Asus unveiled three new 2-in-1 devices at Computex this year. Having led the way in the detachable tablet market, it seems keen to maintain its lead and the Transformer 3 Pro suggests the company is right on track. Its a device that sometimes exceeds the Surface’s specs and looks classy in the process.
You wouldn't be ashamed to walk into a meeting with the Transformer 3 Pro – which Asus describes as "the world’s most versatile PC".
There’s Icicle Gold or Glacier Grey colour schemes to choose from and both look slick. The backlit keyboard dock - which doubles up as a cover, making a nice portfolio effect - comes in a choice of three colours to match.
It’s pretty darn thin at just 8.35mm but the aluminium structure feels solid in the hand. We’d guess the weight at around 800g although don't have official figures yet to back that up.
The diamond cut detailing along the fold out line for the integrated kickstand is a nice touch too. The kickstand allows for viewing angles of up to 170 degrees. You’ll need both hands to flip it out, although that's by no means a bad thing as it means that the stand will hold firm.
The top of the range model is powered by Intel Core i7 processing with up to 1TB SSD storage and 16GB RAM. That should be more than enough for most users' needs. It has a sizeable 12.6-inch display (2880 x 1920) with a 275ppi density and an RGB of 121 per cent, which makes for lovely vivid colours.
Asus reckons that the five-way speakers are four times louder than the Surface’s, so combined with the display should make for a pretty pleasant viewing and audio experience.
The USB Type-C connector allows for speeds of up to 10Gbps for supported devices and the Thunderbolt 3 connection can achieve up to a blistering data transfer rate of 40Gbps. It can support dual external 4K displays. Speaking of which, you’ll find a full size HDMI plus a USB 3.0 port here too.
For people requiring more connectivity, Asus has a universal dock that provides USB-C 3.1, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, RJ45 LAN, and a 3-in-1 SD card reader.
The Pro comes bundled with the Asus stylus (1024 levels of precision) but oddly the staff on hand at Computex didn’t offer a solution for carrying it with the device. However, when we tried it the device fit snugly in the seam of the cover as you can see in our photos.
You can log on using Microsoft’s Hello facial recognition, although there is no fingerprint scanner as found on the Transformer 3 and Mini.
You can also use the ROG XG Station 2 – an external graphics card dock - to make the Pro VR ready.
All in all, this is a super portable work and entertainment horse. You can pick it up soon in Curry’s, PC World or John Lewis starting at £899.99 with Core i5-6200, 4GB RAM plus 256GB storage or £1,399.99 with a Core i7-6500 CPU, 8GB RAM and 512GB storage.