ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel Bay Trail Inside - HotHardware

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel Bay Trail Inside

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You may not expect a $150 tablet to be particularly stylish, but no one wants a cheap plastic feel, either. The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 comes across exactly as it should: unassuming, but sturdy. The back of the chassis has a smooth finish that looks fine, but is a little slippery. An aluminum band around the display gives the tablet just a little flair and also adds to its overall tough-tablet image.


The ASUS logo appears on the front of the tablet, just under the display, and on the back of the device, just under the camera. Aside from the logo, camera, and a thin speaker opening near the bottom, the back of the MeMO Pad 7 is empty.



  

The sides of the tablet are also clutter-free. The built-in mic and the mic/headphone jack sit at the top of the device, along with a micro USB port for the power adapter. The only thing on the tablet’s right side is a micro SD card reader, which doesn’t have a cover. The left side has only the power and volume buttons.


The MeMO Pad 7’s screen is reasonably bright and clear. Movies on Netflix looked good, though some detail seemed to get lost in the shadows during dark scenes. The screen's native resolution of 1280x800 isn't terribly inspiring, but on a display this size, it still offers excellent clarity and sharpness.  The speakers are loud enough to hear when you are alone, but when you’re in a room with other conversations taking place around you, you’ll want headphones. The screen picked up fingerprints, but only after lots of use, and it was easy to clean.

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This review is the most comprehensive review of this tablet I have found so far. All other reviewers dug into exterior design, while you managed to benchmark, and I have to say that your review has convinced me to seriously consider buying the Memo Pad 7. At 150 dollars, if I did not already have a Nexus 5 and 7, I would have been able to afford it after only saving up 1 month. That means that this tablet is affordable to me despite being below the poverty level in terms of monetary income at this time. Given the great value PLUS the SD Card port, I suspect this tablet will go on to be a great performer on the market. The fact that it is better than the Nexus 7 in most instances at this price point is a game changer. Now if only we could convince Samsung to be more realistic about the cost of its lineup...

Asus is going to win this game in the long term if they keep playing to win.

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