Today, Asus has unveiled their newest devices that will fit into Windows 8 as a hand into a (fitting) glove.
There is the Transformer Book, which acts as a notebook, but allows the screen to be undocked from the main chassis without needing to talk to each other. It boasts an i5 or i7, a 128 GB SSD with 500 GBs of standard HDD storage back in the dock, a Full HD screen (1920×1080) packed into 13.3″. Both the dock and the pad come with enough ports to interact with other utilities, unlike the iPad.
A really nice benefit about having both the pad and the dock is that the pad has 38 watt hours of battery(not hours of life); the dock gives an additional 23 watt hours: it really helps the battery life.(61 Whrs)
The VivoTab is very similar to the Transformer Book, although it has an Intel Atom processor that is advertised to give a decent 10.5 hours on just the tablet and a whopping 19 hours when connected to the dock. At 2GB of RAM and only 32 GBs of storage, this is not quite as much of a computer as a tablet with an eternal battery length.
You may have heard of the Zenbook, Asus’s razor-thin ultrabook, which they claim to be 9 mm at its thickest point. It’s a good ultrabook as far as specs go. Some people are fine with the touchpad, but others can’t seem to agree with it. The Zenbook Touch, however, as the name suggests, has a touchscreen in addition to an i7 processor with 128/256 GB SSD and 4 GB RAM. The touchscreen can help with navigation problems: some laptops have really incompetent touchpads, but a touchscreen can make up.
The VivoBook is quite similar although has slightly lower specs than the flagship: it does offer an i7 option ranging down to a Celeron, a 320/500GB HDD with 24 GB caching SSD. The other main difference is that it is bigger in screen size and thickness.
A very impressive notebook, the Taichi combines the best of both worlds. It would be normal – but for a few things. Unlike most laptops, it has TWO screens: one where you would expect it to be, and the other on the back. But that other screen is a touchscreen that allows the entire device to function as a tablet, which is really cool when the lid is closed — but the device still functions.
If you’re worrying it’s going to be slow, it has a plentiful 4 GB of RAM, a respectable and speedy 256 GB SSD, and an ULV i5/i7 – while this isn’t a full blown i7, Intel has obviously decided that the performance is snappy. While it does have a mere Intel HD 4000 iGP, it’s still decent enough to play a fair amount of games on low detail (so maybe you won’t get 1200 fps, but still).
If you’re afraid to move to Windows 8 for all the touching, these touch-notebooks can ease Microsoft’s large step to tablets and be more practical than carrying around both a tablet AND a laptop.
Asus’s selling point for most of these devices is to cater to the customers’ ways of lives, not the other way around. They used “Vivo” in two of the products, “Zen” in another, and “Taichi” in another. It is clear that these are designed for certain ways of life.
For the desktop folks out there, Asus has released an all-in-one PC called the “All-in-One PC.” It comes with an i7 to i3, 8GBs of RAM @ 1666 Mhz, an Nvidia 630m (note that this is mobile, but still stronger than integrated), a 2 MP camera (compared with the older standard of 0.3MP). It features USB 3.0, 2.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI I/O, eSata combo, and a 3-in-1 card reader. Just like its fellow portable devices, this PC has a touchscreen, although this one supports up to 10 fingers – you’d have to either invite a friend or use your nose for that to not work!
Overall, Asus has some really cool devices, in design and specs. The question remains: will Windows 8 perform?