ASUS has made a name for itself by offering sleek alternatives to name brand mainstays like Apple and Microsoft. The new 2-1 Transformer 3 Pro is no exception and comparisons to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 are practically obligatory. However, there’s no harm in seeing which way the tide is turning, and rather than reinvent the wheel the Transformer 3 Pro delivers all the power and convenience one could hope from a modern-day laptop/tablet hybrid running on Windows 10 OS.
As previously mentioned, comparisons to the 2-1 Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft are essentially unavoidable. Rather than hide its sources, ASUS practically flaunts them. In other words, expect a very similar outward appearance to the Surface Pro 4 with the exception of different colours for the chassis and other minor flourishes.
That chassis is the epitome of sleek, made using a premium aluminium-magnesium alloy, which allows the device to be painstakingly thin and light but sturdy through and through. Some users say the chassis is prone to scuffing but there’s no harm in a few external scars as long as they don’t damage any internal organs.
Rounding out the Transformer 3 Pro’s veritably awesome design is a 12.6-inch screen that offers stunning 3K-pixel resolution and reaches the topmost shelf in terms of colour, image and overall detail.
2-1 devices are aimed at those who want a new tier of interaction when it comes to both work and play, and that means performance is everything. The Transformer 3 Pro distinguishes itself primarily through superb graphic display, connectivity with external ports and docks, and some serious power under the hood. The most expensive version comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM. The Thunderbolt 3 interface means supremely fast data transfer by way of a USB-C port.
What that amounts to is consistent, reliable performance that can duly handle the slew of tasks for both the modern consumer and modern creative alike. The only caveat is battery life. The swift power and high resolution display results in undesirable battery drainage when using the device on the go.
Pair its engine power and connectivity with a metal kickstand and 155-degree hinge and the Transformer 3 Pro becomes a flexible, fast, and adaptive thing of beauty. Included in the package is a stylus and keyboard, enabling premium management of everything from photos to blueprints to whatever’s on your mind. Both audio and video run without a hitch and the device is equipped with two cameras (one in the front and one in the back). Take the battery issue off the table and the new tablet/laptop from ASUS is the epitome of modern day usability.
The Transformer 3 Pro relies on small differences to make big impressions, but in today’s tech-savvy world that can go a long way. It’s sleek, swift and sturdy. With a price point and performance standard that’s more or less competitive with the Surface Pro 4, ASUS is relying on small degrees of personal choice to play a major role with the consumer. In other words, the power is in your hands so use it wisely.