Asus Transformer Book Trio ReviewHi guys, thanks for staying tuned on this website! Glad to see you back here!

Just a moment ago, i’ve already showed you one of Asus Transformer tablets called Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, which makes me really really impressed a lot in many ways, from its full HD display, internal hardware, gaming performance, design and pretty much every thing about that tablet just blows me away.

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Not to mention, i also like the fact that the tablet is powered by Tegra 4, which has been one of my favorite mobile processors this year, besides Snapdragon 800 of course (i don’t know next year).

And that means, playing games will get the most benefits on that chipset.

Games will get more detailed and well polished graphics, plus more visual effects than any other non-Tegra-4 devices out there.

Anyway, this time, i’m gonna do my next personal review on another Asus tablet, still under the same flag Asus Transformer series though, and still with the keyboard dock support.

Okay then, introducing to you Asus Transformer Book Trio.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this tablet, then here you go, read my next personal review of Asus Transformer Book Trio.

But as usual, before you go straight to the review, please read my brief introduction of this tablet.

Enjoy!

Introduction

Similar just like any other Asus Transformer tablets out there, Asus Transformer Book Trio is also the same kind of Android tablet that comes with its special keyboard dock to turn it from a regular Android tablet into a full-fledged laptop.

Okay, i know – at first, you will be like “full-fledged laptop? Really?, i thought this was just another Asus Transformer normal tablet with keyboard dock.”.

Well, you’re wrong about that.

It’s true that when used as a normal tablet, Asus Transformer Book Trio indeed is an Android tablet.

However, when merged together with the keyboard dock, actually, special Windows 8 keyboard dock, Asus Transformer Book Trio will turn into.. a.. wait for it.. wait for it.. Windows 8 tablet! Yeah, that’s right guys!

This tablet indeed is running on both platforms at once, Android Jelly Bean and Windows 8 OS. But we’ll get into more detail about that later on.

So with that being said, then yeah, Asus Transformer Book Trio is a true genuine hybrid device out there on the market right now, not only is it because the tablet can be functioned as both normal tablet and laptop with its keyboard dock, but what makes Asus Transformer Book Trio also special is definitely its ability to run on both Android and Windows 8 Pro OS, plus to have different kind of specs sheet on each tablet and keyboard dock on board.

This is truly amazing because there is nothing like this on the market right now.

And please, don’t get me start with the iPad because it’s obvious that Asus Transformer Book Trio will blow this overrated toy out of the water.

iPad may have a huge collection of well-optimized iPad apps on its App Store, but who gives a SH.. DAMN when Asus Transformer Book Trio is capable to run all of your legacy Windows 8 software on this device.

And besides, on Android side, this tablet is also more powerful than what iPad has inside its machine.

This is actually one of the reasons why i want to bring up this tablet to you. To be honest, i personally never saw any Android tablet can be as insane like this one.

I think it’s just amazing to see that Asus always thinks out of the box and is really brave to be an ice breaker in this industry, bringing something new to the market that other rivals still consider as “risky”.

Design

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On the design stand point, no doubt that Asus Transformer Book Trio looks great in many ways.

The fact that Asus Transformer Book Trio is as a hybrid device that can run Android and Windows 8, really makes the manufacturer think a little bit harder when designing this tablet, i mean, laptop.

At the glance, the front side of this tablet kind of reminds me with the design of last year’s Google Nexus 7, which has that chrome trimming around the side and some pretty big bezels around the screen.

Well, this is not surprising at all given that Google Nexus 7 has been in the hands of Asus, even until this year.

So that’s why Asus uses that same kind of concept design on all of its entire tablet line.

Asus Transformer Book Trio Review

I think Asus Transformer Book Trio takes some design cues, not only from Google Nexus 7, but also from other Asus tablets.

I mean, it doesn’t look like iPad, or Samsung GALAXY or Sony Xperia tablets.

