Review Asus Memo Pad ME172V Tablet

Patrick Afschar Kaboli (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 03/09/2013

Affordable brand name - continued. Acer successfully got the ball for low-budget brand name tablets rolling. Now Asus takes up the chase with its 150 Euros (~$195) Memo Pad tablet. Can it catch up?

For the original German review, see here.

The premium companies completely left the market for low-budget tablets to B-list manufacturers until recently. Then Google launched its Nexus 7 and dared a successful endeavor. However, brand name products first got really affordable with Acer's Iconia B1, which was sold for 119 Euros (~$154). And now Asus, known for high-quality and expensive tablets dubbed Transformer Pads, joins in. The latest model, which is called Memo Pad, is only 7-inches small, includes 16 GB of storage and is to cost 149 Euros (~$193). Thus, it is almost exactly between Google's Nexus 7 with 16 GB and Acer's Iconia B1 with 8 GB of storage in terms of price. A direct price contender would be, for example, Prestigio's MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo.

The currently cheapest tablet from Asus is powered by a single-core CPU featuring a clock of 1 GHz and comes from the VIA subsidiary WonderMedia. This is a disadvantage at least on paper compared with the dual-core SoCs in Acer's B1 and Prestigio's 7-incher. The working memory size of 1 GB is generous for this price range and the internal storage of 16 GB is sufficient, especially since it can be expanded via a micro SD card. Which other features does Asus' low-budget tablet have to offer? A TN screen with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, a 1 MP camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Case

An elegant diamond pattern adorns the back
An elegant diamond pattern adorns the back

As a low-budget entry-level tablet, Asus' Memo Pad has to accept being directly compared to Acer's Iconia B1. Both devices want to attract the same target group. Therefore, we will start this shootout with the casing. Acer's tablet did not convince us here. The choice of materials made a cheap impression and a gap became evident between the screen and the bezel when we applied high pressure. Asus does a considerably better job in this point. Although plastic also dominates on the Memo Pad, the roughened back features a nicer feel than the smooth surface of Acer's tablet. The build is also satisfactory; the Memo Pad only lacks the last degree of rigidness in stability. However, it warps quite easily and creaks audibly. We were basically satisfied with it anyway.

The dimensions of a 7-inch tablet are innately quite compact. Asus' Memo Pad is no exception and has a width of 196.2 and height of 119.2 millimeters. It is a bit narrower than Acer's B1, but almost just as thick with 11.2 millimeters. However its weight of 358 grams is approximately 10% higher than Acer's contender.

Asus offers the Memo Pad in three colors. Besides the black test model, it is available in white and pink.

Connectivity

Low-budget often means cutbacks. In the case of Asus' Memo Pad, this starts with the heart piece, namely the system-on-a-chip (SoC). Naturally, a potent quad-core cannot be expected in this price range. However, Acer's B1 and Prestigio's MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo prove that a viable dual-core CPU would certainly fit into the budget. But in Asus' tablet, it only allows for a single-core WonderMedia WM8950 from VIA, which also has a relatively slow clock rate of 1 GHz. The processor is supported by an equally slow clocked ARM Mali-400 graphics unit. Whether the SoC is nevertheless compelling will be shown by the benchmarks in our performance section.

Asus is very generous with the working memory considering it is a low-budget tablet. Many premium models do not offer much more than 1 GB. Compared with Acer's B1, this is a big advantage of exactly twice as much. This ratio also applies to the internal storage capacity. The Memo Pad includes 16 GB in contrast to the 8 in the Acer. Both devices can be expanded up to 32 GB via a micro SD. The interfaces are also identical. The micro USB 2.0 port is used for data sharing and charging. Besides that, there is the micro SD slot and a 3.5 mm combo audio jack for a headphone and microphone.

Left: Volume, power
Left: Volume, power
Top: Microphone, 3.5 mm jack
Top: Microphone, 3.5 mm jack
Bottom: USB/charging port, micro SD slot
Bottom: USB/charging port, micro SD slot

Software

Android Jelly Bean version 4.1.1 is not the newest, but it is absolutely state-of-the-art. Version 4.2 is still struggling with the odd problem and 4.1 is therefore the better choice. In any case, using the tablet was mostly smooth. That is likely due to the optimization of Google's operating system codenamed "Project Butter", which is used under Jelly Bean for the first time. Asus only modified the interface's looks marginally. For example, the user will find special Asus widgets and a range of preinstalled apps, some of which come from Asus itself. The manufacturer fortunately proves to be restrained when it comes to bloatware.

