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Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T Convertible Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Maria Vittoria Occhipinti), 01/01/2017

Serious Surface Competitor? Convertibles with strong performance are always a crowd favorite. Asus packs a Skylake i7 processor in a flat case and hopes for the best, but there are a few problems. In our extensive review, we will discuss the Transformer 3 Pro and its place in the competitive convertible market.

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Everyone wants a powerful convertible, but often a compact case falls short of the features offered by a full-sized laptop. In fact, more often than not, tablets and convertibles rely on very conservative processors and a dedicated graphics card is a rare sight in this segment. The latter is true for our test model, the Asus Transformer 3 Pro. The technical specifications of this 12.6-inch convertible are impressive: an Intel Core i7-6500U, 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD. Asus offers alternatives for the storage device and the processor, such as, the weaker Intel Core i5-6200U. The storage devices range from 128 GB to 1 TB. The M.2 SSDs offered by the manufacturer operate with SATA 3 and PCIE Gen3 x4.

Our test model uses a 512 GB SSD at SATA 3 speeds. The model sports the faster processor and 16 GB RAM. The package is listed for 1,599 Euros (~$1668).

We picked out interesting convertibles to compete with the Asus Transformer 3 Pro in our review. We did not limit our search to the convertibles with the same CPU as our test model. In fact, some of our comparison models use very conservative Intel Core m CPUs. This will lead to some interesting performance discrepancies later on in this review.

This is the complete list of comparison devices for this review:

Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T (Transformer Pad Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520 - shared Memory MB, Core: 300 - 933 MHz, Memory: 933 MHz, 21.20.16.4534
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR3 1866MHz SDRAM Onboard Memory
Display
12.6 inch 16:9, 2880 x 1920 pixel 275 PPI, Multi-Touch, native pen support, BOE BOE06AC (NV126A1M-N51), IPS, 60Hz, 85% NTSC, Support ASUS Splendid Technology, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND), 512 GB 
, 512GB SSD (SATA, M.2), 421 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: Multi-format, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, TPM
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.35 x 298.8 x 210.1 ( = 0.33 x 11.76 x 8.27 in)
Battery
39 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo 2W speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter, keyboard dock, ASUS Pen Active Stylus, 24 Months Warranty, Keyboard-Dock: 340g, ASUS Pen Active Stylus: 22g
Weight
1.13 kg ( = 39.86 oz / 2.49 pounds), Power Supply: 200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Price
1599 Euro

 

Case

The glass front is stylish and serves as an input medium. The case and the kickstand of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro are made of a very innovative yet robust magnesium-aluminum alloy. This keeps the device very thin (8.35 mm/~0.33 inches) and light, without sacrificing sturdiness. The kickstand can be opened up to 155 degrees, but the two hinges are quite stiff, which means the user will have to use a little force. The Asus Transformer 3 Pro has a very slim keyboard dock, which latches onto the convertible with a magnet connector from below. When the convertible is closed, this dock helps protect the screen.

Asus is selling the device with two color schemes: Icicle-Gold and Titanium-Grey. The keyboard dock can be bought in four colors (green, brown, orange and beige), which means there are eight color combinations. The workmanship is very nice: the different components of the device have been installed cleanly and the gaps between the materials are even. Overall, the design is very appealing (subjective), but we must criticize one aspect of this device: the keyboard dock of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro should magnetically secure itself to the top of the convertible when it is closed.

Size Comparison

The size comparison shows that the Asus Transformer 3 Pro is one of the slimmest devices. The HP Elite x2 1012 G1 is a little slimmer (thickness). The weight of our test model is just over 1 kg, so it is relatively light (1,130 grams/~2.5 pounds, including keyboard). Separately, the keyboard dock weighs 340 grams (~0.8 lb) and the tablet weighs merely 790 grams (~1.7 lb). 

Connectivity

Due to the compact build, the convertible is limited to a certain number of interfaces. On the right side, the user will find a USB 3.0 port alongside an HDMI interface and a USB-C 3.1. The latter is used to charge the convertible. On the opposite side, the case sports a card reader (only MicroSD cards) and an audio jack. This is the full extent of the connectivity offered by the Asus Transformer 3 Pro. The USB-C 3.1 interface supports Thunderbolt 3 and can use various adapters to expand the connectivity of the tablet. One such adapter is available for image output (HDMI) and another offers Ethernet. However, we must note that to use these adapters, one must give up the only charging port of this convertible. The placement of the ports ensures user comfort as they are all quite high. 

