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ASUS VivoTab Note 8: Affordable Windows 8.1 Tablet Packs Office & Wacom Stylus

ASUS VivoTab Note 8: Affordable Windows 8.1 Tablet Packs Office & Wacom Stylus The VivoTab Note 8 is an affordable slate that’s packed with business potential. / Credit: ASUS

A stylus can turn a Windows tablet into a productivity machine. And a built-in Wacom digitizer adds pressure sensitivity, allowing for more natural writing and more accurate pointing. But Wacom-supported tablets haven’t come cheap. Microsoft's own Surface 2 Pro is a business-ready Windows 8.1 slate with a pressure-sensitive display, but it will set you back at least $900. Meanwhile, Android heavy hitters such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 also come with Wacom tech, but the newest model starts at $549.

The new $299 VivoTab Note 8 from ASUS – which debuted at CES International this week -- is a more affordable option for business users seeking a stylus-driven tablet experience. The slate, which runs on Windows 8.1, comes packed with a stylus and a sharp 8-inch display with Wacom digitizer support. That gets you up to 1,000 levels of pressure, so you can use the stylus for more precise and natural note- taking; most tablets, including iPads and Google's flagship Nexus tablets, do not detect varying levels of pressure at all. On the downside, the tablet's 8-inch display is more cramped than Wacom-supported competitors such as 10-inch Galaxy Note 10.1, and the newly announced 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro.

Under the hood, the VivoTab Note 8 packs a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of onboard storage, as well as a microSD card slot for additional storage. And ASUS promises up to 8 solid hours of battery life, making the VivoTab Note 8 a relatively long-lasting device compared to competing 8-inch tablets. That's a major plus for business users who rely on their mobile devices to stay productive while on the go.

As an added bonus, ASUS is throwing in a free copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student to sweeten the deal for mobile business users. That software, coupled with powerful note-taking apps such as Evernote and OneNote, makes this device an affordable slate that's packed with business potential.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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