Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Tablets are the rage to­day, rapidly eat­ing into the net­book mar­ket. While they are con­ve­nient, it is of­ten an­noy­ing to have to type out long doc­u­ments on the on­screen key­board. Asus has clev­erly added a key­board dock to its 10.1-inch Hon­ey­comb tablet pow­ered by a 1GHZ dual core pro­ces­sor that en­hances its over­all util­ity.

Named the EEE Trans­former, the tablet has been de­signed in two parts. The 10.1-inch tab mea­sures 12.9 mm thick with a tex­tured panel at the back. Good enough for stand-alone use, it sup­ports a ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play and has al­most all con­trols on the side panel in­clud­ing the SIM slot, mi­cro SD slot, vol­ume con­trols, mini HDMI con­nec­tor and 3.5mm jack. Only the charg­ing port is cov-

ered when con­nected to the dock, though the dock it­self has a charg­ing port. In ad­di­tion, the dock has two USB ports and a well-spaced QWERTY key­pad with short­cuts for Wi-fi, bright­ness, browser, search, etc. While it weighs 640 gm, the key­board adds around 750 gm to the to­tal weight, which would be about what a net­book weighs. The Trans­former runs on Android and not the reg­u­lar Win­dows, so users might take time get­ting used to it. It man­aged to give us 12 hours of bat­tery backup when con­nected to the dock and seven hours other­wise.

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