Tuesday, September 4, 2012

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Why You'll Dig it:

The Transformer Prime is the first tablet to have the new Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset. As part of the Transformer line, the Prime can use a keyboard dock to become a makeshift laptop, and in fact it's currently unavailable without the dock.

The Prime shipped with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) ratherthan the new and improved Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, but Asus is in the process of updating the tablet and it may well have the latest version of Android now. Still, even running Honeycomb, this is the most impressive Android tablet to date, thanks to the new chipset, an excellent screen and all the flexibility that the keyboard dock brings.

The new NvidiaTegra 3 chipset is promoted as a quad-core, but the cleverest element is the fifth 'companion core'. This additional low-power core runs most of the time and keeps power usage as low as possible when a task is running or the tablet is in standby, with the four cores kicking in when more power is required.

For example, when the Prime is on standby only the companion core is used to sync your email and other background tasks. As soon as you pick it up and start navigating the menus, the four other cores kick in to provide the smoothest possible experience, which is very smooth indeed. If you start playing a video or a photo slideshow, or launch the email app and you are just typing, the companion core will take over again. This happens instantly and seamlessly with no apparent lag.

The tablet completed the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark in 1,865ms, which is among the quickest scores. In games, you'll see silky-smooth frame rates. Nvidia provides some updated versions of current games, such as shooter Shadowgun, which now has impressive transparency effects - again, with smooth frame rates. We also played a 1080p version of the Hobbit trailer from YouTube without a hitch, which is a huge step up from any other tablet we've seen.

The companion core helped to provide some impressive battery life scores in a video playback test. The Prime tablet alone lasted for 10 hours and 47 minutes, which is over two hours more than the original Transformer, and the best score we've seen from an Android tablet to date. Add the dock, which has its own built-in battery, and you get 16 hours and 45 minutes, again bettering the Transformer by about two hours; this is definitely enough for a working day, even when using various apps and Wi-Fi. As with the original, the tablet's battery is sensibly charged before the dock's battery.

Conclusion:

The tablet itself is excellent, and if it was sold alone for $400.00(64 GB) it would be a top choice for an Android model. The dock still has some issues,and is only worth the extra $50.00 or so that you'll be paying if you type a lot of emails or really need the additional battery life. For its excellent screen and impressive Tegra 3 chipset, the Transformer Prime has already an Ultimate award. However, those with no interest in the dock should hold off. Asus has refused to confirm that there will be a tablet-only offering, but we bet it will happen and, when it does, the Prime really will be the Android tablet to buy.

Product Details:

Networking Type:Bluetooth•Integrated Wireless LAN ;
HDD Size: 64GB;
Operating System : Android;
Processor : Tegra 3 1.3 GHz;
Weight : 1.29 lb.;
Display : 10.1 in. WXGA LED;
Touch Screen Technology : Multi-Touch;
Display Max. Resolution : 1280 x 800;
Input Method : Camera;
Expansion Ports : 1 x USB 2.0;
Processor Speed : 1.3 GHz;
Processor Type : Tegra 3;
Hard Drive Capacity : 64GB;
Installed RAM : 1GB;
RAM Technology : DDR2 SDRAM;
Audio Output Type : Headphones • Sound card • Speaker(s);
Battery Run Time : 2 Hours;
Battery Technology : Lithium Polymer;

Where can I buy it?

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