As mentioned yesterday on our site, the Asus Transformer 300 is now available online from several different retailers. I also said I was picking one up, and as promised I’m back with the awesomeness that is the new Asus Transformer TF300T.
I’m not going to go through a full “hands-on” review yet, as this is my first tablet so it’s going to take some getting used to. I almost bought the transformer prime, but backed out due to the issues folks were having with the GPS and WiFi. When I heard Asus was dropping a cheaper version of the transformer with the issues fixed I was sold. My first impressions of the tablet are great, and it runs like a champ thus far. That being said, I’ve only gotten to play with it for about 30 minutes as the battery needed a full charge and I had a vet appointment (awesome timing) right after UPS dropped it off. I will mention a few quick things though in case you’re curious. The first thing I noticed right away is that the Asus Transformer 300 charges EXTREMELY fast. It seemed to go from around 28% to full charge in somewhere around 1 ½ hours. The GPS and WiFi work flawlessly, and I’ve had no issues with reception at all. If you’re wondering about the plastic casing vs. aluminum… the plastic is fine and feel’s high quality and not cheap. A lot of people were wondering about that, and I’ll admit the aluminum is cooler, but the dark blue “spun” plastic is just fine with me. I should have a full review of the tablet by the weekend at the latest; I really want to sink my teeth into it first so I can give you a good review from a first time tablet owner. For now all I’ve got is the pic above and my list from yesterday if you want to grab one right now instead of next weekend in-store. Mine came from B&H with a base price of $399, but I had it airmailed as I’m impatient so the total was right around $430. Still cheaper than you’ll be able to get it in the store (sans tax), and who knows how many will actually be in the stores next week. Either way, the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 looks great and “seems” like it’s going to be an awesome tablet for a great price.