ASUS Transformer Book Trio

73
Global
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Engadget Summary

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.

The main drawbacks of the Trio are its battery life and surprisingly, its flexibility. In tablet mode the Trio falls behind some of the competition with what Computer Shopper says is "short" battery life. But even more of a concern is that when the Trio is docked, PC Pro says it "imposes some limitations" by only allowing you to use Windows and not Android.

The Transformer Book Trio is expensive and the inability to use it as a tablet in Windows mode may be a turn off. Pair that a battery that is merely "okay," and it's a tough sell to most users.

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Model

Key Specs

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Other
System RAM
2 GB

General

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Other

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Atom)

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
2 GB

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
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