Asus has lifted the veil on one of its flagship products at the end of the year: the Vivobook Slate 13 OLED. It offers a two-in-one format, just like what Microsoft does with the Surface Pro. However, the Taiwanese brand offers something more to the user, namely an OLED display.
The presence of an OLED screen in a computer is a strong argument in 2021 and Asus has understood this well by including it on many of its products. The latest is the Vivobook Slate 13 OLED. In addition to offering a much better panel than the classic LCD, it adopts a two-in-one format inspired by that of Microsoft’s Surface Pro. A machine above all dedicated to entertainment and simple office work.
So we have a multi-part computer. The main one is the screen part (which includes all the components and which weighs 785 grams). It sports a 13.3-inch OLED panel in 1080p and with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The OLED has the merit of bringing much higher contrasts than the LCD, with deep blacks (the pixel is off to display this color) and brilliant whites. Asus also promises more vibrant colors. On this point, we ask to see what the manufacturer will do in terms of calibration.
The Asus Vivobook Slate 13 OLED is above all a laptop
The screen part has a retractable foot at the back once the dedicated shell is attached via a system of magnets. The Vivobook can then tilt up to 170 degrees, convenient for watching movies. Tablet use is obviously highlighted, especially since Windows 11 relies on many improvements on this point.
We must not forget that the Vivobook Slate 13 OLED is above all a laptop. Thus, Asus offers a keyboard that attaches magnetically to the tablet. It can be used as a workstation, like a classic ultra-portable. In addition to the keys, we obviously have a trackpad. A stylus is also present for taking notes or drawing. It can also hang on the body of the tablet for transport.
Inside the machine we find very modest components. The Vivobook Slate 13 OLED is thus powered by an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor with either 4 GB of RAM or 8 GB. Enough to do Word, a bit of Internet browsing or Netflix, but not much more. To play on your machine, you will have to go through the cloud gaming option. As for memory, Asus requires a 128 GB eMMC SSD. Connection side, the machine goes straight to the point with two USB Type-C 3.2 ports, a microSD card reader and a 3.5 jack port mm.
Asus offers the cheapest OLED PC on the market
Last important point to remember: the Asus Vivobook Slate 13 OLED has Windows 11 S by default. We can therefore only install applications from the Windows Store. For those who do not want to limit themselves, it is possible to switch to classic Windows 11 in a very simple way by activating it in the options.
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Asus therefore relies on its OLED screen to seduce, but also on its very aggressive price. The tablet only (4GB of RAM) will be marketed at 499 euros, a feat for a PC with a screen of this type. Packs will be offered to the user. If he wants to include the keyboard, it will cost him 599 euros. For 699 euros, the brand will offer a pack with a cover and stylus included. The computer will be available on the market before the end of the year.
In any case, it is interesting to see Asus attempting things. The arrival of Windows 11 brings the tablet and two-in-one format back to the fore. Now all that remains is to see if the public will be seduced or not.