Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review
Fast and with great battery life, but a dimly lit screen lets the TF701T down
The Asus Transformer Pad TF701T is the latest in a long line of tablet/laptop hybrids, but the design philosophy has barely changed since the series' progenitor – the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 –appeared back in 2011.
You still get a standalone tablet with a detachable keyboard dock boasting a second battery and extra ports. As every year goes by, however, the refinements build, and the TF701T is no different, adding a higher-resolution screen and more power.
The one beef we had with the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 last year was that of performance; although games and apps ran swiftly, it often felt a little sluggish when carrying out basic operations – browsing the web, for instance, and launching apps. This new Transformer resolves that in one stroke. Just like the Kobo Arc 10HD, it employs Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 4 processor, but clocked slightly faster at 1.9GHz, and it's much faster than the Infinity's 1.6GHz Tegra 3 T33.
As with its predecessor, the TF701T's Tegra 4 processor possesses a fifth low-power “companion core”, which means that although power is hugely boosted, battery life hasn't suffered. Attached to the dock with its extra battery, it lasted a huge 16hrs 17mins in our looping video test.
Even disconnected from the dock, the tablet managed an excellent score of 12hrs 33mins, a fraction behind the iPad Air's score of 12hrs 55mins. It takes a good four hours to fully charge the tablet and dock simultaneously, but this is a common problem with large or dual batteries.
|Price ex VAT||£362|
|Price inc VAT||£434|
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Features & Design||4|
|Value for Money||3|
|Dimensions||263 x 7 x 180mm (WDH)|
|Resolution screen horizontal||2,560|
|Resolution screen vertical||1,600|
|Display type||IPS touchscreen|
|Camera megapixel rating||5.0mp|
|Upstream USB ports||1|
|Mobile operating system||Android 4.2|