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Targeting the iPad 2, Asus' Eee Pad Transformer launched with much fanfare last year as it bridged the gap between tablets and netbooks by serving as both form factors via its TF101 docking station. The Eee Pad tablet sported a 10.1-inch (1280x800) IPS multitouch screen with a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC. Additionally, the device was loaded with 1GB of RAM and 16GB to 32GB of flash storage. By itself, the Eee Pad Transformer was a competitive Android tablet, but much of its appeal stemmed from the aforementioned docking station which enabled additional usage scenarios, especially those requiring a hardware keyboard or other peripherals. The TF101 supplied a keyboard and touchpad, increased the device's battery life by 6.5 hours and offered greater connectivity via two USB 2.0 ports and a card reader. At the time, we thought the Eee Pad Transformer was a great bargain. The 16GB version (with a docking station) cost only $505. This value was slightly diminished later in 2011 when Asus unveiled its $620 Eee Pad Transformer Prime with the new 1.3GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3, 32GB to 64GB of storage and although it shipped with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, it has since received an update to 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Asus Transformer Prime has been the standard-setting Android tablet ever since it came out last year. It's well-made and beautifully designed, has a screaming fast Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, and after an update it runs Android 4.0, a much-improved version of the operating system. At $499, though, the Transformer Prime competes directly with the iPad, and that's a hard race to win. The new Transformer Pad (TF300T) costs a more palatable $379, putting it in competition with the Galaxy Tab 2, iPad 2, and a couple of other 10-inch tablets. It's the little brother in Asus's tablet lineup, replacing the original Transformer as the more affordable option. To get to such an appealing price point, Asus did make a few sacrifices: the Transformer Pad's processor, display and build quality are all a step below the Transformer Prime. From the keyboard dock to the Tegra 3, though, the Transformer bloodline remains strong. A lot of Android tablets have come along since the Transformer Prime, but none have unseated it as the best of the bunch. With few sacrifices and a lower price, can the Transformer Pad reign over the mid-tier market as well? Let's find out. Video Review Hardware / design Broadly speaking, the Transformer Pad looks like...
The Asus Transformer Pad 300 has been hotly anticipated since its announcement at MWC 2012, and for good reason. This is the lowest priced quad-core tablet we've seen, which goes big on value, something that's welcomed by double-dip recession hit wallets everywhere. You won't see a tablet review without 'Apple rival' or 'iPad killer' chucked in willy nilly, but let's get something clear: this is a contender for the tablet top table, and should make the tech world sit up and take notice.The TF300, as it's known, is a 10.1-inch Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that 'transforms' into a netbook style device, when the slate slots into its keyboard dock. You can then work on office documents using the keyboard, and control Android with the mouse pad, much like any laptop.It's a new addition to the Transformer range, which currently includes the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and will be joined by the full HD toting Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 later this year.The Transformer Pad 300 packs Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core power, a stated 12 hour battery life and excellent usability to the 399 category, which is currently occupied by the new iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The Asus Transformer Prime was one of my favourite tablets of 2011, offering an excellent screen and a searingly fast quad-core processor. The Transformer Pad TF300 serves up the same chip, a similar screen and that all-important keyboard dock -- for £100 less than the Prime's £500 asking price. With Apple taking tablet sales left, right and centre, does the TF300 offer enough to tempt you away from the new iPad? It's available to pre-order now for £400 with delivery dates penned for mid-May.If you're at all familiar with the Transformer Prime then the TF300 won't hold too many surprises. It's a 10-inch slate that clips into a keyboard dock to become, essentially, a high-powered Android netbook. The tablet clicks simply into the sturdy keyboard dock, but its weight has a tendency to tip it over. The TF300 isn't intended to be quite as premium as the Prime -- or indeed the more recent Infinity 700 -- so there are a few cutbacks in the design. The tablet itself is around 10mm thick, which isn't as svelte as other tablets on the market, and it's more hefty than the 8.5mm of the Infinity.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is a dockable tablet that aims to give you the benefits both of a useful laptop as well as a smooth performing Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. Asus has already given us the likeable Asus Transformer Prime and the impressive Asus Slider and it has followed these well with the TF300, which is very usable and performs well. So does it offer the best of both worlds? The TF300 is very slim – at 9.9mm it's a little chunkier than the Toshiba AT200, but it's still svelte enough to pop into a bag or case. It's nice to hold in the hand too – it weighs 635g (virtually the same as the new iPad). Tablets are generally a rather uninspiring black, but the Transformer Pad comes in a choice of three different shades – Royal Blue, Torch Red and Iceberg White. It's on the back of the tablet that the colour appears, along with a swirling pattern, while the tablet remains dark on the front. It's a solidly built device too – a bit of pushing on our part did make one corner creak a bit, but that was nothing to worry about. Plenty has been said about the effects of quad-core processors on the battery life of phones and tablets, but the HTC One X has already shown that a quad-core phone can have decent battery life.
