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Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Review| User review| Specification

The Good: Transforms between Tablet and notebook form; fast Tegra 3 processor is good for games; long battery life.

The Bad: Small chiclet keys on dock; camera could be better; built-in speakers offer below average sound quality.

The Bottom Line: The Prime is a great work Tablet when you are on the go though don't expect it to take great pictures.

Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Platform: Android 4.0
Editor's Review
21-02-2012

ASUS entered the Android Tablet race last year with the Transformer, a unique device that easily switches between a Tablet and notebook computer.

Now Asus is back with yet another Tablet, the Transformer Prime. The Prime is a device of many firsts - it is one of the first Tablets that can be updated to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and to be powered by a quad-core processor.

Design

Aesthetically, the Prime looks similar to the original Transformer and shares the same ultra-slim design although it has rounded edges and is less blocky. The back is entirely different - the Prime has a "metallic spun finish" which it borrows from Asus' Zenbook line.

The Prime measures a mere 8.3mm thick and weighs just 585g, so it is easy to use the Tablet for long hours comfortably.

A 10.1in Super IPS (in-plane switching) panel which adorns the front displays crisp images and vibrant colours. As this is an IPS panel, it's not surprising that the viewing angle is very good with little to no colour shifting. Text was visible even from a 178° angle.

The screen is really bright and it even has an outdoor mode that cranks the brightness even higher so that the display is visible under sunlight.

The screen is made from Gorilla Glass so it is resilient to scratches but, unfortunately, it is prone to smudges.

Despite its slim profile the Prime has a number of connectivity options on the sides like a microSD/SD slot and micro HDMI out for hooking it up to a HDTV.

The Prime's speakers are on the back and they are a little on the soft side. They are serviceable for casual listening but if you really want to enjoy a movie or game, a pair of headphones or external speakers would be a better bet.

There are two cameras - a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and an 8-megapixel camera on the back that records full HD videos.

Like the last Transformer, the Prime has a dock that let's you slide in an external keyboard for those days when you having something long to type or chat.

The keyboard is invaluable for editing documents but could have been designed better. A few keys that are too small and harder to hit accurately. For instance, the shift key on the right is so short that we often hit the Up arrow key by accident.

The keyboard dock is more or less identical to the previous version - it has a touchpad, SD card slot and a USB port on the right.

The USB port is really handy as you can access files from an external hard drive or thumbdrive.

The Prime is a great device for a road warrior - it has a respectable battery life of 10 hours if you just the Tablet. Hooking up the keyboard dock extends the battery by another five to six hours.

 

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