Asus Vivobook 13 Slate (Steven Harrington Edition) Review

This has gone on long enough, and I won’t shut up anymore. I hereby request that companies stop installing Pentium processors in midrange computers immediately.

Look, I understand the argument. Not everyone needs a Threadripper. Not everyone needs a Core i7. Some people just want a device to watch YouTube every night. Some people just want a Twitter machine. They can save a lot of money, and potentially afford a better build, better display, and fancier features, if they go for a cheaper chip.

That’s great if you’re in that group. But no one, and I really mean no one – you should spend more than a couple hundred bucks on a one thing device at a time. Because a $360 Chromebook Duet can surf the web without a hitch. The benefit a Windows laptop has over these devices, aside from the larger screen, is that the Windows operating system can be better suited to multitasking and working.. It supports more powerful programs, can better manage application windows and files, and has more computing power to run a bunch of tasks at once. So if you’re paying more than, say, $800 for a device that will only have one window open at a time, you’re doing something wrong.

For this very reason, the $899 Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED Steven Harrington Edition (yes, that’s the full name) It’s one of the coolest but also most confusing computers I’ve reviewed this year. Asus did it in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based artist. steven harington (not to be confused with Steve Harrington’s character in Strange things)and it looks incredibly cool with a brilliant OLED screen.

It also includes a Pentium processor. That Pentium processor works. But it mostly works if you have one thing open at a time.

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The Vivobook 13 Slate Steven Harrington Edition is a 13.3-inch OLED tablet (an already atypical combination). It’s one of two limited-edition Slate OLED models released in collaboration with popular artists this year. (Philip Colbert of London also has one.) The models are supposed to “represent the artist’s unique vision of the world,” according to Asus promotional material.

I would say that Steven Harrington’s edit was successful. It looks, in a word, amazing. The cover stand (magnetic, detachable, and can support the device in both portrait and landscape modes, though you may see the screen wobble if you use the stylus at certain angles) is covered in cartoons of dogs, trees, planets and such, including some recurring characters from Harrington’s. The bottom of the keyboard (also detachable, Surface Pro-style, and surprisingly comfortable) has an extra dash of cute graphics.

This laptop has personality. I wish more gadgets would. I would love to open this up in a coffee shop and look a little cooler than all the other coffee shop dwellers around me. In a tech market filled with boring blacks and grays, a touch of unique flavor is always welcome to help people incorporate their tablet into their style.

The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate turned upside down, seen from above.

a:hover]:shadow-highlight-franklin [&>a]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-highlight-franklin dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-white md:text-30″>But the Pentium is bad.

This Vivobook 13 Slate model costs $899 on the Asus website (for the Pentium Silver N6000, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage). That makes it a lot cheaper than the likes of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 9 (especially since the keyboard and stylus are included in the price of the Vivobook). None of those premium devices have as cool a design or a kickstand that works in multiple orientations. And few 13-inch laptops, let alone devices under $1,000, have an OLED screen.

How did Asus get the price so cheap? I can only assume that a large part of the cost savings is in the chip. The Intel Pentium Silver N6000 is not, by any definition, a good processor. It doesn’t provide good battery life: I averaged just over five hours of continuous use with about a dozen Chrome, Slack, and Spotify tabs running occasionally at medium brightness, and it doesn’t provide great performance either.

The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate in laptop mode showing The Verge home page.

The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate in laptop mode seen from the front with the stylus to the right side.

If you were only doing one thing at a time, the Vivobook worked just fine. Jumping between my dozen or so Chrome tabs was doable. I did see a bit of lag when typing, especially when I was actually hitting backspace, and there were a few websites where I could feel the Pentium chugging. (Twitter likes, for example, took a while to appear after the button was clicked.) But with those caveats, browsing in Chrome was doable.

