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April 7, 2012

Asus Transformer Prime Review

In the world of mobile technology, tablets are still picking up steam and are still replacing laptops as the more portable device section of the market, but can one really replace the functionality of a laptop?

The Asus Transformer Prime (TF201) is an upgraded version of the orginal Transformer which sports a quad-core nVidia Tegra 3 processor and now comes with Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) as its operating system.

What makes this tablet unique is that you can turn it into a netbook with its dockable keyboard dock which sets it apart from other tablet manufacturers. The dock contains a battery, usb slot and also a slot for an SD card if 32 or 64GB of space is not sufficient for you and keeps expandability a viable option. The added USB port can be used to hook up a printer or just simply to transfer files from a USB key to your tablet.

There is both a front facing 1.2 megapixel camera and an 8MP rear facing camera that takes stunning pictures and also allows you to change the settings for daylight or darkness as well as an options to change exposure time.

The screen is one of the brightest ones out there coming in at 600nits which allows you to use the screen in sunlight using Super IPS+ mode, but it isn’t always necessary as you could be fine manually adjusting the brightness to your current surroundings.

The Transformer Prime gives the end user the option depending on their needs how the unit should behave with three power options: power save, balanced and performance. Choosing which mode to run in will determine how fast your tablet behaves, basic web-surfing and emailing worked fine on power save mode; balanced is good to play the occasional game on and performance would be the type of game that is tasking and has 3D graphics. Obviously the choice in running mode will determine how quickly your battery drains as the performance of the processor is determined by the power setting mode.

Conclusion

One of the few things that sold me on the Transformer was that it was dockable tablet. Sometimes you want to sit down and work on something and carrying a spare Bluetooth keyboard is more of a hassle and will drain the battery quicker. With the Transformer, the dockable keyboard and tablet fold up like a netbook which not only saves you on space but the dock gives you extra battery life and the option to add an SD card for more space.

Purchase:

ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-B1-GR Eee Pad 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Amethyst Gray)

ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-B1-CG 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Champagne)

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