When it comes to Android tablets, we have to say that Asus has it pretty much covered. The recent Google Nexus 7 is a more than impressive debut into the 7-inch market, while it seems the Transformer series just keeps getting better.

If you're looking for a 10.1-inch Android tablet then you're likely to be looking at Asus or Samsung, perhaps with Acer and Toshiba in mind. But the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity offers not just an excellent tablet experience, but the benefit of a full netbook keyboard as well.

There's certainly no question the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has the muscle under the hood to take care of all your tablet needs – gaming, apps, video, music, browsing and productivity.

A special mention has to go to the fantastic Super IPS display panel. Next to the new iPad, this is one of the best displays we've seen on a tablet.

We liked

The USP of the Transformer range has always been the attachable keyboard dock, and this continues to be a big reason for taking the plunge with this tablet. The keyboard is comfortable to use and boosts both battery life and connectivity.

As a tablet, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is still as impressive, and wisely Asus has decided to leave ICS well enough alone – save for a couple of apps and widgets that actually do improve the experience.

Add to that the 1920 x 1200 resolution, great battery life and the fact that other useful features such as microSD support haven't been overlooked, and the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity looks to be the definitive Android tablet.

We disliked

Using the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is still very much a solitary pursuit. There isn't a USB connection available without clipping on the keyboard dock (only microUSB), and the speakers aren't quite good enough to really fill a room with quality sound.

Our only other point of note is that during the stress-test benchmarking we noticed the back of the tablet growing fairly warm. Not enough to merit concern, but given that Asus managed to keep its Zenbook Ultrabooks cool to the touch through any processing task, this was something of a surprise.

Finally we can't help but think that the Infinity is priced a little on the steep side, sure it's got a swankier screen than its predecessor, but above that there's no major difference and if you're not willing to part with the big bucks then the Transformer Prime is still a quality option.

Final verdict

Asus has almost defined its tablets as the de facto alternatives to the iPad, and with this offering it's hard to argue. Everything we'd look for in a high-end tablet is present and accounted for with the Transformer Pad Infinity.

While power is always welcomed, it was the improved screen that really caught our attention. Given that we use our tablet mostly for browsing the web and watching video, we couldn't help but marvel at the resolution, either.

Tablets have been derided as consumption devices rather than production devices in the past, but that time is well and truly over, thanks to the amount of apps available. No matter what your hobby, chances are you'll find an offering on Google Play to cater for it, and the quad-core Tegra 3 processor nestled inside Asus Transformer Pad Infinity can run it.

Add to this the benefit of being able to snap-in a fully featured keyboard and touchpad and this device becomes a work platform as much as an entertainment machine.

If you've already bought the Asus Transformer Prime, then you won't need to upgrade – but if you're looking for a top Android tablet (and have the cash to splash), then the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity should be at the top of your list.