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A speedy budget tablet with a few sacrifices

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Spend enough time with the TF103C and it's patently obvious why it only costs $299. ASUS has whittled the dockable tablet down to the essentials, with just about every luxury tossed aside; you won't find a breathtaking display, good cameras, long battery life or video output. What's left, though, continues to be tempting. This is a brawny tablet for the money, whether or not you use the netbook-like functionality all that frequently. If you do, it might even be an ideal laptop substitute. The Transformer Pad is more expensive than the cheapest Chromebooks, but it's slightly faster and carries an abundance of native apps.

You do have to ask whether you need the keyboard at all, though, and that's the real dilemma -- many people don't. If you're no fan of the Transformer concept, the TF103C won't change your mind. The savings from passing on the keyboard can be rolled into a tablet that may not be as good at productivity, but could easily be superior for books, games and movies. Give the Transformer Pad a close look if you're at least mildly curious about the dock; just be sure to keep its competition in mind before you take the plunge.

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7.0
Engadget Jul 18, 2014

ASUS' entry-level Transformer Pad sacrifices quite a bit in the name of price, but you still get a speedy, well-designed Android tablet that can serve as a basic laptop in a pinch.

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8.0
CNET Jul 16, 2014

With Asus' slickest user interface yet, included keyboard, and a competitive starting price, the small but chunky Transformer Pad TF103 is an attractively affordable tablet hybrid.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 2, 2014

As a budget tablet, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C hits many of the right notes. ... The fact that it runs Android 4.4 KitKat is a major plus as well. However, the keyboard feels cramped, and the touchpad is uncomfortably stiff.

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7.0
PC World Aug 1, 2014

The Transformer Pad TF103C is a solid tablet for entertainment and other casual uses, but it won't supplant a true notebook if you're looking to boost your productivity while you're on the road.

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6.0
PC Mag Jun 26, 2014

With an included keyboard dock, the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C will appeal to productivity hounds on a budget, but it's an otherwise unimpressive Android tablet.

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6.0
T3 Jul 3, 2014

The Asus Transformer Pad TF103 does the basics well enough, but there are much better hybrids around. It’s fair for the price, but we demand more from our gadgets.

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