Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL Review

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January 4, 2014 | 0 comments
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL ReviewHi guys, welcome back to this site! :0

Last year in December 2013, i’ve showed you one Asus tablet that really blew me away.

And that one was Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, a Tegra 4 Android tablet supporting a full HD display and a keyboard dock.

What captured my interest a lot from that tablet was of course its Tegra 4 processor, which has been one of my favorite mobile processors this year besides Snapdragon 800, and then 2560x1600 pixel display which makes up to 2.5K display, not to mention its usual keyboard dock, and last but not least, its premium looking design.

Besides Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, Asus apparently also another good tablet under the same flag. And this one is called Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL.

However, unlike the previous Transformer Pad tablet that i just reviewed earlier, the one that i’m about to show you right now is definitely not as great as Transformer Pad TF701T.

But we’ll get more on that later.

Compared to Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, then it’s obvious that Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is not better in many ways, especially in term of specs sheet.

However, despite having some lower hardware specs, it doesn’t mean that Asus Transformer Pad Infinity will suck and not worth buying Android tablet on the market.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is still a pretty great tablet though, especially for those of you who are looking for a 1080p display tablet with the support of 4G LTE connectivity.

Besides, even though the entire specs of this tablet are considered as lower compared to Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, interestingly, there are some parts of this tablet that are still better, like its camera, its connectivity support and some more.

Okay then, if you’re eager to know more about Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL, then don’t hesitate to read my personal view and opinion of this tablet in this review.

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

Introduction

In the past few years, Asus has been tremendously popular in tablet market with its Asus Transformer line, some Android tablets with the support of keyboard dock, which are targeting the power users or PRO users who are looking for productivity tablets.

Even though these tablets are not selling as great as iPad, Kindle Fire or Samsung tablets, there is a good sign for this tablet series to have a very bright future in the next few years ahead.

Asus Transformer tablets are divided into some tablet series, like Asus Transformer Prime, Asus Transformer Trio Book, Asus Transformer Pad and probably some other more.

However, the one that i’m about to show you in this personal review falls to the category of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

But still, these tablets have one similarity one to another.

And that is the keyboard dock.

As you already know (or not?), earlier a few days ago, i’ve already showed you one Asus Transformer tablet that managed to make me impressed.

And a LOT.

And that was Asus Transformer Pad TF701T. So thanks to that, this time, i would like to bring you another Asus Transformer Pad tablet that i believe is worth buying tablet on the market to date.

And this one is called Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL.

Just like my previous review, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is still an Android-powered tablet that comes with some pretty good specs on it, if not great.

However, despite having some “pretty good” specs, there are some parts of this tablet that make me really interested to show to you guys here.

And they are the 4G LTE connectivity and the 8MP rear-facing camera on this tablet.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity may not have the same impressive mind-blowing specs sheet just like Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, especially in term of hardware specs. No argue to that.

However, for many people, especially power users who are looking for a good productivity tablet, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL indeed could be a good choice for them.

But... in one condition.

And that is, if this tablet is priced lower than Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.

Well, if you want to read more about this tablet, from its design, overview specs, user interface, features, gaming performance and its battery life, then here you go, my personal review of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

Design

When it comes to design, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL looks quite a bit casual compared to the one that i’ve just reviewed earlier, Asus Transformer Pad with Tegra 4.

Let’s begin with the tablet first. On the front side of the tablet, the design of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity doesn’t look as elegant and professional as Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.

On the Transformer Pad, the front side looks like it’s made from some great quality material, which makes it look like a premium tablet, of course, given that it is a premium quality tablet with some premium specs all over the place.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL Review

On the other hand, on Transformer Pad Infinity, the front side of this tablet looks like it’s been made from some cheap material, which is not as premium as the look of Asus Transformer Pad.

Frankly though, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is a bit helped by the elegant design of its keyboard dock, which kind of makes it look like some kind of professional tablet instead of a cheap Android tablet.

So overall, even though i’m not a big fan of the front design of this tablet, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity still looks nice and professional especially thanks to its keyboard dock.

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  • Mini-SIM
  • LTE 4G
  • Released 2012, Q4
  • Optional mobile dock with standard QWERTY keyboard and trackpad
  • 10.1 inch Super IPS+ LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 pixels, (~224 ppi pixel density)
  • ASUS Waveshare UI
  • Android OS, v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, upgradable to v4.2.1 Jelly Bean
  • Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5 GHz Krait CPU
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 32/64 GB Internal storage
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java
  • HDMI port
  • Non-removable 25 Wh Li-Po battery
Despite being the lower spec’d version of Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, i still think that Asus Transformer Pad Infinity can be considered as pretty high end tablet, thanks to its 4G LTE connectivity and 8MP camera, which are better than the no LTE support and the only 5MP camera on the Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.