In the Android sphere, the Asus Transformer Prime is regarded by many as the best tablet, mainly because it flaunts some cutting-edge hardware and a killer industrial design. Well, if you prefer something a bit more easy on the wallet, you won't need to look that far – that's because the Asus Transformer Pad 300 catches our eyes with its $399.99 price point. With the $100 difference in price over its renowned sibling, we're not getting a tablet that's skimping out on the goods, as the Transformer Pad 300 still features a mighty quad-core processor under the hood.For the most part, the Asus Transformer Pad 300 doesn't deviate from previous offerings, as it continues to employ the same design principles akin to Asus' line of tablets. Overall, it looks almost exactly like the Transformer Prime, but it utilizes a lower quality textured plastic casing (available in blue, red, and white). Although it manages to retain a very similar streamlined construction (0.39” thick), its weight has been bumped up to 635 grams. Despite its all-too conventional appearance, we're comforted by its comfortable feel in the hand and solid construction.Tucked in its usual spot above the display, a 1.3-megapixel is there for all our self-portrait snapshots and video chatting sessions.
Among the melee of Transformer devices unveiled at the Asus press conference was a new quad-core tablet, aimed at the entry level user.Touted as a tablet for professionals who want 'performance and value', the Asus Transformer Pad 300 is a 10-inch device, which feels like a stripped down Transformer Prime, but doesn't sacrifice too much power.Under the hood is a Tegra 3 processor, but the screen is slightly less bright with Asus ditching the Super IPS display, opting instead for a standard 1280x800 panel - which sadly doesn't have the 'wow factor' of the original Prime.While it might sound like the runt of the Transformer litter, it's still an extremely impressive device. The Transformer Pad 300 is available in a range of colours, including a head-turning red that we fell instantly in love with, and still delivers a fantastic experience.The quad-core processor was more than capable of making mincemeat of Ice Cream Sandwich, with applications, photos and videos extremely responsive for a tactile experience. Corners have clearly been cut in the design of the Transformer 300, and the body weighs 635g making it slightly heavier than the Transformer Prime.
History has a habit of repeating itself; just as we had to burn through our review of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime in short order, we're on the fast track again with the new ASUS Transformer Pad 300 (TF300T). With a tablet this hot off the press and moving to retail channels so quickly, we wanted to get the word out to you as soon as the laws of physics would allow. It's a bloody shame, too, because we would have liked to spend more time poring over every feature and setting of this beautiful machine. Alas, our time with this tablet-come-netbook is short thus far but we'll promise to follow-up in the days ahead with more detail. Still, we managed to get in some good quality test time with the ASUS Transformer Pad 300, spending just about every waking hour running it through its paces in on our test track. The 10.1-inch Transformer Pad 300 boasts a beautiful IPS display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC (1.2GHz). Dave has already written extensively about both ICS and Tegra 3 within the context of one of this tablet's predecessors, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, so we'd recommend a quick read to brush up on those topics here and here.