And that’s great because with this design, which already looks so great and elegant, Asus can always use it as the basic concept design on all of its Asus tablet line in the future without resembling other competing tablets on the market.

Meanwhile, on the keyboard dock, we can see how this keyboard dock looks kind of different compared to other Asus Transformer tablets out there.

I mean, the keyboard dock of Asus Transformer Book Trio looks a bit thick and hefty.

According to CNET, the Android tablet may not feel heavy. However, if the tablet is merged with the keyboard dock, there will be some significant increase on the weight of this device.

Well, this is not surprising because the keyboard dock of Asus Transformer Book Trio is packing some heavy super-monster internal hardware inside it, unlike other regular Asus Transformer tablets that don’t have anything inside the keyboard dock besides the keyboard dock.

But we’ll talk more on that later on the “overview specs” section below.

So overall, the design of Asus Transformer Book Trio is definitely the leader of its own.

It’s not only the leader in tablet market, but also in netbook market as well as laptop market.

And don’t let me start with the desktop market because Asus Transformer Book Trio amazingly can also be used as a desktop PC, of course with separate desktop screen.

So yeah, i think Asus really takes tablet market seriously with its Transformer line. I just can’t wait to see what they’re gonna bring to the market next year.

I bet, it will be so much even better than what they’ve already done this year.

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  • Released September 2013,
  • - Optional Windows 8 PC Station with standard QWERTY keyboard and trackpad.
  • 11.6 inchIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~190 ppi pixel density)
  • Tablet: 1.6GHz Intel Atom Cloverview Z2580, 2 GB RAM
  • Keyboard Dock: 2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 Processor Haswell, 4GB of RAM and 1TB of storage
  • Intel Graphics Card
  • 16/32/64 GB Internal storage
  • microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus
  • 1.2 MP, 720p
  • Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • GPS
  • Java
  • No Radio
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (19 Wh)
  • 13 hours on the tablet
  • 5 hours on the keyboard dock
As an Android tablet, under the flag Asus Transformer series, Asus Transformer Book Trio features the same-as-usual Android tablet with the support of keyboard dock, plus some decent specs on board, which is not surprising given that this tablet is designed to be a productivity tablet.

Meanwhile, as a full-fledged Windows 8 laptop, Asus Transformer Book Trio comes with some monster specs on it.

And this is already amazing for a tablet costing only $800 in its first launch.

However, what makes this hybrid device even more amazing is that, Asus Transformer Book Trio comes with 2 different types of specs.

So how exactly can that happen?

Well, surprisingly, when designing this tablet, Asus decided to put some different internals inside the tablet and the keyboard dock.

And given that this Android tablet can also be used a full-fledged Windows 8 laptop, you’ll find some monster jaw-dropping specs inside the tablet and the keyboard dock.

First of all, let’s start with the tablet.

When used as an Android tablet, you’ll get these goodies, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor, 2gigs of RAM, 16/32/64GB of internal storage, an 11.1-inch 1080x1920 pixel display which makes it 1080p display, 5MP camera, some standard features like Bluetooth, WiFi, Java MIDP, USB, GPS and last but not least, a 13 hours of battery life capacity.

And these are already considered as really good because it will get the job done for things like watching HD movies, reading books, browsing the web, checking emails and even playing some heavy high-performing games.

Meanwhile, if we take a look at the hardware that’s crammed inside the keyboard dock of this tablet, amazingly there are some mouth-watering internals that could drop your jaw (and yeah, literally).

Inside the keyboard dock, you’ll find 4GB of DDR RAM, a dual-core 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, some extra 5 hours battery and wait for it.. wait for it.. 1TB of internal storage, which is insanely huge for even a laptop.

With all of these goodies, then it’s just gonna be soo hard to say NO on this tablet given that it only costs $800 when it launched a few months ago.

Screen

It’s good to see that Asus Transformer Book Trio is already packing a 1080p display with the exact resolution of 1080x1920 pixels. And this is considered as great around the market to date, if not the best.

