Asus Eee Pad Transformer

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 has a great dock with a QWERTY keyboard and hotkeys to get around the Android interface

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer The Asus Eee Pad costs $735 and is the only tablet to come with a docking station as a standard accessory
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  July 12, 2011

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Key Specs

Display screen: 10.1-inch
Internal storage: 32GB
Memory: 1GB
Networking: 802.11b/g/n
OS: Android 3.0

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Asus' Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is unique because it is the only device here to ship with a docking station as standard. Asus says the dock allows you to ‘transform' the tablet into a fully-fledged netbook.

We're pleased to report that with the tablet docked the Transformer becomes a useable netbook. The dock's keyboard is great to use and rather than just using a QWERTY keyboard, Asus has replaced the function keys with hotkeys that enable you to scoot around Honeycomb with ease.

The dock includes an additional battery too so you can extend the tablet's battery life to a total of 16 hours. In testing we found the Asus, when docked, gave a battery life of 14 hours. This figure dropped to a still very strong eight and a half hours when we used the tablet on its own.

Our only issue with the dock is that the trackpad and its buttons can be a little frustrating to use. Tracking isn't always spot on and you have to click on either the extreme left or right side of the single trackpad button to generate a left or right click.

The Asus is one of the better looking tablets on the market and we absolutely adored the screen. It simply refused to retain fingerprints or smudges and generated the best visuals here by far. As a result the Transformer was able to deliver the best overall user experience in this round-up.It's definitely a viable alternative to the iPad 2.

Verdict:The Eee Pad Transformer is an innovative device that’s a real pleasure to use owing to its flawless IPS-based LCD.

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