Asus Transformer Pad 300

Released February, 2012
  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.4
The 1.2-megapixel front camera takes decent shots as well, for what it is: it's brighter than many other tablets, but it's still nothing special.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
7.6 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Asus Transformer Pad 300

Performance

Processing power and speed

Transformer Pad 300
6.9
Nexus 10
8.1
Passmark, Geekbench and AnTuTu

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Transformer Pad 300
7.6
Nexus 10
9.3
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Transformer Pad 300
6.7
Nexus 10
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Transformer Pad 300
9.2
Nexus 10
9.1
Reviews from techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, mobiletechreview.com, theverge.com and 1 more

7.6

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Transformer Pad 300
7.6
Nexus 10
8.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Asus Transformer Pad 300

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Transformer Pad 300
314
Nexus 7 II
2,670
Nexus 10
1,509

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Transformer Pad 300
4,673
iPad Air
1,507

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

Transformer Pad 300
10,271
Nexus 7 II
19,963
Nexus 10
13,772

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Transformer Pad 300
3,295
Nexus 10
3,842

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Transformer Pad 300
3.7 fps
Nexus 7 II
14.6 fps
Nexus 10
12.5 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Transformer Pad 300
12.9 fps
Nexus 7 II
40 fps
Nexus 10
39.8 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Asus Transformer Pad 300


8.0
The Transformer Pad has a much more average display: it's reasonably bright, with super-wide viewing angles and accurate colors, but it's no more readable outside than any other tablet.

8.0
The screen can get plenty bright with the slider set toward max, and it has high contrast and plenty of glare (the Prime is also a glare monster).

10.0
Its 12 GPU cores do provide some of the best performance in an Android tablet, but for sheer horsepower it can’t beat even the iPad 2’s A5 SoC, let alone the A5X in Apple’s third tablet.

8.0
The new iPad is still the best all-round tablet you can buy, and is backed up by a fantastic eco-system of apps, magazines, music, games and content.

7.7
The Mobile keyboard dock includes an extra battery that - while connected - feeds the Prime its power, meaning that the dock's battery will deplete its reserves before the tablet.

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Every millimetre of on-screen real estate is used, making browsing a pleasure, and pages fill the 10-inch screen, leading to a relaxing way to enjoy your favourite sites.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
Colours were generally represented, but the screen wasn't as sharp as the new iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and we found the screen to be very reflective.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
Obviously the plastic chassis on the tablet doesn’t feel as solid as the all-metal prime, but again it’s more than a match for the average Android tablet, and the front is still reinforced Gorilla glass.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)

Apps

Until the launch of the Infinity 700 with its HD display, we'd go as far as to say this is the best current Android gaming tablet available.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
Gaming performance was excellent throughout, and there was some exciting looking content such as Shadowgun and Grand Theft Auto III.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
Essentially you get the same smooth 1080p video playback, console-quality gaming and great overall experience as with the Asus Transformer Prime for £100 less, making Asus’ latest convertible tablet an easy recommendation.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)

Operating system

A lot of Android tablets have come along since the Transformer Prime, but none have unseated it as the best of the bunch.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
My hunch is that Windows 8 is going to be a better operating system for this kind of convertible device than Android is, but it's still a great option to have for an Android tablet.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
You were essentially getting a piece of hardware that was faster, thinner, better connected, with a far superior screen and keyboard dock for only a little extra, leaving software as the only possible reason to go Apple.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)

Operating System

But if you want an Android tablet and don't need the very best specs money can buy, the Transformer Pad is a great choice.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
The camera app is easily among the best I've used on an Android device.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
I love apps like Rdio, Spotify, Simplenote, the New York Times, Flipboard, and Facebook, and those apps simply don't have good tablet equivalents for Android.
by The Verge (May, 2012)

Cpu

For just $399 you get a lot for your money: the latest OS, a fast quad core CPU, an IPS display and a reasonable amount of storage.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2012)
This is the lowest priced quad-core tablet we've seen, which goes big on value, something that's welcomed by double-dip recession hit wallets everywhere.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
The primary cores also feature dynamic clocking to save energy when they are in use, and can clock anywhere from a few MHz to their full 1200MHz speed on this tablet.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 10.1"
Technology Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 149 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.86 GHz

form factor

Weight 550 g
Size 178.4 x 257.5 x 9.9 mm
Thickness 9.9 mm
Battery life 8.5 hour

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD
Maximum capacity 32 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 2 MP
Rear camera 0.3 MP

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a light sensor Yes
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