R3878 from Raru
What you need to know:
- Runs Windows or Android
- 10.1″ display
- 1GB memory and 8GB storage
- Comes with 5GB Life time ASUS Webstorage space and an additional 11GB for the first year
- Detachable keyboard
- 9.5 hour battery
- 550 g
- Available in White and Black
What we think you should know:
You know what the hardest thing is? Writing a review of a device you actually use on a daily basis. I’ve had an Asus Transformer Pad for a good 6 months. It’s my “travel” companion. For starters it is such a fabulous size for my every day handbag. It slides right in. Though I now have it in my Man of Steel (yes, I know I need a proper gadget bag) backpack which travels to and from work with me. It’s so portable which is what I love about it.
When I travel I don’t take my big Acer laptop with me. Instead I rely on the Asus Transformer Pad. This is a big ask. When I travel it is usually to horse shows or overseas for work. That means I need a gadget that won’t let me down. I cannot afford to have my chosen laptop not work. While it isn’t really a laptop but a glorified tablet with detachable keypad, it is yet to disappoint.
I love the combined keyboard touch screen functionality. If I spend exclusive time on it I have to stop myself from touching the screen of my laptop or desktop when I return to using them. It has one USB port if you need to plug in flash drives and then has a charging connection (like most Windows and Android tablets and phones) so you can charge it while you work off a flash drive or add a mouse if you need.
You won’t need a mouse though. The trackpad is fantastic and I usually hate trackpads as I find them buggy and too sensitive. The only thing I don’t like about the Asus Transformer Pad is the 10.1″ display. As I’ve got more involved with improving the photography on the blog I’ve struggled a bit with the small screen. I’ll be dead honest, I’m in the market for a new “travel” companion purely because I require a bigger screen. Don’t expect a dazzling display, but for what you’re using it for it will suffice.For the girl on the go who doesn’t need to edit photos and blog layouts, this little guy is kind of perfect.
It’s major sell is the battery life though. The listed specifications say it works for 9.5 hours but trust me, it lasts even longer. I’ve never been left in the lurch without juice. Sometimes I cannot believe that we’re still going strong three days into a trip. The battery never seems to run flat (and sometimes I even forget to shut it down and just leave it in sleep mode).
This is one special little gadget. It’s weaseled its way into my heart. If you’re in the market for a laptop to take on the road with you to check emails, do spreadsheets and browse the internet, I don’t know why you’d be looking at anything else.
- The battery life.
Makes us sad:
- If only it had a bigger display.
Disclaimer: I have an Asus Transformer Pad. I was sent one for review as well. It goes back. Mine won’t leave me until I find something with a bigger display that matches this battery life.