom edge of the tablet. The included Asus Pen 2.0 has 4,096 levels of touch sensitivity and a hidden USB-C port for recharging, along with a top and two side buttons; it comes with four tips with different hardness or friction to help you find a favorite writing feel.

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED volume rocker

The power button on the top edge of the slate (in landscape position) also acts as a Windows Hello fingerprint reader, which is a bit difficult to use because it is small and flush. There is a volume rocker on the right edge and an audio jack, a microSD card slot and two USB 3.2 Type-C ports (either suitable for the AC adapter) on the left. A front-facing 5-megapixel webcam serves for video calling, while a 13-megapixel rear camera takes snapshots in the field.

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED left ports

A screen that is simply irresistible

We’ve praised the advanced OLED laptops, but it’s a rare pleasure to see one of the ultra-high-contrast, high-contrast panels in an affordable tablet-and-keyboard combination. The frames on the short sides of the 13.3-inch screen are a bit thin for comfortable placement of the thumb when you hold the tablet in landscape mode, but the screen is nice to look at with pristine white backgrounds and black ink colors.

The fine details are sharp with no pixelation around the edges of letters. The brightness is ample and the viewing angles are wide. The colors are rich, deep, vibrant and absolutely beautiful. The 6.5-inch pen showed good palm rejection and kept up with my fastest swipes and scribbles, even though the handwriting recognition was sluggish. It comes with a fabric loop holder that sticks magnetically to the back of the tablet.

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED horizontal

The webcam is a huge improvement over most laptops’ blurry 720p snapshots that capture well-lit and colorful 2,560 x 1,440 (16: 9 aspect ratio) or 2,560 x 1,920 (4: 3 aspect ratio) images with minimal static electricity or noise. The rear camera takes reasonably attractive 3,840 x 2,160 or 4,096 x 3,072 images with document and whiteboard modes as well as 1080p videos.

Like all tablets with support legs, the Asus is happier on a desk than placed unsecured in your lap; my lap was not deep enough that I could tilt the screen as far back as I wanted. But the keyboard is not cramped – the A-to-apostrophe keys span the 8-inch adjustment – and feels about as good as a tablet keyboard cover gets, flat and superficial, but reasonably comfortable to type. The function keys on the top row include microphone mute, volume and brightness controls. The Fn key matches the small cursor arrows for Home, End, Page Up and Page Down. The buttonless touchpad in good size slides smoothly and has a smooth click.

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED keyboard cover

Quad speakers produce loud, somewhat gentle sound. There are no bass – drum beats sound static – but midrange and high notes are clear and you can see overlapping tracks. Dolby Atmos software offers dynamic, game, movie, music and voice presets (music sounds loud and awful with the other presets) and an equalizer.

The only other notable addition to Windows 11 Pro is MyAsus, a control panel that provides driver and software updates; file transfer and screen sharing with your phone; network traffic optimization and microphone noise reduction; and battery and display settings, the latter including a screen saver that enhances the life of the OLED panel.

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED Vertical

Testing the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED: Patience is a virtue

The only other low-end Windows tablet that completes our current benchmark package is Microsoft’s 10.5-inch Surface Go 3, which cost $ 629.99 as tested without a keyboard. I rounded off our performance charts with two significantly more expensive tablets, the Core i5-based Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable and the Core i7-powered Microsoft Surface Pro 8. It left a slot that I filled with a 13.3-inch ultraportable, HP Pavillon Aero. You can see the quintet’s specifications in the table below.

Productivity test

The main benchmark for UL’s PCMark 10 simulates a range of real-world productivity and content-creating workflows to measure the overall performance of office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, web browsing, and video conferencing. We also run PCMark 10’s Full System Drive test to assess the loading time and throughput of a laptop’s storage.

Three benchmarks focus on the CPU using all available cores and threads to assess a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads. Maxon’s Cinebench R23 uses the company’s Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, while Primate Labs’ Geekbench 5.4 Pro simulates popular apps ranging from PDF rendering and speech recognition to machine learning. Finally, we use the open source video transcoder HandBrake 1.4 to convert a 12-minute video clip from 4K to 1080p resolution (lower times are better).

Our latest productivity test is Puget Systems’ PugetBench for Photoshop, which uses Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe’s famous image editor to evaluate a PC’s performance for creating content and multimedia applications. It is an automated extension that performs a variety of general and GPU-accelerated Photoshop tasks ranging from opening, rotating, resizing, and saving an image to applying masks, gradient fill, and filters.

It was on the edge of the Surface Go 3, but for the most part, to find scores as low as the Vivobook 13 Slate’s, look at price-bound feeders like the Intel Celeron-based HP Stream 14 or AMD Athlon Silver-based Lenovo Ideapad 1 – and these results were released on AC power with Windows’ best performance profile. The tablet is slower and still on battery power with the balanced or high-efficiency profile.

Asus is one of the few PCs today that misses the 4,000 points in PCMark 10, indicating solid productivity for Microsoft Office or Google Docs. It took two to three times as long as a mid-range laptop to complete our video and image editing exercises. Pavilion’s AMD Ryzen 7 processor was the class in the field, making it a lightweight with a strong value at $ 999.99.

Graphic tests

We test the graphics of Windows PCs with two DirectX 12 gaming simulations from UL’s 3DMark: Night Raid (more modest, suitable for laptops with integrated graphics) and Time Spy (more demanding, suitable for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs).

We also run two tests from the GPU benchmark GFXBench 5 across platforms, which emphasize both low-level routines such as texturing and high-level game-like image reproduction. The 1440p Aztec Ruins and 1080p Car Chase tests, rendered off-screen to accommodate different screen resolutions, training graphics, and computer shadows using the OpenGL programming interface and hardware tessellation, respectively. The more frames per second (fps), the better.

None of these systems can compete with a gaming laptop with discreet graphics, but Asus is solely for surfing and sketching rather than shoot-em-ups. Even casual play can be difficult.

Battery and display test

We test the battery life of laptops by playing a locally stored 720p video file (open source Blender movie Tears of steelTears of Steel) with 50% screen brightness and 100% volume. We make sure the battery is fully charged before the test, with Wi-Fi and keyboard backlight turned off.

We also use a Datacolor SpyderX Elite screen calibration sensor and software to measure the color saturation of a portable screen – what percentage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 color scales or palettes the screen can display – and its 50% and maximum brightness in nits (candela per square meter).

Out of the box, the Asus tablet’s Windows display settings include high dynamic range (HDR), which provided noticeably lower brightness and color coverage than the SDR mode shown here. Its OLED screen performed beautifully, though well below the advertised 550 nits. Its battery life is acceptable, if not impressive by today’s standards.

Great for streaming, not for work

The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is frustratingly slow, thanks to a CPU that simply does not have chops for tasks like image editing or handwriting recognition and keeps the set from Editors’ Choice consideration.

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED front view

But unless our test unit exceeds $ 700 or $ 750, it’s both a better deal and looks better than Microsoft’s Surface Go 3 and the latter’s optional keyboard and pen. As a super-screened Windows 11 tablet for video viewing and occasional emails or light productivity, it’s worth a look.


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