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This review of the new Asus Transformer Tab TF300 is brought to us from PC World Australia. Is this cheaper Asus tablet a match for the more expensive Asus Prime?
“The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is arguably one of the best Android tablets on the market and ASUS has stuck with much of the same formula for its latest release, the Transformer Tab TF300. It’s a slightly cheaper version of the flagship model.
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The first thing you’ll notice about the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 is the fact it looks remarkably similar to the Transformer Prime. It’s based on the exact same concept, where the tablet itself can be attached to an optional keyboard dock.
That being said, the build quality of the ASUS Transformer Tab can’t quite match the Transformer Prime. The plastic backing, imprinted with a large swirl design, exhibits a little flex when some force is applied and feels rather hollow. It also creaks when pressure is applied at various points. Disappointingly, ASUS hasn’t repositioned the speaker — it’s covered by your right hand when holding the tablet with two hands, muffling the sound.
As a stand alone tablet without the keyboard dock, the ASUS Transformer Pad has a volume rocker, a micro-HDMI port, and a microSD card slot on the left side, a small power/lock button (with a handy LED built-in) on the top, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the right. The proprietary ASUS dock connection on the bottom may be an annoyance, but it offers two benefits: it connects the tablet to the keyboard dock, and charges much faster (around an hour and a half) than a regular micro-USB charger could.”