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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

*Est. $480 and up
Reviewed
November 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

Pros
  • Great performance
  • Superb display
  • Thin, light, long-lasting
  • Optional keyboard dock
Cons
  • Pricier than Google Nexus 10
  • Lack of tablet-optimized Android apps

Bottom Line

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700's stunning, better than 1,080p display and powerful quad-core processor make it one of the best premium Android tablets available, especially when you factor in its ultra-slim form factor and long-lasting battery.

Breaking It Down

Performance

Top notch in every aspect. There's virtually nothing to complain about with the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700's performance. The quad-core Tegra 3 processor proves fast and responsive. The 1,920-by-1,200-pixel IPS display sports wide viewing angles and a bright, vibrant look, aided by a toggled SuperIPS+ mode that kicks up the brightness. Its resolution is bested only by the Google Nexus 10's (Est. $350 and up) 2,560-by-1,600-pixel screen and the fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display (Est. $500 and up). The battery lasts longer than a workday and even productivity-focused tasks shine if you opt for the tablet's keyboard dock (*Est. $150), which boosts the battery life even further.

Features

Dock and display. These are the two biggest stars of the TF700, although the 32 GB starting storage space and abundant ports -- including micro-SD and micro-HDMI -- also shine. The 8-megapixel rear camera takes crisp pictures and 1,080p video, while a front-facing 2-megapixel shooter is good for video chatting in HD. The tablet has full access to the Google Play Store, but only a very few apps take advantage of the Transformer Pad Infinity's stunning display, making that its biggest downside compared to the latest iPad. However, this slate's aluminum build looks tremendous.

Ease of use

Easy peasy. The Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is very lightweight and long-lasting. It's also very responsive, but beware of covering the speakers with your thumbs while holding the tablet in landscape mode.

Value

Pricey, but potent. There's no doubt the Asus TF700 is one of the best tablets around, but if you don't need or want the available keyboard dock that costs extra, the Google Nexus 10 delivers the same solid build quality, speedy performance and an even better display for a little less cash. If you can live without the high-resolution 10-inch screen, the 7-inch Google Nexus 7 (Est. $230 and up) sports the same quad-core processor and build quality for much less.

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Our Sources

1. Anandtech.com

Review Credibility: Excellent
AnandTech.com's reviewer leaves no stone unturned and no benchmark unmeasured in his examination of the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. While he loves the device, he says the hybrid/docked design will likely work better on Windows 8 options.

Review: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T) Review, Anand Lal Shimpi, June 25, 2012

2. PCMag.com

Review Credibility: Excellent
PCMag.com calls the fast and beautiful TF700 "the best large-screen Android tablet money can buy," although that was before the launch of the Google Nexus 10. However, Kim declines to give it an Editors' Choice award because of the appallingly poor state of the Android tablet app market.

Review: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, Eugene Kim, June 25, 2012

3. Laptop Magazine

Review Credibility: Excellent
Howley gives the Transformer Pad Infinity an Editors' Choice award and a mostly glowing review. He's especially impressed by its sharp, bright display. "It's about time someone tried to give the iPad's Retina Display a run for its money," he says.

Review: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Review, Daniel Howley, June 25, 2012

4. TheVerge.com

Review Credibility: Excellent
The Asus TF700 is a solid piece of hardware, Pierce says, but its price tag and lack of Android tablet apps is a somewhat crippling combination. "For the price, it's really hard to recommend anything over the iPad," he write. "The iPad's screen is at least as good, and its app selection absolutely laps Android's."

Review: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review, David Pierce, Oct. 9, 2012

5. CNET

Review Credibility: Excellent
CNET says the Transformer Pad Infinity shows just how compelling a piece of Android hardware can be, "despite having relatively little support from the Android OS." After subjecting the tablet to a series of benchmark tests and hands-on time, Franklin gives it an Editors' Choice award.

Review: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Review, Eric Franklin, June 21, 2012

6. Computer Shopper

Review Credibility: Excellent
The Transformer Pad Infinity snags an Editors' Choice award from ComputerShopper.com, which also runs the tablet through a gauntlet of benchmark tests. The stunning screen, solid build quality and blazing performance thoroughly impress Safford.

Review: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Review and Ratings, Matt Safford, June 25, 2012

7. Engadget.com

Review Credibility: Excellent
Engadget.com doesn't hand out formal awards or numerical ratings, but its lengthy reviews rival the depth of higher-rated sources. Wollman calls the TF700 the top-of-the-line Android tablet, but says, "If it is a crisp display you're after, you'd be foolish not to at least consider the new iPad: For the same money, it offers a stunning 2,048x1,536 panel -- and it doesn't suffer from as many performance hiccups."

Review: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Review: Meet the Company's New Top-of-the-Line Tablet, Dana Wollman, June 25, 2012

8. Notebook Check.net

Review Credibility: Excellent
The Transformer Pad Infinity receives a 90 percent score, the highest ever received by any Android tablet at the benchmark-crazy Notebookcheck.net. "The new Asus flagship has few flaws which blemish the otherwise perfect performance," Afschar Kaboli writes.

Review: Review Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Tablet/MID, Patrick Afschar Kaboli, July 19, 2012

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