The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 from the Taiwanese manufacturer is an exception in the slate form tablets world. Its specific is keyboard/docking station which make this tablet look like a netbook.
Asus has been around with its more expensive Transformer Prime series for some time. Tough cheaper Transformer Pad has some drawbacks; you will notice that it is significantly better in some terms like Wi-Fi and GPS reception. Let’s see its features and comparison between the two models.
Perhaps the biggest standout feature in the Transformer Pad as was with the Prime is the keyboard dock. The keyboard dock is optional and is not part of standard accessories. If you have struggled with the touch keyboards on a tablet, the keyboard dock will be a welcome accessory.
The 10 inch 1280*800 display offers a brightness of 350 nits, few in comparison to 600 of the Prime, but still enough if you use it indoors. Outdoors, it is necessary to push brightness to the max. Very rarely will you find tablets featuring quad core Tegra 3 processors in the sub $400 bracket, and the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is one that falls into this category.
The tablet is 9.7 mm thick and weighs 1.39 pounds. Though it’s slightly thicker and heavier than the Prime, you will not mind the tradeoff at about $100 less. The inbuilt 16 GB and 32 GB storage along with the SD slot should be sufficient for everyday use. The device also has inbuilt fitments such as the G sensor, a GPS, e-compass, gyroscope and Bluetooth 3.0.
The 1.2 GHz quad core Tegra 3 processor along with the 1GB RAM is sufficient to leave behind most of its expensive competitors in benchmark tests. You will find a lot of games that can run smoothly on this highly improved processing power.
The speaker is at the back and is capable of producing crisp sounds. However, resting the tablet on a flat surface may not produce the best audio. The tablet features the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 and comes pre installed with a few really useful apps such as Netflix and Asus MyCloud.
What customers say
This is one tablet with a lot of great reviews and we should not be surprised since it is cheaper than Asus Prime but has similar overall specs. Some customers have had issues with an unresponsive browser or apps closing down by itself.
However, they have commended the Asus customer service team who have been prompt in offering solutions such as a hardware reset or a firmware update which helped improved the overall stability.
Customers have also claimed a much better Wi-Fi reception with the TF300 as compared to the Prime. The plastic finish is not as classy as the Prime or some of its expensive competitors, but the tablet ups the game in performance in most of the categories.
Overall, this is one of the best value for money tablets available in the market today if you are not really bothered about the brand or the logo at the back. Solid build, great hardware, and amazing Android features, Asus has a winner with the Asus Transformer Pad TF 300.