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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £499
inc VAT

Only available with its dock for now, but this is certainly the best Android tablet money can buy


10.1 in 1,280×800 display, 586g, 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3, 1.00GB RAM, 32GB disk, Android 3.2


When we first saw the prime we presumed it was a tablet for home use, that became a laptop for work on the go; but having talked to some owners, many use it as a tablet for carrying about, and then a laptop at home. Either way, with the Prime currently only on sale with the keyboard dock, we reckon you’d have to want that aspect of it to be willing to part with £500 for the tablet.

The tablet itself is excellent, and if sold alone for £400, it would certainly be our top choice for an Android model. The dock still has some issues, and is only worth the extra £100 or so that you’ll be paying if you either type a lot of emails or really need the additional battery life.

Asus Transformer Prime

For its excellent screen and impressive Tegra 3 chipset we’re giving the Transformer Prime an Ultimate award. However, those with no interest in the dock should hold off. Asus has refused to confirm that there will be a tablet-only offering, but we’d bet it will happen, and when it does the Prime should be the Android tablet to buy for everyone.

By then competing Nvidia Tegra 3 tablets may have emerged, and some of those could conceivably get Android 4.0 before the Prime does. Our advice to Asus is to get the Prime on sale without the dock as soon as possible, to keep us happy and before its technological advantage disappears.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3
Processor clock speed 1.3GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Maximum memory N/A
Size 180x263x8.3mm
Weight 586g
Sound Nvidia HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad and touchscreen


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,280×800
Graphics Processor Nvidia Tegra 3
Graphics/video ports micro HDMI
Graphics Memory 0MB


Total storage capacity 32GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 1
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports none
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC
Other ports Proprietary USB and power connection


Carrying case No
Operating system Android 3.2
Operating system restore option internet recovery
Software included N/A
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £499