Asus Eee Pad Memo ME171
An entertaining new tablet PC
Among its many peers, the Asus Eee Pad Memo was one shy device. We went around asking people what they thought about it. Not many had heard about it. This made us even more curious about the Memo ME171 launched at this year’s CES. We didn’t want to maybe miss on a very good gadget. Before testing it we did an online search. Every site told us that it had first made an appearance last year during CES. How come so much time has passed before this product got some recognition? Well, seeing as we can finally speak our mind about it, let the reviewing begin.
First things first. And that’s supposed to mean it’s time to tackle the design subject. The Eee Pad Memo ME171 gadget certainly looks like Asus took as much care as to make it visually enchanting. It’s safe to assume that they were aiming for the best result. And they got it. The gadget is very appealing. Looking at it from top to bottom we realized its beauty at once. Nothing is too much on this hybrid of a device. After a first observation, you might think it’s plain-looking. But after better inspection you’ll fall for it pretty badly. There’s a stylus to go with it and it’s as good-looking as its mother.
WXGA 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
Taking our eyes off of the stylus for a bit and returning them to the gadget, we saw that the display of Memo ME171 was a WXGA and that the resolution was 1280 x 800 pixels. Those specifications brought to our tests good results. The one thing that stole our concentration was how quickly fingerprints attached themselves to the display. But we didn’t have too much time to mind about, especially after seeing the Gorilla Glass on it. This type of layer protected the screen in ways that further increased our admiration for Asus. Take this instance: we tried to scratch the surface of the display to see if it got damaged. The answer to our question was immediate: no, it didn’t. It looked as good as when we took the Memo ME171 out of its box. Not even dropping it resulted in scratches. As usual, all Asus gadgets meet the highest levels of durability.
The stylus sits in a different place when you don’t use it. More exactly: horizontally at the side of the device. That turned to actually be a more convenient location than the top corner common to Lenovo, Samsung and others.
1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm processor
The hardware on the Pad Memo ME171 is already over 1 year old. That doesn’t affect the gadget in the slightest. Its dual-core Qualcomm CPU uses 1.2GHz; the 1GB of RAM complete the picture. The speed it offers can’t be compared to what a Tegra 3 has in stock. But nonetheless it’s better than most other CPUs. The majority of tasks were brought to completion without encountering freezes along the way. In fact, we should praise the device for being very fast for its simplicity.
The standout for us happened with the MeMIC. This is a handset with a transparent display and with it you can call someone and receive calls. There’s also the possibility to read text messages. The connection is done through Bluetooth and the battery life was good.
The Asus Eee Pad Memo ME171 reminded us of Samsung’s first Galaxy Tab review because of the 7″ form. And also because of the call option. Taken as a whole, the gadget should provide future customers with plenty of entertaining options.