Monday, 22 October 2012


The unique advantage of the Transformer is that it can be a tablet when needed and can also turn into a netbook with the help of the keyboard dock. We loved the first Eee Pad Transformer and now we have the Transformer Prime TF201.
                 It still uses an aluminum chassis but the edges are a lot tapered, so it now measures just 8.3 mm in thickness while the weight has been dropped to 586 g. The textured pattern of the old model has been swapped for a modern, brushed aluminum look. Around the back, we have the upgraded 8 MP shooter and LED flash.
                Currently, there’s only one model available in the market: the 64 GB, Wi-Fi version. There is no 3G version of the Prime but that’ll soon be remedied with the launch of the Transformer Pad 300. The 10.1-inch screen has the same 1280x800 resolution but it’s a Super IPS+ display with Gorilla Glass. This gives the Prime very good viewing angles and colour rendering. Videos look crisp and sharp too. The dock has undergone some weight reduction and is slimmer now, with tapering edges towards the front. The dock features a charging port, standard USB port and an SD card reader. The keyboard is customized to work with Android so there are plenty of shortcuts for brightness, locking the screen, volume, etc. The dock also features a two-cell battery that charges the main battery in the tablet.
                  The newer models of the Prime come with ICS 4.0.3. Asus has added their own Waveshare UI over it, but unlike other manufacturers, it’s minimal and doesn’t break the feel and look of the stock ICS. Swiping between homescreens and apps is snappy thanks to the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, which consists of four cores running at 1.3 GHz. This, coupled with a powerful GPU makes transitions and animations smooth.
                 Asus hasn’t meddled with the stock music player much. The player has a clean look to it, you get audio enhancements by default and it also supports FLAC files. The audio quality is good and the volume is quite loud. The video player was disappointing as it’s also the stock one and only supports MP4. In our video drain test, we managed to get about seven hours of playback from the tablet and once we plugged it into the dock, it charged the Prime to about 44 percent, so we were able to get another four hours, which gives us a total of 11 hours.
 The Transformer Prime TF201 is expensive for a non-3G tablet. It’s a very good upgrade, but we wouldn’t recommend buying this now, especially with the 3G-ready and slightly cheaper Transformer Pad 300 soon to be launched.


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