Everthing Starts With An Eee!

June 15th, 2011 in .Blogs .Transformer Summer Blogs
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Everthing Starts With An Eee!

Mark - smoothradioglasgow.co.uk

Goodier’s Gadgets…

Having had a couple of days on the Eee Pad, using it like the iPad for emailing, browsing and getting stuff prepped from the show, I am getting used to the Google Honeycomb OS.

There are some similarities of course in how things work and I do like the back arrow that takes you to the last thing you were working on. It’s a really useful feature that you just don’t get in the Apple device.

Eee Pad Transformer

Here’s another good thing in the Eee Pad: on the on-screen keyboard the numbers and letters appear on the screen. I can’t tell you how annoying I find it to have to switch to the alt keyboard screen on the iPad. Plus, in Honeycomb, you get word suggestions as you type, which has the potential to make composing longer emails much quicker.
I also like having the task-bar visible on the bottom of the screen when you have programmes open, so that you can quickly get to the home screen – and the notifications and battery and wifi levels really work in that location too. You can of course set up the home screens and lay out everything just as you want it and the menus are straightforward.

Eee Pad Transformer

I like the screen though just like the iPad you have to keep it clean, particularly after the kids have been using it! The general feel of the Eee pad is good too. I like the back, which you don’t worry about scratching when you put it down unlike its pricier rival.

Yesterday I took the keyboard out of the box and connected. This is a really simple push to click operation and it turns the Eee Pad into a laptop with 2 USB ports and an SD card slot. This is the Transformer element of the product. The keyboard component features an extra battery, which almost doubles your run time from it’s already really good to truly excellent. It’s a pretty neat idea which I am sure will be copied by other manufacturers in the next year or 2.

Eee Pad Transformer

In addition to the connectivity on the Transformer keyboard, there’s an HDMI out and a micro SD slot. I will have a go with all the connectivity options and update next time, but for now this tablet and laptop in one works well and is getting attention from the kids as well as the grown-ups in our house.

Eee Pad Transformer

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  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.hammett Gary Hammett

    I Want one! guy at work has one and its awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/Delilah64 Nicola Lester

    Love the idea of the connectible keypad, so that you can switch between tablet and laptop mode and extend the battery life. The visible task-bar sounds like a great feature too.  

  • Anonymous

    When using Android 3.1 versus the iPad some critiques have dissed Android for a clumsy or slow screen control. Have you found this comparison to be accurate? So far it is the only significant shortcoming that I have seen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hazel-Chapman/100000691669978 Hazel Chapman

    What a great idea, i would love  an Eee Pad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gifster Andy Blyth

    I have been debating between an iPad and the eee Pad Transformer for quite some time now. Everything seems to point towards getting a transformer, as I am an android fan as it is and really like the idea of the extra battery. I suppose my only question relates to my son who has just turned 1 and it is that the iPad has quite a lot of educational apps, are there many out for honeycomb? But this article just makes me want a transformer more and more!

  • Mark Pomeroy

    definately a great piece of kit, just not so looking forward to the teething problems or lack of apps from android 3.0. shall have to wait and see…. 

  • http://twitter.com/dwillMUFC Daniel Williamson

    The whole idea of the ‘Transformer’ is one of practicality, productivity and style. When I start university in September I can see how the Eee Pad Transformer. Will enhance my learning through the practicality of Honeycomb and the productivity of the keyboard, whilst still looking stylish through the materials and colours used. Overall a great device that I am itching to get my hands on. Good write up. 

  • Frank Toal

    I’m loving the connectivity of the Eee Pad and keyboard combo.

  • Aseem Mishra

    Fair comments! I just want one really badly!! I am going to University in September and think its just so practical and functional aswell us being uber cool!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=171200356 Deni Sh

    “I like the screen though just like the iPad you have to keep it clean, particularly after the kids have been using it!”
    If that is the worst thing about the eepad, I say us users can survive the inconvenience ;)
    Brilliant piece of technology, wish I had more than double digits in my savings account. That would be extremely useful during my daily London commute – both for work and pleasure!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Sweeney/674280590 Mark Sweeney

    Just what i have been waiting for!! 

  • Simeon Baker

    Not sure how well the honeycomb keyboard works – can you install Swipe – or is it best to go for the keyboard dock?

  • Anonymous

    It’s no surprise the Transformer is doing so well…. Excellent hardware with unique capabilities, at a bargain price!  I really think Asus can do a whole series of Transformers with different sizes, and even with different OS’s!  Only disappointment is that they don’t turn into a Laser totin’ Robot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paula-Phillips/100001497745242 Paula Phillips

    Can I turn it into a robot too, that would be great.

  • Jonathan Hackford

    I’m totally loving my Transformer, I wish I had the keyboard dock too but I was just too eager to get my hands on one so bought without it.

    There isn’t day that goes past without it sitting with me on the sofa, sharing some quality Honeycomb goodness :-)

    Great bit of kit – well done Asus.

    This site is great btw. There are very few companies who provide their customer base with this sort of product specific support and info sharing. Although, I do have one minor complaint about this blog, it makes me a tiny bit jealous reading about the dock – I want one too but no one has stock yet! 

    @iamthecosmos – good comment – it could be a bit like the Sheldon robot from The Big Bang Theory – use the Transformer as the head – awesome ha ha ha.

  • http://twitter.com/davemido Davemido

    Great bit of kit this. Would love to own one.

  • gabriella lopez

    definitely Eee pad transformers is the new way forward, easier features, handy to carry around detachable keybord (something absolutely of great importance for me rather than greasing the screen around), WiFi. What else do you need? Top of the range for me!

