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Asus Transformer Book TX300 review

A well-built machine with bags of power and a unique twist

Our Verdict

The Asus Transformer Book TX300 is a well-built machine with bags of power and a unique twist. It's one of our favourite hybrid devices, because usability isn't hobbled by the impossible dream of fulfilling both laptop and tablet uses.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel

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For

  • Great keyboard
  • Easy to switch between laptop and tablet
  • Decent performance
  • Good battery life

Against

  • Last-gen processor
  • Very heavy
  • Slightly ungainly tablet
  • Buggy performance

Few manufacturers have bought into the hybrid model as heavily as Asus, and the Taiwanese company has been blurring the lines between laptop and since the original Asus Transformer back in 2010.

While the original Asus Transformer was an Android tablet with a detachable keyboard dock, the range has expanded with the arrival of Windows 8 to include the Asus Transformer Book.

Scores
Design   3 out of 5
Features   2 out of 5
Performance   2 out of 5
Usability   2 out of 5
Value   4 out of 5

We first saw the range back at IFA 2012, and it's taken this long to see full products hitting the shelves. The Transformer Book TX300 is a 'hero product' for Asus, which means it's unlikely to be widely sold, but is a showcase of the best design and performance.

The TX300 is encased in brushed aluminium, giving it a quality sleek finish, enabling it to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the MacBook Air in the looks department.

However, it has a hidden trick up its sleeve. The screen unclips from the keyboard base to turn this 13-inch laptop into a 13-inch tablet, for playing games, surfing the web or watching movies.

To the untrained eye, the Asus Transformer Book TX300 is the spitting image of the 13.3" Asus Zenbook UX31A Ultrabook, which is because it's essentially the latter cut in half.

It's a new take on the hybrid form-factor, which has become the Holy Grail for manufacturers of Windows 8 devices.

Asus Transformer Book review

The TX300's peers are almost too numerous to mention: the Sony VAIO Duo 12, Dell XPS 12, Asus's own Taichi, Microsoft Surface Pro and even Lenovo Yoga 13 all aim to solve the same problem of bridging the laptop and tablet divide, yet, aside from the Yoga, this Transformer Book is one of the few to stay rooted to the traditional laptop form.

Asus Transformer Book review

It's a smart move from Asus, and one we fully endorse. The problem with most of its competitors is that the keyboard docks are horrifically cramped, suffer poor performance and end up being more expensive than laptop equivalents. It makes the proposition a hard sell to consumers when an iPad can be picked up for £399, and a cramped unusable keyboard purchased for a fraction extra.

Asus Transformer Book review

With the Transformer Book TX300 you get a powerful laptop, rocking a top-of-the-range processor which doubles as a tablet. The only issue, is that this tablet happens to be 13-inches, weighs 900g and costs over £1,000.

But is it worth your money? Read on to find out.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyTransformer Book TX300
Operating System Architecture64-bit
ThunderboltNo
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor Modeli7-3517U
ColourAmethyst Gray
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.90 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.30 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + EDR
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height23 mm
Width340 mm
Depth219 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTX300
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelTX300CA-C4005H
Product NameTransformer Book TX300CA-C4005H Tablet PC
Product LineTransformer Book
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberTX300CA-C4005H
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Package Contents
  • Transformer Book TX300CA-C4005H Tablet PC
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter