When the word Asus Transformer appears in the name of a product you should expect from a device with at least two functions. Asus Transformer Book TX300 should be primarily a Tablet of 13.3". With the dock attached, it turns into an ultrabook, but it does not stop here. Taiwanese manufacturer brought some changes to these configurations. The dock of Asus TX300 comes with a few surprises and can be considered unique in the market.
13.3" tablets with Windows 8 is a compromise and do not match the needs of most users. Who chooses the diagonal is aware that the tablet will have a significant weight and will not be easily supported with just one hand.
Asus TX300 has metal casing and a thickness ranging from 4 mm to 11 mm on the edges at the thickest point. Weight of 950g can be considered decent if we think that this product can be used as a laptop with a wireless keyboard stand. The screen is surrounded by pretty wide margins for the tablet to be kept well in hand. That is when the dock is connected, the laptop output is noticeably higher than normal one with a diagonal of 13.3".
Transformer Book TX300 was built to provide top performance in its format. This means that Intel Ivy Bridge range needs active cooling. A slot on the rear air allows both cold and warm air. Quite thin sides come with minimalist ports. On the left side, at the bottom, we find a headset audio jack and micro HDMI video output. Around the upper left corner we find the power button and the volume. On the tablet format is the proprietary jack for connecting to the dock and a new power supply plug.
Because Asus TX300 is a tablet first, it was expected the manufacturer to use an IPS matrix to provide the best possible viewing angles. An added advantage of this panel is that it provides a very good color reproduction. The only issue that may affect the experience with tablet-laptop is that the screen is glossy. As can be seen in the video presentation, the light sources behind the user are reflected very easy. The response time is within decent limits.
Dock keyboard, battery and HDD
Normally the dock is offering additional battery, keyboard and some extra ports. In this case, the dock includes a 320 GB HDD or 500 GB. It is a very attractive solution for those who are not satisfied with the 128 GB of SSD. The battery in the dock works in two different ways. It can run the HDD, USB 3.0 ports, network jack and keyboard lighting. Alternatively, it can power the tablet, but only the keyboard remains active.
In one way or another when the dock's battery is consumed, items are supplied using the tablet. When the dock is turned off and the power supply is connected to HDD ports it automatically activates the AC power.
Display: 13.3" 1920x1080 IPS touch
CPU: Intel Core i7-3517U, 1.9 GHz dual core, 3 GHz Turbo, 4MB cache, 22 nm, 17 W TDP
Integrated GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Dedicated GPU: -
RAM: 2 x 2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
HDD: 128 GB, SSD, SanDisk U100
Dock HDD: 500 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB buffer, Hitachi
Features and performance
In the case of this very thin Asus Transformer Book TX300 is a platform with an Ivy Bridge Core i7 capable processor. If necessary, the user can rely on it for more intensive processing needs. RAM could be higher, but is sufficient for most applications. Nobody will play games or serious video editing on this tablet. SSD is not among the fastest on the market, but helps to achieve good results in tests.
Attaching and detaching the dock to the TX300 tablet is very easy and accurate. The tablet integrated speakers with decent volume and good quality. Audio jack does not allow full entry's 3.5mm jack.
If we look at the Asus ultrabook TX300, it is thicker and heavier than other models with the same diagonal in the market. This is a price to pay for dual storage, very good performance of the individual tablet and a good range. We can't find everywhere an ultrabook which has an 8,000 mAh battery.