While the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime raised the bar for high-end Android tablets, not every tablet shopper has $500 to spend. With the Transformer Pad TF300 ($379 for 16GB, $399 for 32GB), ASUS is challenging the recently discounted iPad 2 with Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 CPU and improved cameras--all for $20 less than Apple's mid-range slate. ASUS also adds some tweaks to Google's Ice Cream Sandwich software and bundles 8GB of free online storage. You can even add a keyboard for $149, which turns this slate into a mini laptop. Does the Transformer Pad hit the sweet spot?Click to EnlargeASUS continues to impress with its design. We were immediately smitten with the look and feel of the Transformer Pad TF300. Eschewing the smooth brushed aluminum look of the ASUS Transformer Prime, the Pad TF300 has a gorgeous raised concentric circle pattern radiating from the chrome ASUS logo in the center of the lid. The plastic Royal Blue panel (which has an aluminum base) exudes a handsome elegance. (The TF300 will also be available in Torch Red and Iceberg White sometime in early June.)The resulting ridges on the lid prevent unsightly smudging, provide a firm grip and gave our fingers a nice little tactile thrill.
With its newest 10-inch tablet, the Transformer Pad TF300 ($379 list 16GB; $399, 32GB), Asus eschews major hardware and design upgrades, opting instead for incremental improvements and a more value-focused remix of an existing tablet. The TF300 is a more affordable version of the current Eee Pad Transformer Prime ($499, 4 stars). Inside, you'll still find the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor that made the Prime the fastest Android device to come through our labs. But some of the premium features like the aluminum back and Super IPS+ display are absent—and the price is $100 lower to compensate. The TF300 is still one of the fastest tablets available, but it doesn't quite have the chops to topple the New Apple iPad ($499, 4.5 stars) as the best 10-inch tablet on the block. Solid performance, the latest Android OS, and signature keyboard dock make the TF300 a solid iPad alternative, but we're still waiting for a spectacular Android tablet to blow us away. Physical Design, Features, and Differences The most immediately apparent difference between the Transformer Pad TF300 and the Transformer Prime is the textured plastic back.
The 10.1-inch Asus Transformer Pad TF300 aims to reshape the tablet market by delivering top-tier performance at a value price. It largely succeeds in this mission, delivering performance that's on a par with its pricier Transformer Prime sibling. However, the Transformer Pad had to make some compromises in components and display to achieve its goal. And more worrying than those compromises--which include a slightly heavier weight and different build materials than what's found on the premium Prime--were the frequent glitches I seemed to encounter, with no rhyme or reason, while using this Android 4.0 tablet. Priced at $379 for 16GB of storage, and $399 for 32GB of storage, the Transformer Pad is the new value tablet in Asus' lineup. The Transformer Prime, which was released last December and was the first Tegra 3 tablet, remains at the top of the pyramid, for now; that model stars at $100 more than the Pad for the 32GB version. (Asus has already announced high-definition, 1920 by 1280 resolution 10.1-inch models, coming later this spring/summer season.) Those prices also put Transformer Pad in direct competition with the 16GB Apple iPad 2, which is priced at $399.
If the ASUS Transformer Prime seemed like a masterpiece of a 10.1-inch Android tablet to you but you decided to wait and see if ASUS would release a slightly lower-cost model of nearly the same thing - you're in luck. What we've got here is the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, This 10.1-inch tablet comes with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box, has its own unique keyboard dock (sold separately) and comes in Royal Blue (which we've got here,) Torch Red, and Iceberg White. Let's have a look at what makes this model cost a bit less than the Prime and if it still seems appealing without the added frills. This device is a tablet computer but is able to turn into what's essentially considered a notebook computer - or Wi-fi connected netbook, if you prefer. The keyboard dock here is reminiscent of the Transformer Prime and the original Eee Pad Transformer before that, and continues to be a pleasure to use like they were. The touchpad still needs tweaking if its going to have anywhere near as much quality as OS X does with the MacBook or the MacBook Air, but this has as much to do with the software - which really isn't quite fully prepared for a desktop mode as such - as it is about the pad hardware itself.
