Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Review

The new Asus Transformer Prime is a netbook/tablet combo that works incredibly well. The 10.1″ tablet integrates flawlessly with the included keyboard dock to make a nice little netbook. It’s...

The new Asus Transformer Prime is a netbook/tablet combo that works incredibly well. The 10.1″ tablet integrates flawlessly with the included keyboard dock to make a nice little netbook. It’s very light (580g) and thin (8.3mm) and has a metallic brushed outer shell which looks great and resists fingerprints.

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It’s available for $499 from Amazon, and is a viable alternative to both a netbook and a tablet. Here are the full tech specs:

  • 10.1″ LED Backlit screen with Super IPS+ (1280 x 800) 10 finger multi-touch,
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb (1) (Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable)
  • NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU
  • 1 GB
  • 32GB / 64GB (2) EMMC + 8GB life time ASUS WebStorage (3)
  • 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1.2MP (front), 8MP Auto focus (rear) with flash / F2.4 large aperture
  • PAD: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in); 1× micro HDMI port
  • 1 × Micro SD Card Reader; Internal Microphone & Stereo Speaker
  • Mobile Dock: 1 × USB2.0 port ; 1 × SD Card Reader
  • G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • ASUS launcher, @Vibe Music, ASUS WebStorage, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager,
  • ASUS sync, SuperNote, App Locker, App Backup, TegraZone, Polaris Office
  • 12 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer Battery (4)
  • 18 hours pad with dock ; 25Wh(pad) + 22Wh(docking) Li-polymer Battery (4)
  • 263 × 180.8 × 8.3mm ; 586g (pad only) / 263 × 180.8 × 8~10.4mm ; 537g. (dock only)

The Transformer Prime is the first tablet with an NVIDIA Tergra 3 Quad core cpu and still manages over 10 hours battery life. The Quad core cpu can handle basically anything you can throw at it, games, movies, multitasking, etc. Helping that along is the included 1GB of ram and 32Gb storage expandable up to 64Gb. There is also 8Gb of cloud storage included for free.

The display can be switched between IPS and IPS+ which allows you to see it better in direct sunlight, a very helpful feature.

Android 3.2 Honeycomb is included but will be upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich, which should make for a better tablet experience overall. Android 4.0 includes built in hardware acceleration, but with the Quad core Tegra processor you won’t see any lags anyway so probably won’t even notice a difference. The Asus Transformer is almost twice as fast as a Motorola Xoom to start with:

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The 8Mp camera is surprisingly good for a tablet, with an included LED flash and can even in 1080p video. A front facing 1.2Mp camera is included as well for video chatting. There is also an hdmi out that works great with the quad core and super fast gpu for movies and gaming on the big screen.

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The keyboard dock works great and is a very quality built item that snaps in place and doesn’t move. It comes in very handy when you need to do some writing and the on screen keyboard just won’t do.

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Basically if you’re on the fence about getting a tablet or a netbook, this should put you over as it has the best of both worlds and is fairly priced at around $499 online.