Here’s what happened this week: Windows 8 continued its evolution to shape-shifting laptop/tablet hybrids. Energizer built an alternative charger that adds days and hours of battery life to your gadgets. And Microsoft’s Office suite added unprecedented collaboration tools, new touch features, and loads of cloud storage. Time to catch up, everyone.
With the VivoTab Smart, ASUS has created a bona fide Windows 8 tablet that’s just as affordable as the iPad and premium Android tablets. For $499, this device includes an Intel Atom processor and a generous 64GB of memory in a design that’s lighter than Apple’s tablet. ASUS also offers an optional Bluetooth keyboard and cover that doubles as a stand, so you can use the VivoTab Smart as a mini-laptop. Sort of.