Left: audio, volume, MicroSD slot
Left: audio, volume, MicroSD slot
Right: USB-C 3.1 (Thunderbolt 3), HDMI, USB 3.0
Right: USB-C 3.1 (Thunderbolt 3), HDMI, USB 3.0
Top: power on, ventilation opening
Top: power on, ventilation opening
Bottom: keyboard dock connector
Bottom: keyboard dock connector

Communication

The Intel Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7265 WLAN module of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro supports 2.4 and 5 GHz networks. Theoretically, it offers up to 867 MB/s, but we could not achieve this speed in our review. We set up the optimal conditions, but our test model only reached 685 MB/s (sending) and 560 MB/s (receiving). As the comparison table shows, the Asus Transformer 3 Pro has a slight disadvantage while receiving data. When sending, the test model performs at a similar level to the competition. The Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 is the best performing model of our comparison.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
Broadcom BCM15700A2 802.11ac
950 MBit/s ∼100% +70%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i5
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
676 MBit/s ∼71% +21%
MSI GT73VR 6RF
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
654 MBit/s ∼69% +17%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
560 MBit/s ∼59%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
Broadcom BCM15700A2 802.11ac
949 MBit/s ∼100% +39%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
685 MBit/s ∼72%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i5
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
680 MBit/s ∼72% -1%
MSI GT73VR 6RF
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
660 MBit/s ∼70% -4%

Security

The Asus Transformer 3 Pro includes the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM). Furthermore, the Windows login can be unlocked using facial recognition. This is more of a gimmicky feature than a reliable, security feature.

Accessories

Asus Universal Dock
Asus Universal Dock

The tablet and a keyboard dock are included in delivery. The package also includes obligatory accessories, such as, the power adapter, warranty information and a short manual. An ASUS Active Stylus Pen can also be found amongst the delivery contents. Optional accessories, like a graphics dock, can be purchased from Asus and directly connected via the Thunderbolt 3 interface. This would boost the graphics performance. Officially, there is no information yet on the pricing of the graphics dock. Furthermore, accessories from 3rd party manufacturers can be used with the Thunderbolt 3 and the USB 3.0 interfaces. Asus offers a very nice extension, the Universal Dock (via the Thunderbolt 3 interface). At the time of testing, this accessory was available for 129 Euros (~$135).

Maintenance

Upgrade options for the Asus Transformer 3 Pro were not part of the plan. As such, it is not possible to swap out the SSD for a bigger one (manually).

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Camera

The Asus Transformer 3 Pro sports a camera on the front and the back. The front camera (2 MP) is primarily used for video transmission, such as, Skype sessions. On the back, the main camera takes pictures up to 13 MP. The OmniVision OV13850 camera sensor offers sufficient quality for snapshots. However, for high-quality shots, we recommend using a DSLR camera instead.

Main camera, 4,096 x 2,304 pixels
Main camera, 4,096 x 2,304 pixels
Reference camera, Nikon D3300, 6,000 x 4,000 pixels
Reference camera, Nikon D3300, 6,000 x 4,000 pixels

Operating System

According to the information on the Asus website, the Transformer 3 Pro is available with either Windows 10 Home or Pro. Asus does not officially support any other operating systems. In the download sections, all drivers are designed for Windows 10 64-bit.

Warranty

Asus guarantees the Transformer 3 Pro for 24 months.

Input Devices

Touchscreen

The WQHD+ multi-touch screen does good work. Input is recognized quickly and executed. If you like working with a touchscreen, then you should push the Windows scaling up to 200%. The high resolution of the 12.6-inch screen will make the symbols and captions very fine and small. The ASUS Active Stylus Pen (delivered with the tablet) is a sensible alternative if you want to use the touchscreen. The Active Stylus works nicely, but it cannot be stowed in the convertible.

Keyboard / Touchpad

Keyboard dock
Keyboard dock
Backlight keyboard of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro
Backlight keyboard of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro

The Asus Transformer 3 Pro offers a nice keyboard dock, which includes a ClickPad. The dock can be connected using the magnetic latch. The keyboard dock comes in four different colors and the individual keys measure 16 x 15 mm (~0.63 x 0.60 inches, width x height). The very slim keyboard has a stroke distance of 1.4 mm. Although the pressure point of each key is tangible, we would have liked it to be a bit stronger. Typists should look for a better keyboard, as the keyboard dock does a decent job, but cannot replace professional keyboards. 

