Asus Transformer Book Trio

6.5/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
11.6"

The Asus Transformer Book Trio's screen is 11.6 inches with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 8 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5070mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5070 mAh battery.



It is a fully-capable computer with separate hardware for both an Android tablet and a Windows laptop/desktop.

- Daniel Bader , Mobile Syrup 

Reviews summary

6.5/10AVG.
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Based on 5 reviews

What's good

  • Full HD display with good color reproduction
  • Relatively smooth performance in tablet and laptop mode
  • Three distinct configuration modes: tablet, laptop and desktop PC
  • Functional Android and Windows 8 OS

What's bad

  • Combined with the keyboard, weighs a hefty 3.7 pounds
  • Icons and text are too small in Windows mode
  • File sharing between tablet and laptop has limited uses
  • Poor battery life

The Asus steps up the hybrid market with their Transformer Book Trio. Not only is it a tablet and laptop, the detachable keyboard can plug into a monitor, effectively making it a desktop PC. The 3-in-1 design is possible as the tablet and keyboard section both have their own internal hardware and operating systems. Combined, the Trio measures 0.93 x 12 x 7.6 inches and weighs 1,678 grams (3.7 pounds). While on the heavier side, reviewers point out the convenience of having an all-in-one device outweighs the slight heft.

The display detaches to become an 11.6-inch tablet with a full HD resolution of 1080p and IPS technology. While colors tend to run fairly true, critics note that the black levels appear more gray and take away some depth from movies and games. As a tablet, the Trio runs on a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Critics note that the UI is smooth without any lag despite and the processor is powerful enough to run most apps and games easily.

When connected with the keyboard, the Asus Transformer Book Trio switches over to the Intel i7 2.4GHz dual-core processor with 4GB of RAM. Firstpost states, "The PC Base station packs in enough grunt to easily manage most menial tasks and then some" and benchmark tests back up the claim ranking The Trio above other hybrid competitors like the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro though lower than the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 due in part to its slow hard drive. Since the keyboard itself comes with its own CPU, RAM and hard drive it can hook up to a monitor via VGA or HDMI cable and be used as a Windows 8 desktop. In terms of storage, the tablet comes up with up to 64GB of internal memory while the keyboard dock comes with up to 1TB.

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Both the tablet and keyboard dock also come with separate batteries though critics quickly found out that two batteries didn't mean longer battery life. Experts eked out around 6 hours of moderate use from the tablet though they add that the keyboard dock adds an additional 8 hours of life.

While the tablet section comes loaded with Android OS, the keyboard base has Windows OS installed. Users can switch between Android and Windows in laptop mode by pressing a button on the keyboard. In order to change OS, reviewers note that users will have to first power on the keyboard and wait for the boot sequence to finish. Still, when both operating systems are live, most experts found the changeover to be fairly instantaneous. Once in Windows, users can also drag and drop files between the tablet and PC portion via the file sharing app Asus Console. In theory the idea sounds good, but when Digital Trends tested it out they found that it had limited use. They state, "The calendar, for example, can only import from Outlook on the PC side, and while importing or exporting videos…is not difficult, it's not any easier than using Dropbox." In addition, critics note that icons and text are so small in Windows 8 mode that simple tasks can often be daunting. The display does support 10-point gestures for Android and Windows 8, which experts describe as "highly accurate and fluid."

Despite its adaptability, reviewers are split on their impression of The Trio. PC Mag says, "…the problematic design and very high price outweigh the benefits offered by the otherwise decent performance of the Transformer Book Trio in either laptop or tablet mode." Mobile Syrup, on the other hand, states, "It's not going to appeal to everyone, but it's a great choice for someone who doesn't want to carry two specialized devices."


