This has gone on long enough, and I will be silent no longer. I am hereby requesting that companies stop putting Pentium processors in midrange computers immediately.
Look, I got the argument. Not everyone needs Threadripper. Not everyone needs a Core i7. Some people only want a device for their nightly YouTube watching. Some people just want a Twitter machine. They can save a lot of money — and potentially afford a nicer build, a nicer screen, and fancier features — if they go for a cheaper chip.
That’s all well and good if you’re in that group. But no one — and I really do mean from one — should be spending more than a couple hundred dollars on a single thing at a time device. Because a $360 Chromebook Duet can browse the web just fine. The benefit a Windows laptop has over these devices, in addition to the larger screen, is that the Windows operating system can better accommodate multitasking and work. It supports more powerful programs, it can better manage app windows and files, and it has more computing power to run a bunch of tasks at once. So if you’re paying over, say, $800 for a device that will only ever have one window open at a time, you are doing something wrong.
For this very reason, Asus’ $899 Vivobook 13 Slate OLED Steven Harrington Edition (yes, that is the full name) is one of the coolest but also most confusing computers I’ve reviewed this year. Asus made it in collaboration with LA-based artist Steven Harrington (not to be confused with the Steve Harrington character on (Stranger Things)and it’s incredibly cool-looking with a brilliant OLED screen.
It also includes a Pentium processor. That Pentium processor works. But it mostly works if you have one thing open at a time.
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The Vivobook 13 Slate Steven Harrington Edition is a 13.3-inch OLED tablet (already an atypical combination). It’s one of two limited-edition Slate OLED models released in collaboration with popular artists this year. (London’s Philip Colbert has one, too.) The models are supposed to “represent the unique world-view of the artist,” according to Asus’ promotional material.
I would say the Steven Harrington Edition succeeded. It looks, in a word, awesome. The cover stand (magnetic, detachable, and can support the device in both portrait and landscape modes, although you may see screen wobble if you use the stylus at certain angles) is covered in cartoon dogs, trees, planets, and such, including some recurring characters of Harrington’s. The bottom of the keyboard (also detachable, Surface Pro-style, and surprisingly comfortable) has an additional smattering of cute graphics.
This laptop has a personality. I wish more gadgets did. I would love to pop this open at a coffee shop and look just a bit cooler than all the other coffee shop denizens around me. In a tech market full of boring grays and blacks, a splash of unique flavor to help folks incorporate their tablet into their style is always welcome.
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