The multi-touch ClickPad measures 10.6 x 6.2 cm (~4.2 x 2.4 in) and is nicely integrated in the bottom of the dock. The surface is smooth, which allows the finger to glide over it comfortably. However, in comparison to the quality of the keyboard dock and the case, the ClickPad is very poor. This glass touchpad suffers from various issues and chief among them is the unintentional movement of the cursor. Although the touchpad can score points with its support of Windows 10 gestures, frequently, the cursor will jump to another spot. Furthermore, it is not integrated firmly in the dock, which causes it to clatter slightly in use. An audible clicking noise confirms an executed click (near the bottom of the touchpad).

Display

Subpixel
Subpixel
Very good: no "Screen Bleeding"
Very good: no "Screen Bleeding"

Asus has installed a WQHD+ display with a resolution of 2880x1920 pixels in the Transformer 3 Pro. The 12.6-inch diagonal of the panel translates to a pixel density of 275 dpi. The multi-touch IPS panel has an average brightness of 307 cd/m². This means our convertible is a little brighter than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, but the rest of the competitors are definitely brighter than our test model. The great contrast (1,090:1) and the low black value (0.29) ensure that colors remain strong and that the displayed black is satisfactory. We did not find a gray tinge in any scene. The illumination of the panel is very even at 91%.

Considering the price of the test model, the quality of the screen meets our expectations. Asus does not offer any other panels for this model. In our opinion, other panels would not have added additional value to this convertible, as the screen of our test model fits wonderfully to it.

We are happy to note that, during our review, we did not encounter any issues, such as, "Screen Bleeding" (especially in darker scenes).

301
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 317 cd/m² Average: 307 cd/m² Minimum: 17.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 316 cd/m²
Contrast: 1090:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.91 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 5.37 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
98% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 72% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.36
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
BOE BOE06AC (NV126A1M-N51), , 2880x1920, 12.6
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Samsung SDC3853, , 2736x1824, 12.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Samsung ATNA40JU01-0, , 2560x1440, 14
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
LG Philips, , 1920x1280, 12.1
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Panasonic VVX12T041N00, , 2160x1440, 12
Response Times
-45%
71%
5%
139%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
30 (14, 16)
46 (17.2, 28.8)
-53%
1 (0.5, 0.5)
97%
33.2 (15.2, 18)
-11%
20 (5, 15, detail 5 schraffiert)
33%
Response Time Black / White *
29 (8, 21)
31 (6, 25.2)
-7%
1 (0.5, 0.5)
97%
22.8 (10.4, 12.4)
21%
34 (15, 19, [email protected]% mit/ohne PSU)
-17%
PWM Frequency
200 (90)
50 (50)
-75%
240 (100)
20%
1000 (100)
400%
Screen
13%
-3%
-22%
-21%
Brightness middle
316
389.2
23%
279
-12%
322
2%
345
9%
Brightness
307
392
28%
277
-10%
319
4%
328
7%
Brightness Distribution
91
92
1%
91
0%
97
7%
91
0%
Black Level *
0.29
0.27
7%
0.42
-45%
0.38
-31%
Contrast
1090
1441
32%
767
-30%
908
-17%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.91
3.61
8%
5.15
-32%
6.02
-54%
8.4
-115%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.9
8.28
-5%
10.06
-27%
11.9
-51%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.37
3.8
29%
5.44
-1%
6.29
-17%
4.3
20%
Gamma
2.36 102%
2.16 111%
2.28 105%
2.4 100%
2.63 91%
CCT
7812 83%
5969 109%
5686 114%
7712 84%
7368 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
72
63
-12%
98
36%
47.8
-34%
62
-14%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98
97
-1%
100
2%
73.2
-25%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / -2%
34% / 17%
-9% / -17%
59% / 19%

* ... smaller is better

98% sRGB coverage
98% sRGB coverage
72% AdobeRGB coverage
72% AdobeRGB coverage

Thanks to the great contrast (1,090:1) and black value (0.29), the picture quality is very nice. Although the Delta-E 2000 values are slightly high out-of-the-box (ColorChecker 3.91 and gray levels 5.37), a calibration will fix most issues. A suitable ICC profile is provided and available for download.

The IPS panel suffers from a blue tinge, but this did not negatively impact our experience. The WQHD+ display is capable of covering 98% of the sRGB color space (great). The AdobeRGB color spectrum is covered up to 72%. This panel is suitable for the work of hobby and professional photographers.

