Asus EeePad TF101-A1 Transformer Tablet
The strange name and lower price immediately put questions in the mind of anybody considering the Eee Pad Transformer. At its core, the Eee Pad Transformer is a standard 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet powered by a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. The chunky design won't win the Eee Pad Transformer any favors, but works well enough and is not offensive in any way. Otherwise, the Eee Pad Transformer operates exactly like a modern-day Honeycomb tablet should - fast, responsive, and easy to use with the exception of a few curious interface oversights.
The Eee Pad Transformer offers a unique feature which differs in application, not concept. Asus sells a keyboard dock which plugs into the tablet, effectively 'transforming' the device into a 10-inch netbook. This arrangement works better than the iPad 2 keyboard accessory, which seems almost like an afterthought in comparison. For mobile businesspeople, the keyboard dock becomes an invaluable productivity tool.
Then, there's the issue of the lower price. Direct competitors such as the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 cost a full $100 more, leading to conclusions about lower build quality in the Asus tablet. These assumptions do have roots in truth - the Eee Pad Transformer does not feel anywhere near as well-built as the Samsung, let alone the class-leading iPad 2. This is not a slight to the Eee Pad Transformer - rivals have simply raised the bar. Otherwise, Asus should be commended for producing a lower-price tablet without any glaring faults that detract from the overall experience.