Tablets, no doubt, did not catch market as smartphones and PCs, but that does not mean they have gone out of fashion. Brands have shown a good response to Microsoft’s Surface 2-in-1 form factor which is basically a PC that can be transformed into a tablet. Now Asus has joined the bandwagon and it has come up with 2-in-1 Windows 10 device named as Transformer Pro 3. The price is bit at the higher side which is slightly less than $2000 and in Indian currency it comes around Rs 1,10,990 onwards, the Core i5 variant doesn’t come cheap. This means they are not pocket friendly at all when it comes to premium tablet segment.
Let’s know its pros and cons
- High quality metallic body design
- Powerful hardware
- Sleek keyboard
- USB-C port
- Prone to scratches
- No slot to place the pen
- Average quality battery life
The experience with 2-in-1 PCs has been a mixed bag, pricier ones are certainly good and cheaper ones are not worth their salt. The Asus Transformer Pro 3 (TP3) ranks as a premium product has its own strengths. It has a high quality metallic body design and the overall design is great. The display size is 12.6-inch display which offers 2880×1920 pixels resolution which offers high on brightness and sharpness at the same time.
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It has the best quality available set of hardware such as Core i5/Core i7, with 8 and 16GB of RAM. You get 512GB of SSD that provides a higher data-transfer result. The keyboard is bundled and it connects with the tablet via magnetic points.
The metal body is scratch prone and we caused scratches in the visible time we spend with the device. This makes it a difficult choice for a buyer as why would you pay for a device that will lose its luster very soon. It has also missed out the pen slot. There is a good chance that the user may miss this accessory.
The Quint writes, “Limiting the TP3 to Core i5 and Core i7 processors, has invariably hit the battery life of the device. On an average, we managed to get over 5 hours from the device, which might work out well, if you are always around a power source.” Another thing is that for a portable device like Asus, it claims of 8 hours of battery life which is certainly short. It could have worked on a Core M variant as well.
Why you should buy it
If you are looking for a top end and powerful 2-in-1 PC, then the Asus Transformer Pro 3 can be a good choice for you as it comes with a perfect package of a full metal-body, powerful hardware with an effective keyboard. But it lacks on the battery front.