The refreshed ASUS MeMo Pad 7 is a budget business-tablet with solid performance, pretty good battery life and handy software features. The slate's 2014 incarnation packs plenty of improvements over last year's model. The new version is smaller and lighter overall, but retains the same bright, 7-inch display as the original MeMo Pad 7. ASUS also gave the tablet a performance boost, while keeping it at a super-affordable $149 price point. And the new MeMo Pad 7 offers a variety of useful software features for business users through Zen UI, ASUS' custom Android interface. Check out a full review of the MeMo Pad 7 2014 at our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on for three features that make this device good for work.
The new MeMo Pad 7 swaps out the sluggish processor in last year's model for a speedier Intel chip. That means business users can expect smoother multitasking and relatively speedy performance overall, especially for the price. The power boost comes with one downside, however, as ASUS' new tablet doesn't last quite as long as last year's model. The 2014 MeMo Pad 7 ran for about 7 hours and 40 minutes in tests that involved continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi, which is a bit less than the average of 8 hours and 10 minutes for 7-inch slates. Still, it's a worthy tradeoff for the performance increase, and the new MeMo Pad 7 still outlasts competing slates such as the Acer Iconia One 7 and the Hisense Sero 7 Pro, both of which offer well under 7 hours of battery life.
Priced at just $149, the ASUS MeMo Pad 7 stands out as an affordable business slate. It offers better performance than most budget-priced tablets, while remaining much more affordable than mid-range devices such as the $189 EVGA Tegra Note 7. That makes the new MeMo Pad 7 a good pick for budget-minded business users with basic computing needs.
The MeMo Pad 7 runs on a special version of Android called Zen UI, which includes some useful, productivity-boosting features. For example, the dynamic "What's Next" list scans your calendar for appointments and alerts, so you can see your schedule at a glance. Meanwhile, the "Do It Later" app pulls together messages, emails, documents and Web pages into a dynamic to-do list to help you manage your time without missing an item on your reading list. Zen UI also adds other perks like a custom keyboard with predictive text software, as well as a variety of quick-settings options available right in the notification tray.
Originally published on Business News Daily.