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ASUS' Transformer lineup is known for its ability to blend tablet OS computing with a traditional keyboard setup, and the Trio takes that concept one step further, combining Android and Windows into a single tablet -- giving you the flexibility to switch between the two operating systems. But while the idea is nice and it does works to some extent, there are a few snags that might make you want to pass on it.

The design of the Trio is nothing special, looking like many other tablets, but at least phoneArena finds the build "not cheap at all." Unfortunately, its hybrid nature means that PC Pro says it weighs "almost as much as many 11.6in Ultrabooks" when fully docked. Some of this extra weight comes from the 11.6-inch display, which sports a 1920 x 1080 resolution that Expert Reviews calls "excellent." Performance-wise, the Trio holds its own with PC Mag noting it offers "decent performance" in both Android and Windows, but it's "kludgy" if you try to share files between the two operating systems.

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PC Mag Apr 17, 2014

The Asus Transformer Book Trio is an intriguing concept that weds an Android tablet and a Windows PC, but the ambitious 3-in-1 design falls short.

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Digital Versus Apr 4, 2014

Asus pulled it off and fused three products into one unique device that costs the price of an entry-level ultrabook. However, ... it could use an SSD and better intercommunication between the two systems... But for a first attempt, it's a definite win!

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Computer Shopper Feb 7, 2014

Asus gets a lot right with the design of this Windows and Android convertible laptop/tablet. But it's definitely not cheap at $1,499; the battery life is short; and a few features are underwhelming.

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PC Pro Mar 28, 2014

We love that Asus is trying to do something new, but, at this price, we'd advise spending a similar amount of cash on an Ultrabook and a separate Android tablet instead.

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phoneArena Feb 3, 2014

Power users, though, will especially drool over the flexibility of running two operating systems, but sheesh, you can still probably pick up separately an Android tablet and Windows 8.1 laptop for cheaper.

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Engadget Jun 3, 2013

Its 11.6-inch 1080p screen was also decent, at first blush; we had no trouble making out the screen underneath the heavy glare of showfloor lighting. Following a brief play on the keyboard, we noted the keys had the same degree of travel that we've seen on the Transformer docks before.

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CNET Sep 11, 2013

In person, the Asus Transformer Book Trio is just as impressive as it is on paper. When connected to the dock, it seamlessly switches from Android to Windows 8 with the touch of a button, and responds quickly to swipes and gestures. As a tablet, it's awkwardly long, but shockingly light.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 3, 2013

The switch between the operating systems is surprisingly simple, with the Android OS being launched automatically when the tablet is detached, and a hot key allowing the user to switch between Windows 8 and Android in notebook mode.

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phoneArena Sep 5, 2013

The Transformer Book Trio display part sports an 11.6" 1080p panel, and is powered by a lowly Intel Atom Z2760 1.6 GHz dual-core processor plus 2 GB of RAM. It will come in 16, 32, or 64 GB capacities. That tablet side of things is running Android 4.2.2, and you can't use it as a Windows slate.

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TechRadar Nov 1, 2013

The tablet itself runs Android, has 64GB of storage and runs on an Intel Atom processor. Meanwhile, there’s a separate keyboard dock that can add a lot more power, allowing you to perform more demanding tasks.

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Expert Reviews Jun 3, 2013

The 11.6in Full HD display uses an IPS panel, which creates fantastic viewing angles and bright, vivid colours. The 1,920x1,080 resolution made the Windows desktop look pin-sharp from behind the glass cage Asus had imprisoned the device in.

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