  • http://twitter.com/dazdenii Darren Denikiewicz

    Nice review, best of both worlds with the dock as well. Something I am sure Apple, amongst other manufacturers will copy. Original idea from asus to differentiate their product from all the competitors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dav532000 Dave Rimmer

    Brill Idea the Asus Transformer as the name implies it Transforms from a Tablet to a laptop. Great Idea if the Kids are using it, attach the Keyboard to keep the screen clean, then you can use it as a Tablet for yourself, love it.  

  • http://twitter.com/swancharlotte Charlie

    I think I’d always be worried about leaving the keyboard somewhere and losing it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=704381226 Graham Lomax

    I have to get myself one of these babies! :o )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=199716916 Gabriel Oke

    Cant wait to get my hands on a transformer, it’s so versatile!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000645534920 Libby Alexander

    Love the idea of it turning into a Laptop so easily. Even I could set that up. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.lubik Adrian Łubik

    Can’t wait for the 3G version :D

  • Chih Chan

    I think it is a great design concept, i can imagine the Transformer being very useful for many tasks.

  • TK Kanagaratnam

    I am pretty picky with my electronics, bought one well over the retail price and loved it! Had some issues (light bleeeding, speakers, etc) and after a few thought I reluctantly gave it away. I couldn’t last a few days without my Transformer and have been on the waiting list for pre-order since. This product is a win! Go ASUS!

  • Darren Rackley

    Can’t wait to get my dock, my brother is wishing he had a Transformer instead of an iPad!

  • Anonymous

    I am looking forward to using one with the keyboard dock. Looks very versatile.


  • Anonymous

    As a New World Slacker and yet to dip my Weary Toes into this Technological World..

    Everything for everybody else  may start with an Eee. but can  it with me…

    Well the more i read about the Asus Eee tablet. the more i want to know..

    It is a vast improvment to my normal reaction to technology..

    Which is usually. why so many keys ?  what do all these flashing lights mean ?

    Well today. Im Asking for the first time in my life…

    What can technology. what can the Asus Eee… DO FOR ME ?

    And again for the first time in my life…. I WOULD TRULLY LOVE TO FIND OUT !

  • Anonymous

    The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is one of those toys,where you just think to yourself,(I want one of them to play with!

  • Mat Ward

    I love my transformer – just wish I’d bought one with the keyboard dock.

  • Anonymous

    Love the Asus Transformer

  • lisa

    I’ve never considered getting one of these before, but I’m starting to think I shouldn’t dismiss getting one altogether.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/wtz7OcwplsAYD4k.TR14D9U2_A--#b9ae8 dvdyke

    Unfortunately my left speaker died on my new TF only a week after having it. I am today waiting for a DHL pickup to send it from the UK to a service center over in Czech Republic. The left speaker issue appears to be a common one and Asus really should have sorted this issue out beforehand. The case also creaks a bit, there are light leaks and there are issues with typing lag in the browser and juddering video playback. Even with the 3.1 update and latest firmware. Also framerates drop in portrait mode. I’m actually pretty amazed that these issues are not highlghted more. If they can fix these issues it would be a pretty damned good bit of kit. As of right now I feel a little let down.

  • http://twitter.com/JammyRolyPoly Jamie Looney

    I’ve been looking around for a tablet and wasn’t sure what to get. After reading various reviews on the net this seems to be the ONE! Love the fact that the keyboard acts as another power source.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/wtz7OcwplsAYD4k.TR14D9U2_A--#b9ae8 dvdyke

    It depends really on how you use it. I use(d) an app launcher called Circle Launcher and lay out my shortcuts into catgories and favorites. Works a treat. The problem I had with typing on the tablet was mostly fixed by install Thumbs Keyboard. As for typing in a browser that is indeed very sluggish. There is a third party app for various forums that support it called Tapatalk which works much better. But it is again something you must buy/install rather than a cure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neil-Shilson/1384115836 Neil Shilson

    Getting the keyboard dock delivered tomorrow – Can’t wait….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507098491 Lauren Elizabeth

    It is SO useful.  I like to use the tablet for watching films and looking at photos and reading eBooks etc and use the notebook for writing emails.  2 computers in one and thoroughly indispensable.

  • Cassandra Fryer

    I normally dismiss the thoughts of a tablet, I think the fingerprints would annoy me but this looks a really good!

  • http://twitter.com/emmiloam Emma

    I would love to try one of these – sound fab

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rolf-Eilert-Johansen/719690615 Rolf Eilert Johansen

     Iam searching to find out about how the pen system in the transformer is made. is it as advanced as in the slate, or is it a different system? Sing to me ASUS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rolf-Eilert-Johansen/719690615 Rolf Eilert Johansen

    I will use the transformer for notetaking , but please how me how. How is the pen working , do the pen has feedback as in slate? …so little information.

  • Anonymous

    There is no pen supplied with the Transformer, only the EP121/BP121 Slate. Since it’s a similar capacitive interface you could buy a capacitive pen, however since it’s drivers are not specifically designed for it and the interface is multi-touch, your palm resting on it might cause it confusion. I don’t know, never tried sorry.

  • Anonymous

    There is no pen supplied with the Transformer, only the EP121/BP121 Slate. Since it’s a similar capacitive interface you could buy a capacitive pen, however since it’s drivers are not specifically designed for it and the interface is multi-touch, your palm resting on it might cause it confusion. I don’t know, never tried sorry.