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?