Asus Transformer 4 Pro T304UA-BC005T
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Transformer 4 Pro T304UA-BC005T
Source: It Pro
On paper the Transformer Pro promises to undercut Microsoft's market leading Surface Pro with beefy specs and like-for-like design, but underwhelming performance and a woeful battery life scupper its chances at the crown.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
There’s a lot to like about the Transformer Pro T304, from pricing to basic computing performance. Perhaps with more practice, and maybe even saving the same fingerprint more than once, the scanner will become more reliable. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to be done about the battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
For those who want a 2-in-1 Windows tablet that doesn’t drain your savings account with essential accessories that cost extra, the Transformer Pro T304 is worth considering.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Computer Shopper
We would have liked to have seen better results on a few of our media-crunching benchmarks, but the Transformer Pro T304UA felt peppy in anecdotal testing, and no thin, tablet-primary 2-in-1 is likely to be a media-converting monster; it's just not in the genes of these machines. Unless you plan to create or edit media, the system is more than up to the task of providing a pleasingly smooth, lag-free Windows 10 experience.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
Overall, the Transformer Pro's decent performance, USB-C port and good portability should appeal to students and professionals who want a cheaper alternative to the Surface.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Model: Do you fancy a Microsoft Surface Pro device, but you can not afford it? Look no further, Asus is here to help.
Another day goes by and we see lots of different 2-in-1 devices on the market. The Asus Transformer 4 Pro T304UA-BC005T is one of those models here to help your budget. If you have seen one of the Surface models, the Transformer 4 Pro models will not seem a stranger to you. They are of course not direct clones but look very similar.
The highlight of the device is its price. Starting from 999$ (may differ in each market), it is very reasonably priced. It provides almost everything you would expect from a 2-in-1 model: a Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD. Here is the good part: The device includes the keyboard cover and also the Asus Pen. Hence, you do not have to pay extra. Its performance is great for office tasks, but of course not for gaming. Being equipped with only an Intel Graphics 620, you should not expect much. Thanks to an Intel Iris Graphics 640, the Surface Pro delivers better results here.
With such devices, mobility should be put in front of everything. The 12.6-inch device features a 2,160 x 1,440 backlit LED touchscreen. The resolution is good, but we can’t say the same for the screen brightness. Even if it is set to maximum, the display is very hard to us under direct sunlight. Therefore we can not say it is suitable for outside use. You should better use it in your office or in closed areas.
Users get a full-sized HDMI port, a USB-C port and a microSD card reader. There is a connector for charging, which makes me question the choice. Meaning, it could have been another USB-C port for charging and for extra connectivity. When you are not charging, you could use it for something else. But this is not the case. Speaking of connectivity, the ac WiFi provides a good signal reception, so at least that part is covered.
Going back to mobility, another aspect to consider is battery life. This is a part where it gets a bit disappointing. According to the specification, users can expect up to 6 (yes “6”) hours of battery life, which is not even a whole workday! Looking at some benchmarks, it is even shorter in reality. But if you dim the screen brightness to half, you can watch movies for a bit longer than 6 hours. Harman Kardon speakers provide a very good sound output. They are not just able to pump out tunes at high volume, but deliver a good sound output overall.
Should you be buying this device? If you are looking for something lightweight (800+ grams) with versatile viewing modes that looks like a Surface Pro: yes. But if you are aiming to use this device for long hours of video editing or playing games etc. it is not for you. It is for people that would like to carry something light and has enough power to carry on their office work like editing text files, opening multiple browser tabs etc. Since it lacks enough battery power, mobility might be questionable. But it is one of the most affordable 2-in-1 devices on the market and therefore it can be a good choice.
Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz GüneşIntel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series). Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
7500U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.7 to 3.5 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
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.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Mainly, bigger-sized tablets and convertibles 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.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
72%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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