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Better than expected, a good value option for some users
on 20 September 2014
This was a choice for my niece who is starting college and needed to replace an older laptop with something a bit more "up to date" and the portability was a factor for her too. For her uses it's mostly projects/web/office work and watching a few videos too, nothing too demanding but it's quite capable of a bit more.
The transformer concept isn't new this is a recently updated model and features an improved processer (Intel Atom 1.8GHz) You basically get a Windows tablet AND an add on keyboard which turns it into something along the lines of a slim line netbook/laptop. My impressions overall are quite good, but you'll need to see if this is suitable for your needs
A quick summary of the stronger and weaker points of the Transformer
+ The screen is quite clear 10.1" - IPS touch sensitive 1366 x 768, it's not super high resolution but contrast and colours are quite respectable
+ Processors is the newer updated Atom this is quite a lot better than older models and more than good enough for powering the tablet it feels quite snappy in use and for a tablet it's a good performance even for video playback and the odd game. 2Gb of ram is also fine
+ Quite well featured you get a 1.2mp webcam front camera on the tablet, stereo sound and microphone, wifi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0: connections on the tablet are a micro USB port for charging, mini HDMI, micro SD card and a headphone socket.
+ Keyboard is pretty good for touch typing if a little cramped (due to smaller size) this adds a single USB 3.0 port to the computer and fits quite firmly in place on the tablet
+ Battery life is very good, Asus quote about 11 hours and it's not far off that (depending on screen brightness and what you are doing) a good 9-10 hours is fairly easy to achieve (playing games though will hit it a bit more)
Not so good:
- As a tablet it's not the slimmest or lightest but it is a larger screen model
- 32GB of storage is adequate for most needs, but pay attention to the apps you install it could use a bit more being honest (double would be great, but no doubt the price would go up)
- Would be nice to have a higher resolution screen
It's best to think of the Asus as a "budget surface" running Windows 8.1 it runs just like any other windows tablet ie Win 8 works quite well as a touch device (at least I think so, but then so does Android!) Really what you have here is an affordable bigger screen tablet with the keyboard included, the advantages and limitations of that this is quite good for office type work and documents/projects but you have limited storage you might be able to overcome that with USB sticks and the micro SD slot. As the battery and main components (unlike a normal laptop) are all in the screen part Asus have made the keyboard weighted to balance it out (otherwise the screen would tip over when you open it out)
The design works quite well as a keyboard is pretty much a requirement for some types of work, but if you are doing media work (video etc) and frequently use a lot of storage they you might be better off with a normal laptop. Overall though I think the Transformer is a pretty good value offering if you want a more compact tablet/laptop combo.