But once you try to get the Pentium to run other things, there are dragons. I got impatient while clicking on the Settings app. Drawing in Paint was fine, but Whiteboard was frustratingly slow. Slack, on top of Chrome tabs, got sluggish. It was slow to update and slow to address my clicks, with exchanges between channels sometimes taking several seconds. When I got the Vivobook I started downloading some updates from Windows and the Microsoft Store, everything else I was doing stopped and the device was almost unusable, with programs frozen from left to right. Boot time, in general, was slow, and I found myself staring at the Steven Harrington logo for a while every time it booted up.

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The mandatory policies for which an agreement is required are:

  • An application for your region
  • Microsoft Software License Terms and Notice from Asus

Also, there are a bunch of optional things to accept:

  • Device Privacy Settings: Find My Device, Ink & Write, Advertising ID, Location, Diagnostic Data, Personalized Experiences
  • Please provide information such as name, region, email address, phone number and country to Asus for product registration and to sign up for an Asus account, to receive emails from Asus and to sign up for an account from McAfee and receive emails from McAfee.

There are three mandatory agreements and nine optional.

In short, this can be a miniature TV for YouTube and Netflix. This may be a Twitter machine. But you’re not going to have a great time if you want to use it for anything other than that, and if you don’t, I really don’t think you should spend $900, even for all the great cartoons.

the Vivobook slate not Harrington It’s available for a few hundred bucks cheaper (and I’ve seen it on sale for as low as $300 before). opinions point to that one is a much better deal. At that point, you’re looking at one of the cheapest ways on the market to get an OLED display. Those for whom affordable OLED is a big draw should consider that model.

The Asus Vivobook 13 Slate keyboard seen from above.

There are many things I like about this product. An OLED laptop with an artist-designed chassis, included stylus, and two-way kickstand is something you could guess would cost upwards of $1,000. I’m glad to see this type of device in a more affordable range.

I really wanted to like this Vivobook because almost everything on the outside is excellent, and I’m always grateful that Asus is willing to put out such bold and fun designs like few other companies do.

But the interior is also important. And I think a Pentium, in 2022, is too high a price to pay. Companies shouldn’t be selling devices that are that slow for anywhere near this price. If you want a convertible device that’s good for one thing at a time, you have plenty of cheaper options. If you want a real Windows laptop, one you can reliably use to multitask and work, these cartoons shouldn’t fool you. The Pentium is too slow by today’s standards.

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  • The letter keys are 0.6 x 0.6 inches with 0.1 inches between them. They are not backlit. Only the Caps Lock key has an indicator light. The power button measures 0.75 x 0.2 inches. The volume keys are 0.6 x 0.25 inches. The keys are black with white text and require very little force to press.
  • The speakers averaged 86 decibels in my tests, which is louder than a standard external speaker.
  • The tablet weighs 1.72 pounds.
  • There are two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a microSD reader.
  • The lid can be opened with one hand, but two are required to unfold the kickstand.
  • The touchpad is 2.6 x 5.1 inches.
  • Setup involves turning on the device and clicking through various menus.
  • The Vivobook supports fingerprint but not facial logins.

  • Windows 11 includes a built-in screen reader (Narrator). Supports third-party screen readers, including NVDA from NV Access and Jaws from Freedom Scientific. A complete list of compatible software can be found on the Microsoft website.
  • Windows 11 supports voice typing (accessed using Windows + H) and speech recognition (toggled with Windows + Ctrl + S).
  • Color filters, including inverted, grayscale, red-green, and blue-yellow, can be toggled with Windows + Ctrl + C. Contrast themes are toggled with Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen. Standard dark mode and custom colors are also available under Personalization.
  • The color and size of the subtitles can be customized and appear near the bottom of the screen.
  • The keyboard can be remapped with Microsoft Power Toys. Sticky Keys is supported. An on-screen keyboard is available.
  • The cursor size and speed can be adjusted and gestures can be reassigned in the touchpad settings.
  • Windows 11 supports eye control with external eye trackers.
  • Windows 11 includes an Instant Layout feature, accessed by hovering over the Maximize button in any open window.

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