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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

The Transformer range is back to take on the iPad

When it comes to Android tablets, we have to say that Asus has it pretty much covered. The recent Google Nexus 7 is a more than impressive debut into the 7-inch market, while it seems the Transformer series just keeps getting better.

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If you're looking for a 10.1-inch Android tablet then you're likely to be looking at Asus or Samsung, perhaps with Acer and Toshiba in mind. But the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity offers not just an excellent tablet experience, but the benefit of a full netbook keyboard as well.

There's certainly no question the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has the muscle under the hood to take care of all your tablet needs – gaming, apps, video, music, browsing and productivity.

A special mention has to go to the fantastic Super IPS display panel. Next to the new iPad, this is one of the best displays we've seen on a tablet.

We liked

The USP of the Transformer range has always been the attachable keyboard dock, and this continues to be a big reason for taking the plunge with this tablet. The keyboard is comfortable to use and boosts both battery life and connectivity.

As a tablet, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is still as impressive, and wisely Asus has decided to leave ICS well enough alone – save for a couple of apps and widgets that actually do improve the experience.

Add to that the 1920 x 1200 resolution, great battery life and the fact that other useful features such as microSD support haven't been overlooked, and the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity looks to be the definitive Android tablet.

We disliked

Using the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is still very much a solitary pursuit. There isn't a USB connection available without clipping on the keyboard dock (only microUSB), and the speakers aren't quite good enough to really fill a room with quality sound.

Our only other point of note is that during the stress-test benchmarking we noticed the back of the tablet growing fairly warm. Not enough to merit concern, but given that Asus managed to keep its Zenbook Ultrabooks cool to the touch through any processing task, this was something of a surprise.

Finally we can't help but think that the Infinity is priced a little on the steep side, sure it's got a swankier screen than its predecessor, but above that there's no major difference and if you're not willing to part with the big bucks then the Transformer Prime is still a quality option.

Final verdict

Asus has almost defined its tablets as the de facto alternatives to the iPad, and with this offering it's hard to argue. Everything we'd look for in a high-end tablet is present and accounted for with the Transformer Pad Infinity.

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While power is always welcomed, it was the improved screen that really caught our attention. Given that we use our tablet mostly for browsing the web and watching video, we couldn't help but marvel at the resolution, either.

Tablets have been derided as consumption devices rather than production devices in the past, but that time is well and truly over, thanks to the amount of apps available. No matter what your hobby, chances are you'll find an offering on Google Play to cater for it, and the quad-core Tegra 3 processor nestled inside Asus Transformer Pad Infinity can run it.

Add to this the benefit of being able to snap-in a fully featured keyboard and touchpad and this device becomes a work platform as much as an entertainment machine.

If you've already bought the Asus Transformer Prime, then you won't need to upgrade – but if you're looking for a top Android tablet (and have the cash to splash), then the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity should be at the top of your list.

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