ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA (College Review)

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The ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA is a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop with a high durability and elegant design. The laptop is meant to be flexible, offering multiple configurations and helping you get what you need done in any situation. Does ASUS’s offering translate to the college level though? Let’s take a look in this college-exclusive Asus Transformer Book TP300LA review.


Features

  • 360° Touchscreen
  • Brushed aluminum finish
  • SonicMaster sound
  • ASUS Cloud Services
  • Instant-On Resume from Sleep

Specs

  • Screen Size: 13.3″
  • Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4210U (1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.70 GHz)
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 500GB HDD
  • GPU: Intel Integrated HD Graphics 4400
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n
  • Average Battery Life: 7 hours
  • Weight: 3.92 lbs

Specs Review:  The ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA is a slightly smaller laptop than most, having only a 13.3″ touchscreen. However, the resolution more than makes up for this, coming in at 1920×1080, the equivalent of most modern televisions. One of the laptop’s main features is to be able to flip the screen around entirely, effectively turning it into a large tablet. Although a good idea, the weight of the computer makes it uncomfortable to hold after a while, effectively making it pointless at times. The keyboard is also in the way when in this configuration, making the ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA more difficult for some to hold. Luckily, the laptop can still be used as a stand, giving the 360 degree swivel some use for most. Inside, you can find Intel’s i5 “Haswell” architecture powering the machine. It will help you get through most normal tasks, with few hiccups along the way. Also inside is 8GB of RAM. This is more than enough for most college students, outside of the few that demand serious rigs for their projects or hobbies. As for the GPU, ASUS decided to leave a dedicated one out, meaning you can expect your standard Intel Integrated Graphics here. Don’t expect it to handle any current AAA games out there, because you will be disappointed. ASUS chose to include 500GB of hard drive space as well in the ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA. For most of those in the market for this 2-in-1 hybrid laptop, the storage space will last you through close to, if not all of college. Similar to other laptops in this price range, the ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA comes with your standard Bluetooth and other wireless connections, meaning there should not be a problem getting connected anywhere on campus.  When it comes to battery life, ASUS is claiming 7 hours worth on this 2-in-1 hybrid laptop. From what it seems, this is with the lowest brightness and other battery saving preferences. One can expect closer to 6 hours with normal use.

Software-wise, the ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA comes with a few interesting tricks. Included on board is ASUS’s Splendid Technology, which can be used to calibrate the screen to your liking, and HDD Protection, which stops the hard drive whenever the laptop falls to prevent damage to your data. A few other basic programs, like a photo editor, are included, but don’t really stand out in any way. The ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA also offers a cloud service. The service allows for the backing up of various documents and files, and allows you to access your data anywhere. The most useful feature, however, is the laptop’s Instant On. It lets you quickly resume work after having the laptop in sleep mode, and allows minimum battery drain during sleep, making the ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA last up to 2 weeks in standby mode.


Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):

  • “Have had the unit for approximately 3 weeks and am loving it. Just what I wanted.”
  • “Great 2-in-1 laptop!”
  • “I am in meetings a lot (5+ hours/day 2-3 days/week) and can’t get to an outlet, so I wanted something with good battery life.”
  • “Nice design. Doesn’t look cheap.”

Conclusion for College Students: The ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA is a solid 2-in-1 hybrid laptop for the price, but is certainly not for everyone. Artistic people will have to look elsewhere, as the display lacks a digitizer to sense pressure. Those who don’t need much in a laptop can either find cheaper options at the same size or larger options for a similar cost. However, if you are the type to code, such as computer science majors, this laptop could be for you. Its 8GB of RAM is industry standard, and the while the processor may not be able to take the load of a few larger projects, it will be enough to handle the majority of coding tasks on the go. In addition, the 2-in-1 hybrid aspect of the ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA makes streaming movies a breeze when out and about. If you seem like the kind of person who codes or streams video content often, the ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA may be for you.

If your budget is a little higher, check out the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro or the Surface Pro 3 for a similar yet more fulfilling experience.
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