New member of the Transformer tablet series is touted as “stylish and affordable,” and is as such catered toward mass market, perhaps first-time tablet buyers who can’t imagine using virtual on-screen keyboards. It’s a solidly built device, but we can’t help noticing it feels cheaper than the Transformer Prime, sporting more plastic than metal. As a matter of fact, it’s like a quad-core version of the original Eee Pad Transformer. I guess this move to cut the material cost is part of the equation, to cover an additional segment of the market – “young and trendy.”
The 10.1-inch LED Backlight screen has 178 degree viewing angle, and you can easily read a book on it. Its 1280×800 pixels resolution was considered top notch until recently, though even now I think it’s more than good enough for a vast majority of users.
On each side of the Pad 300 is a speaker, which together with ASUS SonicMaster technology, promises to deliver “supreme audio” quality.
An 8-megapixel camera with large F2.2 aperture and 5-element lens is on the back, allowing you to take full HD 1080p videos and high-quality photos. On the front, there’s a 1.2-megapixel one used for video calls.
At just 635 grams, the Asus Transformer Pad 300 is not the lightest tablet on the market, but it’s still not a heavy device… until you plug the keyboard dock which adds 546 grams to the mass and, even more importantly, 6 hours of additional tablet use (for a total of 16 hours).
The blue model looks kinda “classic,” whereas the red one is chic… or at least me thinks so. What do you say?