This transitional review of the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is based on the transcendental wisdom of our transatlantc sister site CNET.com's Eric Franklin, who awarded it 3.5 stars. We're champing at the bit to transcribe our own tra(i)ns of thought -- okay, that's taken it too far -- when we get hold of our own Pad. Eric's opinions have been summarised below and mixed with our own impressions from our hands-on preview of the Pad in early March. It will hit Currys and PC World early May, so expect a full UK review soon. The three-and-a-half-star score is taken from the US -- we'll transpose our updated rating depending on whether our reviewer is feeling all benign-Autobot or evil-Decepticon, when they grapple with this shape-shifting slab. The Asus Transformer Prime was one of Andrew Hoyle's favourite tablets of 2011, offering an excellent screen and a searingly fast quad-core processor. The Transformer Pad TF300 offers the same chip, a similar screen and that all-important keyboard dock -- for £100 less than the Prime's £500 asking price. If you're at all familiar with the Transformer Prime then the TF300 won't hold too many surprises. It's a 10-inch slate that clips into a keyboard dock to become, essentially, a high-powered Android netbook.
For Android tablet fans, the Asus Transformer Prime TF201 represented that moment when they could say to their iPad 2-toting buddies: "Hey! I have something thinner, lighter and -- at least on paper -- more powerful than you do. Also: keyboard! Ba-bam!" Well, there's the possibility it didn't go quite like that, but I think you get my point. Still, the Prime had some GPS issues and its Wi-Fi speed wasn't as high as some expected. And by "some," I mean me. Also, starting at $500, it wasn't exactly cheap. Enter the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 Series. The TF300 starts at $380 for 16GB of storage, comes with Android 4.0.3 installed, replaces the Prime's metal unibody with plastic, lowers the speed of its Tegra 3 processor, and removes the flashlight from the rear 8-megapixel camera. Are those changes enough to diminish the enthusiasm tablet enthusiasts should have for this new tablet? I'll give you a hint: No. Again, if you took the Transformer Prime TF201, added a few millimeters of girth, replaced its aluminum unibody with plastic, and made it slightly heavier, you'd essentially have the Transformer Pad TF300. There are a few other design differences, but those are the basics.
|Asus Eee Pad TF300T-A1-BL 16 GB Tablet - 10.1 - NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20 GHz - Blue - 1 GB RAM - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - LED Backlight - Slate - Multi-touch Screen 1280 x 800 WXGA Display - Bluetooth||$259.95||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-A1-CG 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet - Gold Edition||$285||See it|
|Asus Tf300t 10.1 32gb Android 4.0 Tablet - White||$299.99||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad TF300T-A1-CG 16 GB Tablet - 10.1 - NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20 GHz - Champagne Gold - 1 GB RAM - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - LED Backlight - Slate - Multi-touch Screen 1280 x 800 WXGA Display - Bluetooth||$299.99||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-A1-CG 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet - Gold Edition||$309.99||See it|
|Asus Transformer Pad Tablet TF300T-A1-BK 10.1 16GB Black Android 4.0||$317.99||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-A1-BK Transformer Pad - Black||$324.99||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad TF300T-B1-BL 10.1 LED Tablet, Nvidia Tegra 3, 32GB Storeage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich||$329||See it|
|ASUS TF300 B1-WH 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (White)||$329.99||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF300 T-A1-BL 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (Blue)||$338.9||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF300 T-A1-BL 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (Blue)||$338.9||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF300 T-B1-BL 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet (Blue)||$339.99||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-A1-BL 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet (Blue)||$345||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad Tf300t-b1-bl 10.1 Led Tablet, Nvidia Tegra 3, 32gb Storeage, A||$347.99||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF300 T-B1-BL 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet (Blue)||$347.99||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad TF300T-B1-BL 10.1 LED Tablet, Nvidia Tegra 3, 32GB Storeage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich||$347.99||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF300 T-B1-BL 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet (Blue)||$348.53||See it|
