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.