Recently we talked about how the Asus VivoTab RT offered an alternative Windows RT tablet to the Microsoft Surface that even had a keyboard dock that managed to expand battery life by 7 hours.

The biggest downside to the VivoTab RT was that it cost $599.99, making it $100 more than the Surface. Now it seems that some retailers are looking to even the playing field a bit.

Amazon and B&H are both now listing the device for $549.99. Interestingly enough, Asus is now also offering a special promotion through its company’s website that will give VivoTab purchasers a chance to get the keyboard dock free – which they technically price separately at $200.

Of course that’s just a limited time offer scheduled to end December 31st, though I wouldn’t be surprised if Asus eventually decided to make the deal permanent to give them a fighting chance against Microsoft’s Surface RT.

The bottom-line is that these prices cuts are likely coming in simply because the Microsoft Surface RT is selling VERY strongly and there isn’t enough reason to look at alternative RT devices, though I believe that the VivoTab is the only currently released alternative, with the rest coming soon (I could be wrong, though).

At $549.99 with their battery life-extending keyboard dock available for free, the Asus VivoTab RT certainly becomes a heck of a lot more appealing.

Nearly 15 hours of battery life when in the “laptop mode” and a design that is really more laptop-like than the Surface, not a bad idea at all.

What do you think? Does the new price cuts and Asus’ keyboard offer sweeten the deal enough for you to consider this Surface alternative?

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  • Jerry

    I think that the Asus Vivo Tab RT gives solid competition to the Surface. The keyboard doc is a really useful feature.

  • Rod

    Can’t wait to get my hands on my new Surface RT. I don’t think the Vivo is gonna stand a chance in front of it.

  • Cathy

    I feel that the Vivo is closer to being a laptop than a tablet. Maybe it’s something in the middle like some Samsung Galaxy phone models were on the borderline of being a tablet.

  • RNagaoka

    Naa, not worth my money. I’d go for the Surface.

  • Arnold

    God willing, Microsoft gets a hint and does the same thing with their 32G surface, from $499 to $449 with the free touch keyboard – that would be NICE!