The Taiwanese PC maker’s latest offerings come in a variety of form factors, spanning from superthin ultrabooks to a 3-in-1 device that can be used as an Android tablet, dual-OS notebook or Windows desktop. Pretty neat no?
In a bid to take PC innovation to the stage, Asus has just introduced a bevy of new computing devices, consisting of new Zenbook ultrabooks, an entry-level notebook/tablet convertible as well as the Transformer Book Trio, the world’s first 3-in-1 laptop/tablet/desktop with dual operating systems that allows the device to be used by two people as a separate tablet and desktop PC independently.
Transformer Book Trio
As its name suggests, the Transformer Book Trio can be used in three different modes: laptop, tablet and desktop. With dual operating systems, the Trio’s 11.6-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080) display can function as a standalone Android tablet when detached from the keyboard, while the PC Station dock can be plugged into an external display and used as an independent desktop, allowing two people to use both devices separately.
The tablet itself houses a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 (sorry no Bay Trail there), 2GB of RAM as well as up to 64GB of internal storage. Other specifications include a 5MP rear-facing camera, 720p front-facing camera, a microSD card slot and a 4,430mAh battery. Software-wise, the slate runs Android 4.2.2 out of the box with Asus’s proprietary UI overlay atop.
The keyboard dock, or what Asus terms as the PC Station, is a standalone mini PC that runs Windows 8 and can be connected to an external display via either the Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI output, effectively serving as a full-fledged desktop by itself. In terms of hardware, you have a choice of either a 4th generation Intel Core i5-4200 or i7-4500 processor, 4GB of RAM and up to a 1TB HDD for storage. The PC station also offers the latest in connectivity options with the inclusion of 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and two USB 3.0 ports.
When used in laptop mode with the display attached, you have the option of switching between Windows 8 and Android with a simple press of a dedicated ‘Trio’ key, with the data shared between both operating systems via the tablet’s internal storage. The PC station’s 5070mAh battery, when combined with the slate’s battery also makes for a massive 13-hour battery that should get you through a full day of use with no issue at all.
Transformer Book T100
Packing Intel’s latest Bay Trail Z3740 quad-core mobile processor, the new entry-level Transformer Book T100 convertible combines performance and flexibility of use into an ultralight package, tipping the scales at just 1.07kg. The detachable display, which serves as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet, is also one of the less hefty 10-inch slates around at 550g.
Zenbook UX301 and UX302
Also announced were a much welcome refresh of Asus’s highly popular Zenbook ultrabooks. The new UX301 and UX302 are the world’s first ultrabooks to come with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 lids, making them arguably the most durable displays around. The 13.3-inch displays of the new Zenbooks have also been upgraded to QHD (2560 x 1440) and FHD (1920 x 1080) resolutions for the UX301 and UX302 respectively, giving you immaculate and razor sharp visuals.
Powered by Intel’s latest Haswell processors, better performance and power efficiency can be expected from the new Zenbooks. Compared to the first generation Zenbooks, the latest iterations are also a substantial 14 percent thinner, making them compelling offerings that boast both style and substance.
Availability and pricing
Asus Transformer Book Trio – S$1,698 (Core i5) and S$1,998 (Core i7), available from November 2
Asus Transformer Book T100 – S$599, available from November 2
Asus Zenbook UX301 and UX302 – pricing and availability have not been disclosed and will be announced closer to launch