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Asus Transformer Pad TF300 review

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The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 offers above-average performance at a semi-affordable price, but at the cost of build quality.

Pros:

Quad-core processor, runs Ice Cream Sandwich, good camera, comes with attachable keyboard dock

Cons:

Plastic casing, screen isn't very bright

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £400

Manufacturer: Asus

The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is a decent, reasonably priced, quad-core tablet that's only real shortcoming is that it doesn't live up to the high standards set by its predecessor, the Transformer Prime.

Design and build
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 sits in the middle bracket of Asus' tablet price range, retailing for around £400.

Asus Transformer Pad T300 front

The tablet's price is reflected in its build quality, with the TF300 being made of plastic as opposed to metal. This means that the device doesn't feel very sturdy, even when compared to much cheaper tablets like the Huawei Mediapad 7in or Motorola Xoom 2.

The device is fairly large, measuring in at 263x181x9.9mm and weighing 635g. This, combined with the device's grooved plastic back, means that the TF300 can on occasion feel uncomfortable in hand.

The TF300's screen is also slightly less impressive than those seen on other Asus tablets. The TF300 packs a 10in screen, that while running at the same 1,280x800 pixels resolution as the Prime, is dimmer. This is because the Prime houses a Super IPS+ display, while the TF300 only boasts a regular IPS component.

Asus Transformer Pad T300 back

For users this means that the TF300 is more difficult to use in sunlit conditions and doesn't have as wide viewing angles.

The screen is still reasonable for indoor everyday user, with the colours remaining fairly vibrant and there are no significant issues with its contrast ratio.

One area Asus has not cut down on for the TF300 is ports, with the tablet featuring micro-HDMI input and microSD slots. The inclusion of the two mean that you can actually plug the TF300 into an external monitor or display and can upgrade its storage past its standard 16GB and 32GB options.

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Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Tegra 3
RAM: 1GB
Display: 10.1in 1280x800 IPS screen with Gorilla glass
Storage: 16GB or 32GB embedded Flash memory
Camera: 8-megapixel camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing
Connectivity: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V3.0+EDR
Operating system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Dimensions: 263x181x9.9mm
Weight: 635g

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Alastair Stevenson
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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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