Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
Average of 23 scores (from 28 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
Transformer - The Return. An Android tablet with a keyboard dock is a handy thing. Asus' Transformer pads were always good representatives of this category until now. Why this remains to be true for the Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A although some compromises have to be made can be read in this test.
Source: Expert Reviews
The Asus Transformer Pad TF103C with its keyboard dock is competitively priced with excellent performance, but its display is a let-down. If productivity is your real priority, a Windows 8.1 tablet might be a better choice, such as the Schenker Element, which has a keyboard integrated into its case. While if a laptop running Android appeals then check out the HP Slatebook.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Trusted Reviews
The Asus Transformer Pad TF103 is a very low-cost hybrid tablet that scrapes off all the fancy extras often seen in tablets to offer something cheap enough to work as a complement to a main laptop. As a result it’s pretty attractive. However, both of its sides end up feeling a bit compromised. The frame is a little too small to offer typing that doesn’t feel a bit cramped, and if productivity is your main aim, we’d suggest considering one of the great Windows-based alternatives such as the Asus T100 or T200.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/15/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 70% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 60%
Source: Gadget Show
If you can deal with using Android as your daily computer OS, the latest Transformer Pad could be just the ticket for you, as its decent keyboard, low pricing and handy software smarts make it a good budget bet - we're just not totally sold on using Android every day as a PC.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
The TF103C is a very good Android tablet and the included keyboard and touchpad come in handy when you want to type up a long email or work assignment. The full-size USB port built into the keyboard is also handy for importing files to your Android tablet. However, we hesitate to recommend the TF103C to anyone looking for a cheap laptop because many people who want a laptop expect to multitask with multiple apps open on screen at the same time. I wrote this review on an Asus Windows-based laptop with both Microsoft Word, notepad and Firefox open on the screen at the same time while I switched back and forth between applications and multiple browser tabs. There’s no way I could have done the same thing with the TF103C.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 54%
Although it's far from a powerhouse, I was extremely pleased with the TF103. Its failings are minor, while its best points are striking: a big, bright screen, decent sound and the versatility offered by the removable keyboard, all for a very reasonable price. That said, unless you're desperate to get a keyboard with your tablet, there are better keyboard-less offerings on the market.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 90% performance: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Authority
Until now, if we’d been asked to recommend a budget tablet, we’d have plumped for the Nexus 7 without a second thought, but the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C has given us another option. For fans of large-screened tablets who might want to do a touch of work on the move, its performance, display quality and usable keyboard make it a worthy alternative.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 100% performance: 100% features: 67% workmanship: 67%
Just like the Asus MeMO Pad 8, the Transformer Pad TF103C is a surprisingly speedy tablet and a reasonably low price tag. It just happens to be larger… and it comes with e keyboard. Whether this tablet is worth buying depends on how much you want a bigger screen and a keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/15/2014
Source: PC World
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).
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Given the $429 price point, there are probably better tablets you could find without the keyboard, and we’d probably look at these, factoring an extra hundred or so for a decent set of keys. If this is a must-hit price, fine, but once again, we’d probably see if anything else fits the bill, because with less expensive and better performing Chromebooks out there, as well as more capable tablets without keyboards, we’ve probably choose those instead.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 100% performance: 100% features: 100% workmanship: 100%
As far as budget tablet options go, people have quite a few. Seven and ten inch bodies alike have been out for a while, and so it’s not as if it’s hard to find something for a price point, but packaged with a physical keyboard, well that’s a different story altogether. But while the Asus Transformer does manage to provide the combo for a price point, it’s not the best you can get, not by a long shot.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 70% workmanship: 70%
Asus says the Asus Transformer Pad TF103 will last for nine hours playing movies at 720p, with Wi-Fi on and brightness at 100nits. We put it through some pretty extensive video streaming, and got closer to eight hours of real use without tweaking any of the settings. So it should last you a working day. Just easy on the cat videos
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Laptop Mag
As a budget tablet, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C hits many of the right notes. For $299, it offers a vivid 1280 x 800 touch screen, loud audio, solid Intel Atom performance and, most importantly, a clamshell keyboard dock. The fact that it runs Android 4.4 KitKat is a major plus as well. However, the keyboard feels cramped, and the touchpad is uncomfortably stiff.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Mag
Around back is a 2-megapixel camera, complemented by a 0.3-megpaixel front-facing camera. They're useful for apps that require one, and the front-facing sensor at least makes video chats possible, but neither should be relied upon for any critical photography. Images are overly noisy, devoid of detail, and suffer from exposure and white balance issues. Video tops out at 720p and looks similarly subpar.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Pro
Until now, if we had been asked to recommend a budget tablet, we'd have plumped for the Nexus 7 straight away, but the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C has given us another option. For fans of large-screened tablets who might want to do a touch of work on the move, its performance, display quality and usable keyboard make it a worthy alternative.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 67% workmanship: 67%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 74% price: 69% features: 58% display: 81% mobility: 49%
Source: Futurezone.at DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/19/2014
Source: Tabtech DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 100% performance: 70% display: 60% mobility: 60% workmanship: 60%
Source: Computerbild - Heft 17/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 86%
Source: Areamobile DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 72% performance: 64% mobility: 81% workmanship: 90%
Source: Connect - Heft 09/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 87% features: 83% display: 83% mobility: 80%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 90% display: 85% mobility: 85% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 90%
Source: Tabletowo PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 80% features: 90% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Lab.pl PL→EN
Positive: Efficient processor; docking station with adjustable angle screen; polished keyboard and functionality associated with software support; very good screen; very good speakers and fantastic headphone; attractive interface; GPS. Negative: Screen resolution should be higher; average battery duration; sufficient camera.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/25/2014
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Good price; beautiful Full HD-screen; decent speakers; excellent performance; decent battery life. Negative: Mediocre cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/23/2014
Source: Wikitech HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/08/2014
Rating: Total score: 85% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 100%
Source: Tablet.bg BU→EN
Positive: Excellent performance; Android 4.4 + comfortable and functional user interface ZenUI; low price. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/13/2014
The Asus Transformer Pad TF103C is the lower end model of the Asus Transformer Series. Despite that, the device itself does not look too shabby. The exterior is mostly made from hard plastic and the rubbery coating at the sides makes it easy to hold.
Unfortunately, the screen doesn't tell the same tale. It comes with only 1280 by 800 pixel resolution, a resolution so low that most devices don't even use them anymore. Luckily, color and contrast are alright. The device can reach a maximum brightness of 407 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 1018:1. The camera is rather poor; only 2 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front camera.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF103C is powered by an Intel Atom processor capable with a clock rate of 1.33 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and up to 16 GB of native memory, not bad for a budget device. The battery life of the device is quite average, enough for a day of normal usage.
All in all, the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C is a device that is made for the lower budget market, so some compromises must be expected. However, if these drawbacks are acceptable, the price makes it a value purchase.
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail):
Integrated GPU for tablet and notebook Bay Trail SoCs. Based on the Ivy Bridge GPU with four Execution Units and support for DirectX 11.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Z3745: Soc with an integrated quad core Atom processor clocked at up to 1.86 GHz (Turbo), an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a dual channel LPDDR3-1067 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.
This is pretty heavy for a smartphone. Usually, small tablets weigh as much.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
74.3%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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