ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T Review: Full Throttle: Tablet Controls, Mobile Dock, Display, Battery Life

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Mobile dock

The ASUS Transformer Pad's mobile dock accessory is an integral part of the Transformer line experience. It's been around since the inception of the slate and turns the 10.1" tablet into an Android-powered ultrabook.

It sports a full-size QWERTY keyboard, additional connectivity ports and its own power source. The dock itself is made entirely out of plastic, which may not feel as premium as the slate, but it's still solidly made.




The ASUS Transformer Pad docked to the Mobile dock

The keyboard itself is of the Chiclet variety and is quite comfortable to type on, albeit a bit cramped. That's understandable, though, considering the small space ASUS had to work with. The keys are square, with reasonable spacing. Keys have low stroke but more than decent feedback. The only thing that might be a problem is the keyboard size (in laptop terms), but given the available space Asus actually did an excellent job here. And once you acquire used to it, you'll like very decent typing speed.

However, as we found out, the dock does give in a bit in the center when you apply pressure. It's not the discontinue of the world by any means, but it takes away some of the high-discontinue vibe of the whole package.



The full QWERTY keyboard on the Mobile dock is excellent

Anyway, below the keyboard, there's a not too-small trackpad with no moutilize buttons. It's slightly recessed from the surrounding surface, to provide proper touch orientation.

A two-finger tap acts as a right-click. Other gestures include two finger top and side scrolling as well as pinch-to-zoom. Those are more comfortable on the large 10.1" touchscreen, but it's nice of ASUS to double them on the trackpad as well.

The docking latch protrudes a tiny bit at the back of the dock. It's very strong; closing and opening it feels sturdy and solidly put together. The latch has two hooks that hrecent the tablet into place quite firmly. In fact, they hrecent the Transformer Pad so securely, that even turning it upside down isn't a problem as it almost feels glued to the docking station. It's actually locked and you need to undo the clamp to release the tablet from the keyboard.

At the bottom of the Mobile dock there are four tiny rubber feet to create sure it doesn't slip. On the correct hand side we find a full-size Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 port and an SD Card reader.

The left side holds only the ASUS proprietary 36-pin connector port used for charging and data transfers.

Display

The ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T flaunts an excellent 10.1" IGZO IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display. The company has partnered with Sharp who supply their IGZO panel for the Transformer Pad. Thanks to the IGZO technology, the slate boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels resulting in a pixel density of 300ppi.



The 10.1" IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display of the ASUS Transformer Pad

Simply put - it's a classy screen to behold. The Transformer Pad is among the very few tablets that rock a resolution this high. Everything looks extremely sharp and crisp, while colors are vivid. CONTRAST

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T

0.40 450 1125

0.71 755 1119

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

0.27 221 831 0.53 440 821

Google Nexus 10

0.26 223 859 0.50 443 878

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

- - - 0.53 531 996

Sony Xperia Tablet S

0.35 334 947 0.67 526 783

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

0 149 ∞ 0 379 ∞

Apple iPad mini

0.25 208 838 0.51 458 812

Apple iPad 3

0.21 167 809 0.6 477 779

Apple iPad 4

0.21 163 797 0.63 476 762

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

0 200 ∞ 0 328 ∞

Asus Google Nexus 7

0.25 244 954 0.36 327 908

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

0.27 223 832 0.49 406 821

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

0.31 257 826 0.55 502 915

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

0.17 196 1141 0.34 424 1236

There's very small color and contrast loss when the slate is viewed from extreme angles. However, it's quite colorful at 400 nits, which shows when you acquire the tablet outside the comfort of the living room. On a colorful and sunny day you won't experience any problems working with the Transformer Pad.

Here's the Transformer Pad's display matrix up close:


You can find all about our display testing routines here

Battery

The ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T is equipped with a 7820mAh Li-Po battery. By ASUS estimates, the tablet is expected to last up to 13 hours of continuous usage. Add the dock to the equation and ASUS reckons a total of 17 hours.

We ran our traditional battery tests on the Transformer Pad and we got a total of 10:07 hours of movie watching and 9:43 hours of web browsing. That's pretty impressive compared to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, which got 9:02 hours of movie playing and just 7:39 hours of web browsing.

