Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

Summary: One tablet appearing at the CES this week is the one to beat, the ASUS Transformer 700 series with a screen resolution beating most laptops.

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There were no shortage of tablets at CES, most of them me-too Android tablets of one size or another. A couple of prototype slates were spotted running Windows 8, and even a few prototypes that will never see the light of day. Since the original Transformer Prime from ASUS (right) is a hot tablet, the refreshed hardware shown this week makes it the best of CES 2012 in my book.

The hardware in the Transformer Prime is already top-notch, with a quad-core Tegra 3 powering things. The new version, likely called the Transformer 700 series, keeps everything in place but upgrades the display to an insane 1920x1200 resolution. This is the best display on any tablet, bar none.

What sets both new Transformers apart from the Android crowd is the laptop dock that turns the tablet into a full-fledged tablet. This will be a stellar use for that high-resolution display that far exceeds those found on Ultrabooks. The laptop dock also brings an extra 10 hours of battery life to the mix.

The Transformer series 700 isn't cheap starting at $599 and the dock is another $150 but for those wanting the best of show that's the price to play.

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Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    That looks very nice, but I was wondering if any one knows if the docks are interchangeable between different Transformer models?
    Will T
    • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

      As I know it Asus transformer prime TF201 and 700 uses the same keyboard and the Tranformer uses its on keyboard. You can not use a tranformer keyboard on transformer prime, or tranformer prime keyboard on a tranformer.
      dietzbp
      • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

        @dietzbp That is correct.
        JamesKendrick
  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    You forgot to mention that the refresh does away with the aluminum back that prevented the original (which only came out a few weeks ago for crying out loud!) from using its GPS to the point that Asus deleted it as a feature from the specs.

    This fix also improves WiFi reception/range.
    maclifer
    • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

      @maclifer I didn't mention it because it's too early to confirm that.
      JamesKendrick
    • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

      @maclifer Hooray for that. The metal back is one of the reasons that I did not buy the Prime. I had an iPad 2 for a couple weeks and it also had a metal back. It was slippery and got scratched easily. So I didn't want the Prime for those reasons either.
      ryanmc
  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    Is there any indication as to when it will hit the shelves? I had a TP ordered (back ordered since Dec. 20) but cancelled it when I heard a new one was on the way. Also, I read somewhere else that there was a design change to improve GPS and WIFI reception. Are you saying the design change did not happen or that it is to early to tell if the change worked?
    rlp1963
    • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

      @rlp1963 They did get rid of the metal back to address those issues, but it's too early to confirm it definitely worked.
      JamesKendrick
      • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

        @JamesKendrick What about ETA??
        rlp1963
  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    What about ETA??
    rlp1963
  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    When will we be able to actually order one of these with an expectation of receiving it shortly thereafter?
    afantasy
  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    But it will never take off because it costs more than $200, right?
    radleym
  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    Sign petition - Fix prime

    http://www.change.org/petitions/jonney-shih-chairman-jerry-shen-ceo-fix-or-replace-transformer-prime-model-tf201
    kakaseca
  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    http://usa.asus.com/News/PYk9TlTxTtOUrypR/

    Not this one, correct? I am looking for a device to take with me on an extended trip to Europe. I need something light and fast.
    DianeTampa
  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    Asus Transformer Prime not doing too well, one retailer stopped selling the tablet http://myproffs.co.uk/index.php/home/1654-asus-transformer-prime-not-doing-too-well-one-retailer-stopped-selling-the-tablet
    myproffs
  • RE: Best tablet of CES 2012: ASUS Transformer 700 series (Prime refresh)

    I had the WiFi problems too. Nice connection, when standing next to my router. But 20-30 feet away in another room, the connection speed and quality dropped substantially. My other wireless devices, including a laptop computer and iPhone, experienced no drop in the same location. At work, I receive next to no signal, though other wireless devices do fine. I returned the tablet to Staples for a full refund.
    oceanic7777@...