It may not have the same highest resolution like the one found on Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition), Google Nexus 10 or even the Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX.

But that doesn’t mean that the display of Asus Transformer Book Trio will suck.

In fact, for today’s standards even for next year, 1080x1920 pixel display already looks insanely sharp and crisp for human eyes.

Besides watching movies, reading books and browsing the net will definitely get the most benefits from that sharp full HD display.

Everything that you throw on the screen will look amazing.

And thanks to its huge 11.1-inch display, now you don’t ever need to swap the screen to zoom in/out because text and images will look insanely sharp and clear in your naked eyes.

Playing games will also get the advantages from this sharp full HD display.

Games will look more vivid, graphics will look awesome and thanks to the Intel Atom processor on the tablet, even the graphically demanding games on Google Play Store will run in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics.

User Interface

As Asus Transformer tablet, Asus Transformer Book Trio without a doubt will get all of the goodies of features found on other Asus Transformer tablets.

And given that this tablet is a new release tablet debuted some months ago, then i believe Asus has put more features and functionality in order to make this tablet more like a real productivity tablet.

On the other hand, as a Windows 8 tablet, Asus Transformer Book Trio will also get all the features found on any normal Windows 8 tablets out there, plus the capability to run the legacy software from your laptop.

However, these goodies can only be enjoyed if you attach the tablet with the keyboard dock.

But if you still want to use Android OS even when merged with the keyboard dock, yes YOU CAN.

Performance

When it comes to performance, Asus Transformer Book Trio really screams, even when used as an Android tablet.

The Android tablet itself is packing a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and some great GPU (Intel graphics card or PowerVR SGX GPU? i'm not sure), which is insanely powerful for an Android tablet.

And these are already powerful for even doing some heavy tasks at the same time.

Meanwhile, as a Windows 8 laptop, of course you can run all of your legacy software on your laptop to this device.

And don’t you worry about its compatibility because i strongly believe Asus Transformer Book Trio is really strong enough to run all the legacy software of Windows 8.

And that’s thanks to the 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB DDR RAM and some powerful graphics card from Intel.

This i7 processor is actually the same one that is powering the Macbook Pro (Macbook Air i don’t know, sorry). So yeah, this tablet indeed is that powerful like a laptop.

And this is probably the reason why Asus goes with the name “Book” in Asus Transformer Book Trio, which is to make a rival for Macbook laptop.

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If you love gaming on tablet, you don’t need to worry anything when purchasing this tablet because you CAN do it perfectly.

Asus Transformer Book Trio comes with a dual-core 1.6GHz intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and Intel graphics card (i guess).

I believe with that kind of specs, all the latest games on Google Play Store, even the most graphics intense ones, like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2, GTA Vice City or even the most recent GTA San Andreas, can be run and played in buttery smooth performance and the most importantly, in full graphics.

However, given that i don’t have enough information regarding the GPU on this tablet, then i’m not really sure that all the games can work properly on this tablet, not because its Intel Atom is inferior than other rivals like Snapdragon 800 or Tegra 4, but it’s more because i don’t know if all the games on Google Play Store are designed by developers to work on Intel Atom processor.

Meanwhile, if you also love playing PC games, you can count on this tablet because Asus Transformer Book Trio is packing some monster specs like a dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 4GB DDR RAM and some powerful Intel Graphics Card (which again, i have no information about, sorry).

So even the most graphically demanding games on your laptop can all be run on this tablet, i mean, laptop, perfectly, of course with the exception of other highest performing games that require more than 4GB RAM, a quad-core GPU and much higher quality graphics card, like Call of Duty: Ghost or GTA V.

But other games with the system requirements of 4GB RAM, dual-core CPU and Intel GPU, i think will likely work on this device.



Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Asus Transformer Book Trio, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

I’m really glad to see that Asus Transformer Book Trio also features a 5MP camera on its back.

