Ah, the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED T3300KA. I’ve spent the last 2 weeks with this device that ASUS exclusively sent to us only here in Malaysia. Again, I have to bid my thanks to ASUS once again for this special opportunity.
But, since this is a review, ASUS has zero control or input over what we have to say in this video. That is because, throughout my 2 weeks using this device, I discovered a lot of quirks that I think you need to know about.
Okay, our ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED comes in this special edition box – and you can watch it here. I think you should be getting everything that is inside that special edition box – which we have laid out on the table here. However, we can’t confirm it.
At the footnotes of the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED’s product page, it states that Accessories are available in most countries’ bundle package. Bundle package may vary according to different countries.
The tablet itself
Okay, so let’s talk about the tablet first. It’s a rather lightweight device and obviously, the main selling point of this device is as the name suggests – the OLED screen.
This 13.3-inch OLED screen is just gorgeous and comes with a super high color accuracy of above 99% for both sRGB and DCI-P3. Yet, it comes with decently-sized tablets to prevent accidental touches when holding it.
And the speakers are actually quite good too. There is a quad-speaker setup – two on each side but clumped at the lower side. Have a listen here.
Combining the lightweight tablet body, gorgeous 13.3-inch OLED screen, and magnificent speakers – it makes this an amazing tablet for media consumption – be it YouTube, Netflix, and everything else.
Plus, it also supports both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision too. You can find this utility pre-installed on the laptop.
The kickstand cover
Then, we can snap on the magnetic cover stand too. This stand snaps onto the rear of the device and provides both protection and functionality in the form of a kickstand too. It can even make the tablet stand in portrait mode – which I think many people will like.
Honestly speaking, I don’t think I’ll ever detach this magnetic cover stand from the tablet – ever.
The detachable keyboard
Now comes the detachable keyboard. It just snaps onto the bottom of the tablet via magnets. I’ll tell you this now – this keyboard is much better than many conventional laptops. Each key has this really nice rough texture and the travel distance is amazingly well done.
While this is called a “detachable keyboard”, it also comes with a trackpad. This trackpad is centered, large, smooth, and also has fantastic palm rejection. This trackpad is very similar to the Vivobook Pro 15 OLED’s trackpad that I’ve praised in our review of that laptop. I just wish that ASUS tuck the ends of the cutout under the trackpad because as it is now, it will definitely capture dust at the edges.
ASUS Pen 2.0
Then lastly, the optional ASUS Pen 2.0. I’m not an artist but the pen is actually quite good for note-taking and drawing diagrams, writing equations, all of those. According to the website, it says this pen has 4096 pressure levels and 266Hz sampling rate. There are also two buttons at the side here – the lower one for eraser and the top one for right-clicking. These two buttons can’t be customized.
At the top of the pen, there is another button – and this button can be customized to perform certain actions. By default, pressing once brings up the Microsoft Whiteboard and double-pressing brings up the snipping tool.
However, to utilize that button at the top, we’ll have to charge and pair the ASUS Pen 2.0 with the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED. To charge the pen, just pull the top.
I also want to point out one thing – when I was unboxing the device, I forgot where I took out this little dongle. I’m confused as to why it exists until I realized that it is actually used to charge the ASUS Pen 2.0. However… I can’t plug it into the tablet to charge the pen…
It also comes with this magnetic pen holder thing that snaps to the kickstand. I think this is a smart solution. I just yank out the entire pen and the holder together and start using the pen, then I can snap it back when I’m done using.
Also, don’t throw away the ASUS Pen 2.0 box. There are 3 more tips that we can swap between. We have H, HB, and B. The 2H pen tip is preinstalled on the pen already. To actually take out the existing pen though, is quite scary. This pen plastic holder has a cutout to slot in the pen and pull the pen tip out. However, the plastic holder is flimsy and it seems like it’s going to break every time I want to swap the tip.
Overall, the pen does feel good to use with and the pressure levels are responsive yet accurate. Still, I’m only using it to draw diagrams and write equations – those usages don’t need supremely high precision.
Taking a look at the full package
Okay, so now we got the full set assembled here, this is like a Microsoft Surface device, right? I mean, I reviewed a Microsoft Surface device a few years ago, so I know about the weird quirks that this device has. For example – it takes more space when compared to a traditional laptop and needs to be used on a completely flat surface. I also realized though, using the touchscreen doesn’t cause the screen to wobble – because that kickstand is there.
Then comes the specs of this ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED. As you might have realized, this is a fanless device. So, it’ll have to be low-powered and that’s why it comes with:
- Intel Pentium Silver N6000 with a base frequency of 1.1GHz
- 8GB of RAM at 3000MHz
- 256GB of NVMe SSD
And this variant of the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is the highest-end version available. Since this is a tablet, there is no way to upgrade this device at all. Everything is sealed off.
How about the performance?
I originally thought that this device got a double whammy and severely hindered its out-of-the-box snappiness in performance. Combining that Intel Pentium Silver N6000 chip with Windows 11 sounds like a recipe for a device that requires a lot of patience to use.
Boot times were agonizingly slow.
Loading Chrome pegs the CPU at 100% utilization and still takes a good while to load the tabs.
Even making YouTube videos going fullscreen takes a few good seconds.
