Asus Vivotab Note 8, or Thinkpad 8… and What the YuFu?

Asus VivoTab Note 8? or Thinkpad 8?
Asus VivoTab Note 8? or Thinkpad 8?

Will your next mobile production tool be an 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablet? It very well could. Let’s look at what Step 2 is excited about.

CES 2014 ended a couple of weeks ago, and we now know which tablets are worth looking at. At a reasonable price point, there are only two for the productive go-do-er.

The Asus Vivotab Note 8 has all of the normal specs that every other Baytrail tablet has. It would be unremarkable; however, it is the only one to use a Wacom digitizer. It even has a silo for the included pen. In an unexpected turn of events, the Thinkpad 8 doesn’t have a digitizer. The Thinkpad is 10 point multi-touch only. What’s the deal Lenove?.. Oh wait, I can answer that. There will still be a Thinkpad Tablet 3 later this year, and the digitizer would be the only real feature it could have to differentiate itself from the Thinkpad 8 – (that’s just a guess, but it’s probably right)

So why even compare the two. For all of you digi-art fiends, the Asus is the clear choice.

Well, let’s have a look at the specs in this nifty chart. I think you’ll see the dilemma 😉

The Throw Down

Feature Asus Vivotab Note 8 Lenovo Thinkpad 8
Atom w/ HD Graphics z3740 (1.3ghz – 1.8ghz turbo) z3770 (1.4ghz – 2.4ghz turbo)
Resolution 1280 x 800 1920 x 1200
Build Quality Should be good It’s a Thinkpad, you do the math 🙂 (that means great)
Digitizer Wacom and touch None, touch only

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Battery life will likely be close to equal due to their close non-turbo speed, and the camera on the Thinkpad should be better.

Okay, so here’s the question: Do you need higher resolution and a more potent processor? In my review of being productive on the Dell Venue Pro 8, everything worked fine. That was using the z3740, the lower speed CPU in the Asus. I wonder though, how much better could it be with an extra 600mhz in turbo mode? Does that open the door to possibly rendering small 3D scenes on the go?

Well I suppose debate doesn’t matter, because I can’t draw/sketch/write notes on the Thinkpad… Wait what’s that? Is that a… What the YuFu is a YuFu?

Enter the YuFu

Yufu fine point stylus, with pressure sensitivity and palm rejection!
Yufu fine point stylus, with pressure sensitivity and palm rejection!

The YuFu is a small Kickstarter project that was recently successful. The product is a fine point stylus for capacitive screens. It works via bluetooth and has a crazy level of pressure sensitivity. It even has palm rejection. It’s made for iOS first, but they reached their stretch goal and promise Windows 8.1 drivers. If this pen comes through on it’s claims, and we can be reasonably confident they will, then this could actually give the wacom digitizer a run for it’s money. Pair this stylus with the Thinkpad 8, and suddenly, the Asus is clearly over thrown. Check out the Yufu video at the end of the article.

Step 2’s Choice

Step 2 is going with the Thinkpad 8, and not just because of our continued commitment to our inevitable Chinese overlords, but because the extra resolution will be nice while coding. We’re also going this route because Hodge has his YuFu on order, and we’re expecting great things out of the Thinkpad 8/Yufu combination. When The Thinkpad 8 is in we’ll have a full video review of our ultimate mobile productivity solution, including showing off digital art software and game performance. (BTW the Thinkpad 8 is on sale now!)

Okay, here’s that YuFu video. Thanks for reading!

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