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Asus Transformer Book Duet hands-on


The remaining device Asus introduced on CES at Las Vegas was once the progressive Asus Transformer E book Duet. It’s a twin-boot slate with a removable keyboard dock that appears just a little like MacBook Air and might run each Android four.2 and Home windows eight.1 in each tablet and laptop modes.

The slate is according to Intel i3/i5/i7 with the newest Intel’s twin OS platform that permits working Android and Home windows on a single device and helps switching instantly between them by means of a single button. Asus charges the switching time to 4s and it seems about proper when making an attempt it for actual.

Asus Transformer Book Duet

The Transformer Book Duet will have two options for its 13.3″ touchscreen display – 768p regular TFT or a 13.3″ IPS unit. You will be also able to pick between the latest Core i3, i5 and i7 Intel processors, 64 or 128 GB SSD, while the RAM amount is fixed at 4GB.

The dock has lots of ports, a secondary HDD and, of course, a keyboard. But first things first.

Asus Transformer Book Duet entire front is occupied by the 13.3-inch display of your choice – either an HD TFT or a Full HD IPS unit. There is nothing on the black frame but the video-call camera above the display.

Asus Transformer Book Duet front

The left side of the tablet has some air-venting shafts plus the full-sized SD slot. The right one is completely bare.

Asus Transformer Book Duet left and right sides

The top also offers even bigger venting shafts, while the bottom is crowded – there you can find the mandatory Win key, the docking ports, a 3.5mm audio jack and the small charging port.

Asus Transformer Book Duet crowded bottom and bare top

Quite expectedly, the aluminum dock offers a keyboard with a dedicated dual-boot key. In case you are not using the dock, both operating systems offer a virtual key. Switching between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (or vice versa) is blazing fast in less than 4 seconds. The dock also packs a huge multi-touch pad.

Asus Transformer Book Duet keyboard dock

The dock also offers an Ethernet, HDMI, USB and a 3.5mm audio ports on the left side.

Asus Transformer Ebook Duet keyboard dock • the digital keys for switching between Home windows and Android

So far as we understood there’s no prolonged battery inside the docking station, however which you could get it with a 320, 500, 750 GB or 1 TB further HDD for increasing your cupboard space.

The slate plus the keyboard dock weigh 1.9 kilos. Pricing begins at $599 for the bottom model, however enhancements haven’t been targeted simply but. Availability hasn’t been verified simply but.