Asus Transformer Pad review

Can Asus' next Transformer Pad iteration still cut it?

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Battery life

Battery life is an area that becomes extremely subjective due to the variety of usage situations that we all find ourselves in. Thankfully the Transformer Pad lives up to precedent that its older brothers have set.

Normally I talk of batteries in terms of mAh, but Asus prefers to talk in Wh. The 31Wh battery that sits behind the tablet section has a quoted length of up to 13 hours, with the dock providing 16Whs, meaning a further four hours of use.

Asus Transformer Pad
Adding the dock extends battery life

I haven't seen anything that would detract from Asus' claims of such impressive battery life, as the Transformer Pad was easily able to last a full day's use.

Under lighter demand, the Transformer Pad battery life was seemingly endless. It allowed me to browse the latest deals in the evening, and type on the move for a couple of days.

Throughout the review process, I was very pleased to say that there wasn't a single time that I felt worried that I didn't have a charger near by. This relief was a little greater than normal as Asus hasn't given the Transformer Pad a microUSB port for charging.

Connectivity

Unfortunately though, you will have to be in front of a TV in order to browse the web, or at least within range of a router, as the Transformer Pad comes without any mobile connectivity options. With an increasing variety of 3G- and 4G-enabled slates on the market, Asus might well have shot itself in the foot.

Even some of the Google Chromebooks come shipping with a SIM port, which makes sense given their cloud based OS. This is solved to an extent by using your smartphone as a mobile hotspot, but this is a less than ideal compromise.

Elsewhere, the Transformer Pad comes with the standard connectivity options that you could expect from an Android tablet. GPS is supported, as is HDMI out via a micro HDMI port.

Asus Transformer Pad
Miracast lets you mirror to your telly

As Asus' tablet comes with a proprietary USB cable, microUSB isn't supported, thus no MHL support. Wi-Fi is supported to 802.11 a/b/g/n standard. The inclusion of Bluetooth 3.0 is a tiny bit disappointing given that the technology is now at 4.0, so smart Bluetooth features are missing.

Miracast is supported, meaning you can connect wirelessly to a supported display to show off the presentation that you perfected in Polaris Office. The dock also provides the ability to connect up to a USB memory stick, as it comes with a USB 3.0 port. A full sized SD card slot is also available.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee Pad Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourAmethyst Gray
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1200
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)598 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 TechnologySuper IPS+
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height180.8 mm
Width263 mm
Depth8.5 mm
Screen ModeWUXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTransformer Pad Infinity TF700T
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelTF700T-1B100A
Product NameEee Pad Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T-1B100A Tablet
Product LineEee Pad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberTF700T-1B100A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationThe slimmest and lightest 1920x1200 resolution Full HD Android Tablet

Feeling unsatisfied with the quality of an average screen? An upgrade to a FHD screen is what you need. The 1920x1200 resolution is more exquisite and offers more details for a Full HD visual experience. The Super IPS+ offers 600nits of ultra bright backlight so it can be read easily, even under sunlight, at angles up to 178° wide. Screen toughness is also not a problem. As the 1st tablet with the latest generation Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 , the Infinity offers improved screen impact resistance so it'll look great even after extended usage. Get immersed in entertainment on the Transformer Pad Infinity!

Package Contents
  • Eee Pad Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T-1B100A Tablet
  • AC Adapter