The Good Plastic chassis lowers price, but not build quality. Great display. Super battery life. Lots of connectivity options.
The Bad No 3G. Basic multimedia support only.
The Bottom Line Asus takes the best of the Transformer Prime, and cuts the price without too many meaningful shortcuts. The 300T is better than most tablets and notebooks at this price.
Asus Transformer Pad 300T
Asus has carved itself a niche in the tablet-computer market, one which hasn't been replicated to date. While other manufacturers struggle to find unique selling points to sway tablet buyers away from the iPad, theseries continues to find fans. The 300T is the latest in the series, but it isn't designed to supersede the Transformer Prime. Instead, the 300T is a lower-priced alternative.
The most obvious difference between the 300T and the Prime is the shift in materials used to house these computers. Asus spared no expense with the Prime and its aluminium chassis, while the 300T has a more cheerful, playful aesthetic, being wrapped in coloured plastic. Our review unit is a deep blue, featuring a fine-ridged texture like a giant fingerprint across the back of the unit. This feels nice to hold, and provides grip for the unit — an important element for any tablet.
Curiously, the 300T is heavier than the aluminium-clad, with a 635-gram weight for the tablet portion only (the dock adds a further 546 grams). It's thicker, too, at 9.9mm, but not so much that it should make any difference to anyone comparing the 300T with the Prime — or any of its other competitors, for that matter.
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