Communication & GPS 

Quite contrary to Acer's Iconia B1, this part is very short for Asus' low-budget tablet. It does not feature Bluetooth or GPS, which Acer implements. Asus just installs Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n in its entry-level tablet, which only transmits in 2.4 GHz networks.

Cameras & Multimedia

A usually disappointing topic in low-budget tablets are cameras. Acer's B1 only sports a front-facing camera with VGA resolution, which is a real cost-cutting alternative. Asus does not offer anything better on paper and also only installs a camera on the front. Although it has a rather low resolution, 1 MP is much higher than the 0.3 MP in Acer's B1. It is the standard HD resolution of 1280x720 pixels. However, that does not change anything about the awful picture quality. The pictures are unfocused and the colors are very remote from the original even in ideal light conditions.

The small camera does a slightly better job with videos. The colors are not more brilliant, but the clips are a bit more dynamic. The camera also copes well with brightness changes. Consequently, the Memo Pad is quite apt for video calls.

The pictures' low quality...
The pictures' low quality...
is evident even without comparison shots.
is evident even without comparison shots.

Accessories

Small box and little content is how the accessories for Asus' Memo Pad can be described. Besides the mandatory power supply unit alongside the charging/USB cord, it also includes a brief, printed guide for tablet newbies. A USB-OTG cable for connecting USB flash drives, mice or keyboards is optionally available.

Warranty

Asus does not make any cutbacks compared with the premium models from the Transformer range. The manufacturer includes a 24 month warranty on the tablet worldwide. A 12 month warranty is included on the accessories.

Input Devices & Controls

The touchscreen of Asus' 7-inch tablet works flawlessly. It responds immediately and accurately to inputs. Gestures with up to ten fingers are accepted. The surface of the protective pane also allows the fingers to glide gently and easily. The keys of the virtual keyboard are sufficiently sized in landscape mode, but it takes up almost two-thirds of the entire display surface. It gets quite tight when typing fast in portrait mode. The backspace key's location beside the space bar also needs a bit of getting used to.

The screen's slow rotation speed also needs some getting used to. It takes a whole two and a half seconds until the tablet rotates the content automatically. That feels like an eternity and is our only real point of complaint in terms of input devices. Both physical buttons for power and volume can be found easily and provide a sufficient pressure point.

Display

The screen of cheap tablets is often a weak point. Acer's Iconia B1 did not excel here either. It lacked brightness and the viewing angle stability, at least vertically, was very narrow. Does Asus do a better job? The Memo Pad sports a 7-inch TN screen, which also displays 1024x600 pixels. Consequently, the pixel density of the Memo Pad is 177 ppi, which is somewhat better than that of the much more expensive Apple iPad Mini.

Asus' tablet looks better than Acer's Iconia B1 in our lab. The maximum brightness of 300 cd/m² is 50% higher and the illumination of 83% is considerably more even. Nevertheless, these are only middling rates. But much weaker screens are usually seen in this price range. The black value could be a bit lower than the ascertained 0.4 cd/m². This would also benefit the contrast that is still acceptable with 750:1.

250
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 300 cd/m²
Average: 271.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 300 cd/m²
Black: 0.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 750:1

We cannot complain much about the subjective picture quality of Asus' Memo Pad. The colors are bright and the contrast is compelling. Only the black value could be a bit better. Black does not look quite saturated in dark movie scenes or in details on pictures. However, it is quite satisfactory in total.