We must criticize another aspect of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro: at a brightness of 90% or lower, the panel is afflicted by PWM flickering at 200 Hz.

Gray levels
Gray levels
Color accuracy
Color accuracy
Saturation
Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 68 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 14 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 200 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 200 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 200 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8882 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Viewing angles of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro
Viewing angles of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro

Thanks to the IPS panel, the Asus Transformer 3 Pro can present content nicely. The test picture can be read from almost all angles. The colors are a little pale at extreme angles, but this is an acceptable deviation. 

Outdoors, the glossy screen of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro can be a problem. Sitting in direct sunlight is never recommendable. However, shaded areas will allow users to work with the laptop thanks to the brightness of 307 cd/m².

The glossy screen makes working outdoors a little hard.
The glossy screen makes working outdoors a little hard.
In shaded areas, this disadvantage is not too bad.
In shaded areas, this disadvantage is not too bad.

Performance

The Asus Transformer 3 Pro is a tablet, which can transform into a laptop thanks to its keyboard dock. As such, our tablet is constructed for mobile use. Asus has provided an Intel Core i7-6500U for the model and they offer an alternative to this processor: the weaker Intel Core i5-6200U. The RAM of 16 GB is generous and provides a measure of future security.

The storage device can be customized according to the needs of the user. Asus includes different SSDs, which range in capacity up to 1 TB. These SSDs are of the M.2 format and use a PCIe interface. The full range of capacities offered by the manufacturer is extensive (128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB), but a potential buyer should pay attention to the individual speeds: Asus offers both SATA 3 and PCIe SSDs. A closer look at the technical specifications before the purchase will save you a lot of time later on.

As the convertible does not have a dedicated graphics card, it must rely on the integrated graphics processor, the Intel HD Graphics 520. However, this chip cannot run modern games fluidly.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC latencies
DPC latencies
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility

Processor

The Intel Core i7-6500U is a dual-core CPU, which uses the Skylake architecture. The processor supports Hyperthreading, which means it can simultaneously process up to four threads. The TDP value of 15 W can be adjusted, as Intel has included options in the form cTDP Down (7.5 W) and cTDP Up (25 W). Asus has decided to go downwards and set the TDP value of the processor to 7.5 W. The base clock speed of the CPU amounts to 2.5 GHz, but this can dynamically change (depending on load) and rise up to 3.1 GHz (1 core) and 3.0 GHz (2 cores). As the TDP value is fixed to 7.5 W, these high speeds are only reached momentarily. The convertible throttles the performance down to control temperatures. This results in a lot of multithread performance being lost. In the Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64-bit benchmark, the Intel Core i7-6500U of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro places right behind the Intel Core i7-6600U of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1. In the Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64-bit benchmark, our test model is beaten by even an Intel Core m5-6Y54 and an Intel Core i5-6200U. The performance of the processor is not throttled further while the convertible is running on battery.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel Core i7-6600U
135 Points ∼65% +15%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Core i7-6500U
117 Points ∼57%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Intel Core i5-6200U
114 Points ∼55% -3%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
111 Points ∼54% -5%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel Core m3-6Y30
88 Points ∼43% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel Core i7-6600U
305 Points ∼10% +38%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Intel Core i5-6200U
289 Points ∼10% +31%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
255 Points ∼9% +15%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Core i7-6500U
221 Points ∼8%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel Core m3-6Y30
206 Points ∼7% -7%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel Core i7-6600U
1.51 Points ∼65% +17%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.29 Points ∼55%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
1.26 Points ∼54% -2%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel Core m3-6Y30
0.98 Points ∼42% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel Core i7-6600U
3.32 Points ∼14% +36%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
2.7 Points ∼11% +11%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Core i7-6500U
2.44 Points ∼10%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel Core m3-6Y30
2.27 Points ∼10% -7%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Core i7-6500U
7220 Points ∼80%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel Core m3-6Y30
4297 Points ∼47% -40%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Core i7-6500U
9374 Points ∼14%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel Core m3-6Y30
8886 Points ∼13% -5%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Core i7-6500U
196.16 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel Core i7-6600U
187.72 Points ∼56% -4%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
184.45 Points ∼55% -6%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Intel Core i5-6200U
133.3 Points ∼40% -32%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel Core i7-6600U
30759 Points ∼62% +11%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Core i7-6500U
27663 Points ∼56%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
26727 Points ∼54% -3%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Intel Core i5-6200U
23339 Points ∼47% -16%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel Core m3-6Y30
1556.2 ms * ∼3% -24%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Intel Core i5-6200U
1445.2 ms * ∼2% -15%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
1305.7 ms * ∼2% -4%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel Core i7-6500U
1259.6 ms * ∼2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel Core i7-6600U
1202 ms * ∼2% +5%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4559
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7308
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
7350
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5842 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9374 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7220 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.44 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
26.53 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.29 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
221 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
117 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
37.41 fps
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System Performance