Then I realized something – if I use the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED when it is plugged in, it doesn’t lag that badly. Then, I checked – and my suspicion was correct! It defaults to “best power efficiency” power mode out of the box. No wonder it lags so badly to the point that typing on Google Keep has a noticeable delay!
I immediately change it to “best performance” and things immediately got better. The CPU can boost to about 2.2GHz most of the time (only with the appropriate driver) even while on battery. Those annoying little things like the aforementioned delay when typing on Google Keep are now gone. Going fullscreen on YouTube feels snappier.
But that doesn’t fix the boot times – and I’m okay with it.
Also do keep in mind that this “power mode” is a separate setting, independent of the “power plan” settings menu. Just Windows 11 things.
Can we play games on it, though? That depends on how you define the word “games”. For me, I’ll say yes. I can play graphically simple games like Later Alligator which looks absolutely magnificent on this OLED screen – and I also highly recommend you check this game out.
Some other games like Papers Please also worked great on this laptop. Playing Papers Please on a touchscreen is like cheating, though.
Graphical novels and point-and-click adventure games also work magnificently well on this type of device. Thanks to how many of these games are available on Steam and also itch.io, I’m gonna spend so much time with this tablet.
All of a sudden, that Intel Pentium Silver N6000 seems like an adequate chip for this device, right? Hold on, because we need to talk about Windows 11 and the RAM. We’re lucky to get this device with 8GB RAM because anything lower than that will be horrendous.
Pre-installed with Windows 11…
Seriously though, the Intel Pentium Silver N6000 wasn’t even originally debuted with Windows machine. It was made for the education segment and Chromebooks in particular.
After a fresh boot and I made sure there are nothing running in the background, it already consumes 3.3GB RAM. Running Chrome and Spotify will jack up the RAM usage to 5.1GB straight away, and I have already uninstalled the bundled McAfee antivirus and removed a few more Windows 11 bloatware apps, by the way.
How I use this device is fairly simple – I just have both Chrome and Spotify opened at all times. Even that can spike up to 8GB RAM usage sometimes – depending on what websites I was visiting.
With that said, the battery life of this device. It does come with a 50Wh battery and I was using it with Chrome and Spotify at all times, and the power mode at “best performance” setting, and screen brightness at 60% brightness because I want DC dimming. Anything lower than 55% brightness will become PWM dimming.
And with that, I got only about 5 to 6 hours of battery life through a single charge. Hmmm… this battery life forms a divided opinion in my mind. Depending on what perspective we’re looking at – for a Windows machine, I think it’s actually quite good. However, in terms of an Android tablet, it’s quite horrible.
But, because of how I usually use a Windows machine – multitasking heavily with at least Chrome and Spotify at the very least – I think it’s not that fair to compare with an Android tablet.
Oh – and charging this tablet is done via USB-C. The included power brick is a 65W charger, but I didn’t use it since I have 65W USB-PD chargers anyway.
Ports and buttons
Let’s also highlight the ports of this tablet just to be thorough. Everything is placed on the left side, though. We have a 3.5mm combo audio jack, the aforementioned double USB-C ports for charging, and also supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, and a microSD card reader.
TBH, I have no idea why there’s a microSD card reader. Still, it’s better than having unused space.
And as a quick mention, the power button is located at the top right corner here and it also temporarily saves your fingerprint and automatically logs you in after booting up.
However, the power button is pretty difficult to feel and press since it’s nearly flush with the tablet’s frame. I’m not sure it’s because of how my finger positioned on the button before pressing it or just because the boot time is really bad, I find this “temporarily saving my fingerprint” feature does not work most of the time.
By the way, the volume rockers at the immediate corner across the power button are also very flat and flushed with the tablet. I didn’t realize it’s there until I was done with this review.
Should you consider getting the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED?
We’ll definitely have to look at the price. There is no official pricing yet, though from what we can find, this device starts at USD $599 before tax. Directly converting this price tag to Malaysian Ringgit means it’s going to start at about ~RM2,500. I think it’s an okay price tag if you know what you’re getting but you really need to know what you’re getting into.
However, we need to keep track of what’s running on this tablet because that Intel Pentium Silver N6000 chip with Windows 11 doesn’t leave much leeway in terms of how many tasks can run at the same time.
Okay, so before we end this review – we gotta address one comment that I think is very interesting – to compare this machine with a Samsung or Xiaomi tablet. I’m guessing it’s between the likes of the Xiaomi Pad 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE?
Well, I can see the similarities – the tablet, kickstand, and keyboard can be separated from each other but I think the similarities end there. The operating system that powers these two devices are completely different, and subsequently, how we use the device alongside the selection of apps are different too.
For example, however stupid or laggy it may sound, I can use the full-fledged Photoshop on the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED. That’s not possible with any Android or iPad tablets.
Also, I just want to bring up the iPad Pro for a moment. Combined with the Apple’s Magic Keyboard, the entire setup is much more compact, more stable, and can actually be used as a laptop on my lap. But of course, no other companies can copy that design as of now because Apple obviously patented it. They deserve it! I mean, they deserve it since they do have some really genius design. Sometimes.
Where to buy the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED? (Affiliate links; not available yet, though)
Now that we’re done reviewing this device and since we do have this unique little device with us, I’m going to explore other operating systems. I have thought of giving Linux a try on this tablet, but I have a confession to make – I never used Chrome OS before.
So, I’ll give Chrome OS on this device a go and see how things play out, then an update to let you guys know my experience.