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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet is one of the more interesting Android tablets on the market in that it has a keyboard docking station that essentially allows it to convert to an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based netbook on the fly. Add to that a powerful dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a reasonable MSRP of $399 (just the tablet, 16GB version) and the Transformer looks to be one of the best options currently for Android tablet solutions, for WiFi only solutions.  

We're prepping a full, detailed performance review here in the coming days but we thought it would be nice to offer a teaser here with our video review and a cut from the benchmark suite of test numbers we're running. 

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Great preview Dave, looking forward to the full review. I really like the power button on this, the xooms power button is in a terrible place. I keep feeling around for it and when I do I end up getting fingerprints on the rear camera. In my opinion this is the honeycomb tablet to have right now and the keyboard dock is awesome. You can use it for email and web surfing and then detach it to play games. I was surprised to hear about the bleeding around the screen though, the other reviews of this tablet said it was a better screen than the xoom.

Also did you have honeycomb freeze at all? the xoom freezes every once in a while, not sure if it is one of the apps I have installed or what.

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I've been waiting for this for a while, I can't wait for the full review. I ordered one online, hopefully I can get it within a couple of weeks.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, May 2 2011 4:29 PM

Yes, the backlight bleed is pretty obvious in spots, depending on ambient lighting and how high you have the brightness turned up. It's not a deal break but it's noticeable at times that's all. Other than that, the screen is really nice actually.

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the tablet comes with 16gbs if you add the laptop dock does it have more storage

sorry i don't know any thing about tablets

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I agree I am definitely looking forward to the full review of this machine. I also believe that this seems to be the tablet to have currently.

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Schmich replied on Mon, May 2 2011 7:41 PM

I'm not too thrilled about the connector used. Sure ASUS _maybe_ needed one for it's dock (although I think USB would still work) but why not have both? Soon there will be micro-usb cables and chargers everywhere so it's a shame having to think every time about bringing that specific cable to charge your tablet.

In your review please try to inform us a bit about software for productivity. If a device like this, with the dock, can be as productive and useful as netbook it can get really interesting.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, May 2 2011 8:42 PM

And no, no issues with Honeycomb lock-ups yet.

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cant wait for the review!

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acarzt replied on Mon, May 2 2011 9:46 PM

"WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz "

If that is correct, that sucks. 802.11N over 2.4Ghz nearly uses the entire 2.4Ghz Spectrum, which means you're much more likely to have interference.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, May 2 2011 10:46 PM

Zero interference so far in testing.

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fat78 replied on Mon, May 2 2011 10:49 PM

Cool to see more tablets come into a more reasonable price and to see more companies jump into tablets, so that people have alot more choices.

I know i will not willingly buy an ipad that cant do half the things other tablets like the galaxy can do.

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HHGrrl replied on Mon, May 2 2011 10:52 PM

This definitely looks like a tablet I'd love to own. The Xoom and a few others have my attention too, but the price and optional docking station for the Transformer might just give it the edge. Looking forward to the full review!

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I read a review on this a couple of weeks ago and it seems like a really nice piece of kit. If I remember right, the dock was adding about 60% to the battery life, though ASUS stated that would improve with future updates.

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acarzt replied on Tue, May 3 2011 9:53 AM

Are you guys connecting at 54Mbps or 150-300?

Your router has to be capable of using high throughput over 2.4Ghz.

Most N routers just use the 5Ghz spectrum.

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acarzt replied on Tue, May 3 2011 9:55 AM

Also could you guys run a second G only router using a channel in the same range as your N router? To see if you get interference.

In a situation like being in an apartment and working on the 2.4Ghz band with many other broadcasting on the same band causes problems, especially if you're on the same channel.

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LBowen replied on Tue, May 3 2011 11:42 AM

That is looking pretty sweet. I am still waiting for a tablet to do well in as many aspects as possible. For the e-reader function how would guys rate it compared to the kindle?

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Its a nice tablet. The keyboard is a dissapointment. The screen should also face up when closing it. Like a convertibke laptop. Now thats a trasformer. Heheheee!!

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CDeeter replied on Thu, May 5 2011 12:21 PM

HHMM...A very interesting proposition this one. For $550 you get a tablet and keyboard dock, mixing the portability of a tablet with the functionality of a netbook. Not bad. This is the first tablet to really pique my interest.

Of course the gorilla in the room are systems like the HP dm1z for $50 cheaper. Yes, I am comparing a tablet to a netbook/ ultra-portable since they occupy the same price point and the dm1z is still easily portable.

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