The subjective system performance contradicts the results of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro in the CPU benchmarks. The convertible runs comfortably thanks to the fast SSD and, although the CPU is throttled heavily, the user will not notice much of a difference in everyday use. In the PCMark 8 benchmark, the Asus Transformer 3 Pro cannot keep up with the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12. In fact, our test model has to work hard to keep the HP Elite X2 1012 G1 in check (and it often fails).

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
HD Graphics 520, 6600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZSLW1T0)
4410 Points ∼68% +15%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
3996 Points ∼61% +4%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3932 Points ∼60% +3%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
3830 Points ∼59%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3186 Points ∼49% -17%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
4043 Points ∼42%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3423 Points ∼36% -15%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2968 Points ∼31% -27%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
HD Graphics 520, 6600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZSLW1T0)
3489 Points ∼57% +17%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
3281 Points ∼54% +10%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
2985 Points ∼49%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2983 Points ∼49% 0%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2426 Points ∼40% -19%
PCMark 7
Productivity
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2361 Points ∼22% +2%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
2315 Points ∼21%
Score
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
5152 Points ∼60%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4808 Points ∼56% -7%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4274 Points ∼50% -17%
PCMark Vantage Result
13886 points
PCMark 7 Score
5152 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2985 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4043 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3830 points
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Storage Device

The large 512 GB SSD of the M.2 2280 format originates from SK Hynix. To be more specific, this is the SC300 model with MLC storage cells. According to SK Hynix, the SSD can read at up to 530 MB/s and write at up to 470 MB/s. We checked the performance of the drive with the benchmark program, AS SSD, and found 480 MB/s (sequential read) and 437 MB/s (sequential write). In the performance comparison, the SSD (SATA 3 speeds) has a clear disadvantage against the competition, which use their SSDs with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. Despite having a slower SSD, our test model works through everyday tasks quickly. Above all, the 4K read and write speeds are good: at times above 20 MB/s.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZSLW1T0)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Liteon L8H-256V2G
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-7%
121%
12%
0%
Write 4k QD32
253.8
149.2
-41%
319
26%
268.4
6%
197.1
-22%
Read 4k QD32
245.8
243.7
-1%
404
64%
285
16%
272
11%
Write 4k
57.65
68.02
18%
126
119%
90.27
57%
76.83
33%
Read 4k
26.11
30.14
15%
37
42%
28.31
8%
29.3
12%
Write 512
320.3
158.2
-51%
295.7
-8%
201
-37%
Read 512
303.1
313.1
3%
351.7
16%
374.9
24%
Write Seq
402
158.2
-61%
1193
197%
297.2
-26%
199.9
-50%
Read Seq
398.9
662.5
66%
1510
279%
500.5
25%
518.1
30%
SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
Sequential Read: 398.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 402 MB/s
512K Read: 303.1 MB/s
512K Write: 320.3 MB/s
4K Read: 26.11 MB/s
4K Write: 57.65 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 245.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 253.8 MB/s

Graphics Card

For graphics, users will have to be content with an Intel HD Graphics 520. This convertible is not available with a dedicated graphics card. The integrated graphics processor from Intel relieves the CPU of a lot of work (especially video decoding). It supports DirectX 12 and the H265/HEVC codec. Due to the previously mentioned TDP limitation, the Intel HD Graphics 520 performs a little slower. This places our test model at the last spot in 3DMark. If you want more graphics performance, we recommend looking at the optional graphics dock offered by Asus (via the Thunderbolt 3).

