ASUS' new hybrid Android slate packs a keyboard dock and useful software for businesspeople. The 10.1-inch Android tablet has a bright, colorful display and pretty good performance, especially for the price. But what makes this $299 slate stand out from the pack is a keyboard dock that's included in the package. Check out a full review of the ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C from our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on for three features that make this tablet good for work.
Bluetooth keyboards are available for most Android slates, but you won't find many with a keyboard dock included. The Transformer Pad TF103C snaps firmly onto its keyboard via a sturdy hinge, so you can open and close it like a clamshell laptop. That's a huge perk for business users; touch screen keyboards just don't cut it for serious productivity tasks like creating documents and managing your email inbox. And because the Transformer Pad TF103C snaps onto the keyboard dock, you can easily type with the device resting on your lap; you have to prop up most other tablets with a kickstand for typing sessions. The touchpad on the keyboard dock also makes pointing more precise, which could be useful for tasks such as editing spreadsheets.
For $299, the Transformer Pad TF103C is an extremely affordable Android slate, especially with the keyboard included. For that price, you get a 10.1-inch slate with a zippy quad-core processor that should provide good performance for everyday use. The $249 Lenovo A10 is a cheaper slate with similar hardware, but it doesn't come with a keyboard. That makes ASUS' tablet a good pick for budget-minded business users in the market for a versatile mobile device.
The Transformer Pad TF103C is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. That's a plus, since many budget-priced tablets still ship with older versions of Android. KitKat includes perks such as an improved version of Google Now, Google's personal digital assistant; better caller ID functionality; and native support for cloud printing, so you can easily send documents to the printer right from your tablet.