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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

The Transformer range is back to take on the iPad

Our Verdict

Asus has crafted the definitive hybrid. A stunning screen, Tegra 3 power and excellent keyboard are all reasons to buy.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1200
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel

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For

  • Full HD resolution
  • Excellent battery life
  • MicroSD connectivity
  • Keyboard dock

Against

  • Tinny speakers
  • Chassis doesn't stay cool
  • Camera options could be improved
  • Pricey

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity comes running Android 4.0 out of the box. No word yet on when we can expect a Jelly Bean update, but in all likelihood it should arrive in the next couple of months.

The good news is that Asus has left Google's operating system more or less alone, and the Infinity runs better as a result.

There are a couple of extras thrown in for good measure. For example, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity boots up with the custom tree-themed Asus wallpaper. You get several variations of this picture slotted in among the rather bland, standard ICS wallpapers.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

There are also several exclusive widgets to take advantage of, from relatively generic options such as Asus E-Mail and Asus Weather to generally useful widgets such as Asus Battery and Asus Task Manager.

Extra widgets might not be the deciding vote on which tablet you opt for, but these are well designed and informative extras that act as the cherry on top of the Ice Cream Sandwich, enabling you to further customise the five available home screens.

Asus has made the Transformer Pad Infinity a blank canvas for you to download apps and widgets from the Google Play store and customise it any way you want.

Just press and hold to place your desired app on the home screen. Because this is ICS, you can also drop apps into folders to catalogue your programs and save space.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

In its native state, the operating system on the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is incredibly swift. Transitions between menu screens, apps or home screens are about the smoothest we've seen on an Android tablet.

Because Asus has loaded the Transformer Pad Infinity with a Tegra 3 processor, a shortcut to the Nvidia TegraZone is automatically placed on the home screen. This takes you to Nvidia's online portal of gaming titles designed specifically to showcase the Tegra 3's prowess.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

The Glowball demo, specifically, is designed to show off Tegra 3's capabilities, and running it on the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity was a lesson in how tablets can be used for gaming.

The on-screen Asus keyboard is well sized and a different design to Google's own. However, it can't compete with physical keys, so there's very little reason to use it in place of the keyboard dock.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee Pad Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourAmethyst Gray
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1200
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)598 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 TechnologySuper IPS+
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height180.8 mm
Width263 mm
Depth8.5 mm
Screen ModeWUXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTransformer Pad Infinity TF700T
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelTF700T-1B100A
Product NameEee Pad Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T-1B100A Tablet
Product LineEee Pad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberTF700T-1B100A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationThe slimmest and lightest 1920x1200 resolution Full HD Android Tablet

Feeling unsatisfied with the quality of an average screen? An upgrade to a FHD screen is what you need. The 1920x1200 resolution is more exquisite and offers more details for a Full HD visual experience. The Super IPS+ offers 600nits of ultra bright backlight so it can be read easily, even under sunlight, at angles up to 178° wide. Screen toughness is also not a problem. As the 1st tablet with the latest generation Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 , the Infinity offers improved screen impact resistance so it'll look great even after extended usage. Get immersed in entertainment on the Transformer Pad Infinity!

Package Contents
  • Eee Pad Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T-1B100A Tablet
  • AC Adapter