ASUS Transformer AIO - Part Desktop, Part Tablet

Launch SRP: S$1799

Desktop: Performance (Part 1)

Desktop: Performance

To test the ASUS Transformer AIO, we'll be putting it through our usual benchmarks of SYSmark 2012, PCMark 7, 3DMark 11 and Far Cry 2. Dirt 3 was not included because the Transformer AIO failed to run that benchmark. We suspect this could be because NVIDIA has yet to furnish proper drivers for the ASUS Transformer AIO's very new NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M GPU (at the point of publishing this article, it's not yet officially launched).

SYSmark 2012

Last year, BAPco recently released SYSMark 2012, the latest edition of their popular benchmarking software. SYSMark 2012 puts the system through a rigorous series of various workloads ranging from office productivity, data analysis, media creation and 3D modeling.

The ASUS Transformer AIO scored a respectable 157 points, which is about 20% down when compared to the ASUS ET2300INTI. It also scored lower than the 21.5-inch Apple iMach (2012) and Lenovo A720 IdeaCentre. A probable explanation for this is although the ASUS Transformer AIO has a quad-core Core i5-3350P processor, this particular chip does not have Hyper-Threading, unlike the Core i7-3770S processor found in the ASUS ET2300INTI and Apple iMac. The Lenovo A720 IdeaCentre’s Core i7-3610QM processor also has Hyper-Threading. Furthermore, the Core i5-3350P has a smaller L3 cache, and this too accounted for its lower performance standing.

While all this is just a relative performance numbers, for normal day-to-day use, you would have no qualms with any of the systems in this comparison. Once you notch things up to stress the system in heavy multitasking or video editing, the differences would be evident in the long run. The bottom line is that if you're not a serious user demanding top notch performance, the ASUS Transformer AIO will deliver decently. From the system's selling points, you can obviously tell that it's not targeted at such enthusiasts in the first place.


PCMark 7

Moving to PCMark 7, the ASUS Transformer AIO emerged as the top scorer, managing 3816 PCMarks - almost 10% better than the second-placed ASUS ET2411INTI. Looking at the result breakdown, we can see that the Transformer AIO excelled at the Creativity and Computation workload. On the Computation workload, which tests video transcoding and image manipulation performance, the Transformer AIO recorded an impressive 10527, nearly 20% greater than the second-placed ASUS ET2300INTI. With this benchmark has reduced workloads compared to SYSMark 2012, there's a different level of emphasis on various workloads. Furthermore, this positive outcome could also be attributed to the improved performance of its NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M graphics.

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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