Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

Baby Transformer still packs quad-core power

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The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 uses the Google Play store, previously known as Android Marketplace, to offer downloads of all apps, games, and every increasingly, movies and books.

The selection is no-where near as colossal as the iPad's with the backing of iTunes, but it's certainly an area which is growing fast. Google's rebranding of the app store puts a bigger focus on consumable content, and the options to find movies and make book purchases is obvious as soon as you open Google Play.

The buying experience is seamless, and Ice Cream Sandwich's revamped video handling puts all your videos in one place. Movies are fractionally cheaper than on iTunes too, with Girl with the Dragon Tattoo available to rent for £3.49, but the selection isn't only a fraction of Apple's, and there are no high definition options.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

As a tablet, it's not well suited to books, and the chunky body doesn't lend well to reading on the train or tube. It feels top heavy in the hand, requires effort to grip, and the plastic back isn't as narrow or tactile.

Due to the docking keyboard, the tablet feels more natural when held in landscape mode, which is good for movies.

If you want to use your own media, rather than buy from Google, the Asus Transformer Pad 300 is an excellent tablet. You can drag and drop resources, and the generous amount of storage that we mentioned earlier is great if you have large collections.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

While drag and drop makes life a lot easier, we found that the TF300 was slightly sniffy about the formats it played. AVI files were strictly off limits, which wiped out much of our collection of TV shows, as was MKV. HD content played smoothly when we did get the formats right.

One of the major bugbears with the iPad is the need to use iTunes to manage media, so being able to drag and drop, and the presence of microSD and SD slots is a welcome relief. This makes it a superior media tablet to devices which claim to be film-friendly, such as the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition, which bafflingly uses proprietary software to manage media.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

Ebooks are read using the Google Books app that you can download from Google Play, or you can use the Amazon Kindle alternative.

It's serviceable with clear text and lets you easily swipe to turn pages, but there's no way the Transformer Pad 300 should be considered a good ereading device for book junkies. The selection of books falls far short of expectation, and the screen and size simply can't compete with the host of budget ereaders now available.

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