An 18.4-inch Tablet / All-in-One Combo: ASUS Unveils the Transformer AiO

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As the PC and mobile markets continue to evolve and cross-pollinate, plenty of companies are massaging form factors to better suit users’ varied needs. ASUS has been working on that as much as anyone, and its latest design is an all-in-one PC called the Transformer AiO that doubles as both a decently-appointed desktop and a solid tablet.

In desktop mode, the computer features an Intel Core i5-3350P processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M (2GB) graphics, 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 1TB HDD, a SuperMulti DVD drive, and a 1MP front-facing webcam. It runs Windows 8 and offers 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, a quartet of USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, headphone and mic jacks, a 3-in-1 memory card slot, and HDMI.

ASUS Transformer AiO

The display is an 18.4 x 11.57-inch (1920x1080) IPS 10-point multi-touch display, which sounds rather small until you realize that the display detaches from the base to become a standalone tablet. (A very, very large tablet, that is.)

The display packs its own set of specs, including the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system, an NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 chip, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, microSD card slot, dual-band WiFi, a mini-USB 2.0 port, and Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR.

Further, the tablet can be used to control Windows 8 on the desktop portion of the Transformer AiO with Remote Desktop technology. ASUS also included a kickstand so users can enjoy the tablet as a tabletop PC.

The Transformer AiO will be available in North America in Q2 starting at $1,299.
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This looks like a cool solution for some people.

$1,299.00 is not bad either.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Mar 9 2013 10:58 AM

Unless Pythagoras was wrong, doesn't that make this a 21.7" monitor? Anyone that uses that as a tablet must be incredibly under-endowed.

It's kind of damning that they chose Android for the tablet portion, rather than WinRT, eh? I think they made the right choice, but it's a bit inconsistent. Then again, it probably makes the division clearer - whereas people might expect to be able to use their WinRT apps in desktop mode and vice-versa if it were running Windows.

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 11:50 AM

All that and Google says the tablet portion alone is just around 5 pounds, personally I'd prefer the full blown desktop in tablet mode, but I guess the guts are housed in the dock, similar to that tablet/laptop that Lenovo had at CES a few years back which never saw the light of day.

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