Home Icon
asus-tf-aio-2013-01

Asus offers Android and Windows in the one box

By Leigh D. Stark | 1:31 pm 12/04/2013

If you’re having trouble deciding whether you want a tablet or a desktop computer – an unorthodox choice, surely – there is now a compromise, with Asus showing its solution to both in the form of a new 18.4 inch all-in-one machine.

Fresh from its preview back in June last year, the Asus Transformer All-in-One PC takes what we remember about the Asus Android-based Transformer series and connects it with a much heavier base, blending a Windows machine and an Android tablet.

It’s a little different form your regular Windows machine, and it’s very different from your typical Android tablet, as Transformer All-in-One (AiO) packs in hardware specs closer to that of a proper desktop PC, but features a screen with its own separate hardware and operating system.

When connected, the 18.4 inch display functions as a monitor to the all-in-one machine, with the specs set to one of three third-generation Intel Core processors (either an i3 3220, i5 3350P, or an i7 3770), with 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce GT 730M graphics, USB 3.0, dual-band WiFi, and a DVD burner.

That 18 inch screen also features 10 point multitouch and Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, making it ideal for working with Windows 8, which comes pre-installed.

Detach the screen from the all-in-one base and the tablet or “Transformer” section of the system activates with one of two functions.

A button on the side controls this, with the tablet able to wireless connect with the desktop and control Windows 8, or to use the Transformer technology inside – Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 2GB RAM, and Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” operating system – as its own device.

It’s an intriguing proposition, especially since the Transformer All-in-One offers up one of the largest tablet sizes out there, effectively producing one of the biggest touchscreen slate experiences.

The tablet-based all-in-one isn’t cheap, however, and if the idea of connecting both the world of desktop and tablet intrigues you, it will be landing at Harvey Norman stores across the country from $1999 RRP this month.

Latest reviews

  • Review: HTC Desire 510

    What does $179 buy you in a phone? The answer is apparently 4G, and now Telstra is joining in with the whole budget 4G movement, with a small, fast,…
  • Review: Fitbit Charge

    If you feel like you need technology to help you out with that whole losing weight thing, Fitbit is here to help, and it’s hoping the Charge band gives…
  • A big deal: Huawei's Ascend Mate 7 reviewed

    Fancy a big phone with a huge price? Huawei may have the handset for you, and it may even have a leg up on quite a few of its…
  • Review: HP Omen 15

    HP returns to the gaming sector with a new laptop aimed at giving hardcore game lovers something new to pine over. Does it work, and is the Omen a…
  • Circular style: Motorola's Moto 360 reviewed

    We've seen a few smartwatches this year, but the first one that grabbed our attention when they were announced was Motorola's 360. Now we've seen and played with one,…
  • Life on the edge: Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge reviewed

    Phones are getting thinner, but the people making them are also getting more experimental, and that’s something we’re seeing in Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge, a take on the phablet…
  • Pint-sized (near) perfection: Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet reviewed

    We've seen some solid word from Sony this year in its Xperia phones, and now it's time to see what happens when it applies that template to a tablet.
  • Review: Telstra WiFi 4G Advanced II

    Need fast speeds to go? Telstra is letting us check out the next generation of speeds on its network, now being upgraded to Category 6 with 300Mbps speeds.
  • Review: B&O Play BeoPlay A2

    It’s nice to see the premium electronics brands beginning to embrace trends, and now that we’re seeing a few top tier audio entities take a look at portable wireless…
  • Lenovo’s thin and light Yoga 3 Pro reviewed

    Tablets may well be taking over the computer space, but there are plenty of people out there who prefer a laptop, they just want them thinner and lighter. Fortunately,…

“How do you stop yourself from being caught out by these scam artists?”

Read More

Tell us…

Which smartwatch are you interested in buying?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

“There’s certainly no doubt that you can find a bargain, but like always, you get what you pay for.”

Read More