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Meet ASUS' first detachable Ultrabook

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The Transformer Book was an innovative concept when it was first announced a year ago. But now that it's finally shipping with old components, you're better off waiting for a possible Haswell refresh.

Critic reviews

7.5
9 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    7.8
  • Battery life
    7.2
  • Display
    8.1
  • Durability
    7.0
  • Expandability
    7.1
  • Noise
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.1

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User reviews

8.7
3 reviews
8.0
Engadget May 20, 2013

So if more space and extended battery life are important, the Transformer Book could be a good option -- even if you rarely end up using it as a tablet. Just take our advice and wait on Haswell.

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8.0
CNET May 29, 2013

This is still one of the best hybrid attempts to date, and if you're looking for a powerful full-time laptop and part-time tablet, and don't mind paying more than you would for a MacBook Air, I applaud Asus for packing a high-end CPU and high-res screen into a sharp-looking aluminum body.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine May 22, 2013

The ASUS Transformer Book TX300 offers a premium design, a full HD detachable display and great battery life, but it's on the heavy side.

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7.0
PC Mag Jun 13, 2013

The Asus Transformer Book TX300C looks great, combining a well-designed laptop with a high-performance tablet, but it has some quirks that can't be ignored.

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8.0
TechRadar Oct 8, 2013

The Asus Transformer Book TX300 is a great laptop, with a great trick up its sleeve. While it's unlikely to give the iPad a run for its money as a tablet, it's still a useful device with real-world benefits, and, most importantly, this doesn't hamper what is a fantastic Ultrabook.

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7.0
Computer Shopper Jun 21, 2013

With its large 13.3-inch, 1080p screen and fast Core i7 CPU, the Transformer Book makes for a unique and powerful Windows 8 tablet, but as a laptop, it's heavier and more expensive than its competitors.

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6.0
Digital Versus Jan 10, 2014

It has extremely low performance as a laptop (productivity and web browsing will be all you do on it), but excellent performance as a tablet. Considering the price, it would be a great choice as a standalone Windows 8 slate.

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8.0
Mobile Tech Review Jun 14, 2013

The Asus Transformer Book TX300 is the best Windows 8 transformer to date. Granted, at $1,499 for the high end model we tested, it should be great.

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First Looks

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Laptop Magazine Jan 8, 2013

In tablet mode the Transformer Book feels a little bulky because you have a 13-inch screen in your hands, but at least you don’t have to keep the keyboard attached as you do with the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga and Dell XPS 12.

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TechRadar Oct 26, 2012

Your results with the Transformer Book may vary, but we came away quite impressed with both its build quality and its potential.

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Digital Trends Jan 9, 2013

We thought the system felt heavy and a bit thick overall. Detaching the display for use as a tablet is a great feature, but all of the hardware – including the powerful Core processor – is placed behind the screen.

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9.0
SirProudNoob SirProudNoob

Windows Experience Index: Processor - 7.0 Memory (RAM) - 5.9 Graphics - 5.4 Gaming graphics - 6.3 Primary hard disk - 7.5 Overall, the performance is good. However, there is some lag in all parts of the interface (this is a problem from Windows 8, which should be resolved when it...

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JJForever JJForever

This new hybrid is probably so far the closest thing to the ultimate convertible. It strikes a great balance between laptop and tablet. When you type on this thing, you'll know what I mean. The keyboard and trackpad space are awesome. No struggling with typos. And with the 13-inch detachable...

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