Those in the market for an 8-inch tablet will be happy to learn that there's yet another option to choose from, this time from Asus. The VivoTab Note 8, which just recently popped up in the Microsoft Store, is a bit different than your run-of-the-mill slate as it's designed to support the included Wacom pen.
The slate first appeared at the Consumer Electronics Show last month but as is often the case, it got lost in the week-long madness. Originally priced at $299, the system ships with an 8-inch IPS screen operating at 800 x 1,250 with 5-finger multi-touch support.
It's also equipped with a Bay Trail processor - specifically, the Atom Z3740 clocked at 1.33 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 1.86 GHz - alongside 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC flash storage, a microSD card slot for added expansion, a five-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.2-megapixel front shooter and a battery that's good for up to eight hours of use on a single charge.
Other specs include a micro USB 2.0 port, a headphone / mic combo jack, 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless with Miracast and support for Bluetooth. The machine comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.
The Microsoft Store lists the slate as being available in black only and weighing 0.85 pounds with dimensions of 8.70 x 5.20 x 0.40 inches.
Unfortunately the price seems to have climbed a bit since CES as ownership will now set you back $329. But given Windows' reliable handwriting recognition, it might be worth the extra bucks when compared against other stylus-equipped tablets that still struggle with input lag.