700 euros for a convertible OLED tablet under Windows 11

700 euros for a convertible OLED tablet under Windows 11

Asus seems to have fallen in love with OLED technology, to our delight: after its Zenbook 13 OLED and Pro Duo 15 OLED or its Vivobook 16X and S15 in OLED version launched in recent months, it’s the turn of the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED to appear in the manufacturer’s catalog. A true 2-in-1 tablet, half-notebook, half-tablet, this product offers the best of both worlds, all under Windows 11 S and for less than 700 euros. How to revolutionize the market?

The technological constraints in terms of heat dissipation imposed by the tablet format have unsurprisingly forced Asus to integrate components of reasonable power. So forget mobile processors with a TDP of 35 watts, and instead say hello to a (small) Pentium Silver N6000 with its integrated graphics displaying a TDP of only 6 watts.

Yet the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED (T3300KA-LQ069W of its small name) is powerful enough for multimedia use: streaming films and series, for example, do not scare it, especially since its OLED screen will be perfectly suited to this type of use. Of course, it will also be possible to use this 2-in-1 tablet to work (to some extent) and to perform office tasks. The bundle is also oriented in this direction, with the presence of a detachable keyboard and Asus Pen 2.0 stylus.

Price, availability and bundle

The Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is a 2-in-1 tablet already available in two versions: the first with 4 GB and offered at 629 euros, the second (the one in this test) has double the RAM and is displayed at 699 euros. running under Windows 11S, we will recommend that you opt for the model 8 GB, especially considering the price difference.

At this price, the pack includes the tablet of course, but also a protective cover, the essential charger, a wireless keyboard (Bluetooth), a magnetic support which attaches to the back of the tablet, can be rotated up to 170 degrees, and a touch pen. Asus should also soon offer a version without keyboard at only 499 euros!

Screen

One of the advantages of this Vivobook Slate 13 lies in its OLED touch screen. With a diagonal of 13 inches, this one displays a Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) in 16:9 format. We are therefore quite far from the definition offered for example by a Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2880 x 1920 pixels), but these two products clearly do not play in the same price category…

Certified HDR Dolby Vision, the screen of the Vivobook 13 Slate offers very good graphic quality, with perfect blacks (OLED technology requires) and bright and resplendent colors. In terms of features, Asus announces a maximum brightness of 550 cd/m², a 0.2ms response time and a contrast of up to 1,000,000:1. We measured using our X-Rite i1Display Pro Plus colorimetric probe a maximum brightness of 355 cd/m² when the HDR mode is activated, a value lower than that promised by the manufacturer but which in practice proves to be largely sufficient thanks to the perfect blacks authorized by OLED technology, and therefore to a virtually infinite contrast ratio.

The white point is measured at 6182K which in practice gives a slightly warm tint. Color fidelity is excellent, with Average DeltaE measured at 1.3. Although this value is less important on a 2-in-1 tablet than on a professional product, we can salute the very good factory settings. Other display profiles are offered in the MyAsus application (Normal and Vivid) in addition to a manual mode, to suit all tastes.

Keyboard and stylus

Asus therefore delivers a wireless keyboard with the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED. It connects easily to the tablet thanks to a magnetic connector which also allows it to be recharged. Even if the touch pad can be used without this keyboard, it is clear that it brings a significant gain in terms of ergonomics and comfort of use. The very slightly curved keys are of a satisfactory size and benefit from a stroke of 1.4 mm. The integrated touchpad is relatively large (128 x 64 mm), even if the coating used sometimes prevents its contours from being perfectly distinguished in the dark.

A stylus Asus Pen 2.0, also in Bluetooth, comes with the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED. This stylus is particularly complete and of high quality, offering many possibilities thanks to its other interchangeable leads (2H, H, HB and B) and its 4096 pressure levels. It recharges via USB (it will also be noted with some amusement that the cable delivered with this stylus does not allow it to be recharged via the tablet!) and is fixed to the side of the Vivobook 13 Slate thanks to a small removable magnetic support .

Connectivity, connectivity and multimedia

This Vivobook 13 Slate OLED offers the bare minimum in terms of connectivity: we find two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports (PowerDelivery compatible and allowing you to connect an external screen), an audio jack combo socket and a microSD card reader, in addition to the connector dedicated to the wireless keyboard. In practice, this remains sufficient and justified by the finesse of the 2-in-1 tablet, even if we would have appreciated finding a Type-A / Type-C adapter in the box to connect a USB key or an Ethernet adapter. Connectivity is compliant with current standards, with controllers WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.2.

The audio system built into this 2-in-1 tablet offers fairly good sound quality: the four speakers placed on the left and right edges are sufficient for watching a movie or creating a little atmosphere, even if their small dimensions will necessarily lead to shortcomings on the bass side. The Dolby Access application still offers various settings to best optimize the audio rendering depending on the type of content played. Two video sensors are also present: a first of 5 MPixels at the front, unfortunately incompatible with Windows Hello, and the second at the rear of 12 MPixels capable of capturing Full HD video sequences at 30 FPS. The quality of the latter is rather average, we have seen better on other products…

Hardware and autonomy

Asus uses a Pentium Silver N6000 processor inside its Vivobook13 Slate. Based on Intel’s Jasper Lake architecture and engraved in 10 nm, it embeds four cores clocked at 1.1 GHz (with a 3.3 GHz Boost) and 4 MB of L3 cache, but does not benefit from Hyper-Threading. It will therefore be limited to only four simultaneous threads. If the technical sheet of this CPU is not very flattering so far, its main interest lies in its low consumption. The Pentium Silver N6000 indeed displays a TDP of only 6W, for an SDP (Scenario Design Power) of 4.8 W. It also incorporates a UHD Graphics graphics part, here too with very reasonable characteristics: 32 execution units and an operating frequency of 350 MHz (850 MHz in Boost ). However, it provides support for Quick Sync Video and therefore allows thehardware encoding/decoding of many video codecs (H264, H265, VP8, VP9, ​​AVC), and decoding of AV1 and VC-1 streams.

Next to him are 8GB LPDDR4X memory (a version with only 4 GB also exists, but we do not recommend it) and 128 GB of eMMC storage space interfaced in PCIe Gen3 4x. Of course, it will be impossible to change these characteristics later, “tablet” format requires. The integrated MicroSD memory card reader will still allow you to expand the storage space if necessary.

The 50Wh 3-cell battery finally allows the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED to display an autonomy of 9.5 hours according to Asus. According to our own video streaming tests (two-hour session of Netflix over WiFi), we can estimate thereal autonomy with this type of use at 8:41, with brightness set to 200 cd/m². The load is finally relatively fast thanks to the 65 watt charger, since the latter can recharge the battery by 60% in 39 minutes.

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