Asus Transformer Pad TF300
An affordable powerful tablet
Not all of the gadget manufacturers preparing new models are into making them into the ultimate design and hardware beasts. Some of them choose to feature improvements in the device’s overall value and upgrades. Asus is one of the exponents of this new approach. Their Transformer Pad TF300 ($379 for 16GB and $399 for 32GB) is so much affordable than ever before. The speed it delivers is eons better than the last tablets we tested from Asus. Still, none of this matters, because Apple’s new iPad is still the best of the best. The review we wrote about this model is here.
The same dimensions
When we put the Transformer Pad TF300 next to its Prime sibling, we saw that the two weren’t actually that different looks-wise. They even shared the same measurements: 10.4″ x 7.1″ x 0.38″. But we did notice that what set them the most apart was our model’s textured rear made of plastic. The weight of the TF300 is also different: 1.39 pounds versus the Prime’s 1.28 pounds. Behold the colors you’ll be able to choose for your own model: Torch Red, Royal Blue and Iceberg White. On the bottom edge of the version we tested is a power dock/connector. On the right side is a 3.5mm headphone jack. Immediately on the left are the following: one microSD card slot and one microUSB port. The key for powering the tablet sits on the the gadget’s top.
Where the Transformer Prime had a Super IPS+ display, the screen on the Pad TF300 your usual IPS one. The resolution is made of the same 1,280 x 800 pixels. It won’t offer the same degree of brightness, though. To explain why: the display tends to max out at only 350 nits. That’s not even near enough to the 600 nits delivered by the Prime. Still, it’s not a 100% con, because as a user you can still enjoy good brightness. Viewing angles were decent. We just couldn’t bask in the same superb saturation and vibrancy as on the previous Prime tablet. In the end, though, all that matters is that the screen of the TF300 is superior to the iPad 2 in terms of resolution.
As for a keyboard dock, the version on the model reviewed here is identical to the one we’ve been comparing it to. The buttons on it have the same comfortable feeling. Responses coming from the trackpad haven’t lost their previous speed.
Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU
A quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 with a clock speed of 1.2GHz is a teensy bit slower than the 1.5GHz processor on the Prime. For our benchmarks, however, we were offered good performance and specs. 1GB of DDR3 RAM isn’t such a great improvement. Asus approved of an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade to this tablet’s operating system. User experience is, naturally, great. An Advanced Settings menu is the OS’ greatest addition. It makes adjusting options like Bluetooth settings, brights and such very easy to perform.
This gadget sports an 8MP cam. It is of importance, because pics are very usable afterwards. A surprising thing for us was that photos actually looked better when light was low. But well, weirder things than this happened in the past.
Applications include some which are super exciting. One of them: Polaris Office. It’s for taking notes and for word processing. And OK, another useful one would be MyCloud; this app offers users 8GB of unlimited cloud storage. The battery can offer between 8 and 10 hours of life.
These being written, we’ll add a couple more words for a conclusion. The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is among the company’s best efforts in terms of tablets.