ASUS Transformer AiO: Now this is Big
“Is that a Tablet or a Table?!” Yes. That too was our reaction when we first laid our eyes on the ASUS Transformer AiO. Who would want an 18.4” tablet, right? Then they showed us the dock, it was connected and it was…magical!
Announced at the Dealer and Media Conference here in Movenpick Resort, Mactan Island, Cebu (along with a myriad of amazing products), the ASUS Transformer AiO was pretty much the biggest thing revealed (literally).
It boasts of having 2 OS that are separate yet seemingly integrated (the key word is seemingly). This hybrid tablet/All-in-One PC runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on tablet form and on Windows 8 once docked and used like a PC. You can run the tablet with Windows 8 as well but only within range of the dock. The dock itself is one PC – Windows 8 and the “monitor” is the Android tab. So in essence you’re actually getting 2 distinctly separate yet integrated devices!
Not a lot of hybrids can claim that.
In fact if someone manages to run away with your 18.4” tablet, then simply hook a monitor to the remaining dock and resume your work on your Windows 8. But then why would anyone run with that big of a tab? Because if you think that lugging around an 18.4” tablet is a breeze then you would be mistaken. It actually takes quite a toll even after just a few lifts so don’t even think that you’re going to use this like your 7” or 10” ones.
The Asus Transformer AiO takes the idea of merging (and mixing) business with pleasure into a whole new level. It takes the strain of computing power and handling your business files off the Android and simply transforms that into a complete entertainment system while leaving that workload to Windows that’s running on a Core i3.
Imagine what you can do with ASUS’s 10-finger multi-touch capability on this massive panel. And while not being uberly portable (like, please do not bring this out to a café), the idea that you can unhook the device, bring it to your room (or your kids room) and simply bond over whatever app you have installed on the Android is visually appealing. Aside from that, there’s really not much to do with the device…
The Asus Transformer AiO is a novel idea, although not quite as practical as one would hope. Still, if you like to show off something cool and innovative then you might actually get a kick out of this one. Retailing at P59,995.00, the Asus Transfer AiO is slated to come out by end of March.
Anyone biting? We’d love to get our hands on this for a few weeks though to review. *wink ASUS Philippines*