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The Versatility of the Asus Transformer Book Trio

September 11th, 2013 by in Tech with 302 Views

Yet again, computer manufacturer Asus has released an exciting new entry in the laptop and tablet market. The Asus Transformer Book Trio combines the benefits of a desktop, laptop, and a tablet all in one machine. This snazzy hybrid laptop also features the ability to dual boot, using both Windows 8 and the Android operating system. Remove the keyboard to use the Trio as a tablet and then plug it into a monitor to turn it into a desktop. The latest in hybrid laptops, the Asus Transformer Book Trio can compete in the tablet or laptop market.

Hardware that Packs a Punch

This is not a stripped down laptop. The Transformer Book Trio is powered using the Intel i3 through i7 series of processors. What really sets this hybrid apart from the competition is the fact that it is technically two computers. The majority of other hybrid laptops are basically just a tablet that is attached to a basic keyboard. The Asus Transformer Book Trio is a little different. After detaching the 11.6 inch screen from the keyboard, the LCD screen effectively acts as a tablet. Meanwhile, the keyboard can be connected to a monitor through the HDMI or Mini Display Port connections and be used by another person as a desktop computer.

While the keyboard contains an Intel i3 through i7 processor, the screen has its own 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor.  The keyboard runs on 4GB of DDR3 RAM and contains a 1TB hard drive. The screen has 2GB of DDR2 RAM and comes with 16, 32, or 64GB of internal storage. Both the keyboard and the screen have their own WI-FI and Bluetooth connections. The separation of power does not stop there; both pieces also have their own battery. Each battery can run for up to 13 hours when using the Android operating system and 5 hours when running Windows 8.

Where many hybrid laptops consist of a tablet that attaches to what is effectively a dumb keyboard, the Trio has brains in both parts. So when the 11.6-inch, 1080p screen is detached and you wander off to use it as a tablet, the keyboard can be plugged into a monitor via Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI, and someone else can use it as a desktop computer.

It’s powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core processor — up to i7 — in the keyboard, with a separate dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor in the screen. The keyboard/PC station packs 4GB of DDR3 RAM with up to a 1TB hard drive, and the tablet/screen boasts 2GB of LP DDR2 RAM with a choice of 16, 32, or 64GB of storage.

Dual Boot Android and Windows 8

As mentioned, the Asus Transformer Book Trio can run both Android and Windows 8; though, the screen can only run Android when it is detached from the keyboard. When connected, switch between operating systems with the touch of a button.

By combining the ability to use both Android and Windows 8 with the option of using the keyboard, screen, or both, Asus has once again created a computer that will appeal to a large market. Having the option to use the screen as a tablet when you are out and about and then have a fully functional computer still at home is something that really makes the Asus Transformer Book Trio innovative.

  • Jessica

    I think Asus is an underrated brand that comes out with a lot of great technology.

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    So, this is basically a laptop (meaning smaller screen) version of the
    ASUS Transformer AIO…It has all the same basic functions, except for
    the remote WIN 8 function in the tablet (I guess they never could get it
    to work consistently)… It is a great concept. I especially like the
    part where you can plug the KB into a larger monitor and have it work
    like a desktop….The AIO also does this and it allows one person to use
    the tablet and another the WIN 8 PC. I like mine just fine, except that
    the 18.5″ tablet is kind of heavy. ASUS is getting more and more like
    Samsung every day, in that they are releasing new and slightly different
    devices every few months. I just hope this does not mean the others
    will wind up orphans, with few updates.