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Asus Transformer Infinity Review

Asus knocks it out of the park with the Infinity Tablet.

September 26, 2012
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Science Introduction

Though the tablet has a high pixel density, the color performance suffers a bit.

Screen Performance

A very high peak brightness allows this thing to wander outside.

Because the 8.5625 x 5.325-inch screen on the Transformer Infinity has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, it nets a PPI (pixels per inch) of 224. Only the new iPad has a higher pixel density, though its screen is smaller than that of the Infinity.

Despite the tablet's impressively high brightness level of 660.54 cd/m2, that's only half of the equation for contrast performance. It's also important to have a low black level, and the Asus Transformer Infinity disappoints there with a very bright black level of 0.79 cd/m2 —its contrast performance suffers for it. At a contrast ratio of 836:1, the Infinity isn't exactly bad for a tablet, but users shouldn't be expecting performance akin to an HDTV.

Like most Android tablets, the Transformer Infinity has a rather poor color gamut, with undersaturated reds and greens, and wildly shifted whites and blues. If you're hoping to look at photos with dark primary colors, you'll probably see a rather noticeable color shift.

We should note that the Asus Transformer Infinity is very reflective. Among the most reflective tablets out there, it sends 19.2% of all light shone on the screen back at the user. On top of that, it also has an extremely sharp reflection pattern, which is very distracting if the ambient lighting is bright enough.

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Battery Life

Pretty poor battery life

If you're want a tablet good for heavy eReader use, this isn't the one you're looking for. The Asus Transformer Infinity is able to display literature in eBook form for only 4 hours 34 minutes. This is a fairly bad battery life in comparison to many other tablets, and is definitely not a solution on a flight or long commute if you intend to use it for long periods of time.

While it can give you up to 5 hours and 19 minutes of video playback, the Infinity is again a little on the weak side for battery life. It should be enough for a movie while the TV is in the shop, but not much else. All results were found by turning all wireless off as well, so you can expect battery performance to go down if you like to stream movies rather than load them onto the hard drive.

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