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Asus kicked things up a notch at CES with the Transformer Prime and Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, making for the best tablet gaming I’ve seen yet. The Transformer Prime with keyboard dock should run for at least 18 hours; here’s a look at this potent portable.

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I don’t have sales figures, but based on buzz and reader commentary, the Asus Transformer was a pretty popular Android tablet in 2011. It’s a new year though and Asus has kicked things up a notch at CES with the Transformer Prime and Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor. The Tegra 3 is a quad-core chip with a fifth core for light tasks, which helps battery life. And there are a dozen GPU cores as well, which makes for the best gaming on a tablet I’ve seen yet.

Here’s a quick look at the Transformer Prime, which now runs on Google’s latest version of Android: 4.0.3, or Ice Cream Sandwich. The tablet can run for up to 12 hours on its own, but the keyboard dock option adds another 8 or more hours, making for an all-day tablet. The keyboard is quite usable; similar to the keyboards on Asus netbooks, and docking the tablet adds a mouse pointer on screen. My initial thoughts on the trackpad are mixed: It works but isn’t quite as smooth as I’d like.

A full review will follow, but for now, enjoy a tour of the thin and light hardware, as well as some browsing, high-definition video viewing, gaming with an Xbox controller and a highlight of some Asus customizations. I’m curious if this tablet and keyboard combo can replace a laptop for people with minimal traditional computing needs.

  1. I have the TF101 and I have to say its replaced my laptop for most in class use. I usually take notes in evernote or use ez pdf reader to annotate pdfs. Lots of professors post pdf versions of their slides so being able to annotate directly onto those is very handy.
    Its not at all good at intensive word processing. The polaris office suite is functional, but barely with some bugs which can delete a line or two on text. I really haven’t found a good word processor yet

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    1. Have you tried Google docs?

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      1. Sidarth Dasari Sunday, January 29, 2012

        the google docs app is virtually useless when it comes to anything beyond minor edits. You need to select and edit each line individually and allow it to save before moving to another line. Its still a very big work in progress

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  2. I am really looking forward to buying one. thanks for the review.

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  3. WoW!!!

    iPod who?!?!?

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  4. Transformer is hot. I went by the Asus booth at CES and somehow missed the otty to play with it. Back in the 90’s I tried to get Qualcomm to do a tablet with detachable KB. http://bit.ly/i4vmiL

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  5. It will be interesting to see what extra capability the keyboard base will add, beyond extra battery, in models to come.

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  6. Joseph Allen Yancey Monday, February 6, 2012

    I was looking to get one of these, but they are sold out almost everywhere. If not sold out, they are expensive to compensate.

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  7. Very nice but wait until you load the win 8 on this new baby in October 2012. I still think this should be called a crossover between a laptop and a tablet.

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