Asus Transformer 3 Pro Review

Asus Transformer 3 Pro The Microsoft Surface has really defined a new genre of portable computers that are quickly being filled up with other OEMs. The Windows 10 powered Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA aims directly towards Microsoft’s device, with a similar kickstand and detachable keyboard, and also in terms of the price tag.

Design

The T303UA can easily be mistaken for a Surface Pro device, if not for the Asus logo. The 8.5mm profile, wrapped in metal gives a premium feel. It comes with a USB-C, USB 3.0, HDMI and MicroSD slot. Also, it comes with a headphone jack and a powerful Harman Kardon speakers placed at the top the tablet.. The kickstand is quite sturdy, but does not come to much use without a flat surface.

I/O

The 12.6 inch 2,880 x 1,920 LED screen is quite impressive. The reflective nature of the front glass does hamper the viewing a bit in bright light. The detachable keyboard is similar to Surface’s type cover. You get large keys with a touch pad and ample palm rest. Also, you get multi touch support. Typing on the detachable keyboard is pretty comfortable. However, while the keyboard is folded against the screen, it comes in contact with the screen, leaving minor smudges – a miniscule design flaw.

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The Asus Transformer 3 Pro comes with a 2.5 GHz Core i7, Iris 520 GPU,  with 16GB RAM, and storage options of 512GB or 1TB or SSD and Windows 10 Pro installed. That is good enough performance for a device like this. Obviously, Intel GPUs are never meant for heavy lifting, but it can get a lot of non-graphical work done with ease.

Verdict

The biggest rival of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro is Microsoft Surface Pro. The Transformer is priced at Rs. 1,97,990, which is a bit lower that the Surface 4 Pro with similar specs. However, you can use the Surface with other peripherals like the Surface Dial, and the Surface has a better battery backup. For those who want a Surface but is a tight budget, can got for the Transformer.

Source: Live Mint

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