[Review] A 2-in-1 Versatile Laptop: The Vivobook Slate 13 OLED
- Mediocre audio
- Overly sensitive touchpad
+ Great display
ASUS Vivobook Slate 13 OLED (T3300)
It’s been a while since my last laptop review but I don’t think I can afford to miss this one. The ASUS Vivobook Slate 13 OLED showed up on my doorstep and I knew that I had to review the world’s first 13.3-inch OLED Windows detachable laptop.
Upon first glance, the Vivobook Slate 13 OLED looks minimalist and easy to match with in terms of colour. On it’s matte black case, there is the Vivobook logo on the lower right and a “Funky Green” design all over the case.
The tablet weighs 785 grams and comes in 7.9mm thick which is relatively light and portable if you ask me - there is also a fingerprint/lock button located on the upper right of the tablet allowing for easy access.
However, I am not exactly pleased with the lack of stand on the casing, though ASUS did provide a detachable stand, it is a hassle to attach and if you forget to bring it, the laptop won’t be able to stand on its own.
Display & Camera
The tablet part of the laptop comes with a 13.3-inch OLED display and slim bezels to provide more screen to body ratio. There is also a 5MP dual camera located on the top of the tablet which is good enough for video calls and a 13MP rear camera that should suffice if you need a photo urgently.
Specs-wise, ASUS did not disappoint as it comes with a 16:9 OLED HDR display for extra clean display, a 0.2 ms response time to insure little to no output lag - as well as a 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage coupled with PANTONE validation for full colour accuracy. Not to mention, VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black and Dolby Vision support.
On top of that, this laptop has 70% less harmful blue light than other LCD laptops and has TUV Rheinland to ensure that our eyes stay pretty safe despite being in front of the screen for hours.
In case you are worried about your OLED laptop getting burn-ins, ASUS is, of course, one step ahead to prevent that from happening. To ensure that your laptop won’t die halfway and your money goes down the drain, it ships with Windows Dark mode by default and it automatically dims in 5 minutes of being idle.
ASUS Stylus Pen 2.0
Since we’re in an era where tablets are mostly used by students to lessen their carbon footprint or to ease the job of people in creative teams. This time, ASUS provided their latest Stylus Pen 2.0 - this stylus has a 4096-level pressure sensitivity and as low as 5g of pen tip force to create fine details when needed.
The stylus also has less than 36 ms of latency to ensure it registers on the screen as accurately as possible, it also has 4 interchangeable pen tips included which are 2H, HB, H and B for various usage.
Detachable keyboard & touchpad
Unlike many ASUS laptops, this detachable keyboard is noticeably smaller and more compact - but don’t let the lightness fool you.
Personally, I find the detachable fairly easy to use and not as stiff compared to other brands available in the market. The keyboard also fits quite snug and secure as the magnets are strong and the ‘pogo pin’ connectors help it to connect upon being connected.
The touchpad located on the bottom feels pretty nice to use however, a tad-bit stiff and sensitive. The size is double than normal touchpads on detachable keyboards and I prefer it this way as I have long and slender fingers. There is also support for multi-touch and 4-finger gestures to ease swapping between applications and screens.
In terms of audio, the quality of the sound is pretty mediocre as it has 4 built in speaker that is supported by Dolby Atmos, however, putting it in full volume really takes away the clarity of bass, though I am sure it won’t be that obvious if you really will just use it for casual music streaming.
In terms of ports, it is quite disappointing as it only has 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, a DisplayPort 1.4, and a microSD card reader.
Another thing that is worth mentioning is that one of the USB Type-C ports acts as a charging port so you really only have one USB-C port when charging. The lack of USB Type-A and Thunderbolt ports is also quite disappointing for me.
Now on to the specifications of this laptop, it comes with an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 mobile processor,8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage - though not necessarily the latest chip processor, it can still perform rather well.
I tried to open more than 10 tabs at once whilst listening to music and it could still work properly. The WiFi 6 it comes with is also very useful in ensuring a lag free experience when working.
The Windows 11 built-in Intel Bridge Technology allowed me to run Android applications - in return allowing me to scroll through social media in portrait mode but also do personal video calls.
Buy or no buy?
Despite being disappointed with the case not having an attached stand (I forget things easily) and the stylus is not as sensitive as I want it to be, it is still a pretty awesome choice if you were looking for a lightweight and versatile laptop, as the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is compact and portable.
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