Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

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  • $379.99

Baby Transformer still packs quad-core power

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When we were first introduced to the TF300 back at MWC 2012, Asus spokespeople were keen to brand this budget quad-core slate as a gaming device, so we were keen to see how this would be adopted, and we were impressed with what we found.

The Tegra 3 processor is built for mobile gaming, with an abundance of processing and 3D graphics power than is unrivalled in the Android line-up. What's more, Google Play is a fantastic resource of titles, and the selection is growing every day.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

Android historically lacked the breadth of big-name titles you'd find on the Apple App Store, but this is changing. Some of the biggest iOS titles, such as Football Manager 2012 Handheld are now on Android, and if you're looking for games, you can read our run-down of the best titles here.

The Nvidia Tegra 3 chip made mincemeat of all the games in our test, and even provided some extra graphical effects that you wouldn't find on other tablets. Riptide GP is a classic example, with some pleasing drips and splashes on screen, and it bodes well for the future of mobile gaming.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

The Tegra 3 processor doesn't just make existing Android titles look better, and there's a dedicated app store called the Tegra Zone, which takes you content which is specially designed or enhanced for Nvidia toting tablets.

Gaming performance was excellent throughout, and there was some exciting looking content such as Shadowgun and Grand Theft Auto III.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

There's a mixture of free and paid-for titles, but while some games like Dark Meadow: The Pact looked superb, some seemed more like showcases of the superb capabilities of the TF300 than bastions of quality mobile games, though we have high hopes for the future.

One of our major bugbears is the search in Google Play. We often found that apps weren't returned during a search from the device, yet a web search on our PC soon revealed the title we were looking for.

We could then 'send' the download to the tablet without fuss, but after using iTunes, we're not fans of leaving the sofa to download, play and enjoy titles.

The TF300 is a good gaming performer, which rivals the new iPad in terms of performance and comfort.

Until the launch of the Infinity 700 with its HD display, we'd go as far as to say this is the best current Android gaming tablet available.

It's still trumped by iTunes' excellent selection, and the experience of gaming with the iPad's Retina Display, but that shouldn't detract from an excellent all-round performance.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee Pad Transformer Pad TF300T
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourBlue
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)635 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height9.9 mm
Width262.9 mm
Depth180.8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTransformer Pad TF300T
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelTF300T-A1-BL
Product NameTransformer Pad TF300T Tablet
Product LineEee Pad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberTF300T-A1-BL
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationStunning, stylish color with a concentric patterned finish

Available in Blue, the ASUS Transformer Pad offers the most stylish choice available in a tablet.

NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU Tablet

Powered by the world's first Quad-core processor NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 4-Plus-1™, the Transformer Pad browses the web and plays 1080p video at blazing speeds. The snappier response time and better multi-tasking performance make the Transformer Pad a true mobile entertainment powerhouse.

Improved Graphics Performance

Up to 30% higher graphics performance for better gaming experience than Tegra™ 2

IPS Panel provides vivid images on the go

A brilliant IPS Panel brings viewable angles up to 178 degrees wide, while presenting excellent and vivid graphic images that produces 50% better and more accurate color range. Displayed in high brightness, it's able to tolerate the sunlight, so you can enjoy it regardless of the environment that you're in.

Package Contents
  • Eee Pad Transformer TF300T-A1-BL Tablet Computer
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year