While most of its drawbacks are minor nits, there are other systems that give you more storage space and battery life, for the same price or less. You can use it like a laptop or detach the screen for tablet use in or out of the house.
It measures about 1 by 12 by 8 inches HWD , and weighs 3. Undock the tablet, and it loses about half its thickness and pares its weight down to 1. Like the Asus TTA, our Editors' Choice entry-level detachable-hybrid tablet, all you need to pop the screen off is to push a single button in the center of a one-piece hinge.
The tablet screen reattaches almost as quickly. Connectivity is excellent for a detachable tablet.
There's a full-size Ethernet port, one USB 2. I'd prefer full size ports on the tablet itself, but still that's many more ports overall than that of the competition.
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Like most sealed tablets, the TTA doesn't have an upgradable solid-state drive SSD or memory, but you can install a 2. All you need is a jeweler's Phillips screwdriver, and 15 minutes to add extra storage.
You need to dock the tablet to access that storage, but installing a drive in the dock bay lets you carry your media files with you and supplements the included 64GB SSD in the tablet portion.
Good thing, since the system only has about 40GB of that storage free after you run through the initial setup on the TTA. The full-size, non-backlit keyboard is comfortable to use, as is the large touchpad centered on the keyboard deck. The The IPS panel lets you view the action from virtually any angle.
Design, exterior and first look
YouTube videos and Web pages look good, and the touch screen is responsive. Volume from the built-in speakers is a little soft. You'd be more satisfied listening to music and videos through headphones. Bloatware is minimal, though the tiles on the Start screen are larger than normal. The system comes with a one-year warranty. Multimedia scores are also a good, if leisurely, 6 minutes 22 seconds on Handbrake and on Adobe Photoshop CS6.
You'll want an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor if you do a lot of work with pictures and videos. Gaming tests predictably produced single-digit frame rates. Battery life for the TTA is adequate, if a little short, when compared with that of its peers. It lasted 5 hours 25 minutes on our battery rundown test. The Asus Transformer Book TTA-C1-BL is a decent enough detachable-hybrid tablet for a reasonable price, but systems like the Dell Inspiron 11 Series 2-in-1 , our top pick for convertible-hybrid laptops, give you a lot more storage space and battery life for about the same money.
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Pros Light 2-in-1 detachable tablet. User-accessible SATA hard drive bay in dock. Ethernet port. Speakers are a little soft. Mediocre battery life.
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