Sunday, March 17, 2013

The ASUS Transformer AiO, Blurring the Lines Between Tablet and PC

Image credit: ASUS
In an attempt to blur the lines between Tablet and PC, ASUS recently announced it's dual OS Transformer AiO.   Featuring the ability to seamlessly switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.1, this machine is a bit of a beast, but has some great potential.

The machine has a somewhat unique dual processor design, with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU in the tablet and an additional 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor in the desktop PC station, giving it plenty of processing power.  It's 18.4-inch screen features a resolution of 1920x1080, giving you full HD and appears to be higher than most desktop monitors of it's size.

Additional features in it's dock include 8GB of memory, a 1-2TB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce GT 730M discrete graphics, 4 USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port, DVD burner, HDMI out and a 1MP front-facing camera.

The tablet side of the ASUS Transformer AiO features the 18.4-inch 10 finger multi touch display, 32GB eMMc Flash, 802.11 a/b/g/n Bluetooth V3.0 EDR, 2 x 1.5W speakers, MicroSD card reader, and much more.

The tablet can function as a remote virtual desktop connecting wirelessly to the dock giving you the ability to run Windows 8 and associated apps.  According to ASUS the Transformer AiO has the ability to seamlessly switch between operating systems with one button push.

Overall due to its 18.4" and 5.3 lbs size, it's not the most backpack friendly tablet, but its abilities would be well suited for an office or home environment where a fixed location PC just doesn't always work.

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