Tablet + Laptop: Asus Eee Pad Transformer

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Can’t decide between buying a new laptop or tablet? Check out the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Despite it’s awkwardly long and boring name, it’s actually quite nifty how you can dock the tablet to the keyboard.

This Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet has a dual core 1 GHz Tegra 2 CPU. The keyboard has USB slots and flash card reader slots.

It’s priced at $399 (tablet only) for the 16-GB version.

At first glance, it seems pretty cool to me. But couldn’t you get an external bluetooth keyboard with many of the existing tablets out there? You wouldn’t even have to dock it, you could type wirelessly. I’m not sure if this is really awesome, or if it’s just a gimmick for Asus to start a keyboard+tablet combo market space.

What’s your thoughts on this?

[Via hothardware]


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  1. Ken De Pauw says:

    I think it’s a bit gimmicky, but a good gimmick.

    Yes you can get a bluetooth keyboard for your tablet instead but consider a scenario where you’re on public transport and want to type something, you’d have to balance your keyboard and your tablet on your legs.

    With the EEE Pad Transformer they slot together so that you only need to balance one thing, the standard laptop design just makes more sense when you need to type more than a few sentences and Asus are giving you the best of both worlds.

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