Asus http://www.stuff.tv/asus/reviews en-GB Asus Zenbook UX302 http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We check the karma levels on Asus’ UX302, the latest reincarnation of one of our favourite Ultrabooks of the past few years </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review-14_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Things have moved on a great deal in the two years since the release of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux31/review" target="_blank">Asus&#39; last Zenbook, the UX31, which we loved</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jaw-dropping design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent components, mostly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not enough memory </div> <div class="field-item even"> Speakers are a little too quiet </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shiny and well-built </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus has done a wonderful job of creating an ultra-slim laptop that&rsquo;s as far removed from Apple&#39;s influence as possible, while maintaining a stylish and unique aesthetic.</p> <p>Its lid has a metallic concentric pattern sealed beneath a layer of Gorilla Glass, which is achingly pretty when it catches the light, like a flattened disco ball. The rest of the chassis is finished in brushed gunmetal aluminium, which looks and feels comfortable and business-like. We like its striking but practical design.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review1_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Touchy feely </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re also rather fond of the Zenbook UX302&#39;s backlit keyboard, and although it&#39;s ever so slightly rubbery it&#39;s still responsive and comfortable.</p> <p>The trackpad is generous and reactive, and it&#39;s backed up by multi-point touch on the screen. The latter is certainly growing on us since <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows&#39; 8.1</a> update, and swiping around Windows&#39; facets has become second nature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Check out our full Windows 8.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review2_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review9_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I’m not 4K </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus isn&#39;t chasing the 4K and Ultra HD dragon at the moment, and the Zenbook UX302 includes a &lsquo;mere&rsquo; full HD (1920x1080) screen. Thanks to the laptop&#39;s 13.3-inch display size it still looks razor sharp, and we even found ourselves checking the resolution to make sure it wasn&#39;t higher.</p> <p>There&#39;s not a single angle the screen isn&#39;t viewable from &ndash; apart from behind it, natch - and it&#39;s bright and colourful, with good black separation and great contrast. It&#39;s impressive, and it&#39;s even made us wonder how much we really need resolutions above 1080p on our laptops.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: We <em>do</em> need resolutions above 1080p on our TVs, though - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">here&#39;s why 4K TV is set to conquer your living room</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gaming the system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our previous encounters with Ultrabooks have left much to be desired in terms of performance, and they generally sacrifice powerful components in favour of those that simply fit into a slim form factor. The Core i7 Haswell chip that powers the Zenbook UX302 has improved things dramatically, and it achieves decent results from industry-standard benchmark software Cinebench, as well as playable framerates in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grid-2/review" target="_blank"><em>Grid 2</em></a> with medium settings.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/how-intel-haswell-making-cpus-exciting/feature" target="_blank">How Intel Haswell is making CPUs exciting</a></strong></p> <p>The graphics chip is Intel&rsquo;s HD 4400HD, which is good enough for light to moderate gaming. But Asus has made a boo-boo in supplying a mere 4GB of memory, which causes <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/metro-last-light/review" target="_blank"><em>Metro: Last Light</em></a> to collapse during its benchmark. It&rsquo;s an odd mis-match given the power of the processor, and it&rsquo;s a shame it&rsquo;s not upgradeable either before or after you buy it. A bit of a letdown in the performance stakes, then.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review3_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review4_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review7_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Zenbook UX302LA Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - Windows 8.1 64-bit</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> -&nbsp;13.3in 16:9 IPS FHD with 1920x1080 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> -&nbsp;Intel Core i7 4500U (Haswell)</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> -&nbsp;Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 4GB DDRL</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;500GB HDD + 16GB SSD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> -&nbsp;802.11a/b/g/n/ac, WiDi,&nbsp;Bluetooth V4.0,&nbsp;3 x USB 3.0,&nbsp;HDMI,&nbsp;mini Display Port,&nbsp;SD card</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> -&nbsp;325 x 226 x 5-17mm / 1.5kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Playing funky music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iridescence of the Zenbook UX302&#39;s screen is matched by the clarity of its audio, which has been specifically tuned by amplifier specialist Icepower. Its soundstage is expansive, with deep bass and crisp trebles; at least by laptop standards. The only criticism here is that we wish it could go a little louder. Plug in some headphones and you&#39;ve got a sweet portable cinema, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Any port </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus provides mini Displayport and HDMI out if you want to take your media to bigger screens, as well as three USB 3.0 ports (including one for charging your phone when the laptop&#39;s off), an SD card reader and a headphone socket.</p> <p>If that&#39;s not enough Asus has even remembered to throw in USB-to-ethernet and mini Displayport-to-VGA adapters; the former&#39;s actually really useful, but we&#39;re not sure if we&#39;ll ever see a VGA port again. There&rsquo;s no Thunderbolt, but everything else is catered for.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review6.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Self Storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is slight oddness afoot in the way Asus manages storage on the Zenbook UX302L.</p> <p>It consists of a 500GB hard drive working in conjunction with a 16GB SSD, but the larger drive is split into two partitions &ndash; one for the OS, and one for data. We have no idea what&#39;s going on here, but it zips through tasks so we can only assume Asus knows what it&#39;s doing.</p> <p>What matters most is that there&#39;s enough storage, and you get 32GB of cloud storage thrown in for free, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powering through the night </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Zenbook UX302&#39;s battery gave us six hours of heavy web browsing (not like that) before it threw in the towel, which isn&#39;t quite as great as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air&rsquo;s</a> amazing skills, but pretty decent nonetheless.</p> <p>Asus includes its Power4Gear Hybrid software, which is essentially a glorified way to access power profiles, but it does allow quick switching between them with a press of the function key and spacebar. Overall, its battery life is modest but reliable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review8.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ZenBook UX302 Versus MacBook Air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Inevitably Asus&#39; Zenbook UX302 is going to invite comparisons to the MacBook Air &ndash; it&#39;s roughly the same size, weight and price. It&#39;s also about as well-specced, even down to the speedy 802.1AC wireless networking.</p> <p>The advantage of the Asus as far as some people will be concerned is that it&#39;s got Windows, which while not everyone&#39;s cup of tea is still a more open platform than <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">Apple&#39;s OS X</a>. The disadvantage is that its battery life is slightly worse and it doesn&#39;t quite have the same level of usability. The MacBook pips the Zenbook, but not by much.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">here&#39;s our full Apple MacBook Air review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus ZenBook UX302 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus&#39; Zenbook UX302L is so close to being the perfect Ultrabook.</p> <p>The design is luxurious and doesn&#39;t nab too much from the big book of Apple, the screen is astonishing, and it&#39;s rounded off by solid battery life and decent performance. The cigar-robbing flaw is the RAM &ndash; the 4GB module is a chokepoint in an otherwise powerful performance.</p> <p>This is still a lovely laptop, though. In fact, it&#39;s our new favourite ultrabook.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review10.