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Asus Transformer Pad (TF300) Tablet 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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Screen

The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is constructed around a 8.5625 x 5.325 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and an LED backlighting system. While the screen itself is reflective, it's fair screen brightness should overpower some reflections in lower light. That being said, it does struggle outdoors.

Front Image

Indoor & Outdoor Use

Because the screen of the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 reflects so much light (up to 24.9% of light shone on the screen), the Transformer Pad TF300 does not fare well in direct sunlight, as far as tablets generally go, anyways. Tablets with LCD screens rely on a strong backlight to make its image seen, and if the ambient light is far more powerful than the backlight itself, the screen will look washed out and hard to see.

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NOTE: The images above are shot with a variety of lighting sources, which may cause some color shift.

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Legibility

Because the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has a fairly good DPI, text and images on the screen are rendered crisply and cleanly. See below for microscope shots of the screen.

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Reflectance

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.

Screen Size & DPI

As previously stated, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has an 8.5625 × 5.325 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 × 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 b able to see the individual pixels than say, the third iPad.

Blacks and Whites

Blacks and Whites Chart

Color Gamut

While the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 certainly did a bit better than most Andriod tablets in this regard, 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.

Color Gamut Chart

Battery Life

If you were to disable all additional processes, crank the backlight to maximum (on high performance mode), and disable WiFi, you can watch just over 9 hours of video continuously, or read an eBook for 6 hours and 38 minutes. For a tablet its size, this is fantastic. To boot, there are other modes available that promise better battery life should you choose them. This is a great tablet if you need to bring it on long trips.

Battery Life Chart

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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. Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 3rd Gen Comparison
  12. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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