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Asus Transformer Pad TF103C: This hybrid is better for fun than work

Michelle Mastin | Aug. 4, 2014
I enjoyed the Windows-based Transformer Book T100 I tested a few months ago, so I was excited to see how its Android-powered sibling would stack up. The engineers at Asus engineers have now proven themselves to be pros at designing 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrids running in both Windows and Android flavors. But the names they've chosen for these two devices are telling: The Windows device conjures the image of a notebook, while the Android device evokes the iPad.

Which lead to the next issue: The onscreen keyboard is terrible. Perhaps I'm just too used to the Windows 8.1 keyboard or the iPad keyboard at this point, but I really struggled with it.

Close enough for jazz?

The Transformer Pad TF103C is an excellent companion tablet, with the potential to be a useful tool if you can find solid Android versions of your favorite productivity software. But dyed-in-the-wool Windows users will be much happier with Asus's Transformer Book T100, which is street-priced just $40 higher (for the 32GB model; the 64GB model is going for $375).

 

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