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> quietness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not quite perfect but still our favourite Ultrabook to date thanks to its almost perfect selection of components and beautiful design</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review#comments Asus Laptops Ultrabook Windows 8 ZenBook UX302 Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1432382 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus' tiny 4K Chromebox could be the ultimate Netflix machine http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-tiny-4k-chromebox-could-be-ultimate-netflix-machine/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the little black box that can pump out 4K on a miniature budget </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="640" height="480" title="Asus&#039; tiny 4K Chromebox could be the ultimate Netflix machine" alt="Asus&#039; tiny 4K Chromebox could be the ultimate Netflix machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-chromebox.png?1391653980" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus has lifted the curtains off a new mini Chrome OS PC, and it only costs US$180.</p> <p>At just under 5 inches wide and a little over 1.5 inches tall, the Chromebox&#39;s black shell manages to house an Intel Haswell i3 or Celeron 295U processor, along with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM and Intel&#39;s integrated HD graphics.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Intel i3 and i7 models of the Asus Chromebox will be capable of pumping out 4K content via the HDMI or Display Port, which could make it the ideal movie streaming machine when Netflix&#39;s 4K service lands.</p> <p>If you want to supercharge your telly with Chrome OS on a budget then you can pick up the Chromebox in March from US$180.</p> <p>We&#39;ve contacted Asus for UK pricing information, and will update the story accordingly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/eyes-we-feast-our-peepers-netflixs-4k-streaming-video/news" target="_blank">Eyes-on with Netflix&#39;s stunning 4K streaming video</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://promos.asus.com/us/chrome-os/chromebox/" target="_blank">Asus </a>via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/04/asus-chromebox/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="608" height="456" title="Asus&#039; tiny 4K Chromebox could be the ultimate Netflix machine" alt="Asus&#039; tiny 4K Chromebox could be the ultimate Netflix machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-chromebox-netflix.jpg?1391653980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-tiny-4k-chromebox-could-be-ultimate-netflix-machine/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-tiny-4k-chromebox-could-be-ultimate-netflix-machine/news#comments Asus Chrome OS Desktops Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:47:04 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1432064 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Transformer Book T100 http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More fun than a laptop, more capable than a tablet, this is one (very affordable) hybrid that really delivers [updated with video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-photoshop-and-word.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Transformer Book T100 might sound like it&rsquo;s in training to be the next Terminator, but its goals are far more modest. This superb 10in tab-and-keyboard combo simply wants to make you more productive by running Microsoft Office everywhere, all day.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s not all it can do - thanks fo full-fat <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> this is a real all-rounder, capable of going beyond Windows Store apps to run pretty much any Windows-compatible program you can find.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 32GB </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows 8.1 on a budget </div> <div class="field-item even"> Real Surface rival with full access to programs </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Brilliant battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> USB 3.0 in the dock = handy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Takes ages to charge or spring to life from flat </div> <div class="field-item even"> Resolution isn’t all that </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Atom’s improved but still has limits </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I Need a Hero (Hybrid) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If anyone can build the ultimate tablet-laptop hybrid, it&rsquo;s got to be Asus. And the T100 is just about as close as it gets.</p> <p>A sturdy duo that&rsquo;s not too top-heavy on laps, the Transformer Book follows Asus&rsquo; tried-and-tested formula pretty closely. Unlike rivals, which balance tablets on docks or provide flimsy keyboard covers, the T100&rsquo;s build is tidy, solid and quick to dock or undock.</p> <p>The T100 slots right into its dock accessory with a satisfying click, and now that Asus has replaced the old slider (which could get stuck) with a big button, swapping between modes is fuss-free. When docked the T100&rsquo;s screen doesn&rsquo;t tilt back quite as much as we&rsquo;d like, but it&rsquo;s still a better set-up than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface 2&rsquo;s</a> awkward two-angled kickstand.</p> <p>This is hands-down the best typing experience on a tablet this size. Although the keyboard is inevitably more cramped than a regular laptop (to match the 10.1in screen&rsquo;s size), the keys themselves have good depth and fast typers will fly. The plastic keyboard dock (there&rsquo;s a soft touch panel on the bottom) means it&rsquo;s easy to rest your hands when typing, too - unlike the sometimes slippier <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-infinity/review" target="_blank">Transformer Infinity</a>.</p> <p>The trackpad is responsive but as with almost every other Transformer tab it&rsquo;s a touch erratic, occasionally moving either too quickly or with a small delay. Thanks to the full-sized USB 3.0 port, adding a mouse is an option when a flat surface is available. It&rsquo;s located on the left edge making for a slightly messy set-up that could annoy right-handed mouse-wielders but having the option is a bit of a luxury all the same.</p> <p>We have only a couple of niggling isses with the T100&#39;s design. The use of plastic doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s light - it&rsquo;s pushing the scales at 550g for the tab and a smidge over 1kg for the pair. Compared to the lighter, more premium<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank"> iPad Air</a>, say, you&rsquo;ll feel the weight of the duo in your bag. Still, it&rsquo;s lighter than a laptop and the keyboard dock can be left at home some days.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also the ugly duckling of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus" target="_blank">Asus line-up</a> - the glossy plastic finish of the tablet itself doesn&rsquo;t look or feel as lovely as the aluminium Android Asus offerings such as 2013&rsquo;s gorgeous <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review" target="_blank">Transformer Pad</a>. But this isn&rsquo;t a statement tablet like an iPad, and it doesn&rsquo;t need to be - it&rsquo;s a tablet that gets things done.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/gallery?viewid=110230" target="_blank">CHECK OUT OUR FULL ASUS TRANSFORMER BOOK T100 PICTURE GALLERY</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3146211712001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3146211712001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-keyboard-1.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-hinge.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-swivel.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-USB-3-port.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8.1 Win </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The big draw here, as we mentioned, is full Microsoft Office - you can access Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (new to 8.1) from the Start screen then work on them in desktop mode. There are no compromises in functionality and when you&#39;re connected to Wi-Fi, a swipe from the right hand side brings up the quick access Share menu to email or save docs to the Cloud. It&rsquo;s an on-the-go work set-up we could get used to.</p> <p>As with other <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> machines, the Asus can also run two programs or apps side by side, which is seriously handy for glancing at email instructions as you work in Office and a coup over iPads and most <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android/reviews" target="_blank">Android tabs</a>. View and edit full websites, not mobile sites, create work in the full versions of Adobe software and browse and upload images to any site - iPads and Android tablets just aren&rsquo;t there yet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android/reviews" target="_blank">Check out the full selection of Stuff&#39;s Android tablet reviews</a></strong></p> <p>Asus hasn&rsquo;t slathered too many pre-installed apps on top of Windows 8.1 apart from the likes of Live Update and the fairly useless Reading Mode. You&rsquo;ll want to check out Asus&rsquo; WebStorage though - it doesn&rsquo;t do anything that Dropbox or Microsoft&rsquo;s own SkyDrive don&rsquo;t do, but it does come with a mega 1TB of free cloud storage for one year. It&rsquo;s a great bonus freebie with what&rsquo;s already a bargain.