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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 Infinity Pad is, unsurprisingly, an ideal choice of tablet for enjoying media – whether that's movies, music or books.

The 10.1-inch screen has a glossy Super IPS coating that gives colours a darker contrast than the typical matt screen can afford. You'll notice it particularly with dark blues and blacks.

The caveat is that the reflective surface can be a pain if you're trying to read an ebook in a brightly lit environment.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

We tried playing several different types of video file and found that MP4, MKV and AVI files all play back smoothly through the native Google Movies app.

Of course, other options such as MX Player are available to download from the Google Play store. These third-party players will offer some advanced options for playback, but Google's own player also enables you to rent movies through your Google Play account.

The addition of the microSD card slot is an unabashed positive. This enables you to expand on the inbuilt 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage with up to 32GB of extra storage – something you'll need if you plan to store high-definition movies on the tablet.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

While high-definition movies can easily take up 5GB of storage space, an album takes up much less, and with apps such as Spotify and LastFM available on the Google Play market, the Asus Transformer Infinity Pad is well served when it comes to music.

The standard Android player acts as the default music player, giving you an attractive cover flow and the usual options for playback.

You can sort music into playlists and use the shuffle tool to skip through tracks randomly. The Android player is music playback at its most basic, and for more options you'll need to find a third-party music app.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

The solitary speaker grill is found on the back of the tablet and will give you a reasonable amount of volume, although audio quality is slightly tinny.

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity boasts SonicMaster technology for the audio, but the experience is still lacking. There are no additional speakers on the keyboard dock, so the best option is to invest in a pair of decent headphones.

You can enjoy ebooks on the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, although, as we mentioned, be prepared to put up with reflections from the glossy screen. The native Google Reader app will give you access to thousands of ebooks, both free and paid for.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has a couple of useful reading apps pre-installed. The first, Zinio, enables you to subscribe to your favourite magazines and read them full-screen and high-res on the tablet. The second is the Amazon Kindle app, which gives you access to Amazon's vast library of titles.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

Asus' own MyLibrary app collates your books and newspapers into one place and enables you to quickly access and browse through your library.

A similar app, MyNet, does the same for your music, movies and photos. We weren't overly enamoured with the dark/light blue design, but the interface is simple to navigate and you'll quickly grow accustomed to it.

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