ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime 64GB TF201
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ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-C1-GR 10.1-Inch 64GB Tablet (Amethyst Gray)
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The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime 64GB TF201 is the world’s first Tegra 3 powered quad-core tablet that can turn into a small laptop, thanks to a keyboard-dock accessory.
At just 8.3mm, it's thinner than the iPad 2 (8.8mm) and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.6mm). There's no cheap plastic on this thing. The back is a solid panel of brushed aluminum. The result is a very low-profile device that feels incredibly strong.
Another noteworthy point about the Transformer Prime's design is its ability to pair with the Transformer Prime Keyboard Dock. The dock turns it into a netbook, adding a six-row keyboard, whose keys are 94 percent as wide as standard laptop keys, and a trackpad below that. The keyboard's top row is all function keys, and there's a separate menu button; many Android features are mapped to keys so you won't always need to touch the screen, although you'll still have to reach forward for things like scrolling Web pages. The keys are comfortable to type on, but the trackpad button is extremely stiff.
Almost as importantly as the keyboard, the dock adds an extra battery and a full-sized USB port so you can plug in flash drives, hard drives, or gaming controllers.
Right now, the Transformer Prime is running Honeycomb (Android 3.2.1). All Honeycomb tablets have had problems with consistency. They're fast one minute, and then slow l the next. Not with this tablet. Even with ten programs running simultaneously, there was virtually no stutter or lag.
The Transformer Prime shows how Android tablets could and should be built. And this tablet actually lives up to the hype as far as speed and performance goes. It's easily the fastest Android tablet out there.
The Super IPS+ screen is incredibly bright. There was no problem seeing the screen in sunlight. Colors were nice and vivid, too.Battery life is terrific. With fairly conservative use and Wi-Fi only on half of the time, you can get ten hours of use.
The big drawback is that it's still running Honeycomb. While the Tegra 3 over-powers Honeycomb's speed problems with obscene processing power, it's still not a very intuitive UI.
The most glaring design flaw is the speaker. If you hold the tablet in landscape (as you will for most games and for all movies) the speaker is on the far right side of the tablet, under your hand. Because the tablet is so thin your hand doesn't really block the speaker, but you can absolutely tell that it's only coming out of one side.
Overall, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime makes a visual statement, in both its brilliant design and its inner power. The docking station option makes it a superb choice for power users who want a tablet that converts into a productivity workhorse.
Dimensions263 x 180,8 x 8,3 mm
Display Resolution1280x800 px
ProcessorNVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core
Screen Size10,1 "
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