</p> <p>So it talks the Win 8 talk but how capable is the T100 as an ad-hoc laptop replacement?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-window.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-photoshop-1.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brilliant Baytrail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s flitting between webpages or running the full version of PhotoShop CS6, everything works beautifully thanks to a new and improved 1.33GHz Intel Atom &lsquo;Baytrail&rsquo; processor. With dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, browsing and downloads are nice and nippy with an impressive SunSpider 1.0.2 benchmark score of 410.3ms to match (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> only just pips it).</p> <p>When we tested 2013&rsquo;s batch of Atom devices (such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lenovo/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2/review" target="_blank">Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2</a>), there was room for improvement on performance, but getting giddy over running Creative Suite on a tablet distracted us. Now everything is faster and slicker - the keys and trackpad aren&rsquo;t ideal for using these sorts of creative programs for long stretches but you quickly get used to the set-up.</p> <p>Beasts such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review" target="_blank">Surface Pro 2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/razer/razer-edge-pro/review" target="_blank">Razer Edge Pro</a> - both quite a bit more expensive than this T100 - are able to play Steam games at decent settings, but apart from a few easygoing indie games we wouldn&rsquo;t suggest trying to tax the Transformer Book too much. Serious gamers should look elsewhere but the Windows Store does have titles such as <em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em> for everyone else to pass the time until they get back to their <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox </a>or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4 </a>for that proper gaming fix.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-apps-programs.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Note on Storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking of downloads - the 64GB version of the T100 isn&rsquo;t coming to the UK, although it is possible get hold of one online. Windows 8.1 itself takes a fair bit of room but there&rsquo;s still 28GB left for you to play with on the cheaper 32GB model - more than enough for a couple of Adobe programs, a library of HD movies plus games and photos. Media hoarders, there&rsquo;s also a microSD card slot to expand the storage by up to 64GB if needed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A great screen for the money (and resolution) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everything from movies to the web looks great on the T100&rsquo;s 10.1in 1366x768 screen. Colours pop, hues are accurate and whites look white - though if we&rsquo;re being picky we&rsquo;d have liked them a little purer. Viewing angles are great but the brightness could have done with a few more notches on the slider.</p> <p>When building a catch-all laptop replacement it&rsquo;s best to keep things futureproof, and although the T100&rsquo;s screen is brilliant for the price, we know Asus can do better. You can get Full HD on a Windows tab, albeit, an RT one (the &pound;400 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-2520/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 2520</a>) or pay more for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 2</a>. Given the T100&rsquo;s price, performance and battery life, though, the 720p resolution is a very reasonable compromise.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-screen.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is a battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus Transformer tablets tend to rock insane weekend-long battery lives as a duo - not so here. The T100&rsquo;s keyboard dock doesn&rsquo;t actually offer any extra juice so you&rsquo;ll only use it for typing and the USB port.</p> <p>Chances are you won&rsquo;t need the top-up anyway. This is a real all-day tab, regularly lasting over ten hours of slate-based work and play, sometimes into the second day of use and barely sipping percentage points on standby - partly down to Intel&rsquo;s Baytrail tweaks.</p> <p>Just one niggle, it is one to leave on the bedside tech cabinet overnight: the Transformer Book takes ages to revive from a dead battery (between half an hour to an hour, worryingly) and charging to full via microUSB isn&rsquo;t too snappy either.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As long as hardcore gaming on the go isn&rsquo;t on the agenda, the Transformer Book T100 is the most affordable way to get a slice of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> and Office while keeping the portability of a 10in tablet.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re more bothered by price and portability than the detachable screen, a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-11/hp-chromebook-11/review" target="_blank">Chromebook </a>might be worth a look. And sure, 8in 8.1 tabs such as the Toshiba Encore are even cheaper, but we&rsquo;ve yet to test one that matches the Asus&rsquo; all-round performance, typing set-up and battery life.</p> <p>This is a machine that gets things done but doesn&rsquo;t overly scrimp on play &rsquo;n &rsquo;procrastination points either, and that makes it a cracking all-rounder and an absolute bargain. Needless to say, it finds itself comfortably nestling into our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 list of the best tablets in the world right now</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/reviews" target="_blank">Check out our latest tablet reviews</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " alt="Asus Transformer Book T100 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-T100-review-lifestyle.png?1391582057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A stonkingly affordable tabtop with raw power, a neat design and great battery life - perfect for Office on the go</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Transformer Book T100 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full-fat Windows 8.1 makes this tabtop &quot;perfect for Office on the go&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review#comments Asus Tablets Transformer Book T100 Windows 8 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:48:10 +0000 Sophie Charara 1431412 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: Asus Transformer Book T100 – a full Windows 8.1 tablet that's also a laptop http://www.stuff.tv/asus/video-asus-transformer-book-t100-review-full-windows-81-tablet-thats-also-laptop/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A transforming hybrid that runs full-fat Windows 8.1 – but does it have what it takes to be both a decent laptop and tablet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: Asus Transformer Book T100 – a full Windows 8.1 tablet that&#039;s also a laptop" alt="Video review: Asus Transformer Book T100 – a full Windows 8.1 tablet that&#039;s also" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-02-03%20at%2014.32.23.png?1391477438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3146211712001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3146211712001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Open Windows </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Transformer Book T100 video review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/video-asus-transformer-book-t100-review-full-windows-81-tablet-thats-also-laptop/video#comments Asus Laptops Tablets Transformer T100 Windows 8 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:18:24 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1431971 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 switches from Android to Windows 8 in seconds http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2014/hands-video-review-asus-transformer-book-duet-td300-switches-android-windows-8-seco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget two-in-one convertibles, Asus has taken it a step further with its dual-booting, four-in one hybrid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hands-on video review: Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 switches From Android to Windows 8 in seconds" alt="Hands-on video review: Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 switches From Android to" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-01-23%20at%2011.37.06.png?1390527076" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3091669124001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3091669124001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2014/hands-video-review-asus-transformer-book-duet-td300-switches-android-windows-8-seco#comments Android Asus CES 2014 Laptops Tablets Windows 8 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:09:24 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1431608 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with Asus' budget Zenfones http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ces-2014/hands-asus-budget-zenfones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus reveals a US$100 Android smartphone at CES – and we&#039;ve got our hands on it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Zenfone" alt="Asus Zenfone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-zenfone-01.jpg?1389415053" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thought the &pound;130 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a> was cheap? Think again.