ASUS tablet brings 'Transformer' design to Windows RT

ASUS ViVo Tab RT (shown with bundled docking station)
ASUS ViVo Tab RT (shown with bundled docking station)
Brother HL-5470dw monochrome laser printer
Brother HL-5470dw monochrome laser printer
The "tablet wars" are underway. Apple, Amazon, and Google are the main combatants, with Microsoft coming late to the party. The Redmond, Wa.-based software giant, however, is banking that consumers will decide that Windows 8, scheduled to debut this Friday, was worth the wait.

was among the first to announce tablets designed to run the all-new Windows version. The Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT both combine a high-resolution, multi-touch display with a detachable QWERTY keyboard dock.

Both devices employ TruVivid technology that provides improved color clarity and superior scratch resistance, combined with a mobile dock that transforms the tablets into clamshell ultraportables. The dock also provides a secondary battery, track pad, and USB port.

The Vivo Tab RT, shown today on the Fox 8 News Morning Edition, features the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 12-core GPU, 2GB RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB user storage. The unit runs Windows RT, which supports ARM, rather than Intel processors.

The tablet also features a 10.1-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution, Super IPS+ technology, and SonicMaster technology to ensure top-quality audio. Also included are high-quality front/rear cameras and a built-in NFC sensor. The latter allows the unit to easily sync with other NFC-enabled devices.

Windows RT includes Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Preview, but the operating system will not run software designed for previous Windows versions. For additional software, you must visit the new Windows Store, an ecosystem that mimics Google Play and the Mac App Store.

The ASUS Vivo RT with docking station sells for $599 (32GB) or $699 (64GB). For more information, visit

Workhorse monochrome laser pinches pennies

Monochrome laser printers aren't sexy, but for if you work from home or otherwise find yourself frequently printing reams of black-and-white documents, a monochrome laser can be a good investment. The trick, however, is to find an affordable model that also offers a low cost-per-page ("page yield.")

Enter the Brother HL-5470DW, a monochrome laser with 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution that prints at up to 40 pages-per-minute (40 ppm), combined with automatic duplex printing (two-sided printing), energy-saving features, and exceptional customer service.

Above all, the printer is extremely cost-efficient, which makes it attractive for a home office or as a personal printer for a busy executive. The HL5470DW provides flexible paper handling and uses a high-yield, 8,000-page replacement toner cartridge to help lower running costs.

The device can be shared via its built-in wireless 802.11b/g/n or wired Ethernet interfaces. Wireless printing from mobile device is also possible using Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan, and other systems.

Standard equipment includes 128MB memory (expandable up to 384MB) and an adjustable 250-sheet capacity paper tray for letter or legal size paper. A 50-sheet capacity multi-purpose tray is also included, and heavy users can add an optional 500-sheet capacity paper tray ($209.99 list).

The Brother HL-5470DW comes with a one-year limited warranty with free phone support for the life of the printer.

The unit normally retails for $249.99, but Brother is currently offering a $50 rebate (now until 11/03/12) and free shipping. For more information, visit