Asus Transformer Prime: 5 Reasons to Say Goodbye to Your Bulky Laptop

December 14, 2011
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With the upcoming release of the Asus Transformer Prime, it is no longer a surprise why many are considering getting rid of their old laptops. Even though it is still considered as a tablet, you may want to consider using it instead of a bulky laptop. Here are 5 reasons why this could be your next big investment!

Portability

One thing you’ll really enjoy about the Transformer Prime is that it is portable, weighing only 1.29 pounds and measuring 10.35 x 7.12 x 0.33. Even though it is smaller than the smallest laptop (not netbook), it has a 10-inch, 1280×800 display that can help you get ‘real’ work done.

Longevity

When being close to a power outlet is impossible, your work gets disrupted. Even with the promise of several laptop manufacturers of a long battery life, the reality is that most laptops don’t even last more than 5 hours. This is where tablets containing mobile operating systems come into huge consideration. With the Asus Transformer Prime’s battery lasting 9.5 hours, this can be a huge advantage. But a total of 18 hours can be extended to the total battery life once the Prime is connected to its keyboard dock. You really don’t need to work on a laptop that doesn’t last long.

Flexibility

When it comes to extensive text inputs, tablets are often not the first choice. The answer to this has been solved by the Transformer Prime—eliminating the only option for an onscreen keyboard, which can often be a pain when typing pages of text. Since the Transformer Prime can be connected with a physical keyboard, you gain the advantage of almost having a real work scenario. Apart from a physical keyboard, the dock also contains a touchpad, card reader and a USB port—making all your needs truly mobile. The tablet weighs 1.18 pounds; when the dock is added, it becomes 2.47 pounds. This is still barely heavier than the 11-inch Macbook Air by Apple.

Performance

One of the reasons why people are looking forward to using the Transformer is because it is backed by Nvidia’s 1.3-GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor. It is actually the first tablet to have a quad-core processor. However, its Android operated software has still not been optimized to take advantage of the amount of power its processor contains.

Software

If you frequently work while you’re on the go, you may be familiar with cloud-based apps such as Office 365 or Google Docs. These same apps are also available on the Transformer. A good thing about the device is that it gives you Polaris Office, an app which Asus has provided if you don’t have access to a network. You can also use Quickoffice HD Pro so you can easily view and edit your spreadsheet, word, and presentation files stored within the tablet. The Transformer makes use of a MyDesktop Software which Asus has included. However, there are some apps which allow you to have a remote control of your PC or Mac.

With the ASUS Transformer Prime and Dell touch screen laptop offerings, it seems the classic notebook design has finally been retired.

While tablets are still generally considered young, you can expect the Transformer to do its job for you. With the promise of an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, you can definitely say goodbye to your old laptop. Now who wouldn’t want to make use of the quad-core processor on a tablet much more?

 

[Source: PCWorld]

Comments

  • AppleFUD

    “Another 18 hours can be extended to the total battery life”

    May want to reword that — Total of 18 hours. . .

  • jezza

    Yep, agree with most of this. Have had my original Transformer for a couple months and haven’t touched my old laptop. Admittedly there are limitations, but I imagine that more and more people will be picking these up instead of laptops.

    Definitely consider picking a prime up when they release the 3G version.

    • Daas_guy99

      Hey jezza, you talked about limitations can you elaborate on these limitations in comparison to laptop. I am seriously considering buying Prime. Also, you have been using Asus transformer, how has it been all this time any down side?

  • JonathanCR

    Although this article says at the end “Source: PC World”, with a link to – http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/246056/five_reasons_the_transformer_prime_can_replace_your_laptop.html – it is actually a straight rewrite of that article, with exactly the same points in the same order.

    I don’t see the point of taking someone else’s article and simply presenting exactly the same information and opinions in slightly different wording – especially when the original was better written.

    E.g. compare the original “Tablets aren’t often the first choice for extensive text input.” to the rewritten “When it comes to extensive text inputs, tablets are often not the first choice.”

    Or the original “Tablets are still young, and the Transformer isn’t perfect, but for what it offers, many workers could toss their laptops in exchange for a tablet and not look back.” compared to the rewritten “While tablets are still generally considered young, you can expect the Transformer to do its job for you.” Is that really an improvement? Why not just say “PC World has an interesting article on how the Prime can replace a laptop, and here is the link”?

  • Bob

    Tablets still have limitations but they are getting close. I’ve had the Transformer and love it. It’s reduced the amount of time I use my PC but I still use my PC for things life burning discs, image editing and programming tasks. There are some options for those last two but I find them to be clunky and take longer to produce the results I want. Another task I do is FTP files to servers which can be done on the tablet but not as efficiently or as easy. The keyboard dock is a necessity with the Transformer and I love the extra battery life. Find that plugging in a mouse helps with some tasks but then Ihave to ask myself, why don’t I just use the PC. I’m still getting a Prime but don’t expect it to completely replace a PC just yet. Maybe for some users it will.

    • Kookas

      Your argument became invalid the moment you mentioned burning discs. :P But seriously, flash memory in combination with faster, more useful networking will kill mechanical media. Just you wait and see if it doesn’t. As for image editing and programming, though, I will give you that. Software programming is especially difficult considering that ‘ultramobile’ CPU architecture is ARM and not x86 – for the time being, at least – unlike the systems you’ll likely be developing for.

      Web development and the like is usually fine, though, except there’s no WAMP for Android, so doing anything with PHP sucks. Image editing stuff is really just a matter of programmers stepping up to the plate and making professional apps for it, though. Even the company behind the famed Photoshop’s image editing app is complete and utter suck.

  • Anonymous

    Nice, can’t wait for it!

  • Kookas

    Google need to add in the ability to run two apps side-by-side. What better way to make use of those extra cores? That solves the problem of developers having to implement everything into everything else – so web development apps, for example, could remain web development apps, without having to include FTP, in-built browsers, etc. You could even drag stuff from one app into the other.

    Basically, tablets just need the refinement that desktop systems have had the privilege of getting. Personally, I’ve been swayed by the Asus Transformer because I need a laptop and it seems like I get a lot more value for money by getting a hybrid tablet – higher screen res, quicker/more efficient operating systems, and the like.

    I just wish they’d have a bit more than 1GB of RAM, because that is incredibly restrictive. I don’t understand how they can have that much memory on a phone, and then be unable to add more to tablets, which surely have far more room on the PCB for bigger/more chips. Then again, I don’t really understand it in depth. Perhaps ARM can’t address more than 1GB, or there are bandwidth issues that need addressing, or something. Still, I wouldn’t mind 2GB. 4GB would bring tablets up to proper laptop standards.