Asus ships 10.1-inch Transformer Pad 300 in US for $379.99

By on April 23, 2012, 8:00 AM

True to its word, Asus has begun shipping its Transformer Pad 300 stateside this week for $379.99 (16GB) and $399.99 (32GB), undercutting the third-generation iPad by more than a hundred bucks for the entry-level model (excluding the keyboard dock, which sells separately for $149). If you've kept up with updates about the TF300, there isn't much new to see spec-wise.

The system ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS touchscreen, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi (3G/4G on some iterations), an 8MP rear camera (sans flash) and 1.2MP front camera, and a micro-HDMI port. The slate measures 0.38 inches (9.65mm) thick, weighs 1.3lbs (0.58kg) and supposedly runs for about 10 hours per charge.

The keyboard attachment carries a full size USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader and a 16Wh battery that pushes the overall battery life to 15 hours, according to Asus. Based on tests conducted by Engadget and AnandTech, the autonomy claims are accurate enough, though last year's Transformer Prime seems to fare better with its 25Wh battery (versus the TF300's 22Wh unit).

Reviewers seem to agree that the dock is similar enough to what shipped with the Eee Pad Transformer and Transformer Prime, which is to say it's serviceable but not without flaws. Some authors note that the keyboard is flimsy, others criticize the touchpad and most agree the system has an odd balance to it as the back is heavier than the dock, unlike standard notebooks.

Performance tests reveal the TF300 to be about on par with the Transformer Prime, which was to be expected considering their similar hardware. Despite some shortcomings associated with cost cutting (a plastic casing versus metal, namely), Asus' latest tablet has been well received and every review we've read has concluded it's the go-to Android slate for its price point.




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Raswan Raswan said:

Finally, a tablet that is well-made without being ridiculously overpriced. Asus might actually ship more than 10k of these.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

I went ahead and pre-ordered the white one, only to later find out that they're not shipping the white or red versions till June! Here's to hoping that I can get my order switched...

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

All sold out! Hope they get more soon.

AccordXTC said:

As a current owner of the TF201 Prime and having WiFi GPS issues, lets me just say Asus is far from the good company everyone sees them as. They have yet to admit having a full metal back causes issues. Really Asus youd think something basic like that you'd know.

My advice stay far away from this and the company all together. They'll take your money and run. Here's looking forward to the ipad mini when it comes out.

Guest said:

to get on the wifi/gps problems ..... did you read ita was plastic back ???

so no problems with wifi/gps reception

Ultraman1966 said:

Accounting for VAT and exchange rate, the original TF101 Pad still costs slightly more here in the UK... I want my 379 dollar pad (284 GBP after VAT)!

Guest said:

>$100 = I'm in

Guest said:

hope it will arrive soon to the middle east

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

As a current owner of the TF201 Prime and having WiFi GPS issues, lets me just say Asus is far from the good company everyone sees them as. They have yet to admit having a full metal back causes issues. Really Asus youd think something basic like that you'd know.

My advice stay far away from this and the company all together. They'll take your money and run. Here's looking forward to the ipad mini when it comes out.

As a current owner of a Transformer Prime, I have no Wi-Fi issues, hitting upwards of 80% of my 30 Mbit connection at all times, no problems using the Wi-Fi at school, or the free municipal Wi-Fi in my city. So perhaps not everyone shares your unfortunate experience.

My advice is to stay away from anecdotal stories and read the aggregate user reviews, and trusted tech sites on the web.

Cheers!

Guest said:

Nice article, but one thing,

The picture is of Asus Infinity, not the 300 series and can be somewhat confusing.

You might want to change It :)

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