I was there at the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer event. The event was held at Zirca, Block 3C, The Cannery at Clarke Quay yesterday. The ASUS tablet was much anticipated when it was announced a few months ago.
At first glance, the ASUS Eee Pad Transfomer (EP-101) might be mistaken as a laptop with its docking keyboard. And one of the highlights of this tablet is actually the keyboard.
When you dock the tablet into the keyboard, there is a “catch” to lock them together.
Here is a shot of the ASUS Eee Pad Transfomer without the docking station.
And some specs that you might want to know. I like that it has Mini HMDI output and has a 10.1-inch IPS screen (WXGA 1280×800)
You might just want to read the Press Release on it.
The Eee Pad Transformer is touted to have a 16hrs battery life. But this is possible with the docking station (8.5 hrs from Tablet and the rest from the docking station).
A look at the connector of the docking station.
The docking station has a built in battery. On the docking station, it has a few other things that I really like. For example, it has 2 USB ports, a touchpad and SD Card slot.
Another USB port.
The card reader slot.
The keyboard has a “print screen” button that will automatically save the screenshot to the “Gallery”. You can make use of the touch pad. It is like a mouse. At first, I thought it is like those touch pad found on mobile phone that really isn’t the real mouse. However, ASUS has done a good job on this docking station. It behaves and feel like a real mouse. We even played game with it (as shown in the video).
And here is the cursor on the screen.
Here is the look of the bottom of the Docking Station.
And here is how it looks when the Transformer is docked to the station.
Here is a video on the Walkthrough of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer.
And here is another video that shows some ASUS’s apps. For example, the reader can translate text to other languages when you highlight them. Or you can even let the reader read out the text. Nice.
We spent almost an hour on the tablet before the event starts. Finally, our first speaker is Mr. Bernard who gave us an overview of ASUS and its vision.
Next, we were given a very long demo on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer by Ms Serene, ASUS product manager. She is providing a live demo in the picture below.
One of the features that she demoed caught my eyes. It is their “MyCloud” software that could remotely access and control any PC or Mac system, applications and files.
After the demo, ASUS presented a performance on Beatbox and Dance as shown in the video below.
And to end with, we have a few models showing off the ASUS transformer.
Some information on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. From the launch, Mr. Bernard mentioned that it will be available from 3rd May (although he did mention that some retailers might have them from 30th April). Do note that it is for the 16GB WiFi ONLY models. And for the 32GB models (WiFi only) it will be available from mid-May.
As for the WiFi+3G model, it is only available from June (estimated). I hope to get more details from ASUS. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions, shoot!