The all new ASUS Eee Pad Transformer combines all the fun of a tablet with the practicality of a notebook.
So you’ve looked at the iPad in store: you like it, but aren’t really sure how much you’d really use it, especially seeing as you have your own notebook that goes with you most places. Well, did you know that you can combine both the tablet and a laptop into one device?
A couple of manufacturers have been working on ’hybrid’ tablet models that do everything a tablet does, but can easily be plugged in to a custom keyboard for use as a laptop.
In January Lenovo announced that the LePad – a cross between a tablet and a laptop – will be released later in 2011 and now ASUS have released the new Eee Pad Transformer.
The device is making waves with both technology blogs and consumers who are excited by this innovative device.
The new device includes an optional keyboard ‘dock’, which transforms your tablet into a notebook laptop. When plugged into the keyboard the Eee Pad Transformer operates in full PC mode and has a full-size QWERTY keyboard, complete with additional Android Function keys.
The Eee Pad Transformer runs on the Android Honeycomb 3.0 operating system – a version of Android designed for tablets. Cool functions included include multi-touch and holographic interface so you can access all your favourite widgets with ease. Another great reason for buying is the fact that it comes with Adobe Flash Player 10.2.
As you’d expect from a tablet device the Eee Pad Transformer is very light, but it is made with toughened glass so should be able to stand up to everyday use. The 10.1 inch multi-touch display offers HD entertainment and is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, which ASUS claims will provide up to twice the speed of normal web browsing.
The Eee Pad Transformer also has front (1.2 MP) and rear (5 MP) cameras for face-to-face video chats and also come with a Mini HDMI port so you can connect it up to a HDTV when you are at home.
Eee Pad Transformer Keyboard Bundle
If you opt for the keyboard bundle when purchasing – which it would make sense to do to take advantage of the device properly – then, unlike the iPad you actually get a USB port. In fact, you get two, as well as a headphone socket and a 4-in-1 card reader.
If you travel a lot and get frustrated by losing power on your tablet or laptop the keyboard docking station actually doubles the battery life of the device, taking it up to a massive 16 hours in total: conveniently the dock charges the tablet.
The device comes with 1GB of memory and GPS, too. Unfortunately the first model does not come with 3G, but rumours suggest that this will be coming soon!
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