Reviews and Problems with Asus Transformer Book TX300
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Battery performance 9
Gaming performance 6
Review Asus Transformer Book TX300CA Convertible
25 August 2013
Summary: Big screen tablet. Smartphones are growing so browsing and gaming becomes more pleasant. Tablets are growing so we can work more productively and performantly. Is Asus heading in the right direction?
Pros: High-grade aluminum stability, Concept with much memory space (HDD in dock), Mode: dock serves as energy filling station, Color-intensive IPS panel, Low system noise, Optically speaking nearly a real notebook, Good keyboard, Many connections incl. Ethernet & DisplayPort, The overall concept. It is the first convertible that you don't immediately recognize as a docking concept. Additionally you can write with it and handle it like a notebook. The sound quality is outst...
Cons: High weight, USB ports too close to each other, Core i7 clearly below standard, Throttled HD 4000, Longer battery runtimes. We expect more of two batteries than 3:34 to 5:42 hours (WLAN browsing; notebook mode off/on).
Summary: Asus has once again built a very finely crafted and desirable product, but that’s not enough to make a it a commercial success. The Core i5 variant of the Transformer Book is priced at a whopping Rs 91,999, which we find exorbitantly expensive. Samsung’s ATIV hybrid PC shares a similar configuration (minus the 500GB HDD) and design and is priced almost Rs 20,000 lesser. Our other main issue with the Transformer Book is the weight.
Conclusion: Perhaps our biggest issue with the Transformer Book is timing, with the system arriving just as more battery-friendly "Haswell" systems are starting to reach the market. While the combined configuration's runtime is impressive, the tablet alone doesn't last as long as a tablet should. Here's hoping Asus has a successor up its sleeve.
Pros: Large, sharp, bright screen, Excellent battery life in laptop mode, Fast performance when plugged in, Detachable design, Lots of storage
Cons: Heavy for its class in laptop mode, Performance drops significantly running on battery, Memory isn't upgradable
Conclusion: The Asus Transformer Book TX300 is the best Windows 8 transformer to date. Granted, at $1,499 for the high end model we tested, it should be great. The IPS display is simply stunning and the machine is quite fast. It has the excellent build quality and style we've come to expect from a Zenbook premium model and it's extremely rigid and sturdy yet slim and elegant.
Pros: Equally good as a tablet and a laptop. Superb full HD display, attractive all-metal casing, secondary HDD in dock, good selection of ports.
Cons: Tablet and keyboard dock weigh 4.2 lbs., which is a bit heavy for a 13" Ultrabook. Battery life just OK.
Summary: Internal capacity of the pad only, No SIM card slots; Dimensions and weight high for a tablet; Price Conclusion: The ASUS Transformer Book TX300 is a great hybrid device that can be used as a tablet or notebook computer as needed. The manufacturing quality is very high and the keyboard docking is very advanced, with its own autonomy and its own hard disk. The audio department collaborates with Bang & Olufsen and sees two speakers also on the dock.
Pros: Processor; Keyboard separable display full HD, HDMI port, internal capacitance of the docking, front camera, Windows 8, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Good overall autonomy
Cons: Internal capacity of the pad only, No SIM card slots; Dimensions and weight high for a tablet; Price
Summary: ASUS' Transformer Book TX300 is a powerful tablet and solid notebook in one. Its display is gorgeous, its industrial design is sexy and its keyboard is comfy. Throw in the Transformer Book's all-day battery life, and you're looking at one of the best Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids around. That said, the Transformer Book is on the heavy side for a 13-inch notebook and it does get toasty at times.
Summary: The Asus Transformer Book TX300 is a versatile machine, capable to go as a Windows 8 tablet or as a regular laptop. It meets most of my expectations, although there are still things to brush for the next generation. But if you're after a hybrid, you should definitely give it a look.
Pros: IPS screen, powerful hardware, good build quality, good keyboard and trackpad, fair battery life
Cons: some light bleeding on the screen, the hinge does not grip the tablet properly, rather large and heavy for a 13 incher
Summary: A well-built machine with bags of power and a unique twist
Pros: Great keyboard, Easy to switch between laptop and tablet, Decent performance, Good battery life, The screen is fantastic, as is the overall build quality found across this aluminium-clad laptop. Quality oozes from every panel, and while it's in no way lightweight, the TX300 is thin enough to slip into a bag, although you'll feel it as you walk around. The keyboard is a major triumph here and we were able to type comfortably and accurately for long periods, which means...
Cons: Last-gen processor, Very heavy, Slightly ungainly tablet, Buggy performance, The days of laptops that weigh 2KG are behind us, and the TX300's weight is a disappointing aspect of its performance. Of course, we've rated some heavier machines higher - the obvious being the Apple MacBook Pro - but without dedicated graphics the Asus Transformer TX300 doesn't quite perform in the Mac's league. The niggling glitches and hangs were also a bugbear which we hope can be addres...