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Asus Transformer Pad (TF300) Review

The Transformer Pad is a decent pick for buyers on a budget that still want a lot of bang for their buck.

May 15, 2012
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Science Introduction

Even though you're paying less, you're getting a decent return on your investment.

Screen Performance

Great contrast ratio, terrible reflectivity

As previously stated, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has an 8.5625 x 5.325-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, netting it a dots-per-inch (DPI) of 150. While this is about standard for a 10-inch tablet, you stand a greater likelihood that you'll be able to see the individual pixels than say, the third-generation iPad.

In terms of contrast performance, the Transformer Pad actually has one of the better screens we've seen, as it has a very low black level of 0.29 cd/m2, and a peak brightness of 320.3 cd/m2. With points like these, the Transformer Pad nets a contrast ratio of 1104:1—not all that great for a television, but one of the best ratios among tablets.

While the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 certainly did a bit better than most Android tablets in terms of color performance, it still shows the same undersaturation of reds and greens, as well as a wild shift in blues towards cyan. We're not sure why this is such a ubiquitous problem, but it is.

Because the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 reflects about 24% of all light shone on the screen, you'll often notice how much ambient light sources will cause consternation in regards to the screen visibility. In cases of direct sunlight, your screen will act much like a mirror.

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Battery Life

Strong battery life, even on full brightness.

Tablets generally do not last very long reading an eBook with a mostly white screen at a high brightness, and the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is no different: It lasts about 6 hours, 38 minutes with all wireless and additional processes terminated, and the screen brightness cranked to maximum. For the newest generation of tablets, this is fairly good, but not the best we've seen.

The Transformer Pad TF300 manages to last an impressive 9 hours and 2 minutes while playing back video, but keep in mind your mileage may vary if you do something like turn down the brightness, turn on Wi-Fi, or have a litany of programs running in the background.

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