ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Review

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Asus have positioned their product at the relatively low price, very close to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10" and the Acer Iconia Tab, who are also offering the Android 3.0 operating system tablets. They have offered at a lower price than that previously as a marketing tactic! The extra that Asus have been promoting is their wireless keyboard that turns the tablet into a mini laptop style computer, adding functionality that will appeal to many.

Optional keayboard / docking station is available also for new ASUS Transformer Prime with latest Tegra 3 Quad core processor.

Usability

Multi tasking is relatively straightforward, the extra keyboard - docking station facility adds a ton of user friendly features, but it costs extra money. The IPS screen is very clear and the view ability is excellent. The remote desktop feature is useful, and as long as both your tablet and pc are hooked up to your wireless hub you can access all your PC docs from the tablet. The keyboard effectively turns the tablet into a netbook, and at 1.5 pound, the tablet itself is light to carry, and slim at 0.5 inches.

What Customers say

There is a lot of enthusiasm about the additional keyboard option. As far as the base tablet goes, thumbs up goes to the File manager system on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-A1 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer, as it allows movement of files via the micro sd card and creating new folders is easy. Using the docking station extends the battery life to 16 hours which is great but if you do want to use the cable, it is a bit short! One of the features all reviewers commented on that made the Asus experience so usable is the notification feature, whereby if you have a new e mail, message or event, the system tells you without stopping your current activity. The Asus charges up within a couple of hours from virtually nothing which far outperforms the iPad, and the battery life with heavy usage is around 8 to 9 hours.

Overall verdict

The Asus, like the Acer and Samsung models will be judged by how the Android Honeycomb 3.0 system works, and over the last few months upgrades have improved the Honeycombs' stability and performance. Where Asus have added value is with their original lower price and the keyboard docking station. The added connectivity of USB ports plus the original MicroSD slot and miniHDMI and the flexibility a keyboard gives, turns the Asus into a net book, great if that is what you want. The Asus may not be quite as stylish as some of its competitors and it still is not an iPad2 but for the price it is extremely good value.

New !

ASUS Transformer Prime is the latest Eee Pad Transformer model available in Amethyst Gray and Champagne color. This tablet features:

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU10.1-inch
  • Super IPS+ Display made with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • Only 0.33" thin and 1.29lbs light
  • Optional keyboard/docking station that adds additional 6 hours of battery life to Asus Transformer Prime tablet..

 

 

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Technical Specifications

Asus Eee Pad Transformer
 Tablet  Asus Eee Pad Transformer
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Android 3.0
 CPU  Nvidia Tegra 2
 CPU speed  1.00 GHz
 Storage  16,32 GB
 Screen size  10.1 inch
 Resolution  1280 x 800 px
 Weight  0.68 kg / 1.50 lbs
 Battery life  9.5 hours

 

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Battery life comparison

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 Tablet   (h)   Battery life 
Asus Eee Pad Transformer9.5Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet autonomy comparison

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Weight comparison

Weight of selected tablet

 Tablet   kg   lbs   Weight 
Asus Eee Pad Transformer0.681.50Asus Eee Pad Transformer weight comparison

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