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Product Asus Transformer Pad TF300
Specifications 10.1in LED backlit WXGA 1280x800 touchscreen, Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, 1.2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, 1x 2-in-1 audio jack (headphone/mic-in), 1x microHDMI port, 1x MicroSD card reader, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x SD card reader, 10 hours battery life or 15 hours with dock, Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Pad only - 263x181x9.9mm, 635g
Dock only - 263x181x10.4mm, 546g
Pad with dock - 263x181x19.4mm, 1,181g
IN AN ATTEMPT to offer the combination of a laptop and tablet, thus eliminating the need for both, Asus' Transformer Pad TF300 is a tablet along with a lock-in keyboard dock, begging to replace your aging laptop, notebook or netbook.
However, the combo feature just doesn't work as well as we'd hoped. The dock is not sturdy enough to bear the heavy tablet, resulting in a disappointing and overall fragile feel when put together.
As the baby brother to the Transformer Prime, Asus' mid-range Transformer Pad TF300 offers a similar user experience to its older and bigger sibling but sacrifices build quality for a lower price.
Despite this, the performance of the Transformer Pad TF300 follows in the Transformer Prime's footsteps, offering swift graphics powered by a brawny quad-core engine with fantastic expanded memory options, connectivity and the latest version of Android.
It comes in red, blue and silver colour options that might not appeal to everyone. Nevertheless, at £400 it gives many of its competitors a run for their money.
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