</p> <p>Asus has taken the wraps off its new line of Zenfone smartphones at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES</a> &ndash; and they&#39;ll barely make a dent in your wallet.</p> <p>Coming in 4, 5 and 6in variants, the Zenfones start at a mere US$100 for the 4in Zenfone 4.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First impressions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Zenfones are cheerful as well as cheap &ndash; all three come in an array of bright colours with a grippy soft-touch finish; we&#39;re particularly taken with the teal one. That soft-touch back does seem to be a bit of a fingerprint magnet, but it&#39;s easily wiped clean.</p> <p>Asus has skinned the Zenfones with its own ZenUI interface &ndash; it&#39;s a stripped-back affair that goes for simplicity, with big, bold expanses of flat colour (matched to your phone hardware) and simple icons.&nbsp;</p> <p>It integrates reminders from your various apps into a single screen, letting you mark different items to follow up later &ndash; everything from calls to emails, tasks and even photos. It&#39;s clever, but at one point we got the dreaded &quot;unfortunately Calendar has stopped&quot; message, which is depressingly familiar to this <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime/review" target="_blank">Transformer Prime</a> owner &ndash; hopefully those intermittent crashes will be sorted out in the final release.</p> <p>Swiping and swooshing away on the Zenfones didn&#39;t seem to tax the Intel Atom processor overmuch, though we&#39;d want to experiment with some more demanding apps and games to see how it bears up.</p> <p>The camera app gets some some fun features; you can save a burst of shots as a gif, and there&#39;s a low-light mode that, according to Asus, will offer a 400 per cent improvement in brightness. Certainly a couple of snaps in the dim environs of the show looked reasonable enough, if a little grainy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Zenfone" alt="Asus Zenfone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-zenfone-02.jpg?1389415053" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Zenfone" alt="Asus Zenfone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-zenfone-03.jpg?1389415053" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Zenfone" alt="Asus Zenfone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-zenfone-04.jpg?1389415053" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Zenfone" alt="Asus Zenfone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-zenfone-05.jpg?1389415053" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Make no mistake &ndash; these are budget smartphones, but the build quality and design are nice for the price.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of the three, the Zenfone 5 is the stand-out; the 4in version&#39;s low-res screen fails to impress, with limited viewing angles. And the Zenfone 6 suffers from having a massive 720p screen. But the mid-range model seems, on first impressions, to compete on an even keel with the likes of the Motorola Moto G.&nbsp;</p> <p>Asus&#39; ZenUI adds some interesting features, too &ndash; albeit quite business-focused, with its to-do lists and tasks. If you&#39;re not married to stock Android &ndash; and if you&#39;re on a tight budget &ndash; these phones are definitely worth a look.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Zenfone" alt="Asus Zenfone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-zenfone-06.jpg?1389415053" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ces-2014/hands-asus-budget-zenfones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ces-2014/hands-asus-budget-zenfones/news#comments Asus CES 2014 Smartphones Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:09:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431115 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with the dual-OS Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ces-2014/hands-dual-os-asus-transformer-book-duet-td300/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus&#039; latest transforming tablet switches between Android 4.1 and Windows 8.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 " alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-transformer-book-duet-01.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus can&#39;t be faulted for a lack of ideas.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus is increasingly shying away from the premium spun-metal finish of its early Transformers; the Duet is, sad to say, an all-plastic affair, albeit with an agreeably grippy rear. It needs to be; it&#39;s hefty at 13.3in across, and 12mm thick (with the dock adding a further 4mm). Weighing 1.9kg, it&#39;s fair to say that it&#39;s quite chunky when plugged into its keyboard dock (which it does with a satisfying click). Still, the plastic keeps things reasonably lightweight, though it&#39;s fair to say this is no MacBook Air.</p> <p>A volume rocker and power switch are tucked around the side, though when the tablet&#39;s detached from the dock, don&#39;t expect to reach them easily.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-duet-03.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-duet-10.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-duet-02.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-duet-11.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Duet doesn&#39;t skimp on specs; you get a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD in the tablet itself, with the dock adding an impressively capacious 1TB HDD. The screen, however, is a bit of a disappointment, offering up 1920x1080 resolution across its 13.3in span. Twin speakers boosted with Asus&#39; SonicMaster technology promise to deliver bangs and booms for your buck, though in the crowded, noisy environment of the press conference, we couldn&#39;t make a fair judgement of their abilities.</p> <p>The dock features an impressive array of ports and jacks; HDMI 1.4, USB 2.0 and 3.0, and even an Ethernet port joining the tablet&#39;s microSD expansion slot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-duet-12.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-duet-05.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-duet-06.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-duet-07.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First thoughts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Transformer Book Duet is reasonably priced &ndash; US$600 for the whole package &ndash; but much will depend on how it performs in day-to-day use. Whether this is a genuinely revolutionary device or just a gimmick depends on whether you&#39;re one of the very specific target market on the lookout for a big tablet that&#39;ll run Windows and Android.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" alt="Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-duet-08.jpg?1389072344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 hands-on review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swap between Android and Windows 8.1 at the touch of a button </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ces-2014/hands-dual-os-asus-transformer-book-duet-td300/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ces-2014/hands-dual-os-asus-transformer-book-duet-td300/news#comments Asus CES 2014 Tablets Transformer Book Duet TD300 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:45:18 +0000 Stephen Graves 1430781 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Transformer Book Trio: a tablet, a laptop and a desktop in one device http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-trio-tablet-laptop-and-desktop-one-device/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The nifty three-in-one setup can even be used by two people at once </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Trio" alt="Asus Transformer Book Trio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-transformer-trio-main.jpg?1383362611" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus has torn the wrappers off its latest Transformer device – and this time it’s a three-in-one stunner that, when it comes to flexibility, is simply off the charts.</p> <p>The aptly-named Transformer Book Trio offers an 11.6in 1080p display and a “PC Station” keyboard dock. Used on its own, the display works as an Intel Atom-powered Android tablet. Combined, the two components form an Intel Core i5-based laptop that can run either Android or Windows 8 – you can switch between the two operating systems at the touch of a button.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two users, one computer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But it doesn’t stop there. Because the PC Station contains an Intel Core processor and has its own Micro HDMI and Mini DisplayPort video outputs, it can be hooked directly up to an external monitor and used separately from the tablet. So that means you could be using the Windows 8 PC on your desktop while a friend potters about on the Android tablet.</p> <p>Asus claims the Transformer Book Trio offers up to 13 hours battery life in Android mode and five in Windows mode. The tablet offers 16GB of storage, while the PC Station boasts a 500GB hard drive.