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4.0 out of 5 stars Transformer Trio Review, 4 Dec 2013
This review is from: Asus TX201LA Transformer Trio 11.6-inch Touchscreen 3-In-1 Tablet/PC/Laptop (Silver) - (Intel Core i5 4200U/Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz, 6GB RAM, 516GB Storage, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8) (Personal Computers)
Bought this from John Lewis rather than Amazon but I thought a review here might help.

Pros:

1. The obvious; you get two machines in one - a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop and an Android tablet.
2. It's well made and feels like a quality device.
3. Seems fast enough though could have done with an SSD option.
4. The integration between Windows and Android works well. You can see the Android microSD card in File Explorer and copy files to and from.
5. Switching between Windows and Android is seamless - just press a button on the keyboard and it swaps quickly.
6. The base unit is totally independent and can be plugged into a monitor etc allowing you to then use the tablet completely separately.
7. The Android tablet is fairly light given it's size.
8. The Android tablet has a microSD for expansion and supports USB OTG.
9. If you leave the tablet plugged into the base unit when in Android mode the keyboard and touchpad make it a surprisingly usable alternative to Windows for email, basic documents etc.

Cons:

1. It's pretty heavy for it's size. I don't find it a problem but some might. Whether it's heavier than a laptop and tablet carried together is debatable though.
2. The tablet isn't as fast as, say, the latest Nexus 7. Personally, it's fast enough for anything I want it do but if you're looking to play the latest games then check the specs.
3. If you're used to an iPad 4x3 screen, the tablet seems weirdly long and thin as it's 16x9. You get used to it though.
4. It does not appear to be upgradeable. There seems to be no access to the hard disk or memory.

Overall, this is a very good device and you do genuinely get the best of both worlds.

Few tips on using the Android tablet; it's large and high resolution so a lot of apps look ridiculous as they're really designed for phones. For email, I can recommend AquaMail as it allows you to reduce the font size down to something reasonable. For a calendar app, try aCalendar+ as, again, that allows you to reduce the font size (I can get 6 weeks on the screen at once with each day showing upto 6 appointments). Kingsoft Office works superbly.
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2014 17:59:48 BDT
cme says:
If you look on the Asus Transformer Forum you will find a very good step-by-step guide to replacing the hard drive with an SSD.
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