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Asus Transformer Book Trio
Asus Transformer Book Trio
Asus Transformer Book Trio
Asus Transformer Book Trio

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The Asus Transformer Book Trio currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Full HD display with good color reproduction
  • Relatively smooth performance in tablet and laptop mode
  • Three distinct configuration modes: tablet, laptop and desktop PC
  • Functional Android and Windows 8 OS

What's bad

  • Combined with the keyboard, weighs a hefty 3.7 pounds
  • Icons and text are too small in Windows mode
  • File sharing between tablet and laptop has limited uses
  • Poor battery life

The Asus steps up the hybrid market with their Transformer Book Trio. Not only is it a tablet and laptop, the detachable keyboard can plug into a monitor, effectively making it a desktop PC. The 3-in-1 design is possible as the tablet and keyboard section both have their own internal hardware and operating systems. Combined, the Trio measures 0.93 x 12 x 7.6 inches and weighs 1,678 grams (3.7 pounds). While on the heavier side, reviewers point out the convenience of having an all-in-one device outweighs the slight heft.

The display detaches to become an 11.6-inch tablet with a full HD resolution of 1080p and IPS technology. While colors tend to run fairly true, critics note that the black levels appear more gray and take away some depth from movies and games. As a tablet, the Trio runs on a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Critics note that the UI is smooth without any lag despite and the processor is powerful enough to run most apps and games easily.

When connected with the keyboard, the Asus Transformer Book Trio switches over to the Intel i7 2.4GHz dual-core processor with 4GB of RAM. Firstpost states, "The PC Base station packs in enough grunt to easily manage most menial tasks and then some" and benchmark tests back up the claim ranking The Trio above other hybrid competitors like the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro though lower than the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 due in part to its slow hard drive. Since the keyboard itself comes with its own CPU, RAM and hard drive it can hook up to a monitor via VGA or HDMI cable and be used as a Windows 8 desktop. In terms of storage, the tablet comes up with up to 64GB of internal memory while the keyboard dock comes with up to 1TB.

Both the tablet and keyboard dock also come with separate batteries though critics quickly found out that two batteries didn't mean longer battery life. Experts eked out around 6 hours of moderate use from the tablet though they add that the keyboard dock adds an additional 8 hours of life.

While the tablet section comes loaded with Android OS, the keyboard base has Windows OS installed. Users can switch between Android and Windows in laptop mode by pressing a button on the keyboard. In order to change OS, reviewers note that users will have to first power on the keyboard and wait for the boot sequence to finish. Still, when both operating systems are live, most experts found the changeover to be fairly instantaneous. Once in Windows, users can also drag and drop files between the tablet and PC portion via the file sharing app Asus Console. In theory the idea sounds good, but when Digital Trends tested it out they found that it had limited use. They state, "The calendar, for example, can only import from Outlook on the PC side, and while importing or exporting videos…is not difficult, it's not any easier than using Dropbox." In addition, critics note that icons and text are so small in Windows 8 mode that simple tasks can often be daunting. The display does support 10-point gestures for Android and Windows 8, which experts describe as "highly accurate and fluid."

Despite its adaptability, reviewers are split on their impression of The Trio. PC Mag says, "…the problematic design and very high price outweigh the benefits offered by the otherwise decent performance of the Transformer Book Trio in either laptop or tablet mode." Mobile Syrup, on the other hand, states, "It's not going to appeal to everyone, but it's a great choice for someone who doesn't want to carry two specialized devices."

Operating system
Operating system
1.6 GHz
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
5070 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

PC Magazine
PC Magazine

The Asus Transformer Book Trio presents a collection of contradictions. The laptop and tablet performance, taken separately, are actually very good, while the marriage of two separate devices and operating systems provides clever solutions to several unique technical problems. This combining of devi...

- Brian Westover, PC Magazine
Expert Reviews
Expert Reviews

The Asus Transformer Book Trio might seem overpriced, but you’re getting two products in one device for the price of one laptop. Neither device is particularly exceptional on its own, but the combination of the two makes this one of the best value hybrids available.

- Katharine Byrne, Expert Reviews
Mobile Syrup
Mobile Syrup

It is a fully-capable computer with separate hardware for both an Android tablet and a Windows laptop/desktop.

- Daniel Bader, Mobile Syrup
PC Pro
PC Pro

As a concept, we can see some appeal in the Transformer Book Trio TX201LA. The hardware is well designed, the display is excellent, and the fact that the Android and Windows halves of the device work entirely independently raises some interesting possibilities.However, there's a glaring issue, namel...

- Sash Muller, PC Pro

Before you go out thinking that this is the dream setup, you’ll want to know its pricing first. Considering that this is stuffed with hardware that’s akin to some high-end laptops, its price reflects that to the teeth, as the Asus Transformer Book Trio retails normally for around $1,500...

- John V., PhoneArena

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Screen Size

The Asus Transformer Book Trio's screen size is 11.6 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.6 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5070 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 13 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Transformer Book Trio Specs

Release Date November 11, 2013
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Intel Atom Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 190 pixels
Size 11.6 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5070 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to 13 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 13 hours
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.3 x 30.5 x 1.0 cm (7.6 x 12 x 0.4 in)
Weight 680 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: No
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
TV Out Info: HDMI
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, Voice Memos / Recorder

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