</p> <p>The Trio will be on sale from 11th November, priced at £900.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Trio" alt="Asus Transformer Book Trio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-trio-tablet.jpg?1383362728" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Trio" alt="Asus Transformer Book Trio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-trio-notebook.jpg?1383362728" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Trio" alt="Asus Transformer Book Trio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-trio-detached.jpg?1383362728" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Asus Laptops Tablets Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:20:20 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1428650 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Transformer Pad TF701T http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus has added a 2560 x 1600 display and Tegra 4 grunt to its flagship slate – but is this keyboard-equipped tablet a racing stallion or a plodding workhorse? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" alt="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t-01.jpg?1383051445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Asus has carved out quite the niche for itself with its Transformer range of tablets, which offer users raw power, an honest-to-goodness physical keyboard, a massively extended battery life and, mercifully, a full-fat USB port.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £430.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fully integrated keyboard dock and trackpad </div> <div class="field-item even"> Gorgeous 2560 x 1600 display </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Ridiculous battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Blazing fast Tegra 4 processor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chunky bezel </div> <div class="field-item even"> Plastic dock feels cheap </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Limited apps for 10in Android tablets </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build: Suddenly, plastic everywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In design terms, at least, the TF701 is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary – it sports the same premium-feeling, solid build with an aluminium spun-circle finish round the back, along with a plastic strip for better Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity. Unlike the Transformer Pad Infinity, the plastic actually looks like it's a conscious design decision, rather than a hastily cobbled-together fix for the Transformer Prime's issues.&nbsp;</p> <p>Round the front, its 10.1 display is surrounded by a rather chunky bezel – especially when compared to the iPad Air's slender effort – and that makes the Transformer Pad look a little dated.</p> <p>Once again, Asus has shuffled the arrangement of the physical controls. The volume controls now sit on the back top-left and it's a more natural-feeling position for them.&nbsp;</p> <p>The array of micro-HDMI, microSD and 3.5mm headphone ports sit on the left hand side of the tablet - in the same location as on the Infinity, though the microphone has moved to the top left of the tablet. That's probably a good thing too as you're less likely to cover it up with your palm and muffle your words.&nbsp;</p> <p>Irritatingly, Asus has changed the proprietary charging port on the Transformer Pad – meaning you won’t be able to use the same cable if you’re an existing Transformer Infinity owner.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" alt="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9981.JPG?1383051445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" alt="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9980.JPG?1383051445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DISPLAY: Big, bright and bold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Transformer Pad sports a whopping 10.1in, 2560 x 1600 display, yielding up 299 ppi – that’s a higher pixel count and on a bigger screen size than the new iPad Air's 2048 x 1536 Retina display. Clever stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p>It’s impressive given that it packs the same amount of pixels as a high-end 30in montitor into a far smaller space – and next to the Transformer Pad Infinity, the Pad’s display veritably massages your peepers with scented oils.</p> <p>Text appears much sharper, while colour reproduction is close to that of the Infinity. As with the Prime and the Infinity, the display also has a super-bright mode for outdoor use, which is very handy for rendering text readable in direct sunlight.</p> <p>What you choose to view on the Transformer Pad's super hi-res screen is up to you. Low-res, non-optimised apps won't exactly benefit but Full HD movies and hi-res images will look beautiful as will e-books, though be warned the 16:9 screen is a bit awkward in portrait.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" alt="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9991.JPG?1383051445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER: Tegra 4 keeps things ticking along </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Transformer Pad has received a substantial, not to mention very welcome spec boost over its predecessors.&nbsp;</p> <p>It crams in a quad-core Tegra 4 processor along with 2GB RAM, and although that's less than the 3GB found in the Galaxy Note 10.1, Nvidia's silicon keeps Android whizzing along with ease.</p> <p>This performance boost is a huge relief. The Transformer Prime and Infinity’s Tegra 3 processor always stumbled when dealing with processor-intensive tasks or even relatively simple ones like opening web pages.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Transformer Pad, by contrast, is a breeze to use, zipping through web pages, graphically-intensive games like Real Racing 3 and word processor apps without a hitch. This is the way it was meant to be and we’re glad that the Transformer series finally has the power it deserves.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keyboard dock: Prepare for docking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The standout feature of the Transformer line is, of course, its keyboard dock, which comes complete with full-size SD card and USB 3.0 slots as well as a multi-touch trackpad. This time around it's been rendered in plastic – a cost-saving measure, which keeps the price of the tablet down to £430 (the Infinity launched at £600 for the 64GB model). The fact that it isn't available to pick up without the dock suggests that an affordable all-in price was clearly a priority for Asus.&nbsp;</p> <p>In some ways the plastic build is a shame – it means that the Transformer Pad is substantially bulkier than the Infinity, and the combination of the tablet’s metal body and plastic strip, and the plastic dock, make it feel slightly bitty. But the dock's finish matches up pretty well with the metal used on the tablet, and it's certainly more durable than the notoriously scratchable aluminium finish.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only that, but we found that the plastic offered extra grip on our palms which slipped around less when typing over long periods of time compared to the old metal keyboard dock. And you can pretend you’re a DJ – running your nails along the bottom of the Pad’s plastic texture keyboard dock makes a pretty convincing vinyl scratching sound. Ahem.</p> <p>The hinge has a bit more give in it than that of the Infinity and feels a little too loose for our liking, though this might have been a conscious decision to make it easier to open. Still, it's not what we expect to see in a premium device and a stiffer hinge would be nice.</p> <p>However, the docked tablet is less top-heavy than the previous Transformer and it doesn’t feel like it’s going to tip over at the slightest provocation. Typing on a busy train carriage with the Transformer Pad on our laps was a more comfortable experience but one that needed the odd bit of hand support.&nbsp;As much fun as a game of 'will the expensive shiny thing tip over at the next stop?' sounds, we’d rather avoid our £430 tablet smashing into a commuter-trodden floor.&nbsp;</p> <p>We also found that we typed faster on the Tab than on the Infinity; there's less friction when moving your ball of your hand across the plastic dock than the metal one. Plus – and it's a small detail, this – the plastic is less chilly under the palms than the metal. Whether you prefer the plastic or the metal dock is going to come down to personal preference, but it’s certainly not a step down in build quality – just a different material.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" alt="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9997.JPG?1383051445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" alt="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9984.JPG?1383051445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CAMERA: Functional is the word </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus’ tablets have never been known for their cameras, and the Pad is no exception. Its 5MP camera is functional rather than impressive while round the front there’s a 1.2MP camera for 720p Skype chats.&nbsp;</p> <p>We try not to condone using tablets to snap photos, but if you absolutely must, then the Transformer Pad produces useable (if not excellent) shots in decent lighting.</p> <p>Lose the light, though, and you’re in a whole world of trouble, thanks to its lack of flash. Then again, if you’re trying to take photos of a night out with a tablet then you’ve got bigger problems.