ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

Seeing him comfortably stayed on his keyboard you could hardly distinguish the Eee Pad Transformer from a netbook “classic”, unless you put him, only to split it into two as happens in spot-parody of The Big Bang Theory.

Percomputer presented a first preview of the Asus tablets (but you can really call it that?) over two months ago to coincide with CES in Las Vegas, where he was in good company of brothers Eee Pad Slider and MeMO, which are actually a bit lost. From a distance and then some time we can introduce you to what will be the Eee Pad Transformer and so we will find on store shelves: will undermine the competition? Judge him by you.

Hardware

The tablet size 12.98 x 177 x 271 mm and weighs 32, certainly not record values, especially if we’re going to see the new Galaxy Tab, but still suitable to keep with us. Browsing along the body there is a mini HDMI 1.3 and a microSD reader, stereo speakers, headphone and microphone jacks, while along the long side bottom there is obviously taking ownership for the dock. There are two cameras, one 1.2-megapixel front and back from 5.

Watching him somewhat to x-rays, we find the now classic WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, accompanied by 2 GHz dual-core Tegra processor, with 1 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal memory, depending on the model chosen.

The display is a 10.1 inch IPS from 1280 x 800 from super tough Gorilla Glass, and equipped with multitouch to 10 points (so no finger hand will feel neglected). The simple words often are not enough to describe the quality of a display, but who has seen live ensures that it is one of the best displays ever seen on a tablet, visible from virtually any angle without losing any of the colors.

The keyboard

Curious about keyboard in hands-on a tablet, but so be it: this is the Eee Pad Transformer, and here lies (will be) much of the reason for its success or failure, most likely.

First of all we have been caring for skeptics about the locking mechanism of the tablet to the dock: it is solid and sure, you can lift the whole thing by pulling the screen without a problem (exercise which however not recommend repeatedly).

Turning to the keyboard, those of you who have ever had in my hands a netbook Eee PC of this size probably won’t notice obvious differences in the quality and location of the keys, except for the ones dedicated specifically to Android. There is also a touchpad, on whose usefulness we might as well discuss it.

Poking around on the sides of the dock are: two USB 2.0, HDMI, headphone jack, and a memory card reader. But things get really interesting thanks to the integrated battery (which for example is not present in the dock of theAtrix, which makes though lighter): according to Asus, thanks to it the already considerable autonomy 9.5 tablet should squirt until ben 16 hours. It seems, moreover, that the keyboard to recharge the tablet when there is housed. Will not be eternal, but little batteries we miss! (and we are very keen to try it all by hand to confirm the actual goodness)

Honeycomb

As in the new Samsung Galaxy Tab, again we find some standard Honeycomb interface customization by Asus, beginning with the homescreen where we see weather, email and calendar, along with a curious livewallpaper which also shows battery level, but since it appears that Google doesn’t like might not see him ever (the animated wallpaper , not the tablet!).

Between the software pre-installed are Polaris Office 3, MyNet, a client of streaming DLNA, MyLibrary, ereader, MyCloud, MyDesktop login remotely, allowing it to your Mac, PC, desktop or Android (Android desktop?!?).

The performances are in line with competitors, Xoom included: responsiveness is therefore never a problem.

Prices and availability (in UK)

The official release date in the United Kingdom is on 6 April, at a price of £ 379 (~ 430 €) for the 16 GB version and £ 429 (~ 490€) for the 32 GB. The keyboard is not included with your tablet: by adding it to the order of the 16 GB version, the total cost rises to £ 429, which puts the price of the dock about 60 € approximately.

We leave you with a video and some pictures: and what do you think of this Transformer?