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Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

Baby Transformer still packs quad-core power

Our Verdict

Packs in plenty of power and top technology, but the lack of refinement in the screen and build quality stops the TF300 being crowned the king.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel

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For

  • Powerful and versatile
  • Seamless docking experience
  • Great for gaming
  • Top value

Against

  • Lacklustre screen
  • Noticeable drop in build quality
  • Buggy browser
  • Bouncy keyboard

The Asus Transformer Pad 300 has been hotly anticipated since its announcement at MWC 2012, and for good reason. This is the lowest priced quad-core tablet we've seen, which goes big on value, something that's welcomed by double-dip recession hit wallets everywhere.

You won't see a tablet review without 'Apple rival' or 'iPad killer' chucked in willy nilly, but let's get something clear: this is a contender for the tablet top table, and should make the tech world sit up and take notice.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

The TF300, as it's known, is a 10.1-inch Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that 'transforms' into a netbook style device, when the slate slots into its keyboard dock. You can then work on office documents using the keyboard, and control Android with the mouse pad, much like any laptop.

It's a new addition to the Transformer range, which currently includes the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and will be joined by the full HD toting Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 later this year.

The Transformer Pad 300 packs Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core power, a stated 12 hour battery life and excellent usability to the £399 category, which is currently occupied by the new iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

While the Asus Transformer Prime sells for £500, Asus has managed to pack the same technology into the Transformer Pad, and offer better value than its competitors for £100 less.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

There's also a range of colours on offer, including a fetching red, blue and silver.

If the thought of quad-core power, long battery life, and writing emails without frustrating mistakes appeals, read on for our full definitive review.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee Pad Transformer Pad TF300T
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourBlue
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)635 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 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 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height9.9 mm
Width262.9 mm
Depth180.8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTransformer Pad TF300T
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelTF300T-A1-BL
Product NameTransformer Pad TF300T Tablet
Product LineEee Pad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberTF300T-A1-BL
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationStunning, stylish color with a concentric patterned finish

Available in Blue, the ASUS Transformer Pad offers the most stylish choice available in a tablet.

NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU Tablet

Powered by the world's first Quad-core processor NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 4-Plus-1™, the Transformer Pad browses the web and plays 1080p video at blazing speeds. The snappier response time and better multi-tasking performance make the Transformer Pad a true mobile entertainment powerhouse.

Improved Graphics Performance

Up to 30% higher graphics performance for better gaming experience than Tegra™ 2

IPS Panel provides vivid images on the go

A brilliant IPS Panel brings viewable angles up to 178 degrees wide, while presenting excellent and vivid graphic images that produces 50% better and more accurate color range. Displayed in high brightness, it's able to tolerate the sunlight, so you can enjoy it regardless of the environment that you're in.

Package Contents
  • Eee Pad Transformer TF300T-A1-BL Tablet Computer
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year