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The best 10-inch, mid-range Android tablet you can buy right now

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Though the TF300's price is fairly low, there thankfully isn't that big of a catch. Even as more mid-range, 10-inch Android tablets start hitting the market, the second-gen Transformer still feels like the best deal, with smooth, Tegra 3-powered gaming, good endurance and an understated design that calls to mind ASUS' other Transformer, the $500 Prime.

Aside from the fact that the battery life isn't quite as epic as the Prime's, our most serious complaint has little to do with ASUS, and more with Android: Even with a state-of-the-art chip running the latest version of the OS, the tablet occasionally hiccups when launching apps and resizing web pages. There's no reason for a product with such strong tech credentials to stumble over the mundane stuff. Still, the tablet is eminently usable, and ultimately a pleasure to live with. Moreover, the performance is a clear improvement over what you'll get from similarly priced 10-inch tabs, many of which run on last year's dual-core Tegra 2 chip. So if you feel at home in Android and have about $400 to spend, this, friends, is the tablet we recommend.

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Critic reviews

8.2
21 reviews
  • Features
    8.4
  • Display
    8.1
  • Battery life
    8.2
  • Ease of use
    8.1
  • Storage capacity
    8.5
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Durability
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8.9
21 reviews
9.0
Engadget Apr 22, 2012

The second-gen Transformer is a clear improvement over the original, and is the best 10-inch, mid-range Android tablet you can buy right now.

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8.0
CNET Apr 22, 2012

Though it isn't as thin or as sturdy, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 delivers Prime levels of performance at a more affordable price.

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8.0
AnandTech Apr 22, 2012

If you want an upgrade to the original or are looking for an Android tablet at $399, the Transformer Pad is the one to get.

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8.0
PC Mag Apr 22, 2012

A mild refresh of its predecessor, but at a lower price, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 remains a top 10-inch Android tablet that packs a fast CPU, Ice Cream Sandwich, and an optional keyboard dock that turns it into a true productivity machine.

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7.0
Tom's Hardware Apr 24, 2012

The new Transformer tablet from Asus costs less—and yet it still manages to impress us. A follow-up to the acclaimed Transformer Prime, the Tegra 3-powered Transformer Pad TF300T is perhaps the best bargain we've ever seen from an Android-based tablet.

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9.0
SlashGear Apr 22, 2012

ASUS hasn’t just created a lower-cost model of the Prime here, they’ve re-done the Prime with the essentials it needed to be the top-quality Android tablet in the field and offered it here with the name ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 with a much more pleasing price tag. Pick one up right now!

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9.0
Pocket-Lint May 2, 2012

Overall, the reasons for buying a TF300 are many and varied but we struggled to come up with many reasons you shouldn't buy one. So that's a glowing recommendation from us then.

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8.0
CNET Asia Apr 22, 2012

You're unlikely to find a more affordable quad-core powered 10-inch Android tablet than the Asus Transformer Pad 300.

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8.0
PC Advisor Apr 27, 2012

The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is a good tablet with a large screen and is sensibly priced. The bundled-in dock that offers extra battery life and a keyboard is a nice feature too.

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10
TrustedReviews May 8, 2012

Essentially you get the same smooth 1080p video playback, console-quality gaming and great overall experience as with the Asus Transformer Prime for £100 less, making Asus’ latest convertible tablet an easy recommendation.

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9.0
Ubergizmo Apr 23, 2012

For anyone who considers using it as a “serious” (for work) computing platform, this is pretty much the deal in town.

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8.0
T3 May 9, 2012

If you’re looking for a top hybrid tablet, with stacks of personality, great performance, versatility, features the latest version of Android with all the usability of a netbook and the fun of the iPad, then look no further than the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T.

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8.0
phoneArena Apr 30, 2012

Obviously, we like that the Asus Transformer Pad 300 boasts a price point that’s $100 less than the cream of the crop Transformer Prime – without sacrificing on the hardware.

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8.0
KitGuru Jul 18, 2012

We are left with positive impressions of the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T. It’s quite clear to us that Asus are setting themselves up to be one of the key players in the tablet market, especially since the announcement of the Google Nexus 7 tablet which is manufactured by Asus.

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10
Hardware Heaven May 24, 2012

A great balance of price and functionality the Transformer Pad 300 takes aspects of the original model and the Prime to create a very desirable and hugely flexible device.

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9.0
Hardware Zone Apr 25, 2012

At S$749 with the dock (note that it comes with 32GB capacity option only) and for the hardware you get, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 seems like a decent deal.

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8.0
HotHardware Apr 24, 2012

Is the Transformer Pad 300 a laptop replacement tablet? No, but it’s darn close. There are still some limitations to content creation, ... but if you’re happy with the kind of productivity that apps offer, this is actually a good laptop alternative.

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7.0
Techno Buffalo Apr 22, 2012

The Transformer Pad 300 is more than capable of standing toe-to-toe with the best Android tablets out there, and it even comes at a pretty decent price.

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9.0
sawilson sawilson

Synopsis: There are two kinds of tablets. Toys and legitimate desktop replacements. This is a mid-level latter, with high end appeal. I got to play with one of these over a few days. Asus is offering this as a mid-level tablet, but honestly they could market it as a durable alternative to a high...

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7.0
johanan johanan

A great, affordable Android tablet, with keyboard dock. Asus did a good job in keeping bloatware to a minimum and letting Android's native features shine through. The physical keyboard attachment and trackpad work very well with the Android OS, making it one of the best netbooks I've ever used....

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9.0
mm2 mm2

when i bought this i thought i could use it for most of the things i would use a laptop for. turns out the keyboard is considerably smaller than a normal one, and the right shift key is really hard to press. also, android 4.0 is really buggy. lots of glitches, i would recommend staying on...

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10
yupeh yupeh

The tablet is really great and actually, it is perfect for me. It is lightweight, very compact and easy to handle. The additional dock serves as a typing aid, additional battery life and a stand for me -- so I don't really mind it giving an extra bulge and weight. And the product is still...

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9.0
mrmmmok mrmmmok

PROS: cheaper, lighter, better Wi-FI connectivity than ASUS Prime CONS: no flash, screen could go a couple clicks brighter

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6.0
estjoe72 estjoe72

I have this tablet, and have been very underwhelmed by its OS design. The apps continuously freeze, and it is very sluggish. Design wise for the hardware and the keyboard is great, but I would love to return it if it had not been past my 30 days. We have two iPads, a kindle, and a nook, and this...

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9.0
FAL FAL

One of the best 260.99 full size with full features tabs. in a sea of overpriced 499.99 tablets.

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10
Dussk Dussk

Nothing not to love. Only thing that could be better is a higher resolution, which is coming soon anyway.

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