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Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet Review
By Steve Rhys 05.09.2013
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Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet Review

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Key Features

  • 10.1-inch Multitouch Tablet with Keyboard (Blue), Nvidia Tegra 3 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB HDD, WLAN, BT, 2x Cam, Android 4.0
Best Price £1599

Score Breakdown

appearance

First impression

Design

Portability

performance

Performance

features

Battery life

Speakers

Software & apps

Camera

Storage

Conclusion

Value for money?

Dislikes

  • Poor sound quality
  • Camera could be better
  • Little bit pricey

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Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet Review

Asus pull another bright white rabbit out the hat with the stunning display and powerhouse processor of the Transformer Pad Infinity.

 

Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet

 

KEY FEATURES: 

10.1-inch Multitouch Tablet with Keyboard (Blue), Nvidia Tegra 3 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB HDD, WLAN, BT, 2x Cam, Android 4.0

Overview 

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is the latest hybrid the Taiwanese electronics company has added to its slew of tablets. The new-generation Transformer replaces the TF700 and comes with significant improvements that is certain to turn heads. If an ultra-HD screen, powerful processor and ample storage space does not pique your interest you are clearly devoid of an online media library and probably still playing vinyl on a gramophone.

Back to the technological age of forward-thinkers, the Transformer Pad Infinity is a small step for technology, but a giant leap for hybrid tablets. Packing in almost 300 pixels-per-inch, this bright-screened dazzler also supports 4K output and has a processor that makes flash lightning look laboured. With these specs Asus are clearly pitching the Infinity at the high-end of the market and we have high expectations.

 

The transformer series just keeps getting better – and we´re not talking marginally here!

 

The Transformer Pad Infinity has not been built to smooth over the cracks of its predecessor, it has been gutted and completely renovated with some heavy duty specifications – at least in terms of hardware.

 

Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet

 

The Transformers most notable feature clipped into the shiny metallic chassis is the high-definition IPS display that positively bursts with flawless sharpness. The spanking new 10.1-inch screen boasts a whopping 2560×1600 resolution and will even receive ultra 4K! If you have not heard of 4K yet, all you need to know is it sparkles!

You would expect having to power a screen with so many pixels would drain the Infinity´s battery like water down a plug and cause the processor to cough, splutter and lag like a 1980´s Ford Fiesta. Yet remarkably the Transformer stands up to any test you throw at it.

Much of that is thanks to the quad-core Tegra 4 processor which boasts 1.9GHz and is supported by 2GB of RAM. In non-tech terms that means fast. Asus actually brag about how powerful this beast is by enabling users to play 4K video through the HDMI output. You don´t find features like that on Nexus and iPad!

 

Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet

 

And it is true. The Transformer can handle anything you throw at it with the smoothness of Dulux matt finish. Whether you are a gamers, film lover, business user, audiophile or heavy web user you can put the Transformer Pad through its paces and it will match you every step of the way.

More good news for media lovers is the Infinity has plenty of storage. It comes packing 32GB as standard, but you can double this with a microSD card. The only drawback with the memory slot, together with USB ports is they are only available when you pop in the keyboard dock. As a standalone tablet there is no connectivity – a horrific design fault if there ever was one.

Fortunately, the Infinity does make up for this oversight in many superior ways, so we cannot grumble too much – and given that the keyboard is user-friendly and easy to carry around, this inconvenience may not pose too many people a problem. To be fair the dock does redeem itself in that it gives the battery a boost and according to Asus will extend power time from seven to 14 hours.

 

Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet

 

Another positive is the Transformer runs the Android Jelly Bean operating system and now the latest version 4.2.2 is available for download tablet users can expect an even better interface experience. You also have access to a wealth of apps in the ever-increasing Google Play store.

If there is a weakness to the Asus Transformer it´s the camera – but then how many people use a 10-inch metallic slab to take inferior photos. Not many, and given the rear-facing camera only has 5 mega-pixels even fewer will bother with the Infinity´s photography options. The front facing 1.2 MP camera is fine for video conferencing though.

 

Who is it for?

The simple answer to this question is everybody. Seriously, regardless of what you intend to use your hybrid tablet for, the Asus Transformer Infinity has your back covered. Work, rest or play – the Transformer gives you far more than Mars bar!

 

Value for money?

When we said the Transformer Infinity Pad is for everybody, what we meant to say it is ideal for anybody with a budget to cover the cost. The actual UK retail price is not out just yet, but given the former TF700 debuted for around £600 you can bank on the latest-generation to be a little bit more given the substantial upgrades to hardware. The hefty price tag may seem a little steep to some people, but in our humble opinion this beast of a machine is a worthwhile investment. If you have the cash to splash on a hybrid slate, the Transformer Pad Infinity should be at the top of your list!

 

Final thought

We shouldn´t gloat too much about how good the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is as we are supposed to be impartial reviewers, but seriously, there is so little to fault with this gem of a device we have nothing but praise for it. Other than the camera – which we are not fans of in tablets anyway – the Infinity delivers a near perfect performance.

Even the battery life surpasses expectations and when you consider it is supporting a super fast quad core processor and fuelling almost 300 ppi and a full HD IPS display, squeezing hours of performance that can be stretched into double figures thanks to the charger in the keyboard dock, is remarkable. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has everything you would expect from a high-end slate, but not only that, it also delivers a performance you expect from top notch technology.

 

 

 

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