3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark 06
 
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6600U
931 Points ∼2% +24%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
810 Points ∼2% +8%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
797 Points ∼2% +6%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
753 Points ∼2%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6600U
7572 Points ∼4% +23%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
7307 Points ∼4% +19%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
6597 Points ∼4% +7%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
6308 Points ∼3% +3%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
6137 Points ∼3%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
47242 Points ∼4% +34%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
42046 Points ∼4% +19%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
35293 Points ∼3%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6600U
1458 Points ∼3% +15%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1428 Points ∼3% +12%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1271 Points ∼2%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
1206 Points ∼2% -5%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
1200 Points ∼2% -6%
1280x720 Performance
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6600U
1614 Points ∼5% +17%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1585 Points ∼5% +15%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1381 Points ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
1344 Points ∼4% -3%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
1334 Points ∼4% -3%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
7912 Points ∼19% +6%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
7733 Points ∼19% +4%
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
7464 Points ∼18%
3DMark 03 Standard
20325 points
3DMark 05 Standard
9082 points
3DMark 06 Standard
7464 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
4650 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1381 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
35293 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4401 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
676 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
309 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
297 points
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Gaming Performance

As indicated by the benchmark results, the gaming performance is meager. Older games from the year 2013 or earlier can be run fluidly with an HD resolution and minimal details. If you are a serious gamer considering the Asus Transformer 3 Pro, you might want to reconsider. A device with a dedicated graphics card might be a better fit.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 45.226.922.56.6fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 31.323.215.9fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 20119fps

Emissions

Noise characteristics
Noise characteristics

System Noise

The noise emissions are nothing special. The fan is often off, especially when idle. When it turns off, the convertible is silent. If the convertible is pushed to higher levels of load, the emissions rise up to a maximum of 37 dB(A). The emissions rise slowly yet continuously. The Surface Pro 4 with a Core i7 processor is slightly louder at 41 dB(A). However, in a side-by-side comparison, both are equally loud. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203838.438.839.3382536.238.740.636.736.23132.433.431.234.132.44032.532.532.831.632.55031.332.933.332.831.36334.632.932.233.834.68030.130.230.930.230.110029.129.729.129.329.11252727.827.425.92716026.327.426.826.426.320026.326.625.926.526.325024.625.224.724.324.631524.825.125.323.724.840022.92525.322.422.950022.225.625.222.322.263021.627.827.521.521.680020.525.825.520.920.5100020.124.724.819.620.1125019.625.525.619.519.6160019.227.627.71919.220001926.226.118.619250018.726.927.318.418.7315018.725.325.318.418.7400018.723.223.318.318.7500018.521.821.618.518.5630018.62020.218.518.6800018.619.519.718.518.61000018.318.918.918.418.31250018.118.318.518.118.11600018.218.318.318.118.2SPL31.937.137.131.831.9N1.72.72.71.71.7median 19.6Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050Tmedian 25.3median 25.3median 19.5median 19.6Delta2.42.62.42.62.439.941.141.840.733.534.934.234.231.434.43433.336.335.235.635.533.331.532.733.734.63431.131.329.729.229.828.927.627.427.126.927.526.426.426.724.524.326.225.22423.42524.72422.925.523.323.922.325.823.123.521.52823.722.120.628.320.820.919.523.919.920.819.224.918.919.919.225.118.520.918.226.618.121.31828.31820.617.729.817.619.617.729.917.421.217.627.317.518.417.625.717.617.717.62117.517.817.819.517.517.717.618.217.617.917.817.917.617.917.717.917.517.817.717.817.732.330.738.530.71.81.52.91.5median 20.9Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i5median 18.2median 25.7median 18.12.92.32.32.5hearing rangehide median Fan Noise
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
HD Graphics 520, 6600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZSLW1T0)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
Iris Graphics 550, 6267U, Apple SSD AP0256
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
Noise
-0%
4%
4%
1%
off / environment *
30.7
28.9
6%
30.2
2%
30.3
1%
Idle Minimum *
30.7
28.4
7%
28.9
6%
30.2
2%
30.6
-0%
Idle Average *
30.7
28.6
7%
28.9
6%
30.2
2%
30.6
-0%
Idle Maximum *
30.7
28.7
7%
28.9
6%
30.2
2%
32.2
-5%
Load Average *
37
40.8
-10%
35.3
5%
33
11%
32.2
13%
Load Maximum *
37.1
41.4
-12%
38.9
-5%
36.2
2%
38.5
-4%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
30.7 / 30.7 / 30.7 dB(A)
Load
37 / 37.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.7 dB(A)

Temperature

3DMark 11 after stress test
3DMark 11 after stress test

The case temperatures while idling and at load are acceptable. At load, we found a hotspot that hits 36.7 °C (98.06 °F, in the middle of the upper region). Warm air is pushed out at the top edge of the laptop through the ventilation opening. The hardware of the laptop has to deal with other conditions: during the stress test with Prime95, the processor heats up to a maximum of 69 °C (156.2 °F). The clock speed drops quickly from 3.0 GHz to 1.6 GHz. When we ran the stress test only with FurMark, the graphics chip reaches a maximum of 66 °C (150.8 °F). The Intel HD Graphics 520 works continuously at roughly 930 MHz. With both programs running in the stress test, the processor heats up to 64 °C (147.2 °F). The CPU starts and stays at 1.2 GHz, whereas the graphics chip runs at 930 MHz. Right after the stress test, we ran the 3DMark 11 benchmark to measure the performance of the laptop when it is "hot". The performance was a few points lower than the performance we measured in the "cold" state.

Stress test Prime95+Furmark
Stress test Prime95+FurMark
Stress test only Furmark
Stress test only FurMark
Stress test only Prime95
Stress test only Prime95
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
HD Graphics 520, 6600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZSLW1T0)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
Heat
-8%
-12%
1%
-11%
Maximum Upper Side *
34.9
43.6
-25%
45.5
-30%
39
-12%
46.7
-34%
Maximum Bottom *
36.7
45.2
-23%
47.1
-28%
41.2
-12%
51
-39%
Idle Upper Side *
35.8
32.4
9%
31.1
13%
29.5
18%
29.5
18%
Idle Bottom *
32.4
29.6
9%
33.1
-2%
29.8
8%
28.6
12%

* ... smaller is better

Max. Load
 32 °C
90 F
34.9 °C
95 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
 26 °C
79 F
28.9 °C
84 F
27.5 °C
82 F
 
 25 °C
77 F
28.8 °C
84 F
26.3 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 34.9 °C = 95 F
Average: 29 °C = 84 F
31.4 °C
89 F
36.7 °C
98 F
33.9 °C
93 F
28.7 °C
84 F
32.4 °C
90 F
29.8 °C
86 F
26.5 °C
80 F
26.9 °C
80 F
25.9 °C
79 F
Maximum: 36.7 °C = 98 F
Average: 30.2 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  44.1 °C = 111 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
Idle, Front
Idle, Front
Idle, Back
Idle, Back
Load, Front
Load, Front
Load, Back
Load, Back

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics
Audio Wizard
Audio Wizard

The two speakers from Harman/Kardon are placed on the front edge. Due to the compact build of the case, the speakers cannot produce great sound, but it does provide acceptable performance. The sound output is heavy on the high and middle notes. Bass is not perceptible. For Skype, the tablet speakers do a good job and the array microphones perform reliably. The microphones are placed in the upper end and filters disturbances reliably. Even at full load, the fan emissions will not disturb any video chats of the user. To enjoy the sound output, we recommend the use of an external 2.1 sound system or a headset. A suitable jack can be found on the device.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.639.339.6253936.7393137.734.137.74036.931.636.95039.132.839.16341.233.841.28040.630.240.610042.929.342.912543.425.943.416046.526.446.520050.426.550.425049.224.349.231558.123.758.140059.522.459.550062.222.362.263058.221.558.280056.120.956.1100060.719.660.7125059.519.559.5160059.71959.7200064.718.664.725006718.467315069.118.469.1400069.718.369.7500072.718.572.7630070.418.570.4800065.618.565.61000066.518.466.51250062.418.162.41600053.518.153.5SPL79.231.879.2N42.51.742.5median 59.7Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050Tmedian 19.5median 59.7Delta6.62.66.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 21% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 23% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 71% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be selected!)

