Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

  • £399.99
  • $379.99

Baby Transformer still packs quad-core power

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You can't release a £399, 10.1-inch tablet and not expect comparisons with the iPad, so we'll cut to the chase.

We liked

The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is currently one of the best 10-inch Android tablets you can buy, and represents better value with equivalent performance than the Asus Transformer Prime.

The top-notch benchmark scores, wonderful use of the keyboard docking station, excellent battery life and superb usability make it a top recommendation in our eyes.

If you're platform agnostic and are tossing up between this and the iPad, things get trickier. The Transformer is better value, has double the storage, a fantastic keyboard dock which makes it much more versatile, and Ice Cream Sandwich closes the gap hugely.

We disliked

Some people may be put off by the build quality, with the plastic body falling behind the Transformer Prime and way behind the new iPad - plus the flex in the keyboard won't be to everyone's liking.

The lack of 3G compatibility rules out internet on the move, which is a must for those who depend on a tablet while commuting, with Transformer Pad 300 users restricted to Wi-Fi hotspots.

Verdict

The new iPad is still the best all-round tablet you can buy, and is backed up by a fantastic eco-system of apps, magazines, music, games and content. It's the more pleasing and polished option, and if your main aim is to keep cost down and entertainment high, the TF300 still falls short.

Individual needs and budget will determine if the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is right for you, but we applaud Asus for marrying value and performance, and the TF300 comes highly recommended.

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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