ASUS Transformer AIO - Part Desktop, Part Tablet

Launch SRP: S$1799

Desktop: Design & Features

PC Station: Design & Features

As an AIO, the ASUS Transformer is a modern-looking system featuring liberal use of brushed metal and polished piano black surfaces. And with its 18.4-inch display, it looks and feels more compact than most other AIOs, which typically have 20-inch displays or larger. Additionally, like most ASUS products, the Transformer AIO certainly looks and feel like an expensive and premium product.

That said, the Transformer AIO is a tad unusual because rather than house all the components in the base of the stand like most other AIOs do, the desktop components are housed in a rectangular compartment that is perched on the stand. In some ways, this makes the Transformer AIO look like a docking speaker.

Speaking of which, like Apple iMacs, the stand adjusts for tilt but not for height. Fortunately, the display docks at a comfortable height and the stand itself allows for a fair degree of tilt, which means users should be able to find a position that suits them best.

Finally, for an AIO, the Transformer actually has decent audio chops. It is loud and sounds sufficiently full-bodied, unlike most other AIOs which typically sound thin and weak. In fact, if you are not picky about sound, the Transformer AIO could easily do without standalone speakers.

The display / tablet is super slim, but the PC station is pretty bulky and thick.

To the left of the device is the SuperCombo DVD drive (not Blu-ray) and below it an ordinary USB 2.0 port that has been designated by ASUS for use with the wireless keyboard and mouse combo. You could of course use it for other purposes like you would any USB 2.0 port.

Behind the PC station is a DC-in jack, an Ethernet jack and a HDMI output port. This means even if you have removed the "display" you could still use the desktop station as a standalone device by outputting to a separate monitor or even a TV.

To the right lies most of the ports. The ASUS Transformer AIO offers an SD card reader, four USB 3.0 ports and a headphone and microphone jack. There's also a Kensington security slot.

Downwards-firing speakers give the ASUS Transformer AIO sufficient aural punch (relatively speaking, of course).

The provided wireless keyboard and mouse combo is not the best in the world as the keyboard felt a tad flimsy. The mouse features haptic technology, which takes some getting use to.

The Good
Overall desktop/tablet performance is good
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M GPU is considerably better than its predecessor
Dual OS, form factor capability
Good audio performance for an AIO
Reasonably priced
The Bad
Screen is a compromise - too small for a desktop, too large for a tablet
Significant weight makes it difficult to be used as a traditional tablet
Could do with more ports as a tablet

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