|Eee Pad Transformer TF300T NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core 1.2GHz Tablet PC- 1GB RAM 32GB Flash Storage 10.1 Multi-Touch IPS Panel LCD Display WiFi 802.11 b/g/n & B||$349||See it|
|ASUS TF300 B1-WH 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (White)||$354.24||See it|
|Transformer Pad TF300T - tablet - Android 4.0 - 16 GB - 10.1||$361.99||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF300 T-B1-BL 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet (Blue)||$362.94||See it|
|Asus Computer Asus Transformer Pad Tf300t - Tablet - Android 4.0 - 32 Gb - 10.1 (tf300t-b1-bl) -||$362.94||See it|
|ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T 32GB 10.1 IPS Multi-touch Android Tablet - Blue||$362.99||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-B1-BL 10.1 Tablet PC NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20GHz 1GB DDR3 32GB Flash 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth Android 4.0 Blue||$369.62||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-B1-BL 10.1 Tablet PC NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20GHz 1GB DDR3 32GB Flash 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth Android 4.0 Blue||$371.6||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-A1-BL 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet (Blue)||$374.99||See it|
|Eee Pad Transformer TF101G NVIDIA 1.2GHz Tegra 3 Quad-Core Tablet - 1GB RAM 16GB Flash Storage 10.1 Multi-Touch IPS Panel LCD Display WiFi 802.11 b/g/n & Blu||$374.99||See it|
|Asus Transformer 10.1 Android Tablet with 16GB Internal Storage, 1GB Memory - Blue||$374.99||See it|
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-X1 16GB 10.1-Inch Tablet (Tablet Only)||$400||See it|
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-X1 16GB 10.1-Inch Tablet (Tablet Only)||$400||See it|
|Eee Pad Transformer TF101-X1 16GB 10.1-Inch T||$419||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-B2-BL 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Blue)||$424.99||See it|
|ASUS TF300TL-B1-BL 10.1-Inch 4G LTE Tablet (Blue) - AT & T||$429.99||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-B2-BL 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Blue)||$429.99||See it|
|Asus Notebooks TF300T-B1-BL 10.1 in. Tablet Tegra3 32GB||$435.08||See it|
|Asus Notebooks TF300T-B1-WH 10.1 in. Slider Tab Tegra3||$435.74||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad TF300T-B2-BL 32 GB Tablet - 10.1 - NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20 GHz - Blue - 1 GB RAM - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - LED Backlight - Hybrid - Multi-touch Screen 1280 x 800 WXGA Display - Bluetooth||$443.99||See it|
|ASUS TF300TL-B1-BL 10.1-Inch 4G LTE Tablet (Blue) - AT & T||$449.99||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad TF300T-B2-BL 32 GB Tablet - 10.1 - NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20 GHz - Blue - 1 GB RAM - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - LED Backlight - Hybrid - Multi-touch Screen 1280 x 800 WXGA Display - Bluetooth||$452.83||See it|
|Asus Tf300t-b2-bl Asus Transformer Pad Tf300t - Tab||$462.08||See it|
|ASUS TF300 10.1 Tegra 3 1GB 32GB||$463.99||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad TF300TL-B1-BL 32 GB Tablet - 10.1 - 4G - NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20 GHz - 1 GB RAM - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - LED Backlight - LTE - Slate - Multi-touch Screen 1280 x 800 WXGA Display - Bluetooth||$466.98||See it|
|Transformer Pad TF300T - tablet - Android 4.0 - 32 GB - 10.1||$485.99||See it|
|Asus TF300T 32GB Transformer Pad 10.1 Inch Tablet, 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich,||$489.99||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad TF300TL-B1-BL 32 GB Tablet - 10.1 - 4G - NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20 GHz - 1 GB RAM - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - LED Backlight - LTE - Slate - Multi-touch Screen 1280 x 800 WXGA Display - Bluetooth||$491.99||See it|
|Transformer Pad TF300TL 1.2 GHz Tegra 3.0 10.1 4G LTE Tablet with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich||$499||See it|
|Asus 32GB Transformer Pad TF300T 10.1 Tablet, White; Android 4.0 With Keyboard Docking Station (Upgradable to 4.2) 1GB Ram, 1.2GHz nVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor||$499.99||See it|
|Asus 32GB Transformer Pad TF300T 10.1 Inch Tablet, White; Android 4.0 With Keyboard Docking Station||$499.99||See it|
|ASUS Transformer Pad TF300TL 32GB 10.1 Tablet with LTE Mobile Broadband - Blue||$554.99||See it|
|Asus Notebooks TF300TL-B1-BL 10.1 in. Slider Tab Tegra3||$632.33||See it|