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Tablet or netbook? Choose both! Asus Eee Pad Transformer review

%image_alt%To choose a tablet or a netbook.  That is a good question.  Do you want a quick start up time with the tablet or be able to type nicely on a regular netbook? How about choosing both!  The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 makes this possible.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is unique in that if you don’t want to type on glass, just connect the detachable keyboard. The keyboard also includes a trackpad dock, forming a full body netbook that you’re used to.  As is typical with tablets, you can opt to just type and navigate on the touch screen as well.

What are the Asus Eee Pad Transformer specs?:

  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Screen Size: 10.1″
  • Color: Espresso
  • Camera: Rear + Front-facing 1.2 Megapixel camera
  • Hard drive: 16GB or 32GB
  • Battery life: 9.5 hours
  • Operating system: Android 3.0
  • Processor: 1 GHz Dual-core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs

The Transformer also goes a step above to include a full list of features: wireless support, bluetooth, memory card reader, webcam, HDMI, GPS capability, and 2 USB ports. It is rare for a tablet to have USB ports and memory card reader.  Why?  Because tablets are meant to keep everything in the cloud for storage. With such connections, you can connect an external hard drive, camera memory card, and printer.  Such things are not includes on a typical tablet, such as the iPad.

With other tablets (i.e. iPads), you are required to find some third-part app or adapter to have network support or computer connectivity with your peripherals. For this reason alone, this Asus is a true diamond in the rough.  It allows for the full computer support experience with the bonus of a light tablet.  You can basically work with the full netbook portion at home or office, and then detach the keyboard to go into tablet mode while you’re in transit.  Asus really figured this one out as I hope Apple is taking notes here.

Last but not least, the price is $500 for the table and an additional $125 for the keyboard/touchpad dock unit.  For a total of $625, it is cheaper than most laptops and can double as a tablet or netbook.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

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