If you ever need advocates of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, you need look no further than us. The form factor, the function, the design, the performance and the specs all come together to please the pragmatist and perfectionist in us and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you go out and buy one. Well, that’s if you have a spare £499 lying about. For those of you who don’t, but still feel a panging for a laptoplet, look no further than the Asus Tranformer Pad TF300, a £399 tablet sporting the core elements that make the Prime so darn delectable.
For starters, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 packs an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage. There’s also a micro HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the tablet itself and on the dock, a full-sized USB port and a full sized SD card slot. With just under 10 hours of battery on the tablet and 5 additional hours with the dock this takes the running total up to a solid 15 hours. This makes the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 ideal for a long trip and indeed, users like us who simply forget to charge their tech every night.
There are a few sacrifices, with the words ‘super’ and ‘plus’ dropped from the IPS screen making it less bright. It isn’t metal like the Prime and is a smidgen thicker too. The camera also lacks a flash and the memory and battery capacity are slightly reduced when compared to its £499 sibling, however, at a similar price to most dual-core 10.1-inch tablets, given you get the laptop dock bundled with it, there really isn’t much complaint to be had over the spec reductions.
We’re putting our Asus Transformer Pad TF300 through its paces right now, so will post a review in the next week, but we couldn’t resist posting a quick unboxing video before signing off for the day. Watch it, enjoy it, comment if you’re so inclined and have a great long weekend.