Asus is renowned for delivering a wide range of tablets that fit different lifestyles and models. They had come up with many fantastic and memorable slates like the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity; while on the other hand, they never shy away from being a little more modest – like the Asus Transformer Pad 300. The recently available 10.1-inch slate in the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 just falls into the latter category with its ample hardware and affordable price point. The Asus MeMo Pad Smart TF301T might only be a tad lighter than a Retina Display i-Pad but at a measurement of 10.4″ x 7.1″ x 0.39″ and weight of 1.28 pounds, it is reasonably thin and light for a tablet with a 10 inch display. Available in “crystal white,” “fuschia pink,” and “midnight blue”, the Pad 10 comes with some extra bezel space around the edges that makes it easy for gripping, but also makes the MeMo Pad Smart 10 look old-fashioned.
With specs such as quad-core 1.6GHz Rock chip RK3188 CPU and 1GB of RAM, it is suitable for the modest users. Also the Asus’ ARM Mali-400 GPU is no powerhouse. It has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, which gives it a pixel density count of 226 PPI. The Pad 10 is armed with the bare essential connectivity features – like a GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and an 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi but doesn’t feature other amenities such as NFC. . With the screen calibrated to a brightness of 120cd/m², the Asus’ 19Wh lithium polymer battery lasted roughly around 10hrs. Then there’s a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera enabled for 1080p video recording, but lacks an LED flash. There’s also a front-facing 1.2MP webcam in the centre of the top part of the bezel. Along the left and right edges, the tablet’s left/right speaker grills are slightly recessed – giving it stereo output. Asus includes an Audio Wizard utility that lets us enable a couple of different presets for Music Mode, Movie Mode, or Gaming Mode, among others.
The Pad 10 contains the micro HDMI, micro USB, and micro SD card ports all along the left edge of the tablet. Only a few buttons are seen around the sides of the tablet, including a power button on the top left edge and volume up and down buttons on the right side. Asus shells out the ME301T with a pretty standard version of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, but surely they do make some changes to Google’s software. There are also shortcuts for Power Saving and Performance modes.
The MeMo Pad ME301T isn’t designed to be the best tablet around — it’s designed to be one of the best available for a certain price, and it succeeds at that. But if you can afford a $299 tablet you might able to afford a $399 tablet in which case you can get a whole lot more tablets for your money. In short, it is a must buy gadget for everyone.