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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Tablet Review

If versatility is your vice, you would do well to pick up the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

December 12, 2011
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Conclusion

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer certainly is an interesting take on the tablet. While we didn't spring to buy all the accessories that the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is meant to be used with, and instead treated the unit as a tablet and nothing else, the novelty of a physical keyboard is enough to turn heads. Even if it's solely to see the reactions of people when rip your "laptop" in half in a crowded area, the added physical keys, USB ports, and battery life gained by picking up this accessory certainly makes the Asus Eee Pad Transformer more word processor friendly.

It's a bit of a pain that you have to spend so much money to unlock all the features of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, because as a standalone tablet, it's a high-average performer at best, with only a few special features (we admit the content streaming application is very cool). Still, the promise of added battery life and connectivity is a huge plus over other tablets, especially considering there is already one HDMI port and a microSD card on the tablet itself.

Despite its bright spots of screen performance and connectivity, the anemic battery life and general awkwardness of the unit is enough to give many users pause before buying the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. For some, the ability to make the tablet a laptop is too useful to ignore, but from a pure performance standpoint, you can do better in terms of raw performance for the money, but you probably can't from a connectivity standpoint.

If versatility is your vice, you would do well to pick up the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. With its content streaming application and its fair screen performance, this is a solid buy, but for those looking for more battery life or USB ports, they are available: at a cost. Though it doesn't take the top of the hill, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is a serious contender for the more work-minded of tablet consumers.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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