This is really important for some people who loves taking photos.

The good news is, given that the cheapest $150 tablet like Asus Memo Pad 7 HD proved to be able to take some decent photos and videos with its 5MP rear-facing camera, then i don’t have any doubt that the 5MP camera on Asus Transformer Book Trio will also be as great as the 5MP camera on that cheap $150 Asus Memo Pad 7 HD, or maybe much even better given that this tablet is far more expensive and it was just released some months ago.

So with that being said, then i believe Asus has made some tweaks here and there on the camera and software in order to make it a much better camera.

Battery Life

Battery life is the other one that makes Asus Transformer Book Trio more appealing to tablet and laptop shoppers out there.

Most Windows laptops on the market right now usually only last around 4 or 6 hours in heavy usage (with the exception of Macbook of course).

The good news is, that’s gonna be far different with Asus Transformer Book Trio.

When used as a tablet, Asus Transformer Book Trio could last around 13 hours of heavy intense usage like for playing games in the row or watching movies in marathon.

However, when merged together with the keyboard dock as a full-fledged laptop, Asus Transformer Book Trio could last much longer than normal laptops because the keyboard dock itself already comes with 5 hours of battery life capacity.

So if the tablet is attached to the keyboard dock, the battery life of this device will be combined with the 13 hours of battery life capacity as Android tablet.

So i believe, when used as a full-fledged laptop, Asus Transformer Book Trio could probably last more than 7 hours in heavy usage.

And this is already amazing for a laptop.

And if you still run the Android OS (not Windows 8 OS) when the tablet is attached with the keyboard dock, i’m guessing the battery life will be so much even longer than 15 hours or maybe more than 1 day in one full charge.

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So overall, Asus Transformer Book Trio is indeed a great Android tablet and an amazing Windows tablet.
  • It’s got a sharp full HD 1080x1920 pixel display,
  • great looking design,
  • some monster specs either on the tablet and keyboard dock,
  • a huge internal storage on board,
  • some powerful battery life when merged together,
  • extremely fast and smooth performance thanks to Intel Atom and Intel Core i7 processors,
  • the ability of dual-boot OS,
  • great gaming performance on both platforms
  • and pretty much everything on Asus Transformer Book Trio is just mind blowing, especially for many tech geeks out there.
First of all, i like how this tablet can be used as Android tablet, full-fledged Windows 8 laptop and a desktop PC.

And this is already insane because if i’m not mistaken, there is nothing like this tablet on the market right now.

I know, there are Windows tablets that also can be used as a tablet.

However, i actually never saw there is any tablet (but please correct me if i’m wrong) that can do both Android OS and full-fledged Windows 8 OS on 1 device, plus can be used with the desktop PC.

It’s just so great to see that this tablet can those 3 jobs at once even in fast performance, thanks to its monster specs.

I also like how Asus Transformer Book Trio is packing some different monster specs on both tablet and the keyboard dock.

This already proves how serious Asus in taking this business.

No doubt this tablet will be awesome for things like watching movies (especially as a tablet), reading books (again, as a tablet), browsing the net (also, as a tablet) and playing games, either as an Android tablet or full-fledged Windows 8 tablet.

It may not be capable to run the latest laptop games like Call of Duty: Ghost or GTA V given their highest system requirements, but still, most of laptop games, especially the older ones, can all be played perfectly on this device.

As for the Android games, i also believe Asus Transformer Book Trio is able to run most of them perfectly and smoothly, thanks to its 2GB of RAM, Intel Atom CPU and Intel dedicated graphics card on the tablet.

Some latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2, GTA Vice City or even GTA San Andreas, can all be played and run on this tablet in smooth performance and in full graphics.

So to sum this up, if you’re still looking for a great productivity tablet that’s able to dual-boot Android OS and full-fledged Windows 8 OS, then look no more, Asus Transformer Book Trio is definitely the best choice for you.

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