However, those are the only things that make this tablet a little bit better, if not better.

Compared to Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, the whole spec sheet of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity still leaves a lot to be desired.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity comes with a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 pixel display (which makes it 1080p display), a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, Adreno 225, 8MP camera, 4G LTE connectivity, 2MP front-facing camera and some other standard features.

On the other hand, the sequel, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, comes with a much higher 10.1-inch 2560x1600 pixel display (which makes it a 2.5K display), Tegra 4 quad-core SoC, 2GB of RAM, 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP rear-facing camera and some other high end specs, plus it has a much better premium looking design than the predecessor, this Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

So with that being said, then Asus Transformer Pad TF701T is definitely far better in many ways than Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, despite having a lower 5MP camera and no LTE support.

However, given that the photo quality taken with the 5MP camera on a cheap $150 Asus Memo Pad 7 HD already looks great, then we can expect to see the same thing on the 5MP camera of Asus Transformer Pad, or maybe much even better given that it’s more expensive and has much higher specs than Asus Memo Pad 7HD.

Screen

For a 2012-released tablet, then the display of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity obviously can be considered as great.

It actually can still be considered as great for last year and this year (2014) in tablet market given that it’s rare to see tablets with 2560x1600 pixel display or 2.5K display.

As far as i know but you can correct me if i’m wrong, i think only Samsung Google Nexus 10, Kobo 10HD (which i’m interested to showcase on this website in the near future), Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition) that have that staggering 2560x1600 pixel display for 2013’s tablet market.

Maybe there are some other tablets with that same 2.5K display but don’t have the chance to get the spotlight in last year’s tablet market.

I believe the 1920x1200 pixel display will still be the industry standard for this year in tablet market because this kind of display already looks sharp for 10-inch tablets, let alone 7-inch tablets.

As for the 2.5K display or 2560x1600 pixel display, i think there will be a lot of tablets that will join this display race in 2014.

But still, 10-inch tablet with 1920x1200 pixel already looks great and sharp for human eyes, so i don’t think it’s really necessary for tablet manufacturers to jump to 2.5K display unless the tablets are high-end ones.

Anyway, the display of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity looks good, if not great.

Everything that you throw on the screen looks sharp and clear, thanks to its higher resolution.

Watching HD movies will be amazing because the display is stunning.

Reading books or magazines will also be so much better because its 10.1-inch display is huge and its 1920x1200 pixel resolution make everything on the screen like text, image or object, look sharp.

So you don’t need to do zoom in/out gesture anymore because everything just looks sharp and crisp in normal view.

User Interface

As a productivity tablet, then the User Interface of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity will come with a bunch of productivity-related features just like any other Asus Transformer tablets out there.

So if you intend to use this tablet to support your productivity needs and especially your job, then you’re in good hands because Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has got your needs covered because this tablet is designed for that matter.

So features like Office docs, computation features or apps will come pre-installed out of the box.

And thanks to its keyboard dock, now your homework, job or maybe your hobby of writing (or typing?) can all be accommodated very well on this tablet.

I think Asus Transformer tablet like this Asus Transformer Pad Infinity will be an ideal tablet for authors, bloggers or writers because this kind of tablet doesn’t fully fall to the productivity category, compared to Microsoft Surface tablet and other Windows OS tablets out there.

In my opinion, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is a little bit of productivity tablet or the simplified version of productivity tablet, not the real serious productivity tablet.

So if you’re looking for a more serious productivity tablet, then Windows tablet like Sony Vaio or Microsoft Surface will be the best option for you.

Performance

Talking about the performance of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, i think this is the part where i’m not really impressed by this tablet.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity comes with a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz Krait, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 225 GPU.

This kind of hardware specs might be considered good in 2012’s tablet market.

However, in 2013 and especially 2014’s tablet market, the specs of this tablet just don’t stack up against other rivals in the market.

What makes it worse is that, there are so many greater and better alternatives for Asus Transformer Pad Infinity in smaller 7-inch tablet market, like Tegra Note 7, Kindle Fire 7 HDX or Google Nexus 7, that will definitely blow Asus Transformer Pad Infinity out of the water, in terms of specs.

It’s even worsened by the fact that these 3 rivals are maybe cheaper than Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, with Tegra Note 7 priced at just $199, while Google Nexus 7 2013 and Kindle Fire 7 HDX getting the $229 price tag.

So if you’re looking for a tablet with a great price and great performance, especially gaming performance, then Tegra Note 7, Kindle Fire 7 HDX or Google Nexus 7 can be the best alternative than Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

But if you still want to buy Asus Transformer Pad Infinity given its keyboard dock, i strongly recommend you to get the sequel, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T that comes with much higher specs, like Tegra 4, 2GB of RAM, 72-core GeForce ULP GPU and 2560x1600 pixel display, which i believe is more expensive than Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL.

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When it comes to the gaming performance of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, then there is nothing to write home about on this tablet.

Its dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 225 GPU will definitely suffer when running the latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2 and GTA Vice City, even in medium graphics setting.

And i don’t think this tablet will be able to play and run GTA San Andreas smoothly even in low graphics setting because i’ve already seen this game run on Google Nexus 7 (2013) and it runs really laggy and buggy in highest graphics setting.

However, for many other oldest games released in 2 years ago, like ShadowGun 1, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline or PES 2012, i think these games will run smoothly on Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, even in full graphics.

So if you’re looking for a tablet with so much better gaming performance, instead of buying Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, i strongly suggest you to steer your target to other tablets with Tegra 4 like Tegra Note 7, Kindle Fire HDX or other high-end tablets.

However, if you’re looking for a productivity tablet with a great gaming performance, then your choice is Asus Transformer Pad TF701T with Tegra 4. It’s just so much even better in many ways than this Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.



Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

If there is one good thing found on Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, then it’s definitely its 8MP camera. Compared to the sequel, the photos taken with the 8MP camera on this tablet definitely look much sharper and clearer than the photos taken with the 5MP camera on Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.

And given that the photo quality of a cheap $150 Asus Memo Pad 7 HD already looks great with its 5MP camera, then you can expect to see the 8MP camera of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity capable to take much better shots.

So i think it’s good to see that this tablet still has the superiority in terms of camera, despite having much lower specs than other today’s tablets, especially its sequel, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.

Battery Life

As a productivity tablet, then the battery life of Asus Transformer Pad Infinity will be long lasting given that it’s supported with keyboard dock and it’s only running on Android OS, not the full-fledged Windows OS.

So i believe in mixed non-crazy usage like for watching movies, playing games, reading books, browsing the web or checking emails, all combined, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity could survive in one solid day in 1 full charge of course.

However, in heavy use like for playing games in the row or watching HD movies in marathon, i think this tablet is only able to last around 5 to 8 hours.

But these numbers could be even lower than expected because this tablet is sporting an HD 1920x1200 pixel display, which could drain the battery life even further in heavy intense usage.

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So to sum this up, i think Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL can be considered as a pretty good tablet, but not good, let alone great.

The reason is, the hardware specs that this tablet is packing are really mid end, despite having a great HD display and 8MP camera.

Compared to other rivals, especially its own sequel, Asus Transformer Pad with Tegra 4, then there is nothing special about Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, especially in term of performance and specs.

Playing the latest games will also suffer a lot on Asus Transformer Pad Infinity given that its dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 225 are just too weak for today’s standard of tablets, even in 7-inch tablet market.

So latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2, GT Racing 2 and especially GTA San Andreas cannot be played smoothly on Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, even in low-graphics setting, let alone in full graphics.

However, if this tablet is priced lower or even way cheaper than other similar tablets like Asus Transformer Pad Infinity or any other productivity tablets out there, then Asus Transformer Pad Infinity can still be a worth buying tablet, thanks to its sharp 1920x1200 pixel display, 8MP camera and 4G LTE connectivity.

As a matter of fact, if you are not a big fan of tablet games and you can get this tablet at cheap price point, then you’ll make no mistake when buying this tablet.

It’s still pretty good for running oldest games, it still has that sharp display, it has keyboard dock plus its dedicated features, and it comes with 8MP camera.

So there are great things that can be found on this tablet.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a productivity tablet with keyboard dock that has much powerful specs and better gaming performance than Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, then i strongly suggest you to get Asus Transformer Pad TF701T with Tegra 4 instead.

It has way higher 2.5K display, way better hardware specs, great gaming performance, premium design and probably much better battery life.

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