|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920x1080 pixels|
|Processor||1.9 GHz Core i7-3517U|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||500 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel GMA HD|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
ASUS TX300 13-Inch Detachable 2 in 1 Laptop [OLD VERSION]
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Silver Aluminum/13.3-Inch IPS FHD (1920*1080) + Touch/Intel Core i7-3517U (1.9GHz) Ivy Bridge with Turbo (3.0GHz)/4GB DDR3/Intel GMA HD/128GB SSD + 500GB 5400RPM/No Optical Drive/Windows 8/802.11BGN/HD Camera/Bluetooth 4.0/38WHrs, 2CELL 5000MAH 2S1P with up to 5 hours life/Illuminated Chiclet Style/1YR International/1YR Accidental Damage/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support
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Things I love:
* With the mostly-metal exterior, it feels substantial and well-made.
* The keyboard has a second battery and a 500 GB hard drive inside; in addition to helping with battery life and storage space, they give the base enough weight to act like a standard laptop (the screen doesn't outweigh the base).
* The keyboard is backlit; I no longer need a light on if I happen to be using the computer while watching TV in the dark. (I can touch-type well enough to type in the dark, but finding the proper function keys and special keys doesn't work so well.)
* I'm not a fan of touchpads, but this one is the best I've used and tolerable enough for me to leave my mouse at home if taking it somewhere. (That's not even counting the added touchscreen experience.)
* The touchscreen. Basically, the whole tablet experience. My "killer app" (and the main reason I wanted such a large tablet) is using this as a songbook, both when performing and just singing in a circle with friends; it's lighter than my paper songbook, shows an entire page of lyrics at a size I can read (I'm at an age where I need reading glasses), and finding song files quickly is a lot easier than finding the proper page in my paper songbook--and the paper one gets harder the more songs I collect.
Things I wish it had:
* A digitizing pen. I knew at the outset that the Transformer Book wouldn't have one, and I would have liked one, but it wasn't a must-have. Then I got a Samsung Galaxy Note II phone (which has a pen), and I realize that drawing directly on my screen with a pen in graphics programs is not the only thing I miss; my phone has great handwriting recognition, and it would be nice to be able to use that instead of the onscreen keyboard when using the Transformer Book as a tablet. I may be able to accomplish that with a capacitive stylus (haven't tried yet), but the way those feel on the screen is clumsy compared to the Note II's S-Pen.
* A Haswell CPU instead of an Ivy Bridge one. I waited quite a while after this machine was announced before it was actually in production and available. By that time, Haswell was out, so I waited long enough to see if there was a potential upgrade. ASUS showed a Haswell-based prototype at Computex, but it appeared to the reporter who checked it out that the shell was plastic (lighter, but I really like metal exteriors) and seemed to lack either a spare battery or hard drive in the keyboard base. With Haswell, the battery wouldn't have been critical, but the extra hard drive is; granted, this was an early prototype, but I didn't want to wait most of another year for that one to go into production, only to find out that it would indeed be missing the extra hard drive.
I'm not the least bit sorry I didn't wait. Even if the next model turns out to have everything I wanted after all, this one runs long enough and well enough that I don't feel the need for the extra performance and battery life, and since it's a laptop as well as a tablet, the lack of a pen is just an occasional regret; I'm mostly using the keyboard and mouse.
I am really happy I chose this ASUS laptop. It is an older one (a year old) but has all the specs I wanted. The only problem I had was with Win 8 like everyone else, see below. I must point out that the hardware is great. Having a detachable screen is great. Is gives me another option for usage. The screen is a little heavy but it has a chunk of memory so is very usable. The keyboard is great, had no trouble getting used to it, and it's lighted. The magnetic type power cable is no problem, doesn't fall out like my old regular does. The best bit is my old laptop used to burn my lap and since the hard drive is in the screen, it isn't an issue here in traditional use. In fact, the screen doesn't even get that warm.
The main issue I had was with Win 8, not an ASUS issue. Couldn't get it to update windows. Gonna give you a heads up. At one point Win 8 made the laptop lock up and I had to use the "pin in the hole" trick (found on left side of screen) to unlock it. Had to do factory resets too before I got it figured out. Here is how I fixed it to make windows update, right after you log into Microsoft. 1. Remove McAfee trial by uninstalling in control panel AND Download and run McAfee Removal Tool and reboot. 2. Make sure Windows Defender and Firewall are running until/if you load Norton or something later. 3. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter for current Win OS, should be able to search for it from home screen, it should do some fixes, reboot again. 4. Manually run Windows Updates from settings or Control Panel. Download and install updates and reboot. 5. Get newer version of Win8 from MS website download and install. 6. If you can't do Step 4 Google instructions for System Update Readiness Tool you complete this from and Admin Command Prompt. Also, look Google for instructions to run Scanhealth and Restorehealth from the Admin Command Prompt. Then Reboot and go back to step 4.
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