</p> <p>There’s the usual fare of effects and filters present and a GIF mode which converts 30 shots taken in succession into a gif, which you can then reverse. Unlike devices like that Galaxy Note 3 which also have this feature, you can’t manually select which parts of a scene you want to move/freeze.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" alt="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9999.JPG?1383051445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS: Android 4.2.2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Asus has used a light touch when skinning Android, with a button in the bottom left pinging up a bar with a selection of floating widgets that you can strew across your homescreen. It's a bit of an odd placement; you’re surely more likely to use the back, home and multi-tasking buttons, which have been relegated to a slightly more awkward central position.&nbsp;</p> <p>It’s worth noting that 10in Android tablets have always been a little underserved by apps – Android’s tablet app ecosystem has never held a candle to that of the iPad, and the runaway success of 7in Android devices has meant that many app developers have prioritised the smaller slates over their big brothers.</p> <p>Apps like BBC iPlayer have only just been optimised for 10in tablets, while Sky Go still insists – bizarrely – that you watch videos in portrait mode. Then again, there’s a reasonable selection of key apps like Netflix and Kindle, and if you don’t mind the odd stretched-out Android phone app, you’re golden.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" alt="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9988.JPG?1383051445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BATTERY LIFE: You got the touch! You got the power! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Transformer Pad packs in a 7,820 mAh battery while the dock tacks on another 4,170mAh’s worth of power which, by Asus' reckoning is 17 hours all-in. The upshot of all this is that the Transformer Pad will run out of juice long after you’ve nodded off on the couch after a hard day’s slog at the office.&nbsp;</p> <p>Stay tuned for our full video rundown test to see what the beastly combination of the internal and dock battery can really offer in terms of battery life, but for the moment, we have no qualms in high-fiving Asus for giving us a tablet with such stellar longevity.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT: Tabbook potential realised </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Previous generations of Asus Transformer tablets felt like beta versions of a brilliant concept – the Prime’s connectivity issues and the Infinity’s slightly underpowered Tegra 3 processor left them struggling to realise the potential of the tabbook form factor.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the Tab’s ferociously powerful Tegra 4 chipset, it finally seems like that potential has been realised – this is a device that you can work, play and browse content on without feeling like it’s going to hang at any moment.&nbsp;</p> <p>In terms of raw specs, the Tab is bested by Samsung’s 2014 Galaxy Tab 10.1, but of course, Asus has a very specific customer in mind: people who want to use a tablet with the option of an integrated physical keyboard dock.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple’s Tim Cook may rail against competitors “trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs,” but it’s clear that there’s a place in the tablet ecosystem for devices with physical keyboards. If you want a device for work as well as media consumption, the Transformer Pad can’t be beat; with USB 3.0, an array of productivity apps, full Word compatibility, a physical keyboard and a proper file and folder system, it’s a genuine laptop replacement. And its ridiculous battery life means you don’t have to worry about taking it on long trips, either.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once you’re done with work, it’s plenty powerful enough, and just about portable enough, to go toe-to-toe with the top tier of Android tabs as a gaming and media device, too.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you can get past its large bezels and slightly hefty weight and are looking for a tablet for work as much as play, then you can’t go wrong with Asus’ best hybrid yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Its beastly battery life, full keyboard, proper ports and an amazing display make the Transformer Pad a lot smarter than your average tablet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review: &quot;Asus’ best hybrid yet&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus&#039; new Pad packs Tegra 4 power and a 2560 x 1600 display </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review#comments Asus Tablets Transformer Pad TF701T Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:30:20 +0000 1428403 at http://www.stuff.tv New Google Nexus 10 leak puts Asus in the 10in driving seat http://www.stuff.tv/asus/new-google-nexus-10-leak-puts-asus-10in-driving-seat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s been ousted from the Nexus party, making Asus the big man on the Google campus. If you believe the rumours, anyway... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="675" height="506" title="New Google Nexus 10 leak puts Asus back in the 10in driving seat" alt="New Google Nexus 10 leak puts Asus back in the 10in driving seat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-10-render.jpg?1382663893" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An allegedly genuine render of the new Nexus 10&nbsp;has made its way onto the interwebs, and it looks like Asus will now be making Google's next 10-incher.</p> <p>The render - which was sent into Phone Arena from an anonymous source - shows off a less bloated design with smaller bezels than <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-10/review" target="_blank">Samsung's 10in Google tablet effort</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full 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height="264" title="CasrAR" alt="CastAR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/516148d766d343ec5c95f89e6e64c270_large.jpg?1381819799" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Created by two ex-Valve employees we'd bet know a thing or two about gaming, castAR promises to put holographic 3D images right in front of your eyes.</p> <p>'Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope sparked our imaginations of what might be possible in the future by showing R2-D2 and Chewbacca playing a holographic 3D chess-style game,' say Jeri Ellsworth&nbsp;and Rick Johnson. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phone home: Asus&#039;s ET touchscreen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a product name that’s out of this world, Asus has unveiled the ET2321, a fully featured Windows 8 all in one touchscreen.</p> <p>It boasts a 23-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle, Windows 8 as the software, SonicMaster audio tech through the built-in speakers, and 802.11ac WiFi.</p> <p>However, Asus makes much of its sleek design (which bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain Apple all in one), claiming it is based on 'a work of art'.</p> <p>A fourth-generation Intel CPU with options of NVIDIA 740M or Iris graphics give the machine its power - although there’s no word on pricing yet.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dXIU0zKuD8&amp;feature=player_detailpage" target="_blank">Asus</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9dXIU0zKuD8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One makes friends </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft seems to have taken a leaf from Facebook’s, erm, book for its new Xbox One friends app. Revealed in an online video by Major Nelson, the YouTube clip is the first glimpse of the One’s new social gaming features.</p> <p>You can also have 1,000 friends and infinite followers now, and the Xbox One will subsequently allow people to search your gamertag and follow you too.</p> <p>Once you’ve added your online pals (and celebs, obviously), you’ll share your latest game scores, achievements and even in game videos you record.</p> <p>There’s also an activity feed (not unlike Facebook’s news feed) which should let you jump in your friends games as they start playing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktpqoJfTR3g" target="_blank">YouTube</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ktpqoJfTR3g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Appy days: Connect 4 makes Apple&#039;s 5c case interactive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple’s iPhone 5c case has come in for a bit of stick online due to its holey nature, but one enterprising app maker have found the perfect way to make use of it - as a connect 4 game.</p> <p>The flipcase app lets you turn the case round and play a quick game of the iconic game. ‘Play games using the case of your iPhone 5c’, Bytesize, the firm behind it boasts - and we think it’ll be the first of many to take advantage of Apple’s design.