Asus Transformer TF101

The Asus Transformer TF101 is here. PC Tablet PC takes a look at the Transformer and discusses what’s great and what’s no so great about it...

By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012

The Good

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Upgradable to Android 4.0

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Amazing battery when docked

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Great price

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Dock/keyboard great accessories

The Bad

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Poor cameras (despite high MP)

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Tablet with dock attached is massive

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On screen keyboard is useless

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No charge over USB

Introduction

Running Android 3.0 is a definite plus and the connectivity is fast and reliable (WiFi and Bluetooth are your only options, however), ensuring that the eee Pad is highly responsive.

We know what you’re thinking and yes, it is a crappy title. You can almost imagine the Asus exec’s train of thought as he named the thing:

 

“Lets see...Let’s see...Asus...Let’s see...iPad is selling really well...Thinking of an ad campaign...Thinking...Thinking...Did I leave the gas on this morning?...No, that’s right, I turned it off right before I left...So...Let’s see...iPad...i before e...Let’s see...ePad! I’m a frigging genius!...Oh, I hit the keypad too hard and wrote ‘eee’...oh well, no sense changing it now...”

 

Or something like that. Anyway, we thought we’d take a look and let you know what’s good and what’s not so good about the eee Pad Transformer.

 

The Specs

The eee Pad Transformer has a 10.1-inch screen, which actually makes it one of the bigger Tablet PCs on the market right now. The screen resolution is a respectable 1280 x 800 pixels, which ensures a crystal clear display, which is fortuitous, as the graphics on the eee Pad Transformer are really something to behold.

The inner workings of the eee Pad Transformer are actually pretty standard. With 1GB of RAM, a 1 GHZ processor and a respectable 32GB of hard drive, the eee Pad is nothing special inside.

 

However, running Android 3.0 is a definite plus and the connectivity is fast and reliable (WiFi and Bluetooth are your only options, however), ensuring that the eee Pad is highly responsive.

 

 

The Price

This part of the review was written and published several months later. In this time, the eee Pad has dropped in price by about £75 and now represents a much better deal to the consumer. At £325, it still isn’t cheap, but it is more affordable and still, as we said, a pretty good tablet.

 

The Performance

The biggest selling point of the eee Pad Transformer is the attachable keyboard that comes as standard, meaning that you can use the eee Pad as a desktop computer, if you are so inclined.

 

As previously stated, the graphics, (thanks to GeForce ULP), are absolutely outstanding. Basically. they make everything groovy. It’s not hard to see why this model does well in situations where the customer can pick it up and play with it.

 

All told, this Tablet offers amazing performance. It is fast, user friendly and versatile.

 

The single biggest flaw that the eee Pad suffers from is the fact that nobody in their right mind should ever, under any circumstances, use a Tablet PC as a desktop. It’s just a stupid idea.

 

The eee Pad also suffers from a severe case of connection port-a-phobia, with literally the only outside connection coming in the form of the keyboard attachment.

 

Also, at 680g, it is far from being the lightest Tablet PC, which hurts its portability.

 

What Other Users Say

The biggest selling point of the eee Pad Transformer is the attachable keyboard that comes as standard, meaning that you can use the eee Pad as a desktop computer, if you are so inclined.

The Amazon user base is clearly quite fond of the eee Pad, as it has 125 4/5 (or higher) reviews to its name. However, there are some issues pertaining to Asus’ customer service, which is always worth researching if you are planning on making a major purchase.

 

Our Verdict

The eee Pad costs about £380, and, for that money, its not unreasonable for you to expect a cutting-edge design job that makes it look like a leftover prop from one of the Star Wars prequels. Or for that matter, a cool name that you can use in public without sounding like a berk as well as a guarantee that attractive people will want to sit next to you on the train when you use it.

 

The eee Pad offers you none of these things. The last one may be a forlorn hope with any Tablet PC, but the other two most certainly are not. The squared off design of the eee Pad makes it look as if you’re borrowing your Dad’s computer and the dumb name seems to confirm it.

 

All that aside, the eee Pad Transformer is actually a very good Tablet PC. It really does offer excellent performance and the attachable keyboard is a fairly original (if slightly too gimmicky for our tastes) option. The question is: can a Tablet PC that costs almost £400 still be value for money with a silly name, no USB or HDMI slots and a duff design job? We reckon, if you really think about it, you already know the answer...

 

 

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