Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA
Average of 8 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA
Triple champion? Tablets with a keyboard dock are an old hat? Notebooks are prehistoric? Android tablets are cheap slowpokes? Asus combines these three categories, and the result is not outdated, archaic or boring.
The Transformer Book Trio is a very compelling proposition if you’re hunting for a workhorse hybrid PC. With ability to use the notebook as a Windows 8 PC and the screen as an Android tablet – at the same time; is something that hasn’t been done before. This alone makes the Trio one of the best hybrids in the market right now. If we have to nit-pick then the battery life of the base station could have been better, the trackpad buttons are unusable and a backlit keyboard would have been a neat addition at this price. If you don’t fancy the detachable design then the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 is another well spec’ed hybrid at this price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
The Asus Transformer Book Trio presents a collection of contradictions. The laptop and tablet performance, taken separately, are actually very good, while the marriage of two separate devices and operating systems provides clever solutions to several unique technical problems. This combining of devices and operating systems is riddled with problems, however, from the kludgy approach to file sharing to booting problems and power issues when switching between tablet and laptop. In the end, the problematic design and very high price outweigh the benefits offered by the otherwise decent performance of the Transformer Book Trio in either laptop or tablet mode.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 50%
Source: Computer Shopper
As a versatile piece of hardware, the Asus Transformer Book Trio is impressively well designed. Asus has crafted an attractive device that runs both Windows for (mostly) productivity and Android for media consumption and apps. And the two operating systems play pretty well side by side. But the device is also relatively heavy, and its battery life is disappointing, especially for the tablet alone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Connect - Heft 09/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2014
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 08/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 85% display: 84% mobility: 87%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 77% features: 78% display: 91% mobility: 65% ergonomy: 84% emissions: 90%
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Excellent functionality, autonomy and good ergonomics; very good connectivity. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/16/2014
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 92%
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 92%
Asus has shown time and time again that they are not scared of stepping into unknown territory. The Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA integrates both Windows and Android on one device.
The exterior of the device looks strong and sturdy with its silver metal framework, which sadly also makes it look very boring and plain as it lack colors and design. Furthermore, the metal framework also increases the device's overall weight to 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg), which may not seem very heavy on paper, but is heavier than its direct competitors.
The 11.6 inch display features Full HD resolution, stunning colors and excellent brightness. The Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA also comes with decent hardware specifications. On the Windows side, the device is powered by an Intel Core i7-4500U processor and 4 GB of RAM to provide smooth usage. On the Android side, the device runs on an Intel Atom Z2560 processor which can clock up to 1.6 GHz. The Android side may seem rather lacking when compared to the Windows side, however, it fits the needs and requirements of today. Whether or not it will be sufficient in the near future is a different story.
All in all, the Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA is a rather new concept that may very well answer many if not all of the user's demand. The device is in no way perfect yet, but is a great start for a brighter future.
Intel HD Graphics 4400:
ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
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.
Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.0 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» 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.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
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).
78.88%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.