Asus Transformer Book Trio review

Asus Transformer Book Trio review

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  • A laptop/desktop/tablet hybrid sounds great, but what’s it like in practice? Find out in our Asus Transformer Book Trio review

    Asus Transformer Book Trio review

    Love

    • Quick switching between OSs
    • Lovely build quality
    • Three gadgets in one

    Hate

    • Iffy trackpad
    • Screen not fantastic
    • Bulky

    We’ve seen hybrid laptop-tablets hybrids before, but the Asus Transformer Book Trio has a third skill – it also works as a desktop PC. Plug a monitor into the keyboard base, and hey presto, you’ve got a workstation.

    Most hybrid devices – like the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, for example – run Windows in both form factors. The Transformer Book Trio, however, runs Windows 8 in laptop mode, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean when used as a tablet.

    It works much like the Asus Transformer Book T100 – detach the screen, and it becomes a tablet.

    Are its extra skills enough to make it stand out from the competition though? Or are they gimmicks? Let’s find out.

    Asus Transformer Book Trio: Size and build

    The Asus Transformer Book Trio has an 11.6-inch screen, which we find is a good size for a laptop. It’s big enough to see what’s going on on-screen, but still pretty portable.

    It does make it a bit on the large side for a tablet though. The tablet portion tips the scales at 700g – that’s more than 200g heavier than the feather-light iPad Air. You’ll notice it’s in your bag, in other words.

    The whole shebang weighs 1.7kg, which is enough to give you shoulder ache if you’re lugging it long distances. That’s understandable though, considering you’re effectively carrying around three devices in one.

    Build quality is very good. It’s made of brushed aluminium, and feels very well put together. Hold the button above the keyboard down and you can easily detach the tablet, then it slides back into place without any complaints.

    The base is heavy enough to stop the device toppling over, even when you tilt the screen back as far as it goes, so there is an upside to that extra bulk.

    It’s also a little on the chunky side, measuring up at 304.92x193.78x23.6mm. 9.7mm of that width is the tablet – that’s 0.3mm fatter than the iPad with Retina display – and the rest the base.

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