While the specs of this Transformer certainly put it in a good place to be that perfect compromise, there are some design issues that stop it from being totally amazing.
One of these is the keyboard, believe it or not. While the dock is an excellent way of adding a physical keyboard to the package – one complete with an extra battery, USB port, touchpad mouse, and SD card slot –the typing experience is marred by being just a touch too soft. We didn’t have anywhere near the number of problems in typing as we did on the Asus ZenBook, but you’ll want to type with firm presses, as the keyboard just doesn’t appear to be as strong as the previous Transformer models.
You can opt to not use the keyboard – especially if the tablet isn’t docked – and you’ll find both a virtual on-screen keyboard as well as a finger-tracing typing system, similar to Swype.
Also lacking in strength is the hinge for the tablet connection, as with a sudden jerk, you’ll find the hinge pushes back quickly. This tells us that any turbulence mid-flight or sudden breaking on a bus will cause the the tablet screen to move. Thankfully, the tablet is locked in place, making it impossible for the anything to go flying off in a different direction.
An issue left over from the prior model is the lack of strong rubberised feet to stop the tablet from slipping. It’s not a huge issue in the tablet section – you’ll be holding that – but when the keyboard dock is connected, the rubber feet on the bottom of the dock don’t actually make contact with a desk, still propped up by the hinge. Here on the TF300T, the plastic body isn’t quite as slippery as the metal Prime, but don’t expect the rubber feet to help out when the tablet and keyboard are connected.
The screen is also very glossy, so glossy that you notice reflections very easily. In the Prime, this was easy to get around, thanks to the uber bright SuperIPS+ screen. With only the regular IPS screen in the TF300T, you’re pretty much in the same boat as other tablets, so it’s not a huge issue unless you’re taking it out to the beach or the park.
While the plastic chassis is by no means as impressive as the metal one offered in the Prime, the Asus Transformer Pad does offer a reasonably impressive budget tablet experience for not much more than the cost of other tablets.
It’s worth noting that Android’s biggest problem at the moment stems from the lack of productivity apps available on the platform, but if you can get around that and want a tablet with strong battery life and an experience closer to that of a notebook, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T is an easy bet.
Value for money
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A quad-core processor with a good price; Great battery life;
Screen is very glossy; Hinge needs to be stronger; Keyboard could be firmer;