8.5/10
Informr score
The Asus Transformer Pad (TF701T) currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Excellent screen resolution and viewing angles
  • Fast, generally lag-free performance
  • Excellent battery life

What's bad

  • Top-heavy tablet section when docked with keyboard
  • Back plate gets uncomfortably hot
  • Poor bright light viewing

The Asus Transformer Pad TF701T takes the winning hybrid laptop/tablet design of its first Transformer tablet and updates the specs and display. Design-wise, it flaunts the same aluminum back with concentric ring pattern as its predecessors. Although on the heavy side at 585 grams without the keyboard dock, experts praise the build quality and did not notice any flexing or creaking. While the metal back does a better job than plastic in repelling fingerprints, it also conducts heat. Android Police noted that, after prolonged use, the tablet becomes very uncomfortable to hold.

In order to compete with tablets like the Nexus 10, the TF701T offers a 10-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2560x1600 and pixel density of 299ppi. The screen sharpness wowed critics as did the viewing angles. In bright light settings however, reviewers warn that the screen is highly reflective and difficult to view. Experts also noticed that colors are generally muted in default mode but could be adjusted with the app Asus Splendid.

As a hybrid device, the TF701T allows for a keyboard dock for a laptop experience. The keyboard adds an additional 570 grams to the weight. This added weight, according to experts, lets you rest the tablet on your lap without much trouble. Pocket Lint does note that it feels a bit top-heavy and topples over backwards easily. The actual keyboard, while small, worked well for experts. The touchpad on the keyboard, on the other hand, was a disappointment. PC Pro points out that it is far too sensitive while the actual mouse buttons are not responsive enough.

Specs-wise the tablet comes with 1.9GHz Tegra quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Daily tasks were completely lag-free and 3D games played without a hitch. LapTop Mag did notice a slight delay when switching screen orientation, but go on to note that it wasn't a big issue. Synthetic benchmark tests back up these observations as the TF701T scored higher than most other tablets aside from the Note 10.1 and iPad Air. Critics were also pleased with the ample battery life. Without the keyboard dock, it clocked in at around 12 hours of mixed used. With the addition of the dock, this was extended to 16 hours. Other specs of note include 32GB of internal storage, dual-band Wi-Fi, microSD slot and a micro-HDMI output.

Reviews are mixed for the TF701T. Laptop Mag recommends the device saying it's, "a very good premium Android tablet." ZDNet, on the other hand states, "The Transformer design is starting to feel a little tired, and Asus has done nothing to counter the longstanding problem of a top-heavy, easily-tipped tablet section."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.9 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


APC

Despite being around since last September, this is still one exceptional tablet, combining the same Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU found inside the Tegra Note 7 with a 10.1-inch screen and impressive 2560×1600-pixel resolution. The difference is, the Asus Transformer TF701T also throws in a keyboard dock...

- Darren Yates, APC
Notebookcheck

Asus continuously refreshes its Transformer Pad-series. The Transformer Pad TF701T is a high-resolution 10-inch tablet that is supposed to compete with notebooks.

- Michael Moser, Notebookcheck
TechRadar

For those looking at a dual-purpose device, something that can be used on the morning commute to watch movies and play games with an easy switch to the creation of a word processing document for work, there is little that the Transformer Pad can do wrong.

- Thomas Thorn, TechRadar
PC Pro

The TF701T isn't prohibitively expensive. Remember, for that money you're getting an extra battery, keyboard, and connectivity that's unrivalled among Android tablets, as well as a good dollop of storage, with 32GB as a base. However, with that slightly disappointing display, it doesn't quite hit th...

- Bobby MacPherson, PC Pro
Digital Versus

The Asus Transformer Pad TF701T's keyboard dock makes it a versatile device with monster battery life that can adapt to any situation. Despite a few minor drawbacks, it has higher-than-Retina resolution, it's perfectly responsive and has tons of processing power for web browsing, games and multimedi...

- Romain Thuret, Digital Versus


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Asus Transformer Pad (TF701T)'s screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.9 GHz

There is a NVIDIA Tegra4 Quad core 1.9 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
31WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 31 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Transformer Pad (TF701T) Specs

Overview
Release date October 21, 2013
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor NVIDIA Tegra4 Quad core 1.9 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 31 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 13 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.1 x 26.3 x 0.9 cm (7.1 x 10.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 585 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 299 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, ISO, White balance, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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