Unveiled for the first time a full nine months ago, the Asus Transformer AiO part Windows 8 all-in-one PC/part Android tablet pretty much divided the tech world in two. There were those who saw it as brilliant innovation and those who called it a monstrosity. A beastly Frankensteinian creature, if you will.
A heated debate might have started, only no one really believed it would turn into reality. No matter what side were you on, you still could have smelled the vaporware stench. But then the hybrid got a second unveiling this January and now a third, along with the much awaited revealing of the spec sheet and pricing.
Where do we start? How about with the confirmation that the 18.4-inch display boasts a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution? The thing also has 10-point touch, so it definitely sounds nice.
On the tablet part, you get a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with an unknown clocking speed, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, a 1 MP front-facing cam and a 32 Whr battery capable of around 5 hours of continuous use.
Not exactly ideal for a top-tier 2013 tab, but at least there’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to butter the thing up. As far as design goes, the slate looks like your ordinary Asus Eee Pad, only, you know, a lot bigger. It weighs 5.28 pounds by itself, so don’t even think about this as a travelling pal.
Meanwhile, once you dock the tablet into the PC station, you’ll get a far snappier computing machine with Windows 8, an Intel Core i5-3350P processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB HDD and a GeForce GT 730M GPU. There’s also a SuperMulti DVD Drive there, as well as a wide selection of ports and connectivity options – USB 3.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an SD card reader.
Of course, you can still use the hybrid with Android even when it’s connected to the dock and all you have to do is flip a switch conveniently placed on the right side of the PC station. The entire “creature” weighs in at around 9 pounds and will go on sale on April 12 for… wait for it… $1,299.
Wow, that’s actually not bad. It’s a pretty penny, no doubt about it, but there are plenty of traditional all-in-one PCs around that go for just as much. And this one brings the best of both worlds. Or does it? What do you guys think? Innovation or monstrosity?
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I like it. Would have been better with a smaller display. I say 13″ or 14″ would have been perfect.
That’s laptop size not AiO size plus a high end, high performance machine like this is made for people working with programs that require a large screen. I also believe it’ll lose all specialness (if that’s a word) with a smaller screen i think the oversized tablet makes it wow . like they say the bigger the better ahhaa. My prime point is an AiO like this needs a large screen but I do think a smaller ‘option’ would be nice for those looking for a more portable table maybe around 14, 15 inch would be fine.thanks :)
It’s a Frankenstein beauty. But I agree it should have a smaller screen.
I like that, “Frankenstein beauty”. It’s kind of poetic and it describes perfectly what I feel about the Transformer AiO as well.
I was actuality thinking I would have like a bigger screen. 22″-24″ As something like would stay close to its base any ways.
Smaller screens would make this pointless, as you could then just buy a normal tablet or netbook and remote in to your normal computer with that. So, I agree, if anything a bigger screen would be nice. 18.6 or whatever is fine with me though, as that is still “portable” enough I could lug it to casual events and use as a tablet (its not THAT big. i mean hell,, alienware makes laptops with the same sized screens)
An awsome concept and a screen big enough to be a second TV. A smaller unit built for the traveler is hopefully down the road, but for me this is the perfect HOME solution. Asus goes where the others fear to tread.