Asus Transformer Pad TF300
Many of our followers know that we are a big fan of Asus Products. As a manufacturer and designer, Asus has impressed us time and again with their industry leading performance and design. We are excited to review their newest entry into the fast growing Pad market. The Transformer Pad TF300.
To improve Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth signal strength, Asus has introduced this model with a plastic shell back panel. This increases the thickness a bit due to the additional curvature in the ABS frame which makes the TF300T slightly thicker than the TF201, but a fraction of an inch thinner than the original Transformer TF101. This extra thickness translates to a tablet that’s easier to grasp, even if it imparts a thicker profile compared to the Transformer Prime TF201.
Aside from utilizing ABS plastic instead of aluminum, the Transformer Pad TF300T has several other features worth highlighting:
- Android ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) 4.0 Operating System loaded.
- Improved rear-facing 8 MP camera with a fast F2.2 Lens Aperture.
- Improved Asus Sonic Master audio with 1.5in speaker grill.
- 8GB of Asus Web Storage (for life)
- Polaris Office 3.0, SuperNote 1.5, App Locker, App Backup, MyLibrary, MyNet, and MyCloud included.
- Transformer Pad TF300T has a notable memory speed advantage. The TF201 employs 1066 MT/s low-power DDR2 memory, while the newer TF300T features DDR3 memory.
- The CPU clock speed has been lowered from 1.3GHz to 1.2GHz but the faster memory bus helps make up the difference.
Our Best Likes:
- Great Pricing.
- Ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich loaded.
- Quad-core Tegra 3 Processor and fast energy saving DDR3 Memory.
- A new volume rocker button that protrudes a bit more from the body than the TF201 Prime. Also, there is a power/sleep button on the top edge.
- A 1.2MP Front Camera and an improved 8MP Rear Camera.
- TF300 has a 22-watt-hour battery (up to 10hrs of normal use). With the screen set to maximum brightness, Wi-Fi connected, and the processor set to Maximum Performance, the TF300 turned in 7 hours, 53 minutes of continuous video playback—slightly better than the 7 hours, 38 minutes registered by the Transformer Prime, with its much brighter screen.
- Easier docking into the extremely useful Keyboard Dock (optional accessory). There is a battery inside which adds up to an additional 5 hours.
- A standard IPS display replaces the Prime’s Super IPS+ screen. The 1280-by-800-pixel resolution remains, but the TF300’s screen maxes out at 350 nits, instead of the Prime’s 600-nit mode. If you will use this outside much, that might be a concern. This reduces the screen brightness but also saves some battery time.
The Bottom Line:
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has delivered a new model that performs like the TF201 Prime at a reduced price. If you looking for a bigger value, like the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, this model is the winner.
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