What is the ASUS Transformer Book Trio? This is the question that is on top of the minds of even seasoned gadget watchers. Is it a laptop, tablet or a desktop computer? The truth of the matter is that the world of hybrid devices continues to amaze us and the Transformer Book Trio, simply called the Trio, is a three-in-one portable computer. This 11.6-inch device combines a detachable Android tablet with a keyboard dock that can also be used as a self-contained Windows 8 desktop PC. Of course, quality devices carry a hefty price tag and this one retails for a whooping R98,099.
ASUS loves to innovate and they first introduced their concept of transforming a tablet into a notebook, with the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet. Essentially, it was a tablet that you can latch on a keyboard dock, thus turning it into a laptop-like device. Cut to present. Their Trio does what its name suggests. It is able to transform into three different usage modes.
Out of the box, the Trio features a sleek and durable metallic design. Like most of ASUS’ more premium products., the Trio is completely encased in aluminum. This rigid aluminum build makes the Trio tough and durable. Actually, it comes in a two-part dockable design that can be used by one person as a laptop, or by two people as a separate tablet and desktop PC. It has the ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android at the press of a button.
Probing further, this latest ASUS machine is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor which is decent enough for undertaking multiple tasks. When it is time for entertainment to take over from productivity, the 11.6-inch display detaches from the ‘PC Station’ keyboard dock for use as a multi-touch Android tablet with its own Intel Atom dual-core processor and upto 64 GB of solid-state storage.
As I had mentioned earlier, when the display is docked the 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. And, with an external display connected via mini DisplayPort or micro-HDMI, the PC Station can then be used as a self-contained desktop PC with Windows 8 operating system. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
Let us talk about real time use. First, this method of switching between Android and