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Introducing the Asus Transformer All-in-One

By Heather Wright, Wed 1 May 13
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There's big and then there's, well, really really big.

And Asus clearly subscribes to the 'big is better' mantra, with their Transformer All-in-One featuring an 18.4-inch tablet.

To be fair, Asus isn't expecting you to lug the tablet around town with you – there's no gorilla glass protection here and weighing in at nearly 2.5kg, it's not going to be comfortable to hold for long (it does have its own kickstand).

The five-hour battery life could also be somewhat limiting.

Instead Asus expect the Transformer AiO to prove popular in the home as a hybrid all-in-one desktop and large-format tablet.

The tablet aspect isn't the interesting thing about this All-in-One.

What's cool is that the Transformer AiO, which will go on sale in New Zealand in July with an RRP of $2499, is actually two computers, complete with dual operating system.

Take the tablet – which runs Android JellyBean 4.1 – and dock it in its 'PC Station' and you've got a Windows 8 touchscreen desktop with a third generation Intel Core desktop processor and Nvidia GeForce GT730M graphics.

There's the 18.4-inch LED backlit 10 points capacitive touch display, and you can use a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Once out of the dock, the screen switches to its built-in Nvidia Tegra 3 chip. Thanks to the two CPUs, you can run Windows 8 and Android concurrently.

The kids want to use the tablet but you need to do some work too? Connect an external monitor to the base station and you can run a Windows 8 system while the Android tablet is also in use.

The Transformer AiO was one of a number of Asus offerings showcased in New Zealand last week. Also on show was the 7-inch FonePad 'smartphone', on display in New Zealand for the first time and the dual screen 13-inch Taichi tablet/notebook fusion.

The Intel Core processor based Taichi, which weighs in at 1.25kg, features two back-to-back full HD screens. Lid open, the Taichi is a ultrabook. Close the lid and it's a tablet.

The two screens can be used both simultaneously and independently, enabling users to share a both the same, or a different, presentation or movie to an audience on both sides of the opened device.

The Taichi will retail in New Zealand for $2149, RRP. Meanwhile, Asus says the incorporation of 3G mobile data with full telephony support makes the Fonepad 'the perfect combination of a tablet and phone in one single device'.

“It is ideal to have a larger screen with entertainment, social media and other online activities now playing and increasingly important part in our mobile lifestyles,” Asus says.

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