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The Asus Transformer Book Trio gets 3-in-1 rightThe Asus Transformer Book Trio a laptop, tablet, and desktop in one.
Hi, I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNET at the Asus Media Event in San Francisco and this is the Asus Transformer Book Trio. Living up to its name, the device is the Swiss army knife of tablets. Thanks to its additional ability to convert into a laptop and extended monitor. But that's not all. It also runs both Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean 4.2. The versatile device has a detachable keyboard allowing it to transition from laptop to tablet easily. And a mini display port as well as micro HDMI port for connecting to a monitor. As a stand-alone tablet, the Transformer Book Trio is impressively light for an 11.6-inch slate, but it gets significantly heavier when docked at about a pound and a half. However, the device does feel solidly built. When docked, the Transformer Book Trio can run Windows 8 or Android and switching between the two is rather fast with about a 1-second gap between the operating systems. The tablet itself doesn't function as a monitor, but the keyboard dock when connected to a display allows you to use it as a Windows 8 desktop. The Transformer Book Trio looks like a great compromise for people who can't decide between a tablet or laptop and Windows 8 or Android or for someone who wants a truly all-in-one device. It's not the fastest powerhouse, but it does an impressive job at being a multifunctioning device with a variety of configurations. Check CNET for more information and a hands-on look. For CNET, I'm Xiomara Blanco and this has been Asus Transformer Book Trio.