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Asus Transformer AiO hands-on

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Asus Transformer AiO hands-on
Asus isn’t afraid to experiment with different form factors, which is undeniably evident by simply looking at their existing portfolio. From convertible style tablets to bringing the smartphone and tablet form factors together, Asus has been one of the more proactive companies making strides in offering a wide array of form factors with its offerings. Case in point, their latest all-in-one monster in the Asus Transformer AiO – one part desktop, one part tablet.

Sitting snuggly in its cradle, we’d be hard pressed to think for a moment that this equipped all-in-one desktop PC also doubles as a ridiculously over-sized tablet. Sporting an 18.4-inch 1920 x 1080 LED backlit touchscreen display, some wouldn’t fathom it to be a sizable mark for an all-in-one PC, but it’s obviously massive for a tablet. Continuing to differentiate itself from the crop, it’s nice that we’re given a whole lot of versatility with this one – even more when we can switch between Windows 8 and the Android Jelly Bean experience with a quick touch of a button.

Somehow, we take fancy in knowing that we can bring along the Asus Transformer AiO on all of our travels, despite its size and weight. However, when it’s parting ways with its stationary stand, we’re only able to run Android, since it’s packing an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor under the hood. In order to run Windows 8, it needs to be attached to its base stand, which so happens to tuck away beefier hardware under the hood – like your choice of either Intel’s Core i5 or i7 processors. To tell you the truth, it’s even more impressive when we can run Android on the Asus Transformer AiO, and while it’s attached to a separate display, it can run Windows 8 too!

Needless to say, not everyone is going to be thrilled by the possibility of bringing along their desktop PC everywhere, but if you do, there’s no arguing the point that this is made for your specific taste. As it stands, the Asus Transformer AiO is available in a wide range of configuration – and it starts at $1,299.

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posted on 23 Mar 2013, 20:54 2

1. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

i'm really not sure that running two OS's on the one tablet is the best idea, if you need apps in numbers you could just run bluestacks under windows (GTA III for android seems to work ok through it lol).

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 21:21 2

2. devonblue4u (Posts: 68; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)

carrying amount a 20" piece of glass is kinda dumb but I am intrigued by the idea. But I bought a Lenovo Yoga 13, and you can do all the same thing (tablet style interface, extra monitor and like nlbates66 said, Bluestacks or WindowsAdroid for a Jellybean experience) plus have manageably sized keyboard protecting the glass.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 04:02

6. vincelongman (Posts: 5070; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

I think 15" is about the max for carrying around outside.
18.4" is ok for carry around the house, but is too big for carry outside.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 19:48

10. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

House or office*

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 21:52

3. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

That's what I am after. I'll buy one when they would reduce the size of this device.
Great job Asus :)

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 22:23

4. straywish (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)

Shinking it will make the wow factor be vanished

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 23:35 2

5. Andrewtst (Posts: 678; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Asus always bring surprise now!

Please do this in 10.1 inch size, then I will consider on it. :)

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 04:20 1

7. fsahin (Posts: 46; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

ASUS is best producer of Android tablets; smooth run, responsive and well finishing quality.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 09:18

9. ph00ny (Posts: 1509; Member since: 26 May 2011)

and misc issues they will just remove from the features list instead of fixing it.

As an ex-owner of transformer prime with gps/wifi issues, i will not buy another asus product until they treat their customers right

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 06:50

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

I love it! But 18.4 inch?? I hope my hands are big enough to use it!

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