The Transformer Up Close
If you push on the cover hard enough it does flex, but we didn’t find this to be a problem. Asus has made critical components such as the hinge on the docking station, for example, out of steel to improve its durability.
Combined, the docking station and pad measure 10.6 x 6.7 x 0.98” (271 x 171 x 25mm) and weigh roughly 2.9lb. The tablet by itself measures 10.6 x 6.7 x 0.51” (271 x 171 x 12.98mm) and weighs just 1.5lb.
As mentioned earlier, both the tablet and dock have their own 24.4Wh Li-polymer battery. These are charged using a proprietary interface which connects using the USB interface. The same 40-pin connection is also used to connect the tablet to the dock.
Android fans and those who prefer their tablet to serve as their main on-the-go PC will love the dock. It adds extra connectivity such as USB, increases battery life and makes your tablet more productivity-friendly with a keyboard and trackpad solution.
The trackpad measures 3.2 x 1.5” (82 x 39mm) which is a reasonable size and certainly not small by netbook standards. Usability is excellent, and although there is a small amount of ghosting when moving the cursor around, it responds well. The black cursor glows blue and is easy to follow on the Android OS.
When I started testing the Eee Pad there were no options for the mouse and keyboard given that the OS was not fully designed to use them. A recent software update adds certain degree of customization but regardless of that, I found the sensitivity of the trackpad to be very adequate at stock, while the double click function worked as expected.
Featured on Tablets
Legion Hardware Reviews
From the Forums
Subscribe to TechSpot
Receive a weekly update of our best features and tech news you don't want to miss: