Asus Transformer Series: Quick Review Roundup

Posted by B. Johnson
January 20, 2015 | 0 comments
Asus Transformer Series: Quick Review RoundupHi guys, welcome back to this site!

If there is one company that is consistent in making so many great quality devices to the tablet market, then Asus is definitely the one i’m talking about.

Despite not having such a ground breaking sales number just like Apple or Samsung, this manufacturer amazingly still wants to keep producing tablets to consumer market.

However, unlike other big giant manufacturers like Apple, Samsung or Sony, this manufacturer interestingly has interest mostly towards productivity tablet category, instead of producing pure media-consumption tablets – although this company also has several great media-consumption tablets under the Asus MemoPad family.

And that’s shown pretty clear by its Transformer line which mostly are equipped with Asus’ official keyboard dock that has become the trademark of Asus Transformer series.

When it comes to internal hardware, i think it’s really interesting to see how most of Asus Transformer tablets are powered NVIDIA’s mobile processors – either Tegra 2, Tegra 3 or even Tegra 4, hopefully Tegra K1 as well in the near future.

This means, most of these tablets will not only scream in performance, but they will also be great for playing games, even as serious tablet games.

And this is not really shocking because most of Tegra tablets, especially Tegra 3 and Tegra 4 tablets (of course Tegra K1 as well), are mostly great when handling high-performing games.

So that’s the reason why today, i’m really interested to bring up some of Asus tablets that are shipping with Tegra processors.

However, i’m going to include all of Asus tablet series into this one solid quick roundup, similar just like i’ve been writing in the past few weeks or so.

So if you’re still confused to pick up which Asus tablet that is right for you, especially if you’re a gamer, then you probably will find this post informative and helpful for you.

Okay then, without further ado, here you go, i’m gonna share to you my quick roundup of all Asus tablets that are powered by Tegra processors, of course, the ones that have been reviewed already on this website. Enjoy!

Asus MemoPad 10 Smart

Asus MemoPad 10 SmartLaunched in May 2013, Asus MemoPad 10 Smart can be considered as a bit late especially in Tegra 3 party because most of Tegra 3 tablets were mostly released in mid 2012 – like Sony Xperia S, Google Nexus 7 and many other devices.

However, that doesn’t mean that the Tegra 3 processor inside this tablet will perform poorly compared to other rivals released in the same year.

Asus MemoPad 10 Smart is still a great performing device, even for gaming.

The great thing about this tablet is, Asus MemoPad 10 Smart is packing a 10.1-inch display sporting only 720p resolution (1280x800 pixels) which is a perfect match for the Tegra 3 processor (although this processor is actually still adequate to handle 1080p display).

So with this type of display, not only does this tablet really scream in performance, but it’ll also have a good battery life given that its processor is only tasked to deliver its power to a 720p display, which is not gonna cause a lot of stress to the chipset.

Not to mention, thanks to its standard clock speed of 1.2GHz, it’ll prevent the overheating issue on this device especially on the processor and the rear cover.

Besides that 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display and Tegra 3 quad-core processor, this Asus MemoPad 10 Smart also comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, 1GB of RAM, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 16GB of internal storage, 5MP and 1.2MP cameras back and front and a 19Wh power battery.

Overall, i think this tablet will be similar with other Tegra 3 tablets with 720p display.

It will perform really fast and smooth, it will have a great gaming performance – with games like Asphalt 8, GTA Vice City or Modern Combat 4 running smoothly – and it has all the complete element of a media-consumption tablet.

Besides, it also has 5MP camera on the back, so it probably will come in handy if you're into photography.

Asus VivoTab RT

Asus VivoTab RTUnlike most of Asus tablets that mostly use Android OS - as the name of this device applies -, Asus VivoTab RT interestingly is heading to another direction with its Windows RT platform.

The great thing is, this RT tablet is packing a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, ensuring the great performance on this tablet, especially for playing games.

But the bad thing is, despite having this great set of hardware, Asus VivoTab RT comes with Windows RT OS. And the ecosystem of this platform is still playing catch up especially with the app and game catalog on its app market.

So if you decide to buy this tablet, chances are, there are so many games that you’ve come to love on your Android or iOS, are not available for this Windows RT.

However, given that this tablet is mainly intended as a productivity-centric device – as shown by its official keyboard dock that ships with the tablet -, then it’s still acceptable if the app and game ecosystem of this tablet is not the one that Asus puts the most prioritize on.

Asus clearly wants Asus VivoTab RT to be a great and simple productivity tablet for people who love being productive on the go.

But this tablet will also be an amazing device for other things though, like for watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web, reading books/magazines and many more.

In terms of specs, as i mentioned above, Asus VivoTab RT comes with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz per core – which is 100Mhz higher than the standard 1.2GHz clock speed on other Tegra 3 tablets -, a 10.1-inch IPS+ LCD display sporting the 1366x768 pixel resolution, Microsoft Windows RT obviously, 2GB of RAM, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, an 8MP camera on the back with LED flash, a 2MP camera on the front to do selfies, microSD card slot for up to 64B to support the 32GB/64GB internal storage and a promised 9 hours of battery life over its 25Wh power battery.

However, there is no SIM card slot, no GPRS, no radio, no GPS on this model though, although it still has Bluetooth, NFC, USB, Java and HDMI port.

Overall, i’m pretty impressed with what this tablet has to offer to users, especially the ones who are productive, creative and active on the go.

Put its lack of app catalog aside, i still think that Asus VivoTab RT is a decent quality productivity tablet.

Asus Transformer Pad TF300

Asus Transformer Pad TF300Asus Transformer Pad TF300 becomes one of the tablets under the Transformer line that ships with the keyboard dock.

It’s running on Android platform though.

So it probably leans toward simple productivity tablet category instead of a more serious productivity tablet category, just like the one mentioned above (Asus Vivo Tab RT).

The good thing is, there are many great things to be liked from this simple Android productivity tablet, like its Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a large 10.1-inch 720p display, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support its 16/32GB internal storage, Android 4.0 ICS out of the box and a pretty huge 22Wh battery capacity.

Overall, i personally think that this tablet is still pretty neat especially for those who are looking for a simple productivity tablet but also who love Android ecosystem and its apps.

It’s probably not gonna be as impressive as Asus VivoTab RT – in terms of productivity features and pre-loaded apps – but with the huge app catalog and not to mention, games, on Android’s Google Play Store, i think Asus Transformer Pad TF300 can be a bit better than Asus VivoTab RT.

Besides, it’s gonna be great for playing games and it’s obviously capable to handle games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA Vice City, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3 or Need for Speed Most Wanted, all in full highest graphics.

So if you decide to buy this tablet, not only will you get a decent simple productivity tablet, but you’ll get a huge app catalog and great gaming performance as well.

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T

Asus Transformer Pad TF701TOne of Asus tablets – actually, the only one tablet from Asus – that ships with Tegra 4 processor is Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.

I personally never saw any other Asus’ tablets that are powered by this processor with the exception of Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.

I believe it’s probably due to the overheating issue of this processor that prevents Asus from using this chipset on many of its latest tablets, unlike Tegra 3 processor that can be seen on almost Asus Transformer family.

However, despite having that overheating issue, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T is no doubt still a decent quality tablet, either for productivity-related stuff, media-consumption or even as a gaming tablet.

And that’s for sure because any tablet that is armed with this Tegra 4, really screams in performance.

In fact, most of Tegra 4 tablets that i’ve already seen around the YouTube or tech reviews, are mostly capable to handle even the latest graphics-intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5 – all in smooth buttery performance and of course, in full highest graphics.

When it comes to hardware specs, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T is actually not only impressive for its Tegra 4 processor, but it’s also great on many sectors.

It has a 10-inch display sporting super-high resolution 2560x1600 pixels, its Tegra 4 processor is clocked at 1.9GHz, it has 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, it has 2GB of RAM, it comes with Android Jelly Bean out of the box, it has 5MP and 1.2MP cameras back and front and there is a huge 31Wh power battery powering this device.

So no wonder if Asus prices this tablet really really high.

Overall, i think it’s no brainer to recommend this tablet to you, especially if you’re still searching for a great powerful productivity Android tablet that has keyboard dock and beast gaming performance.

However, as mentioned earlier, Tegra 4 processor has been plagued with overheating issue.

And the fact that this tablet is sporting a super high resolution display probably could make that issue occur much even worse.

So if you decide to buy this tablet, make sure that you’ve already bought gloves for your hands or external case cover, unless you want to fry your hands with this tablet.

Asus Transformer Prime TF700T

Asus Transformer Prime TF700TAnother Tegra 3 tablet is coming from Asus and it’s powered by the Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Interestingly, unlike most of Tegra 3 tablets on the market, this Asus Transformer Prime TF700T is sporting a much higher 1080p display (1920x1200 pixels).

So as a result, the overall performance of this device might not be as fast and smooth as other Tegra 3 tablets with 720p display.

And it goes the same with the battery life of this tablet, which is not gonna last as long as its counterparts.

But apart from that, there are still some great things to appreciate from this device.

Besides its 1080p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, there are also the QWERTY keyboard dock for this tablet, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the already huge 32/64GB internal storage and pretty huge 25Wh battery under the hood.

Asus Transformer Prime TF700T is definitely great for playing games. And that’s for sure.

However, the fact that this tablet is packing a much higher 1080p display really creates some new problem over its performance, especially for playing games.

This tablet may be able to run some latest graphics demanding games like Modern Combat 4, GTA Vice City, NOVA 3 or Asphalt 8: Airborne.

However, i’m not sure if Asphalt 8 would run smoothly in full graphics.

As i’ve already seen on most of Tegra 3 tablets with 720p display, this Asphalt 8: Airborne indeed runs in full highest graphics, but it’s not running so smoothly, with consistent frame drops in the gameplay.

I’m not saying this game is not playable – it’s playable – but it’s for sure not running smoothly.

So the same thing would probably happen as well on this Asus Transformer Prime TF700T or probably even worse, the game is just not playable in full graphics, due to its high 1080p resolution.

So if you decide to buy this tablet, you should be prepared to be disappointed if some latest games won’t run smoothly in full graphics.

But apart from that, i still personally think that Asus Transformer Prime TF700T is a decent quality tablet, especially for doing some productivity-related stuff or even media-consumption activities.

Asus Transformer Prime TF201

Asus Transformer Prime TF201The other Tegra 3 tablet is also coming from the Asus Transformer Prime family. And this one is Asus Transformer Prime TF201.

Released in 2011 of December, it’s interesting to see that this device was already powered by Tegra 3 processor, along with its 12-core GeForce ULP GPU and 1GB of RAM.

Not to mention, thanks to its medium 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, this tablet is more than adequate to handle many latest graphics demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted or GTA Vice City, although the Asphalt 8 game won’t run that smooth in full highest graphics.

Apart from its great gaming performance, there are also many great things to be liked from this Asus Transformer Prime TF201, like its 8MP camera on the back with LED flash, 1.2MP camera on the front, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the already huge 32/64GB internal storage, Android 3.2 Honeycomb out of the box (which can be upgraded to ICS v4.0) and a pretty huge 25Wh power battery.

However, there is no SIM card slot found on this tablet, meaning that all of its internet-related features will be taken care by the WiFi connectivity.

Asus Transformer TF101

Asus Transformer TF101As the previous-gen model, it’s not surprising to see that Asus Transformer TF101 is still powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz per core, along with the 8-core GeForce ULP GPU and 1GB of RAM.

So when it comes to performance, especially for playing games, this tablet may not be as impressive as other Asus tablets with Tegra 3 processor.

So if you playing games, you’re gonna be limited to some older-released games in 2011 – 2013, like PES 2012, Dead Space, Need for Speed SHIFT, Dungeon Defender or Asphalt 5.

I’m not saying that all games released in 2013 cannot be played with this device, but most of the latest graphics intense games in 2013 – 2014 just cannot be played in full highest graphics with this tablet.

But the good thing is, this Asus Transformer TF101 is intended by Asus as a simple productivity Android tablet, not a pure gaming tablet.

So if you decide to get this tablet for its keyboard dock and productivity-related features, then you’ll make no mistake if you buy this device.

It has a large 10.1-inch display sporting the 720p resolution, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 16/32GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera with no flash, 1.2MP front-facing camera, a pretty huge 24.4Wh power battery and a promised 9 hours and 30 minutes for talk time.

Not to mention, given that this tablet is intended as a productivity device, there is also Polaris Office 3.0 editor comes pre-installed, allowing you to edit Word, PowerPoint or Excell documents.

Overall, i think Asus Transformer TF101 can still be considered as a pretty good productivity-centric device and even a media-consumption tablet.

However, as a gaming tablet, i don’t think this device will be that graet on this sector perfectly.

Conclusion

Well, that’s all for now the my quick roundup of these Asus tablets.

Besides all of these Tegra 3 tablets aforementioned here, i actually still have some other Asus tablets that i would also like to share in my next quick roundup post.

So if you’re interested to get to know more with those models, be sure to stick around on this website.

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