New Laptops: Transformer 3 Pro Reviews

Transformer 3, 3 Pro, Transformer Mini has been designed with an impressive configuration, which is the most powerful Transformer 3 Pro line.

Asus Transformer 3 Pro configuration have highest options up to Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB of SSD, 13 MP camera and supports Thunderbolt 3 ultra-connected. The machine can output two 4K screens at once  through Thunderbolt 3 standard. Transformers 3 running Intel processors, memory up to 512GB SSD, 9-hour battery life and also supports Thunderbolt port 3.

Preview: We test Asus' latest hybrid at Computex

I’ve never seen a Surface Pro competitor look quite so similar to Microsoft's finest. The Asus Transformer 3 Pro takes so many design cues from the Surface Pro 4 that I'd put money on the majority of people mistaking the device for something that has come straight out of Redmond.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and all that, but is the Transformer 3 Pro actually a worthy competitor? From my initial impressions, I'd say "probably".

The two are near-identical when it comes to technical specifications. First up, the screen: Asus has fitted a 2,860 x 1,920 pixel display to the Transformer 3 Pro, narrowly pipping the 2,736 x 1,824 pixels on the Surface Pro 4. It may not be obvious, but the Asus machine is actually 0.4-inches larger than the Surface Pro 4, with a 12.6in diagonal.

 Asus Tranformer 3 pro - reviews

Asus Transformer 3 Pro -Reviews

It looks fantastic, not least because of Asus’ quoted 121% sRGB colour gamut volume. The tablet will get an optional Asus Pen stylus, too, which has 1,024 points of pressure sensitivity – a boon for designers. There wasn’t a stylus on display at the Asus booth, but judging by the pictures of the device, the pen doesn’t appear to benefit from the same magnetic attachment as on the Surface Pro 4.

The Transformer 3 Pro is 8.35mm thick without its keyboard dock and weighs 795g, putting it on a par with Microsoft’s tablet. It will ship with a keyboard dock as standard, however, giving it a one-up on Microsoft. The whole assembly feels very solid; Asus hasn’t cut costs in the build quality department.

In my opinion, it is the keyboard cover that is the strongest suit in this device: it benefits from plenty of travel and a chunky feel, plus the touchpad is smooth and sensitive.

The tablet portion has a kickstand that can tilt the tablet to a near-horizontal position, making it ideal for lap-based working. I didn’t get an opportunity to sit down with it on my lap, though, so it will be interesting to see how stable it is in the real world.

ASUS Tranformer 3 Pro - Thin Body

ASUS Tranformer 3 Pro - Thin Body

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Performance will come from a dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U or i7-6500U processor, depending on specification. Performance was smooth and responsive during my hands-on, and given the track record of these processors, I’ve no reason to think this will differ with regards to the final product. Supporting the processor will be up to 16GB of RAM and PCI Express-based SSDs with capacities of up to 1TB.

Also included in the Transformer 3 Pro is a full set of ports here. There’s full-size USB 3.0, a USB 3.1-C/Thunderbolt 3.0 combination port, a microSD card reader and a full-size HDMI port, too.

The Thunderbolt port can be used to connect to the external Asus ROG XG Station 2 graphics dock, which lets you hook up to a full-sized desktop graphics card for PC gaming on your tiny tablet. When demonstrated, it looked fairly flaky and buggy, but I’ll put this down to pre-production niggles.

 Asus ROG XG Station 2

The ROG gaming dock with a STRIX GTX 1080 onboard

Battery life could be one point of contention: on the device I tried, 56% of the battery remained with an estimated rundown time of 2hrs 5mins. However, note that the device was running at maximum brightness. Nevertheless, the numbers suggest you'll have to do some serious conservation for the Transformer 3 Pro to make it through a day’s work.

ASUS TRANSFORMER 3 PRO – PRICE AND RELEASE DATE

Price for the Transformer 3 Pro will start at £900 for an i5 model with 4GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and go up to £1,400 for an i7 with 8GB of RAM and 512GB storage. This undercuts the Surface Pro 4 by around £70 for a bottom-spec model.

The Transformer Pro 3 will be available in the UK in August. I look forward to pitting it head-to-head with the Surface Pro 4.

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