Reviews (6.5/10 Avg. rating)


PC Magazine

Intriguing concept that weds an Android tablet and a Windows PC

from PC Magazine

The Asus Transformer Book Trio presents a collection of contradictions. The laptop and tablet performance, taken separately, are actually very good, while the marriage of two separate devices and operating systems provides clever solutions to several unique technical problems. This combining of d...More

The Asus Transformer Book Trio presents a collection of contradictions. The laptop and tablet performance, taken separately, are actually very good, while the marriage of two separate devices and operating systems provides clever solutions to several unique technical problems. This combining of devices and operating systems is riddled with problems, however, from the kludgy approach to file sharing to booting problems and power issues when switching between tablet and laptop. In the end, the problematic design and very high price outweigh the benefits offered by the otherwise decent performance of the Transformer Book Trio in either laptop or tablet mode. For a far better combination of tablet, laptop, and desktop functionality, we recommend the Editors' Choice Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and the accompanying Microsoft Docking Station, offering equal or better performance and a seamless Windows experience across all usage modes. And for those who want a combination of Android and Windows, with the convenience of a tablet and the productive capability of a laptop, the price of the Transformer Book Trio is enough to lead us to recommend purchasing the laptop and tablet of your choice separately.

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Expert Reviews

Great value hybrid with powerful hardware, excellent screen, but average battery life

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The Asus Transformer Book Trio might seem overpriced, but you’re getting two products in one device for the price of one laptop. Neither device is particularly exceptional on its own, but the combination of the two makes this one of the best value hybrids available.

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The Asus Transformer Book Trio might seem overpriced, but you’re getting two products in one device for the price of one laptop. Neither device is particularly exceptional on its own, but the combination of the two makes this one of the best value hybrids available.

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Mobile Syrup

A great choice for someone who doesn’t want to carry two specialized devices

from Mobile Syrup

The Asus Transformer Book Trio includes Android as more than an afterthought, but it is certainly not the main attraction here. Rather, it’s a value-add in a market where Android is increasingly commoditized, and presented with a bevy of choices that ultimately leaves them longing for anoth...More

The Asus Transformer Book Trio includes Android as more than an afterthought, but it is certainly not the main attraction here. Rather, it’s a value-add in a market where Android is increasingly commoditized, and presented with a bevy of choices that ultimately leaves them longing for another platform. The Trio certainly fills the Windows Store app gap by giving one-touch access to the Google Play Store, and a great way to type/game/interact with them.

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PC Pro

Fusing an Android tablet with a Windows 8 Ultrabook is an impressive feat of engineering, but it's far from an ideal partnership

from PC Pro

As a concept, we can see some appeal in the Transformer Book Trio TX201LA. The hardware is well designed, the display is excellent, and the fact that the Android and Windows halves of the device work entirely independently raises some interesting possibilities.

However, there's a glaring issue, namely that this is neither an outstanding Windows laptop nor a great Android tablet – and, at £900, it simply isn't affordable enough for us to forgive its flaws...

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As a concept, we can see some appeal in the Transformer Book Trio TX201LA. The hardware is well designed, the display is excellent, and the fact that the Android and Windows halves of the device work entirely independently raises some interesting possibilities.

However, there's a glaring issue, namely that this is neither an outstanding Windows laptop nor a great Android tablet – and, at £900, it simply isn't affordable enough for us to forgive its flaws.

We love that Asus is trying to do something new, but, at this price, we'd advise spending a similar amount of cash on an Ultrabook and a separate Android tablet instead.

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PhoneArena

Power users will especially drool over the flexibility of running two operating systems

from PhoneArena

Before you go out thinking that this is the dream setup, you’ll want to know its pricing first. Considering that this is stuffed with hardware that’s akin to some high-end laptops, its price reflects that to the teeth, as the Asus Transformer Book Trio retails normally for around $1,5...More

Before you go out thinking that this is the dream setup, you’ll want to know its pricing first. Considering that this is stuffed with hardware that’s akin to some high-end laptops, its price reflects that to the teeth, as the Asus Transformer Book Trio retails normally for around $1,500 right now. Yikes! That’s one steep cost, even though it’s a hybrid device running both Android and Windows. It’s a power house for sure, but at that cost, it’s going to be difficult convincing consumers. Power users, though, will especially drool over the flexibility of running two operating systems, but sheesh, you can still probably pick up separately an Android tablet and Windows 8.1 laptop for cheaper.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 11, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 8

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Secondary OS Windows Mobile
Processor Intel Atom Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5070 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 13 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 13 hours
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.3 x 30.5 x 1.0 cm (7.6 x 12 x 0.4 in)
Weight 680 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density 190 pixels
Size 11.6 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HFP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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