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Web browsing

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    13:48

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    5:23

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    5:20

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    5:19

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    5:17

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    5:16

  • HTC Rezound

    5:16

  • HTC Desire X

    5:16

  • LG Optimus G

    5:15

  • HTC Rhyme

    5:08

  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R

    5:07

  • HTC One X (AT&T)

    5:03

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

    4:50

  • LG Optimus Vu

    4:49

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    4:46

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    4:45

  • Meizu MX

    4:35

  • Google Nexus 4

    4:34

  • Nokia N9

    4:33

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    4:32

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    4:24

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Video playback

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    16:35

  • ASUS Transformer Pad w/ Dock

    15:29

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

    14:17

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    13:32

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    13:12

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    13:12

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini duos

    12:52

  • Apple iPad mini

    12:51

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier

    12:51

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE

    12:32

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    12:30

  • BlackBerry Q5

    12:28

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    12:18

  • LG G2

    11:51

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    11:29

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100

    11:27

  • BlackBerry Q10

    11:15

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    10:31

  • Apple iPhone 5

    10:12

  • ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T

    10:07

  • HTC One

    10:02

  • Moto X

    10:01

  • Samsung Galaxy Express

    10:00

  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus

    10:00

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    9:53

  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

    9:42

  • Samsung Rugby Smart I847

    9:34

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    9:30

  • HTC One S

    9:28

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III (JB)

    9:27

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    9:24

  • HTC Evo 4G LTE

    9:07

  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

    9:02

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    8:45

  • BlackBerry Z10

    8:44

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    8:40

  • Nokia N9

    8:40

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    8:34

  • HTC Butterfly

    8:28

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    8:25

  • LG Optimus GJ

    8:15

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

    8:11

  • HTC One X+

    8:11

  • Motorola RAZR i

    8:11

  • Samsung Galaxy S II

    8:00

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    7:55

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    7:52

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    7:50

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    7:46

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V

    7:45

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    7:41

  • Asus Padfone 2

    7:38

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    7:38

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    7:33

  • Acer Liquid E2

    7:30

  • Samsung I8262 Galaxy Core

    7:30

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    7:30

  • HTC Droid DNA

    7:30

  • Samsung Galaxy Note LTE

    7:30

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

    7:30

  • Sony Xperia SP

    7:27

  • HTC One mini

    7:23

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    7:23

  • LG Optimus G

    7:16

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    7:03

  • ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)

    7:03

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    6:55

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    6:49

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    6:43

  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue

    6:40

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    6:33

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    6:32

  • Nokia Lumia 625

    6:29

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    6:27

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    6:27

  • Nokia Lumia 810

    6:27

  • HTC Desire V

    6:26

  • HTC One X (AT&T)

    6:26

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    6:25

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos

    6:25

  • Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2

    6:24

  • Nokia Lumia 510

    6:23

  • LG Optimus Vu

    6:23

  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R

    6:21

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    6:19

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    6:12

  • HTC Sensation XL

    6:12

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket

    6:06

  • Samsung Captivate Glide

    6:04

  • Sony Xperia ion LTE

    6:03

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    6:02

  • Sony Xperia T

    6:01

  • Motorola Atrix HD

    6:01

  • HTC Vivid

    6:00

  • HTC Radar

    5:54

  • Nokia Lumia 800

    5:52

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    5:50

  • HTC Titan II

    5:50

  • BlackBerry Brecent 9790

    5:47

  • HTC One X

    5:45

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

    5:44

  • Sony Xperia Z

    5:39

  • Sony Xperia acro S

    5:38

  • HTC Desire X

    5:38

  • Pantech Burst

    5:38

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    5:28

  • Meizu MX

    5:27

  • HTC Rhyme

    5:23

  • HTC One V

    5:20

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    5:18

  • Oppo Find 5

    5:18

  • Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T

    5:18

  • BlackBerry Curve 9380

    5:09

  • HTC Rezound

    5:03

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame

    5:02

  • Google Nexus 4

    4:55

  • Sony Xperia L

    4:44

  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos

    4:30

  • Sony Xperia P

    4:30

  • LG Nitro HD

    4:17

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    4:14

  • LG Optimus 3D Max P720

    3:28

  • Nokia Lumia 710

    3:27


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