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Asus Transformer Pad 300

Friday 25 May 2012


Rating of 3

The basics

The Asus Transformer Pad 300 is part of the new breed of Asus tablets capable of transforming into a tablet via a supplied dock. It has a 10.1-inch screen and is powered by the Android operating system, and comes with the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version baked in. It also comes with an Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor. The Asus Transformer Pad 300 also features an 8-megapixel rear-auto-focus camera, a Micro HDMI slot for sharing images with a HD TV and a MicroSD card slot for further its 16GB storage. The Transformer Pad 300 is available in Royal Blue, Iceberg White and Torch Red.

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The good

The Nvidia Tegra 3 processor works nicely to power the Asus Transformer Pad 300 to pleasing levels of performance throughout. It delivers smooth operation, an excellent battery life of just under 10 hours, and more when used with the supplied keyboard dock. And with 16GB of storage there’s plenty of space for your music and videos, furthered by MicroSD card storage for even more if and when you need it.

Another reason to buy a tablet is the joy of surfing the web from them. Here the Asus Transformer Pad 300 doesn’t disappoint. Page navigation is smooth, and pages appear splendidly. The multitouch capabilities lets you scroll naturally as if using a mouse on a desktop. And with Flash integrated into the browser the Asus Transformer Pad 300 is able to view web pages that Apple’s iPad cannot.

The bad

The Asus Transformer Pad 300 may be cheap in comparison to some of the most advanced tablet computers but with the lower costs comes a sacrifice to build quality. Its outer plastic panel feels cheap, and doesn’t inspire much confidence, should you be wary of accidentally dropping it onto a hard surface.

The keyboard also lacks the touch of quality that would make it a pleasure to use. The display also lacks the wow factor that its more advanced sibling the Asus Transformer Prime has. It’s also pretty reflective, which isn’t helpful in bright conditions.

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The bottom line

Build quality quality could be better, but at £399 the Asus Transformer Pad 300 offers great value for money, tremendous performance, the ability to download apps, and all the features one would expect of a tablet, with extra laptop functionality. If you’re looking for a good value tablet, the Asus Transformer Pad 300 is worth checking out.

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Eamir Shah

Brilliant website to go with a brilliant show. Just a question. Is there a tablet that receives HDMI in or even VGA in? I have a media PC which I use as a wireless media streamer as it has wifi capabilities. But sometime I want to connect to the streamer without going through a TV/monitor and a tablet would be ideal. Please email me back. Many thanks

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suzan groves

Hi I am sick of my home phone (unwanted calls) but want reliable internet to access bbc iplayer. Is tethering a viable alternative on a tablet, if so how much data would I need for one skype call to australia a month and one or two hours on bbc iplayer, i use the internet more generally for email, research and shopping. by the way I am 70 any advice would be very useful. best suzan

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Hi Suzan. It would probably be best to buy a tablet with 3G capabilities built in if you have no home wifi or buy something like a mifi dongle and a cheaper wifi tablet. In terms of data usage you're looking at a standard quality video on bbc iplayer being around 300-400mb per hour of viewing. High quality can mean higher data usage. It uses adaptive streaming meaning that the better your signal strength the higher the quality of video hence more data. On saying that I've not broken the 400mb barrier for an hour's viewing yet... Radio will use roughly 1mb per minute. Skype is more difficult to gauge as it again uses adaptive streaming but you have an uplink as well. I've used a Skype video call for an hour before and it has used 300mb. Then I've been in a better signal area and a 40 min video call used close to 500mb of data (albeit with very high video quality). Most mobile broadband providers offer a 2gb per month option which sounds ample for your needs Hope that helps Ben.

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