Your laptop alternative
ASUS as a general rule are in my opinion a little underrated for the products that they make.
Those who are into their technology will know what things they make well, but in the smartphone/tablet arena the vast majority would likely be a little wary as they are not such a known brand, despite having some fairly popular products on the market over the last few years, most notable the Google Nexus 7 series.
The ASUS Transformer Pad is the latest in the line of the Transformer series, which has generally only been available through selected suppliers and is not something you would see on the high street very easily.
The Transformer series works on the basis of an Android powered tablet with a detachable keyboard, to turn it into a laptop-esque device.
Tablet adoption is growing at a phenomenal rate and I can see why, but for me personally, having owned a Nexus 7 for 18 months or so now, I rarely use it like I should.
I see a couple of reasons for this:
- It’s not that much bigger than my phone screen
- I can’t always comfortably do what I want on it
Therefore I end up generally opting for a rather bulky Windows laptop as this gives me a larger screen and a productive keyboard which I can use whilst on the sofa.
Like most people I imagine when relaxing in the evenings and weekends is when you are most likely to reach for a tablet or indeed desire to own one (I know there are other times too). Whilst a tablet is good when browsing, when I need to type out an email, holding a tablet and using the on screen keyboard for me is a bit of a pain and I much prefer a physical keyboard for speed and comfort.
Fed up of using the larger laptop, I desired something that is an always-on device, which was more polite to use and easier to handle, so I started looking at the options. I could have gone for a tablet and a separate keyboard, but then you have to prop the tablet up on a stand or the keyboard is a really expensive accessory. I decided to go for the Transformer Pad as it offered the best of both worlds, as it was an all in one package and I could chop and change as I like just by clipping and unclipping the keyboard.
Unlike other reviews, this is a personal purchase so I am likely to be a little more biased, although I will try to remain fair throughout.