ASUS has one new machine that can replace just about all of your business gadgets. Don't believe it? The ASUS Transformer Book V combines a 5-inch phone, a 12.5-inch tablet and a keyboard dock into a system that can serve as an Android phone, an Android tablet, a Windows tablet, a Windows laptop or an Android laptop. Get a hands-on look at the machine from our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on for three features that make this device good for business.
As its name implies, the Transformer Book V can function as five different devices. Here's how it works: You can use the Android smartphone included in the package like any other Android phone — for calls, email and running your favorite productivity apps. Meanwhile, the included Windows 8.1 tablet can also be used alone, for those times when you need a touch-screen device with a little extra screen real-estate. The third mode involves linking the tablet to a sturdy keyboard dock to turn the slate into a fully functional Windows laptop computer.
Here's where things get interesting: Like the ASUS FonePad X, the Tranformer Book V tablet has a dock for your phone built into the back; just slide in your smartphone to view the Android environment on the larger tablet display. That opens up the machine's final two modes. You can use the docked phone/tablet combination as a standalone Android tablet, or you can connect the keyboard to use the combo like an Android laptop, complete with a touchpad for accurate pointing.
Toggle between Android and Windows
When the phone is docked to the tablet, Transformer Book V makes it easy two switch between Android and Windows. That ensures you always have quick access to the apps and programs you need. Just tap a button on the keyboard dock to quickly and easily toggle between operating systems. You can run Windows or Android in a full-screen view, or run Android in a small window on your Windows Desktop. That option makes it easy to respond to incoming emails, text messaging and other alerts, while giving you full access to the Windows applications you already use to run your business.
The Transformer Book V smartphone runs on ZenUI, ASUS' own version of Android that offers handy new functionality. That includes "Do It Later," an option that you can use to pull together emails, documents, messages, Web pages and more into a daily to-do list that can help ensure you don't forget about an important item on your reading list. Another function, "What's Next," can scan your calendar alerts for a real-time look at your missed calls, notes, upcoming appointments and more.