Asus Transformer Book Trio tries out Windows and Android

The Asus Transformer Book Trio runs Android and Windows 8, in three different shapes: laptop, tablet and desktop.

The Asus Transformer Book Trio gives you two operating systems -- Android and Windows 8 -- in three different shapes. It looks like a Windows 8 laptop -- but then you snap off the screen, and suddenly you're holding in your hand an Android tablet. What witchcraft is this?

There's an Intel chip in each bit so you can take the tablet out with you and use it completely independently, leaving the keyboard behind until you need to get down to some serious typing.

The tablet-y bit has a high-definition 11.6-inch screen with a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. It boasts a powerful 2GHz Intel Atom processor, with 64GB of storage.

But don't be fooled into thinking the screen is the star of the show, and the keyboard a mere supporting player, left idling away in a bag while the tablet goes gallivanting around having all the fun. No sir: the keyboard is a Windows 8 computer in its own right, plugging into a monitor to become a fully-fledged desktop PC.

The keyboard-y bit contains a cutting edge Haswell Intel Core i7 processor, with a 750GB hard drive. It also includes USB ports and a memory card slot to plug in mouses, flash drives and the like.

Each element of the Book Trio has its own battery so they stay powered up even when separated.

Is the Transformer Book Trio the best of three worlds, or neither fish nor fowl nor any other type of animal beginning with an F? Do Android and Windows 8 make a good match? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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