Energy Management

45-Watt Power supply
45-Watt Power supply

Power Consumption

The Asus Transformer 3 Pro is conservative: the average consumption at load is 26 W (due to the throttled TDP). When idle, the laptop needs 6.7-13.5 W, which puts it higher on the consumption list than the competitors. The manufacturer can definitely improve in this area. The compact adapter, which works with the USB-C 3.1, can offer 45 W for the convertible. It can fully charge within 2:30 hours.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.14 / 0.85 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.7 / 10.3 / 13.5 Watt
Load midlight 26 / 28.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
6500U, HD Graphics 520, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND), IPS, 2880x1920, 12.6
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
6600U, HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZSLW1T0), OLED, 2560x1440, 14
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
6Y54, HD Graphics 515, Liteon L8H-256V2G, IPS, 1920x1280, 12.1
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
6200U, HD Graphics 520, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2, IPS, 2160x1440, 12
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
6267U, Iris Graphics 550, Apple SSD AP0256, , 2560x1600, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK, , 3200x1800, 13.3
Power Consumption
-6%
23%
4%
-18%
22%
Idle Minimum *
6.7
4.7
30%
3.7
45%
7.3
-9%
2.1
69%
3.7
45%
Idle Average *
10.3
8.6
17%
6.8
34%
10
3%
7.6
26%
6.1
41%
Idle Maximum *
13.5
12.2
10%
7.6
44%
10.15
25%
8.2
39%
6.5
52%
Load Average *
26
29.7
-14%
22.5
13%
25.2
3%
56.4
-117%
29.5
-13%
Load Maximum *
28.8
50.5
-75%
34.5
-20%
29.3
-2%
59.8
-108%
33
-15%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The battery life of the Asus Transformer 3 Pro is not great: while idling, the battery will last a little over 7 hours. The 39 Wh battery does a decent job in a convertible of this size. The competition from Acer, HP and Microsoft offer similar battery capacities but better battery life. At full load, the convertible expends its reserves within 1:42 hours. In the practical WLAN test, the Asus Transformer 3 Pro lasts 3:43 hours. As such, this convertible cannot run all day without needing a recharge. The video playback test ends after 3:26 hours, which will allow users to view two movies (90 minutes each).

Max battery life
Max battery life
Minimum battery life
Minimum battery life
WLAN battery life
WLAN battery life
H.264 battery life
H.264 battery life
Charging time
Charging time
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 06min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge: 38.14393.0.0)
3h 43min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 26min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 42min
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 39 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
6Y30, HD Graphics 515, 38 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga-20FRS1VS00
6600U, HD Graphics 520, 56 Wh
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
6Y54, HD Graphics 515, 37 Wh
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 37 Wh
Battery Runtime
80%
79%
77%
58%
Reader / Idle
426
791
86%
824
93%
732
72%
640
50%
H.264
206
520
152%
432
110%
468
127%
WiFi v1.3
223
488
119%
315
41%
443
99%
321
44%
Load
102
138
35%
132
29%
130
27%
112
10%

Pros

+ very good workmanship
+ sturdy case with a kickstand
+ stylish design
+ 3K display with stable viewing angles
+ good color coverage
+ keyboard dock and Active Stylus included
+ facial recognition
+ backlight keyboard
+ touchscreen is comfortable to use

Cons

- CPU can not deliver its full performance
- low battery life
- no upgrade options
- poor touchpad
- only one USB-C 3.1 port

Verdict

In review: Asus Transformer 3 Pro. Test model provided by Asus Germany
In review: Asus Transformer 3 Pro. Test model provided by Asus Germany

Asus has decided to do a lot to compete with the Microsoft Surface. The Asus Transformer 3 Pro is a step forward: a faster processor, lots of RAM and a large SSD in a convertible. The keyboard dock transforms this packet into a full-featured laptop. At the time of testing, the convertible was priced at 1,599 Euros (~$1668). The buyer will receive a reliable device with sufficient performance to tackle everyday tasks. Sadly, the test model was never able to unleash its full performance. That is why we cannot consider it a serious competitor to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.  

The gap between the potential and real performance can scare off many potential buyers. However, the Asus Transformer 3 Pro is a stylish convertible with perfect workmanship. The great display offers extensive color space coverage and is suitable for professional use. 

A faster processor would always be nice. But what is the point when the manufacturer will throttle it into the ground? An Intel Core i5-7Y54 can be passively cooled, yet it offers similar performance to the Intel Core i7-6500U of our test model. The connectivity of the Asus model is typical, but we would like to see two USB 3.1 ports (both supporting Thunderbolt 3) in the future so that the user can use one for charging and the other for adapters to extend the connectivity. 

Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T - 12/21/2016 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
91 / 98 → 93%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
55 / 80 → 69%
Weight
78 / 35-78 → 100%
Battery
72%
Display
87%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 81%
Application Performance
77 / 87 → 89%
Temperature
92%
Noise
91%
Audio
73 / 91 → 80%
Camera
62 / 85 → 72%
Average
77%
86%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2017-01- 1 (Update: 2018-05-15)