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id712929884?mt=8&amp;affId=1736887" target="_blank">App Store</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VTVoD-3MDr0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/fully-charged-asus-unveils-its-et-touchscreen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/fully-charged-asus-unveils-its-et-touchscreen/news#comments Apple Asus iOS apps iPhone 5C Windows 8 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:48:02 +0000 Mark Prigg 1427894 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus reveals new Transformer Pad and FonePad 7 http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2013/asus-reveals-new-transformer-pad-and-fonepad-7/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus reveals updates to the Transformer Pad and huge 7in FonePad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="794" height="595" title="Asus reveals new Transformer Pad and FonePad 7" alt="Asus reveals new Transformer Pad and FonePad 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-asus-stuff.jpg?1378433507" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus has revealed a multitude of products here at IFA in Berlin, and there are two that caught our eyes in particular.</p> <p>An all-new Transformer Pad which can switch from tablet to Ultrabook in the blink of an eye, as well as the huge FonePad 7.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Transformer Pad TF701T </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So it might not have the most exciting product name in the world, but chop off those unintelligible numbers and focus on the digits on the spec sheet. Like 2560x1600 for example. That's the resolution of the Transformer Pad's crisp 10.1in IPS display.</p> <p>The Transformer Pad manages also manages to squeeze in a Tegra 4 quad-core processor and a 72-core Nvidia GPU into its 585g, 8.9mm thin body.</p> <p>Imaging is taken care of by a rear 5MP camera, with a 1.2MP offering on the front for beaming your mug across the electronic ether.</p> <p>Being a Transformer, there's also the very handy keyboard dock which serves up actual keys (remember those?), USB 3.0 and boosts the battery life to a delicious 17 hours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="630" height="472" title="Asus reveals new Transformer Pad and FonePad 7" alt="Asus reveals new Transformer Pad and FonePad 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-new-transformer-pad.jpg?1378433507" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FonePad 7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This refreshed 7in mega handset-come-tablet is the second generation of the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-fonepad/review" target="_blank"> original FonePad</a>, and it's dressed in a smart non-slip finish. That'll definitely prove itself useful if you attempt to navigate its display with one foolish hand.</p> <p>Powered by Intel's Atom silicon, it features a 1280x800 display with dual front-facing speakers for pumping out tunes.</p> <p>It also features a 5MP snapper on the rear and a 1.2MP one on the front, along with a huge 3,950mAh battery. 8, 16 and 32GB options are available, though the microSD slot means you could get away with the 8GB version and just upgrade later on.</p> <p>And as for pricing and availability for both devices? There isn't any, for the time being at least. Stay tuned.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="630" height="473" title="Asus reveals new Transformer Pad and FonePad 7" alt="Asus reveals new Transformer Pad and FonePad 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-7.jpg?1378433507" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2013/asus-reveals-new-transformer-pad-and-fonepad-7/news#comments Asus IFA 2013 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:19:40 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1426240 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Transformer Book Trio gives you Windows 8 and Android OS in one http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-trio-gives-you-windows-8-and-android-os-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attach this Android slate to its keyboard dock and it turns into a Windows 8 netbook – and its dock transforms into a full-fledged desktop PC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book Trio" alt="Asus Transformer Book Trio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-transformer-book-trio.jpg?1370510291" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Asus has just unveiled its Transformer Book Trio that combines a notebook, tablet and a desktop PC. But how can this 11.6in, 1080p slate with keyboard dock manage all that you ask? With dual Windows 8 and Android operating systems.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/luke-edwards" title="View user profile.">Luke Edwards</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/portable-media/news-nugget/asus-transformer-book-trio-gives-you-windows-8-and-android-os-in-one </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-trio-gives-you-windows-8-and-android-os-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-trio-gives-you-windows-8-and-android-os-one/news#comments Asus Tablets Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:30:58 +0000 Luke Edwards 1423852 at http://www.stuff.tv New video! Should you choose the Asus FonePad over the Nexus 7? http://www.stuff.tv/asus/new-video-should-you-choose-asus-fonepad-over-nexus-7/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A 7in tablet with phone call functionality might sound tasty, but is Asus&#039; FonePad a viable smartphone alternative? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2013-05-09-at-10.43.27.png?1371054567" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_0_204.jpg?1371054567" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus is flexing its hybrid muscle once again with its 7in FonePad – a solid slice of Android that functions primarily as a tablet but also wants to act as your supersized smartphone. Not to be confused with the Padfone, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/asus-padfone-2-video-review">FonePad</a>, which shares similarities with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/google-nexus-7">Google Nexus 7</a>, has its sights set squarely on those attracted to the idea of having a one size fits all device. Want to know more?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/portable-media/stuff/new-video-should-you-choose-the-asus-fonepad-over-the-nexus-7 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/new-video-should-you-choose-asus-fonepad-over-nexus-7/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/new-video-should-you-choose-asus-fonepad-over-nexus-7/news#comments Asus FonePad Thu, 09 May 2013 09:57:04 +0000 Lucy Hedges 424833 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus FonePad http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-fonepad/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wrap our mitts around Asus&#039; 7in tablet-come-phone. Can it usurp the Google Nexus 7? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="4600" height="6256" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ASUS-Fonepad-01.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2872" height="5064" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ASUS-Fonepad-Purple.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1020" height="1298" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ASUS_Fonepad_02.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £180.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Rock, Andre the Giant and the Incredible Hulk: three monstrous behemoths who could happily hold a 7in device to their faces without looking ridiculous. But for the rest of us mere mortals, we have to wonder where a 7in phone-capable tablet (alright, ‘phablet) such as the Asus FonePad might fit into our lives. Is it a viable phone alternative? Perhaps it doesn’t matter. Perhaps what really matters is that this seems to essentially be a Google Nexus 7 (also made by Asus, of course) with added 3G and a couple of other nifty features for just £20 extra. It’s Asus versus Asus, and we’re excited.</p> <p><a href="/review/google-nexus-7" target="_self"></a></p> <p>Read our Google Nexus 7 review</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-review-hands-on-main.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The FonePad, like the Nexus 7, sits heavily yet comfortably in the hands, and both tablets are identical in weight. We felt no aches or pains in our wrists after hours of swiping, gaming and browsing, which is what we like to see from a 7-incher designed for on-the-go use.</p> <p>Unlike the Nexus 7’s grippy and dimpled rubberised back, the Asus FonePad sports a metal rear. We actually had to check it really was metal, as it feels rather like coated plastic, and to our eyes the Nexus 7 is the better looking device anyway, while the extra grip it offers is definitely an added bonus. The FonePad creaks and flexes a little, too, so don’t go thinking you’ll be getting iPad Mini-levels of luxury for your £180.</p> <p><a href="/review/apple-ipad-mini" target="_self"></a></p> <p>Read our Apple iPad Mini review</p> <p>But here’s one feature that neither the Nexus 7 or even iPad Mini can match – expandable storage. The back panel has a small plastic section that’s easily removed to reveal a microSD slot next to the one for the SIM, giving you the option to bolster the built-in 16GB of storage by up to 64GB, turning your affordable slate into a veritable Tardis of media hoarding.</p> <p>And while the FonePad and Nexus 7 in many ways seems separated at birth, it’s worth mentioning that the former’s buttons are on the opposite side. That means the right-handed among us will be using their middle finger to press the power and volume buttons on the far side, which for most should be more comfortable and less fiddly than using a thumb, although it largely depends on what you’re used to.