Asus Transformer AiO, One Device To Rule Them All?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably have some sort of tablet computer (whether that be an iPad, Android tablet or similar) as well as the desktop / laptop computer you have been using for years. Over the last couple of years, the gap between these devices has been closing, so much so that with many new devices on the market you get a compromise between the two. A device that could potentially replace both the traditional laptop / desktop as well as the tablet.

With that in mind, I found this new Asus Transformer AiO very interesting. Essentially, you are getting the best of both worlds here, the portability of a tablet (Kind of, I’ll go into details in just a bit) and the power of a conventional desktop computer. In its desktop form, the Asus Transformer runs Windows 8 and is powered by Intel’s latest core i series of CPU’s. Undocking the screen from the stand then gives you the other half of the product, a 18″ Tegra 3, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered tablet computer. While the portability of such a large tablet is debatable, in it’s tablet form the Asus Transformer would be a great device for use around the home: Social networking, media consumption, basic productivity etc. Although, you probably wouldn’t want to take this with you on the bus or train. The fold out stand built into the tablet would also make the device useful in many different scenarios and is a great feature. The touch-screen, which can be used in both tablet and desktop mode uses a LED-Backlit IPS display with full HD.

So then, could this Asus Transformer be an ideal replacement for both your tablet and desktop? Well, for around the home or in an office situation I could see this device working well, my only concern being how portable the tablet is. One thing that might have been nice to see from a user experience point of view would be to have the tablet and desktop running on the same OS (Windows 8 would be the best compromise here in my opinion). Carrying over the same experience for both parts of the device would reduce the learning curve for some users, as they wouldn’t have to learn how to use both Windows 8 and Android. For the power user though, it seems like a great idea, I can really see the appeal of using both Android and Windows 8 and getting the most out of both for the task in hand. For me, this sort of device really bridges the gap between a lot of the devices I already own and it will be interesting to see how well this catches on.

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