ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime

The Good The Asus Transformer Prime sports an iPad 2-inspired design that's even thinner and nearly as light, while also managing to include microSD and Micro-HDMI support. The Prime delivers smooth and clear 1080p video, and the 8-megapixel camera captures detail and color more accurately than any other tablet camera we've reviewed. Android 4.0 makes small but significant improvements to Honeycomb.

The Bad Not every game takes advantage of the quad-core CPU, and frame rates can suffer as a result. When connected to the dock keyboard, the tablet is top-heavy and can easily slide off a lap or table if you're not careful.

The Bottom Line The Asus Transformer Prime is the best full-featured Android tablet yet, with a sexy design, thoughtful features, and an impressive camera.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime (64GB, gray)
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Review

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Dec 2011

Editors' note: The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 was released in April 2012. Check this blog post for details on the key differences from the Prime.

Also, we changed the Prime's review text to reflect the Android 4.0 update the tablet received in January 2012. Check out this exhaustive interview with Asus detailing -- and putting into perspective -- some of the Prime's technical issues.

Since the launch of the iPad 2, we've been kind of waiting for the Asus Transformer Prime. While we didn't know it existed until a few months ago, the thought of a powerful, robust, and sexy Android tablet has been invading our tablet dreams for months.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $600
  • Brand Asus
  • Diagonal Size 10.1 in
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Type Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • Weight 1.28 lbs
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