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ASUS Transformer AiO – a touchscreen desktop PC and detachable 18.4″ tablet in one

Ever wondered if your flat screen monitor could double as a tablet? Wonder no more. ASUS launched an All in One desktop PC whose display can serve as a stand alone 18.4 inch tablet.

The ASUS Transformer AiO runs Windows 8 in PC mode and either Windows 8 in remote desktop mode or Android 4.1 in stand-alone tablet mode. That needs to be clarified. But first, here’s the dock stand without the display screen.

Some quick specs. The ASUS Transformer AiO runs on a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor when in Windows 8 PC mode. In stand alone tablet mode, its display runs on its own NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor. The desktop sports an NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 730M graphics, and has an array of ports (including USB 3.0). Here’s the Android tablet mode.

The 18.4 inch LED-backlit display has a 1080p Full HD resolution with 10-point multi-touch, and features IPS technology for a bright and vibrant image. It also features a 178-degree wide viewing angles. When detached from the dock station, the ASUS Transformer AiO display can be used either as a “dependent tablet”, dependent on the dock station through wireless Remote Desktop technology with dual-band Wi-Fi. That means Windows 8 runs on the tablet. Here’s the Windows 8 “tablet”.

Yes, there’s a kick stand. At a touch of a button, the AiO switches between Windows 8 and Android. (Sometimes I wish my iPad could switch between iOS and Android. Sigh.) Anyway, stand alone tablet battery stamina is 5 hours. The ASUS Transformer AiO will be available by the end of March 2013 with an SRP of PhP 59,995.

Irwin Allen Rivera

Irwin Allen Rivera

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. He and his wife maintain www.storiesaboutph.com, where you can read the best short fiction in English, by Filipino authors, for free. Irwin's English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appears in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing full-time. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007).

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