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-hands-on-back-nexus-7-comparison.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-sim-slot.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-buttons.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Asus FonePad’s screen packs the same 1280x800 resolution as the Nexus 7 and 8in Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. It’s lovely and bright, and the outdoor mode even pumped up the brightness far enough to make the screen usable during an uncharacteristic appearance of the long-forgotten British sun during our test. </p> <p>It's obviously not as sharp as the gorgeous 1080p screens found on the likes of the HTC One, nor will it offer Nexus 10-levels of sharpness, but at this price point that’s no surprise.</p> <p>A side-by-side comparison with the Nexus 7 shows that the FonePad screen offers truer, brighter whites, while colour saturation, hues and temperature can be customised to taste with Asus’ pre-loaded ‘Splendid’ calibrator app. Even without tinkering the FonePad strikes a better balance of bright, vibrant colours and natural skin tones than the Nexus 7.</p> <p>Weirdly, we found that when using the Chrome browser on both tablets the FonePad suffered from softer, blurrier text and images. It’s not a problem when using the stock Android Browser, which looks equally sharp on both, but it’s worth bearing in mind if you’re a dedicated Chrome surfer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-nexus-screen-comparison.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-android-settings.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – OS and features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you’re familiar with the Transformer or PadFone you’ll immediately feel at home with the FonePad’s Android skin, which offers some nice, useful features over the stock OS. The customizable status bar options and screen brightness toggle return, and there’s a handy power saver mode to help you squeeze as much juice out of the battery as possible.</p> <p>Other extras include an audio wizard with pre-set configurations for games, spoken words and music. But it only works when using the built-in speaker, which doesn’t really have the fidelity to resolve the differences. Overall the little drivers behind the grille on the back are just about good enough for the odd YouTube clip, but definitely shouldn’t be relied upon for any out-loud movie-watching or music-listening.</p> <p>The Asus Studio and Story apps do a pretty good job of showing off your photos and videos in more interesting ways than the stock Android gallery, while MyPainter lets people more artistic than us create digital masterpieces. If creating tablet art is your thing, though, the Samsung Note 8.0 still represents the better option, thanks to its bundled S Pen and Wacom digitiser technology.</p> <p>An extra software button on the FonePad lets you open up ‘floating widgets’ which take multitasking to another level. From mini browser windows and movie players, to calculators and stopwatches, you can do sums and watch cat videos while reading an ebook. If your senses are up to keeping track of it all.</p> <p>Apart from that, the standard Android features including the increasingly useful Google Now are all present and accounted for, despite the FonePad’s not-quite-up-to-date version of Android Jelly Bean.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="751" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-floating-widget.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now here’s where things get really interesting. Where every other Android tab manufacturer is getting its power from Qualcomm or Nvidia, Asus has plumped for a 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor.</p> <p>Being the kind of people that we are, we love a bit of benchmarking, but as we’ve said for a long time, the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Take the FonePad, for example – AnTuTu gave it a score of 7043 while Geekbench returned a verdict of just 551, and next to the Nexus 7’s 11,774 and 1442 those seem pretty terrible. But in real use the FonePad’s performance gave us no cause for concern – we even ran the gorgeous and graphically gargantuan Real Racing 3 with multiple background apps and both a video and browser widget overlaid on the screen and there was still no noticeable stutter or lag during the race (which we obviously lost thanks to all the distractions). We’re sure an app or game will arrive that will trouble the Asus’ Atom, but we haven’t found it yet.</p> <p>[MPU]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="751" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-real-racing-power.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The UK version of the FonePad lacks a rear-facing camera and the 1.2MP front-facing offering is, as you can imagine, nothing to write home about. Shots are grainy, unclear and generally the camera isn't fit for anything more than video calling. Given the £180 price-point and the fact that no sane person should use a tablet to take photos in public, we don’t consider that to be a much of a problem.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-camera.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The FonePad's 4,270mAh battery held up well during our review. At nearly 100 percent full we left it running a video on loop for three hours at 50 percent brightness with Wi-Fi and email sync on. We then embarked on our morning commute, which meant a further 90 minutes of constant browsing, emailing and texting, and when we arrived at the office the battery had dropped to 40 per cent. So that’s a drop of 60 percent in around five and a half hours of very intensive use, which means the average user should find that the Asus has got plenty of juice left even as they’re collapsing into bed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-battery-life.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – using it as a phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After drawing more than a few odd looks from fellow commuters when using the FonePad to make a call, it became apparent that Bluetooth headphones would have to be used before we were bombarded with Dom Joly autograph requests. While that resolved the issue, we can’t say that having a 7in tablet as a phone is very practical at all. </p> <p>Sure, it’s a lot easier firing out texts and emails, but unless you feel like carrying a bag everywhere or awkwardly slipping it into your back pocket (if it fits) then there’s simply no way that the FonePad can fully replace your existing smartphone. Unless you’re comfortable wearing clown trousers in public. Much better to concentrate on the fact that you’ve got 3G for data and that you could use the FonePad as an emergency blower when your smartphone runs out of battery.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-phone.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-pocket.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – FonePad vs Google Nexus 7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We've compared the FonePad to its vanilla Android-toting rival a lot throughout our review, and with good reason: both are 7in Asus-forged Android tablets that offer slick and powerful gaming and multitasking goodness. But while we prefer the Nexus 7’s build quality (and we suspect most die-hard Android users would rather have the stock Android experience it offers), the FonePad pips its brother to the post for two main reasons – price and expandable storage. £180 will get you the 3G-ready FonePad, while you'll need to fork out over £240 for the 3G Nexus 7. That’s a price difference that’s hard to ignore, especially when comparing two very similar devices. Yes the 3G Nexus 7 offers 32GB of storage compared to the FonePad’s 16GB, but its microSD slot negates that problem easily. If you’re happy with 16GB and a Wi-Fi only connection though then the £160 16GB Google Nexus 7 is the way to go, but for us the extra £20 for 3G and expandable storage is well worth it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-vs-google-nexus-7.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus FonePad review – verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Asus FonePad’s size makes for a terrible phone. But that’s ok. We see it as a 3G tablet with optional phone abilities, should you ever need them. For a similar price to the non-3G 16GB Nexus 7, the FonePad will give you mobile data and 16GB of expandable storage, which for some is the Nexus 7’s Achilles heel.</p> <p>While its Intel innards might not score as well in benchmarks, the FonePad never left us wanting for power, handling 3D games and multitasking with ease. Despite not being the sexiest, most well-made tablet around, you'll be looking long and hard to find another 7-incher that can best it at this price point.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/113744365591130339010/posts?rel=author">Esat Dedezade</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad-review-verdict.jpg?1368007554" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A solid, powerful slice of Android whose 3G smarts and expandable storage are tagged with a price that’s hard to resist</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/asus-fonepad </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-fonepad/review#comments Asus FonePad Geek accessories Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:08:13 +0000 Esat Dedezade 424701 at http://www.stuff.tv