Engadget reviews the Asus Transformer Book

Posted on 23 May 2013 by

Engadget has posted their review of the Asus Transformer Book, which was recently revealed to be coming to the US on May 21. Can it still offer competition to the likes of the HP Split X2 and Lenovo Helix and with future Haswell on the horizon?


After a long wait since its initial announcement the Asus Transformer Book is currently available in a single configuration; Core i7 CPU with 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 500GB HDD in the keyboard dock, and 13.3″ 1920×1080 screen comprising the core specifications.

The review finds the Ultrabook to be a good performer overall though its benchmark scores were not the most impressive, with the keyboard and trackpad getting some praise. Battery life was found to be about average though strangely the test only covered the tablet so one can expect a couple more hours with the keyboard dock attached.

With Haswell devices possibly appearing in a few short months though is the timing of this device going to have going to see people holding back for a Transformer Book 2 or other devices with the new chips? Anyone looking to pick one up?

Follow the link below for the full review.


  • An additional note from me – we’re trying hard to get hold of this for review. ASUS won’t support us with a review device but we think we might have found a friendly reseller that will lend us one.

  • JohnCz

    $1500 without digitizer .. no no no. In any case, I can’t see myself getting one so closely to haswell launch. For me the issue isn’t so much tablet battery runtimes but the improved graphics performance.

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  • Blorgan Shflargus

    so by the time haswell comes out we’ll all be saying you should wait until the next chip comes out.

  • sil

    You don’t have to wait but a couple of weeks before a new cycle it’s certainly worth it if haswell holds up to hype: lowered power, always on, better graphic performance, what’s not to like except the usb 3 bug.

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