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Review: ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10

Review: ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10

The ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 is solid tablet overall but its performance in some graphically intense games is poor

The ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 is solid tablet overall but its performance in some graphically intense games is poor.

Design & display

The MeMO Pad FHD 10 is a 10.1in device with a thick, gloss black bezel, curved edges and a white plastic back.

Despite its plastic construction, build quality is reasonable for the price.

The MeMO Pad FHD 10 is lighter (580g) than both the 4th Generation iPad and the excellent Google Nexus 10. However, it is thicker than both at 9.5mm.

The slight increase in thickness is offset by a ribbed finish on the back and sides. This makes it more comfortable to grip than most other 10in tablets.

We like the fact that the power and volume buttons lean towards the back of the device, as it means they are hard to accidentally press.

However, we would have prefered the power button positioned to the right, rather than the left, and the headphone jack on the side can be an annoyance.

Removable storage (despite a hefty 32GB of internal memory) and a micro-HDMI port are nice inclusions, especially given the modest price tag. The dual-speakers on the back of the tablet are also reasonably loud.

The 10.1in IPS display has a resolution of 1920x1200. It displays crisp and clear text with minimal visible aberrations, and has excellent viewing angles.

Unfortunately, the glossy finish on the screen is highly reflective and sunlight legibility is poor.

Software & performance

The ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 runs the 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Google's Android operating system. ASUS has added a few of its own touches and many of them actually add to the user experience.

There's a range of customisable quick toggles in the notifications panel, and the ability to capture and immediately edit any screenshots by holding the recent apps key.

ASUS has also included a range of small apps that can be opened on-top of regular apps. They're accessible by tapping a fourth on-screen button in the dock.

The MeMO Pad FHD 10 is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, and has 2GB RAM. Performance is adequate but not outstanding.

Graphically intense games like Real Racing 3 do suffer from laggy frame rates. Less powerful games like Jetpack Joyride work without any issues.

Camera & battery life

The MeMO Pad FHD 10 has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera that doubles as a full HD, 1080p video recorder, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera.

The cameras are about what you would expect from a tablet, that being largely mediocre.

In our tests, the tablet lasted for around seven hours before needing a recharge. While this is a decent result, it doesn't compare with both the iPad, and Google's Nexus 10.

The ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 is available now for $399 and is sold through retailers JB HiFi, Bing Lee, Harvey Norman, Leading Edge, Radio Rentals, BSR and The Good Guys.


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