Asus’ new Vivobook Slate 13 OLED looks absurd and that’s why I’m here

The Computex 2022 is just around the corner, and Asus has already revealed what I’m sure will be the two funniest-looking laptops.

Enjoy Vivobook Slate 13 OLED Limited Artist Editions. Asus has collaborated with two pop artists, Philip Colbert of London and Steven Harrington of Los Angeles, to create this line. According to the company, the models “represent a unique worldview of the artist, with custom-made themed accessories and packaging with their original artwork.”

Basically, these are laptops with a convertible model covered in custom art. I’m sure that didn’t actually happen, but I like to imagine that Asus gave each of these guys a Vivobook 13 Slate and a box of crayons and just let them into town.

Asus Vivobook Slate 13 OLED Philip Colbert Edition seen from the back on a white background.

Yes, those are eggs.

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED open on a white background with the keyboard connected.  The screen shows a lobster with a crown in front of a blue wallpaper dotted with eggs.

You may not use this if you are particularly hungry.

If you’re confused about what exactly these laptops are and who they are for, don’t worry. It’s just the thing Asus loves to do. The company has worked with all sorts of eclectic artists in the past to produce laptops that look obviously funny and that I also love with all my heart. While you’re here, be sure to check out the one they did with Norwegian DJ Alan Walker, which literally came with a cardboard DJ deck, or their collaboration with Acronym, which … well, I’m not even going to try to describe it. You should just look.

I have no idea who buys any of these things; in general, the best answer to the question “why is Asus doing this very stupid thing?” is an emoji shrug. These are magnificent devices. Don’t think too much about it.

Starting with the Philip Colbert edition: it is covered in Colbert’s original artwork, which in this case seems like a lot of eggs and lobster. In its promotional materials, Asus repeatedly mentions the rear case as a “special lid with the theme of fried eggs”. The device also comes with – and I’m not making this up, this is taken directly from a press release – “a carved lobster figurine from a cartoon that serves as a funky pen holder for the included Asus Pen 2.0.” Okay, I’m sold.

The Steven Harrington Edition is, I think, a little over my head. I spot a number of objects in this incredibly chaotic design, including palm trees with teeth, a dog wearing a bow tie, and a disembodied eyeball that also burns. There are no lobsters, but some of these palms look a little hungry. (A dog named Mello is Harrington’s recurring character.)

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED Steven Harrington Edition with parts laid on a flat white surface.

As I said…

Asus Vivobook Slate 13 OLED Steven Harrington Edition closed on a white background.

Don’t worry, you won’t forget the brand.

Now, when it comes to other things for laptops, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is more irresistible. It’s a 2-in-1 OLED Windows laptop with a detachable keyboard, which is neat. The bad news is that it only comes with an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor, which by no means is a good chip. The RAM can also reach only 8 GB and the storage is a maximum of 256 GB. This will be slow: if you buy it, you should assume that it will be a miniature TV on which you will watch things, and that’s it.

A lobster figurine holding an Asus pencil on a white background.

I wasn’t kidding with the lobster.

Of course, this may be a viable use case for some people shopping in the notebook category with eggs and lobsters, and more power for all of them. I can certainly think of many cafes and bars in which such a device would fit. And in a laptop market full of annoying grays and blacks, there’s no doubt that a splash of unique flavor is always welcome.

Asus has not yet listed the prices of these devices, but the regular Vivobook 13 Slate currently stands at $ 599.99. The devices are expected at the end of the second quarter.

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