Is this the Swiss Army Knife of computers? At the Asus Transformer Book Trio Launch in Sydney

When it comes to buying a computer, there are so many decisions you have to make.  Should you buy a full featured desktop computer or a more portable laptop? Then of course if you’re after something portable, should you go for a laptop or a tablet?

Well, Asus have come up with something that should solve those decision making issues – a machine that functions as laptop, tablet and a desktop all in one.

The Transformer Book Trio is a revolutionary hybrid computer that works as a laptop,  but you can also detach the 11.6 inch screen and use it as a tablet.

However, that’s not where the fun stops.  Unlike other hybrids, the keyboard doesn’t then become just a dumb device,  you can continue to use it as a powerful machine.  Simply connect it to a monitor with a mini display port or micro hdmi cable and hey presto, the keyboard becomes an Intel Core i5 powered desktop PC.

The other trick the Transformer Book Trio has up it’s sleeve is that it runs Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2 and you decide which system to use, when you want to use it.  With the display docked, Transformer Book Trio can switch instantly between Windows 8 and Android 4.2 by pressing the dedicated ‘Trio’ key on the keyboard, with data shared between the two operating systems via the tablet’s storage.   (Full specs are included at the end of this article).

Asus are yet to confirm pricing or distribution details for the device in New Zealand but hopefully it will make it here before the end of the year.

One device that has been confirmed however is the Transformer Book T100 and this is an incredibly well priced hybrid proposition.  The T100 is an ultraportable laptop with a detachable HD screen that can be used as a Windows tablet.

Tantalisingly, the machine comes pre installed with Microsoft Office, Home and Student edition.  Given that you can pay $240 for Office in store, this makes the T100’s  $699 price tag almost ridiculously low.  It’s great news for consumers and I can see this device being snapped up by students or parents of students. It’s light too at just over 1kg.

Asus also gave us hands on time at the event with the new glass encased Asus Zenbook, a powerful ultra premium laptop pitched at the corporate road warrior.  Again, we are waiting to hear when this desirable device will make it to New Zealand.

SPECIFICATIONS – Transformer Book Trio

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SPECIFICATIONS – Transformer Book T100

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Prices and specifications are correct at the time of publication.  John Buckley traveled to the Sydney event as a guest of Asus Australia/New Zealand.