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Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review

Verdict

Fast and with great battery life, but a dimly lit screen lets the TF701T down

Review Date: 13 Dec 2013

Reviewed By: Bobby MacPherson

Price when reviewed: £362 (£434 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £299
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Overall Rating
4 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
3 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

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.

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T

In benchmarks, the TF701T achieved a barnstorming score of 615ms in the SunSpider JavaScript test, 12fps in the GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD test and 3,964 in Geekbench 2. It's much faster than last year's model, and powerful enough to keep demanding games such as Asphalt 8: Airborne and Despicable Me: Minion Rush running as smooth as silk. Critically, though, it feels much more responsive when carrying out basic tasks, with no irritating stutter or lag.

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.

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User comments

And where is it in laptops?

Can anyone explain why they can fit a 16:10 high-res IPS screen into a £400 tablet-hybrid, yet even if I'm willing to pay £2,000 for a high-end laptop I'm stuck with crummy, low-res, 16:9 screens (with huge top and bottom bezels of course)?

Madness...

By Trippynet on 13 Dec 2013

Love this!

I ordered this laptop about a week ago from http://www.bundleofwires.com and it's pretty fast and I don't need to leave it on the charger all the time like my last one

By frenchy123 on 13 Dec 2013

Grumpy

BEWARE - No USB drivers available for connection to PC which means no Asus or third party USB sync for contacts, calendar and files. Major omission.

By Murray25 on 14 Dec 2013

not happy

I have had mine for less than a week and it has packed up - seems to be a charging or on/off switch problem?

By EleanorS on 18 Jan 2014

not happy

I have had mine for less than a week and it has packed up - seems to be a charging or on/off switch problem?

By EleanorS on 18 Jan 2014

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