An affordable tablet-hybrid is a rare sight, but the underwhelmingly revamped Transformer Pad TF103 impresses more with its price tag than its design.
Portable laptops usually float around the 13-inch size, so the 10.1-inch Asus Transformer Pad TF103 offers a more compact build for taking your work on the go.
Despite being the latest in the Transformer line of tablets, Asus chose to keep the outdated design seen in previous models.
The TF103 can be used with or without its keyboard dock, but since it's so thick and heavy, I found leaving it in the dock to be the best practice.
To eject the tablet from the dock, you simply press the center button. It's easy to press and doesn't get stuck after using it a lot.
Though the hinge design has improved throughout the years, it unfortunately hasn't had an effect on a sleeker design for the Transformer Pad.
Even without the keyboard dock, the 10-inch tablet is a thick device. It's also heavy on the hands at 1.2 pounds (544 grams).
The Transformer Pad TF103 is reminiscent of a netbook, especially since it's small, compact, affordable, and limited in capabilities.
Asus ditched the grippy texture seen on previous models and opted for a soft matte back that's smooth on the fingertips.
Asus packs its Splendid screen calibration software on the TF103 it helps out with balancing the color of the display. HD video looks sharp, but the screen resolution is meek in comparison to pixel-packed slates like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
The keyboard dock is smaller than what you would find on a laptop, so individuals with larger hands will find it to be a little cramped.
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