Reviews and Problems with Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101
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Asus Eee Pad Transformer
17 November 2011
Summary: The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101g is a dream come true which pairs a very good Android tablet with a tried-and-tested netbook keyboard to create one great product. It's sleek, stylish, and extremely practical and well worth its asking price.
Pros: Beautiful IPS display, Detachable screen, Premium look and feel, Good keyboard
Conclusion: We were surprised by the Asus Eee Pad Transformer; it’s easy to shrug it off as a desperate attempt at marrying an Android tablet the the keyboard-based convenience of a netbook. But it charms, and is a great standalone tablet - more stylish and stable than the Motorola Xoom, yet more rugged than the Galaxy Tab range. The keyboard is great; but that docking mechanism could be smoother; it’s agony to hear the tablet scrape and squeeze into the dock connection.
Conclusion: The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 distinguishes itself from the sea of emerging Honeycomb tablets with its aggressive pricing, and an optional accessory that turns it into a virtual notebook.
Pros: Currently the most affordable Honeycomb tablet. Speedy Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Honeycomb features strong multitasking, e-mail and calendar notifications. HDMI out for HD video and mirroring. $150 keyboard dock accessory turns the tablet into a virtual notebook.
Cons: Honeycomb interface can be cluttered. Virtual keyboard is slightly modified and doesn't handle predictive text well.
Summary: Androidbook. With the Eee Tab TF101, Asus hopes reap the benefits of both notebooks and tablets. The concept of an Android tablet with an optional keyboard dock to transform it into a laptop has been around since at least the last Cebit trade fair. But now we take a closer look at one of these fully-functional transformers.
Pros: Attractive Case Design, Various Ports on Keyboard Dock, Good Screen, Runs Silently, Office Software Included, Above all, the docking option. Those who spend hours upon hours typing will find themselves satisfied with this Android-based tablet.
Cons: Reflective Screen, No 3G/UMTS Available Yet, A more competitive price. Even with the keyboard dock included, the TF101 should be considerably less expensive than the Apple iPad—then some real competition might flare up.
A $399 price point, IPS display, and optional keyboard dock. Is the Eee Pad Transformer the best Android tablet yet?
12 May 2011
Summary: Given ASUS’s history, I think we all knew the company had what it took to build a netbook, but a tablet? And a tablet and netbook that could work together so seamlessly? Well, I had no idea. At $399, the Transformer is the most affordable Honeycomb tablet out there, and even beyond that, it’s actually one of the best. On it’s own, it’s a head-turning slab with a stunning IPS display that lasts over eight hours on a charge.
Pros: Entire package is affordable, Great quality display, Over 13 hours of battery life when paired with the dock, Comfortable keyboard
Cons: Overly plasticy construction, Tablet is longer than others, Poor camera quality
Summary: Asus seemed to have delivered well on their promise. They’ve created a device which gives you the best of both worlds, something we’ve long been waiting for. However, they seemed to have gotten carried away a bit with the success, which reflects in the pricing. Generally, a 3G version of a tablet is a couple of thousand more than the Wi-Fi only version. You can find the Wi-Fi Transformer or TF101 for about Rs.30,000, which is good bargain.
Summary: We give ASUS a lot of credit for the Eee Pad Transformer TF10, which beats the Lenovo U1 Hybrid to market as the first Android tablet that connects to a keyboard dock. In addition to making typing easier, the Transformer's $149 dock adds a battery life boost, even though we're not fans of the oversensitive touchpad.