Outdoors
Outdoors

Reflective screens and fingerprints are particularly annoying outdoors. Almost all tablets have both traits in common. The only thing that can help here is a high brightness. Asus' Memo Pad is only average and this is noticed outdoors. Nothing can be seen on the screen in direct sunlight. However, nothing stands in the way of using the tablet in the shade or in cloudy conditions…

Viewing angles: Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Viewing angles: Asus Memo Pad ME172V

…that is except for maybe the installed TN screen's moderate viewing anglesAcer's Iconia B1 also exhibited this shortcoming, but there is a difference. While the B1 especially had problems in vertical viewing angles - we assume it was held in landscape mode - the Memo Pad has a higher horizontal viewing angle dependency. Nevertheless, the consequences are not as severe as in the Acer contender. The TN screen in Asus' entry-level device does not come close to an IPS, not to mention AMOLED screen.

Performance

Asus' Memo Pad proves that low-budget does not inevitably equal cheap in the first benchmark. AndroBench 3 recorded very appealing performance rates for the internal 16 GB storage. Asus' small tablet left the entire comparison group, including Google's Nexus 7, behind in sequential read and write. It was only defeated by Prestigio's MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo in the 4K Block Random category, impressive.

Contrasting that, AnTuTu v3 and Linpack positioned Asus' Memo Pad at the end within the comparison group. This is no surprise in view of the rather slow single-core CPU. The Asus marginally surpassed Acer's B1 only in the GPU benchmark from AnTuTu v3. However, both range at the lower end of the scale.

Linpack for Android - Multi Thread (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
30.8 MFLOPS ∼2%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
37.332 MFLOPS ∼3% +21%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
69.296 MFLOPS ∼5% +125%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
84.21 MFLOPS ∼6% +173%
Apple iPad mini
SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
124.4 MFLOPS ∼9% +304%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
26.87 MB/s ∼16%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
29.94 MB/s ∼18% +11%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
16.87 MB/s ∼10% -37%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
20.75 MB/s ∼12% -23%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
10.09 MB/s ∼17%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
6.23 MB/s ∼11% -38%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
5.22 MB/s ∼9% -48%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
8.92 MB/s ∼15% -12%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
8.85 MB/s ∼42%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
7.9 MB/s ∼38% -11%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
4.76 MB/s ∼23% -46%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
13.39 MB/s ∼64% +51%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
0.56 MB/s ∼19%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
0.28 MB/s ∼10% -50%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
0.28 MB/s ∼10% -50%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
2.92 MB/s ∼100% +421%
AnTuTu Benchmark v3
Total Score (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
4525 Points ∼13%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
6847 Points ∼19% +51%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
12703 Points ∼36% +181%
CPU (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1282 Points ∼8%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
3223 Points ∼21% +151%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
6371 Points ∼41% +397%
GPU (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1862 Points ∼19%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
1491 Points ∼15% -20%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
3645 Points ∼38% +96%
RAM (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
692 Points ∼10%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
1300 Points ∼19% +88%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1915 Points ∼28% +177%

Both 3D-intensive AnTuTu 3DRating and GLBenchmark 2.5.1 also confirmed this. Although Asus' Memo Pad placed itself before Acer's Iconia B1, devices that sport stronger graphics equipment achieve a big advantage. But that was ultimately to be expected.

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Fixed Time (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
6.7 fps ∼11%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
2.5 fps ∼4% -63%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
11 fps ∼18% +64%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
8 fps ∼13% +19%
Apple iPad mini
SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
21 fps ∼35% +213%
Antutu 3DRating
--- (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1891 Points ∼17%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
1262 Points ∼11% -33%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
2805 Points ∼25% +48%
Apple iPad mini
SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
5819 Points ∼51% +208%
1024x2048 Off-screen (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1213 Points ∼42%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
544 Points ∼19% -55%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
1594 Points ∼55% +31%
Apple iPad mini
SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
1174 Points ∼41% -3%

The browser tests did not exhibit a really clear result. SunSpider, Google v8 and Peacekeeper placed Asus' low-budget tablet in last place within the comparison group. However, Browsermark 2.0 recorded a quite good result for the Memo Pad. It is ultimately the actual perceived speed in web browsing that counts and that is absolutely satisfactory.

Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1090 Points ∼6%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
1384 Points ∼8% +27%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1236 Points ∼7% +13%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
1638 Points ∼9% +50%
Apple iPad mini
SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
852 Points ∼5% -22%
Sunspider - --- (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2410.2 ms * ∼23%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
1395 ms * ∼13% +42%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1722.8 ms * ∼16% +29%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
1251.8 ms * ∼12% +48%
Apple iPad mini
SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
1556.8 ms * ∼15% +35%
Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1111 points ∼15%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
658 points ∼9% -41%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD (Android 4.2 Chrome)
1667 (min: 1653) points ∼23% +50%
Apple iPad mini
SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
2098 (min: 2036) points ∼29% +89%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
325 Points ∼5%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
457 Points ∼7% +41%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
468 Points ∼8% +44%

* ... smaller is better

Games

The installed ARM Mali-400 graphics unit with its single core now belongs to the categorical entry-level sector. Thus, it fits perfectly in Asus' Memo Pad. The user should not expect especially high performance in 3D use though. Acer's Iconia B1 was no different. Most games ran quite smoothly. This is similar with Asus' Memo Pad. Simple games are no problem. 3D games like the car racing game Raging Thunder 2 exhibited the occasional stutter. Temple Run 2 was also playable but ran with a perceived frame rate of approximately 20 fps. We do not have any criticism on the controls. The G-sensor and touchscreen ensure a lot of gaming fun.

Demanding 3D games...
Demanding 3D games...
quickly push the Memo Pad...
quickly push the Memo Pad...
to its limits.
to its limits.

Emissions

Temperature

Asus' entry-level tablet remained quite cool in all load situations. It never surpassed 33.7 °C at any of the 18 measuring points, nine on the front and nine on the back, during normal use. We did not measure any worrying temperatures during long-lasting high stress, which we simulated with the Stability Test app. The maximum was 35.7 °C, which is not even lukewarm. Only the power supply got a bit warmer, but 47 °C is still harmless.

Max. Load
 31.1 °C33.4 °C33.6 °C 
 31.6 °C30.7 °C33.2 °C 
 36.5 °C35.7 °C35.3 °C 
Maximum: 36.5 °C
Average: 33.5 °C
30.7 °C32.1 °C29.3 °C
35.7 °C33 °C31.8 °C
35.7 °C34.6 °C34.2 °C
Maximum: 35.7 °C
Average: 33 °C
Power Supply (max.)  47.1 °C | Room Temperature 21 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

It cannot be said that the tiny speaker on the back produces dynamic sound. However, the speaker located in the area of the charging port generates a high volume and is enough for YouTube and co. as long as Asus' Memo Pad is not placed on a table. Then the sound is extremely muffled. When the sound can develop freely, the user gets dominant mids and trebles like in almost all tablets. Basses are only hinted at. However, the speaker did not really disappoint us.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The battery is another component where Asus apparently did not make cutbacks. The lithium-polymer battery draws 16 Wh or 4720 mAh from the single cell. That is more than impressive for a 7-inch tablet and would also look good in some 10-inch devices. Asus' Memo Pad did not prove to be extremely energy-saving in power consumption2 to 4.5 watts during normal use is however still completely satisfactory. Acer's Iconia B1 is more energy-efficient despite a dual-core CPU. Both devices do not differ much during full load. Asus' brighter screen apparently counterbalances the stronger processor in Acer's tablet in terms of power consumption. The 10 watt power supply was never overcharged.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 2 / 3.4 / 4.5 Watt
Load 5.4 / 6.4 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The strong battery promises very long battery runtimes. However, the Memo Pad cannot quite fulfill the high expectations after all. Asus' tablet lasted for a very good 3:39 hours in the full load scenario. But this rate is not very practical. The low-budget device exhibited some losses in the realistic Wi-Fi surf test using a brightness of 150 cd/m². However, a good five hours is not really bad for a 7-inch device. Google's Nexus 7 lasted for 2 hours more with a similar battery and even Acer's Iconia B1 ran a bit longer despite a much smaller battery.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 11min
WiFi Surfing
5h 04min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 39min

Verdict

Asus' Memo Pad is a decent entry-level device, but could be offered for an even lower price.
Asus' Memo Pad is a decent entry-level device, but could be offered for an even lower price.

Acer managed to pleasantly surprise us recently with its Iconia B1 for just 119 Euros (~$154). Therefore, we place at least just as high demands on Asus' Memo Pad, especially since it costs 30 Euros (~$39) more with 149 Euros (~$193). That is a steep surcharge for this price range. To say it straight away: Asus did not disappoint us, but it did not really awe us either.

