Review: Asus Memo Pad HD 7 - the price is right
Take public transit, for example. For a few coins, $3 in Toronto, you can get from Point A to Point B. You might be standing for an hour, is a smelly streetcar, but it’s better than paying $20 for parking to get downtown.
Then, we have the Memo Pad HD 7 tablet from Asus. It costs only $160.
It’s a really strong value proposition, but first – let’s clear up the downfalls of a sub-$200 tablet.
While it has camera on the front and back, forget they exist. It’ll help for Skype calls but don’t expect to snap spectacular shots – especially in low light situations.
The power button also seems to be awkwardly placed, more on the back of the device than on the edge. I would often find myself pressing the bevel of the Memo Pad HD 7 to turn the thing on, only to realize I had to stretch my finger a little more to reach the real location of the button.
The screen is sharp and vivid with a wide viewing angle, but it isn’t the greatest in direct sunlight. I also found it unforgiving with fingerprints and smudges in those conditions.
As a tablet, it does everything you could want in this price range. Email and web browsing is obviously no challenge for the quad-core tablet,
It handled Need For Speed Most Wanted well, but gameplay was a little choppy with NOVA 3. Unless you’re a gamer, this tablet is suitable for most other tasks.
Asus tools – such as Splendid and the Audio Wizard – help you tweak both the sound and picture for optimal performance. The Audio Wizard is particularly handy for being able to crank up the speech when watching dialogue-heavy TV shows and movies.
For the price, you can buy a lot of apps, magazines and movies with the money you’ll save compared to other tablets. And for most people, that just makes sense.
4/5- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets