Asus Tablet PC is the newest member to the Eee family of great Asus products

ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanesse based manufacturer has now come out with an Asus Tablet PC to join a long list of excellent products, including computers, laptops and netbooks.

 

For more than twenty years Asus has been known to produce high quality products for consumers as well as IT professionals.

Founded by four employees of the company Acer, Asus needed to land a major coup in order to become a major player. Despite having a prominent market share in the motherboard market in combination with the subsidiary ASRock, which was only enlarged by the joint venture created with Gigabyte, it was not until the first Eee PC was released in late 2007 that Asus became a dominant entity within the IT industry. So dominant, that in fact Intel agreed to supply Asus with engineering samples of new products ahead of the rival companies.

The Eee computer by Asus is based on an older concept of a cheap laptop device that was stripped down to bare necessities and was used to provide computers for children in third world countries, the $100 laptop. Asus only improved the device to be equipped with a good processor, sufficient RAM and a solid state drive.

The idea was to provide a laptop without all the high end stuff, like HD graphics or extended storage space, thereby keeping the price low, but still providing a really good device for surfing the internet. While later models did feature HDD drives and capability to load the Windows operating system, the original idea was to provide the user with a simple but powerful small netbook device.

The huge success of the first mass produced netbook netted Asus almost two million sold units and gave birth to the Eee family of products, the latest of which being the Asus Eee tablet pc devices; the Eee being derived from the “Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play” slogan. 

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Asus Tablet PC, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Asus has decided to up the ante once again with the first quad-core Asus Tablet PC on the market. Tegra 3 is the 1.4 GHz monster that NVIDIA has just recently introduced and already the first incarnation utilizing the latest technology is being offered. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the follow up model of the highly successful Eee Pad Transformer, the tablet with the docking keyboard. The new Transformer Prime is outfitted with a 10.1 inch LED backlit Super IPS touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 resolution. The operating system is 3.2 Honeycomb, but as soon as Android 4.0 is available, the upgrade will be made available or included in the shipment.

Many other parts were improved as well, for instance the camera is an auto-focus 8 megapixel camera, with an LED flash and the F/2.4 aperture. There is furthermore a back illuminated CMOS sensor with low-light noise reduction. 1 GB of RAM and the initial internal storage of 32 GB, or 64 GB for the more expensive model have been announced, as are the inclusion of a MicroSD slot for additional storage expansion. There is also a micro-HDMI port, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and all expected sensors, such as Gyroscope and GPS. The quad-core processor has actually a fifth core which is being utilized for reduced power use.

Even the already long battery life noted with the predecessor has been extended, whopping 12 hours can the tablet provide, with additional six hours available through the cells on the docking keyboard station. Offered at a very competitive price for such advanced hardware, the new Asus Tablet PC the Eee Pad Transformer Prime is nicknamed “The iPad Killer” although we doubt that, it however will bring a hefty reduction in the pricing of the still available former model and all of this right in time for the holiday season. Read the full review of the powerful Asus Prime quad core… 
Asus Tablet PC, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime pros and cons

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

asus transformer keyboard dock

The Eee Pad Transformer is an Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Asus tablet pc device featuring the currently immensely popular NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It is actually a tablet with a knack – it comes with a full QWERTY keyboard as a docking station and a touchpad. It does not need the keyboard to function, it is ultra thin, weighs only 1.49 lbs (680 g) and has HD video capability.

The docking keyboard extends the battery life from the approximate nine hours to up to sixteen hours of use. This Asus tablet pc has a scratch resistant, ten finger multi-touch 10.1 inches screen that has a resolution of 1280 x 800, with the capability of playing back HD video content.

The 5 megapixel camera is capable of recording up to 1080p video, which can easily be viewed on the HDTV device of your choice per HDMI interface. If you choose to watch your HD content on your Asus tablet pc, there are SRS Premium Sound stereo speakers built in. Other features include Wi-Fi, 16GB or 32 GB of storage, Micro SD card reader, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, pre-loaded software including ASUS Launcher, Polaris Office and much more.

The docking keyboard provides additionally two USB 2.0 connections and an additional card reader for MMC, SD and SDHC cards. Read the comprehensive Asus Transformer Review… 
Asus TabletPC, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer pros and cons 

Asus Eee Pad Slider

Asus Tablet PC, ASUS Eee Slider 32GB

The Asus Eee Slider builds on the success of the Eee Pad Transformer. It is a 10.1-inch tablet with the now obligatory NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, dual-core at 1GHz, 1 GB of RAM, up to 32 GB of internal storage, two cameras, whereby the main camera is 5 megapixels, Android 3.1 operating system, upgradeable to Android 3.2, ten point multi-touch scratch resistant display at 1280 x 800 and all the other functions and facilities that are nowadays expected from a top of the line tablet device.

HD video can be recorded and displayed right on the device, a mini-HDMI connector is there as well. Supreme SRS Sound is provided by built in speakers, there is also a microphone built in.

The most notable feature is the built-in keyboard that slides out, otherwise hidden in the somewhat bulky encasing. When in keyboard mode, the display is held up by a prop, which holds it at an angle of 75 degrees. The not quite full-sized QWERTY keyboard is also the reason why Polaris Office comes pre-installed.

The other very notable feature is a full sized USB 2.0 port, which allows for direct plugging-in of flash devices as well as external storage, including hard disks. Asus provides the proud owner of this tablet with a one year unlimited Asus web storage.

At 2.12 lbs (960g), it is probably the heaviest tablet on the market. It is nevertheless the only tablet on the market that has a built in keyboard, with the closest competitor being the Eee Pad Transformer with the detachable, but full-sized variant, also manufactured by Asus. Read more about it in our complete Asus Pad Slider review… 

Asus TabletPC, ASUS Eee Pad Slider pros and cons

 

Asus Eee Pad Slate

Asus Tablet PC, ASUS Eee Slate 64GB

The Asus Eee Slate is a completely different Asus tablet pc story. While it also has a 1280 x 800 Screen, it is 12.1 inches and a so called capacitive and electromagnetic panel with pen and finger touch capabilities. This Asus Tablet PC comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and a digitizer pen.

But the real revelation is that it is actually a real computer. It has the Intel dual-core i5 processor and 2 GB or 4 GB RAM with 32 GB or 64 GB storage on SSD.

The Asus tablet pc comes with the Windows 7 Home Premium pre-loaded, not the announced “light” version for tablets or even mobile phones, it is the real PC operating system. The Eee Slate is heavier, it weighs 2.6 lbs (1.16 kg), but it also has some more common tablet features, like the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, only a 2 megapixel camera with an LED flash, but nevertheless the capability to display 1080p HD video, HDMI mini connection port, 2 USB 2.0 sockets and a multi-card reader for MMC and SD. Find out why the Asus Eee Slate is an excellent Microsoft Tablet PC… 
Asus TabletPC, ASUS Eee Pad Slate pros and cons

Summary

Asus makes a true effort to enter the tablet market by featuring unique Asus tablet PCs to the eagerly awaiting public. Their prices are very competitive, low but not sensational, if the quality and accessories are being considered. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer has had great success. Asus is definitely a front runner in the Tablet PC market.