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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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]

Christine Torralba
Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.