A keyboard-equipped tablet naturally draws comparisons to the device it most closely emulates: the laptop. However any thought that perhaps the TF300T could replace your primary PC should remain in fantasy — Android isn’t yet a replacement for a traditional desktop OS.
The keyboard provides a tablet stand and protects the screen in your bag.
ASUS’s Transformer series should really be viewed as an evolution of the netbook. At $599 it sits at the very top tier of netbook prices so you mustn’t lose sight of the fact that it also does all those wonderful things that only a tablet form factor really allows (curling up in bed with a digital magazine for instance).
As a tablet we love this device. The keyboard not only extends the battery life to 12 hours but it also provides a full-size SD card and full-size USB port. Handy if you use it as a media device on your TV and you want to quickly load the latest creative commons Full HD feature film.
The added bonus of having dedicated function keys — multimedia wireless Android Back and Home screen cap and so on — is a blessing I never knew I wanted. Even the touchpad while a little awkward/redundant is welcome in some situations if only because muscle memory often makes me reach for it. Hell the keyboard even provides a tablet stand and protects the screen when it’s in your bag.
As a tablet it feels solid looks good performs flawlessly and comes with a brag-worthy spec sheet. Once you add in a keyboard however it becomes truly lovable.
Special features :
- Quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor
- Keyboard with extended battery
- Full size SD and USB ports
Pros : Converts to a netbook.
Cons : Won’t quite replace your laptop.
Verdict : 9 out of 10. Editor’s choice!
Available from Asus retailing for $599.