The build quality is impeccable, the choice of materials is appropriate for this price range although manufacturers like Prestigio have more to offer. This is also true for the equipment. 16 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM are compelling. However, the slow clocked single-core SoC and the omission of Bluetooth and GPS look like economy measures. The moderate power is however barely noticed in routine use. Smooth operation is no problem with Asus' Memo Pad.

The display is a TN screen. Others feature a superior technology. Nevertheless, the screen fared well with its sufficient brightness. The measured rates were satisfactory. Only the viewing angle stability could be higher.

The only camera is more suitable for video calls than for taking pictures. Although the speaker earns its name, it is a small, midrange-heavy speaker.

The performance fulfills the expectations on a single-core processor with 1 GHz. It is rather low. The Memo Pad is far back in most benchmarks. The internal storage is a positive exception in this case. The battery runtime results are mixed. Although the battery capacity is generous, its durability is only middling.

Therefore our verdict at the end of the day is: A good tablet for a fair price. BUT: Acer's Iconia B1 costs 30 Euros (~$39) less and manages everything almost just as well and it even has more power. Regardless of that, we can recommend Asus' Memo Pad to newbies with a clear conscience.

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Specifications

Asus Memo Pad ME172V

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR3L, 1333 MHz
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
7.0 inch 17:10, 1024x600 pixel, capacitive, multi-touch, TN, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
16 GB iNAND Flash, 16 GB
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo jack, microphone, Card Reader: microSD, microSDHC, Sensors: G sensor,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n )
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11.2 x 196.2 x 119.2
:: Weight
0.358 kg Power Supply: 0.072 kg
:: Battery
16 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4720 mAh, 1 cell
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 7 h
:: Price
149 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
:: Additional features
Webcam: Front: 1 MP, Speakers: speaker, Keyboard: virtual, ASUS launcher, MyLibrary, MyCloud, Asus webstorage File manager, ASUS sync, SuperNote Lite, App Locker, App Backup, 24 Months Warranty, 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space, 10 watt PSU

 

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The box of Asus' low-budget tablet is...
The box of Asus' low-budget tablet is...
The 10 watt power supply is compact...
The 10 watt power supply is compact...
Tablet information.
Tablet information.
The battery runtimes are middling.
The battery runtimes are middling.
AnTuTu benchmark scores.
AnTuTu benchmark scores.
The keys have a good pressure point.
The keys have a good pressure point.
They need a lot of room in landscape mode.
They need a lot of room in landscape mode.
The keys are narrow in portrait mode.
The keys are narrow in portrait mode.
Three colors are available: white, black and pink.
Three colors are available: white, black and pink.
The back is made of plastic with a diamond pattern.
The back is made of plastic with a diamond pattern.
The speakers can be used for games and movies.
The speakers can be used for games and movies.
The camera is only apt for video calls.
The camera is only apt for video calls.
The tablet is well-built.
The tablet is well-built.
very compact. It doesn't contain much.
very compact. It doesn't contain much.
and uses the USB cord for recharging.
and uses the USB cord for recharging.

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Pro

+Good workmanship
+Generous memory capacity
+Fast internal storage
+Pleasant weight
 

Cons

-Moderate choice of materials
-No Bluetooth or GPS
-Average battery life
-Low-quality camera

Shortcut

What we like

The build makes a good impression. The memory, both the RAM and internal storage, are generously sized.

What we'd like to see

Bluetooth and GPS should be included even in an entry-level device. Longer battery runtimes would also be nice.

What surprises us

That Asus becomes just the second premium manufacturer to offer a low-budget tablet.

The competition

The absolute contender is Acer's Iconia B1, with which Asus' Memo Pad almost pulls even. However, it also has to compete against Google's Nexus 7 and Prestigio's MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo.

Rating

Asus Memo Pad ME172V
08/05/2013 v3
Patrick Afschar Kaboli

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
61%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
32%
Weight
100%
Battery
91%
Display
78%
Games Performance
22%
Application Performance
40%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Add Points
74%
Average
71%
83%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Patrick Afschar Kaboli, 2013-03- 9 (Update: 2013-06- 6)