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Offline News  
#1 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:23:41 AM(UTC)
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It sometimes rolls this way.  One of the most hotly anticipated product launches of the year and, you guessed it, the prized package drops on your doorstep for testing and evaluation literally hours before the official launch hits.  Have we had nearly enough time with this sleek little minx?  Absolutely not.  But when the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime shows up packing NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 Quad-Core SoC with its perky fifth companion core in tow, you man-up (or woman-up as the case may be), get your geek on and burn some midnight oil.

So, what do we have for you on the pages ahead?  This is a PREVIEW of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet with NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Quad Core low power SoC.  We've got a lot of ground to cover and time is short; so we'll cut the chatter.  But you've been warned.  There's a whole lot of sexy going on here, itching to break all the rules (in the test lab) and show you what its got.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Tegra 3 Unleashed
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#2 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 2:39:41 AM(UTC)
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So what about the sound quality of the Prime?

Of what I heared in some other previews, it's rather impressive for the size speakers it has. What's your opinion about this? Can you tell a bit more about it? For example how it is compared to de Transformer.

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#3 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 10:00:39 AM(UTC)
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Welcome to Hot hardware,.....

This is from the second page:

"One other small oversight we found was that there is only one speaker port on the Prime and nothing on the keyboard dock. Sound quality from that one speaker isn't bad actually, considering this is a slate PC, but it does have a distinctly directional output to it, depending on which way you're holding the device."

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#4 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 10:13:13 AM(UTC)
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Just a seggestion here.... But I was thinking that for the battery tests, instead of putting all devices to 50% brightness, why not measure the actual output and try to get all devices to that measured brightness level.

I think this would be a more accurate test of battery life.

This tablet supposedly puts out a much higher brightness than all the other tablets currently available, so half brightness for this device could be much higher than half brightness for an other device. This would result in the prime using more battery life than the other.

Most people don't just turn their brightness to a set level anyway... they adjust it to preference regardless of where the setting ends up.

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#5 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 10:30:53 AM(UTC)
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That is one sexy tablet, I like the gray better than the champagne. Gaming on the transformer/tegra 3 is really impressive, almost as impressive as Dave's controller skills! All kidding aside this was a great review, looks like asus has a great product here. I've been waiting for this to be released and they didn't disappoint. I would like to see this review all over again with ice cream sandwich loaded. Gotta love that hhware gold!!!

On a general side note.....can you really expect that much out of a tablet camera? IMO the tablet/phone cameras are for quick snapshots, I can only assume that people will use a real camera if they want perfect photos.

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#6 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 10:46:51 AM(UTC)
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This was a great review and I have to agree, it looks sleek; it performs admirably and everything else I said in previous threads relating to the prime... I was expecting the camera to perform a bit better and the Terga 3 to have a little bit more power but you can't get it all perfect.

As I said before, this may be the tablet that changes everything; in terms of tablets being regarded as toys and tablets as a computational device, and the editors choice just reinforces that. Again, seamless transition, can be used as both; what more do you need?

Slightly disappointed that Ice Cream Sandwhich isn't on there but they are guaranteeing they'll update their tablets with it when it comes out right?

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#7 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:05:40 AM(UTC)
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That is twice in a month that you have had to describe an ASUS product as Sexy [:P] I guess that is becoming their MO. As for the sound if I am going to listen to something I want good quality sound from I am going to plug in a pair of headphones... at least that's my feeling.
BTW I like Acartz idea for the battery test.

This this is hot hot hot and certainly on my list of the tablet I want the most.

Thanks for the preview Dave :)

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#8 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:05:42 AM(UTC)
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I'm missing a test of tegra3's video playback capabilities. The dealbraker for many wrt tegra2 was its weak to non-existent support for H.264 high-profile video.

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#9 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:18:12 AM(UTC)
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"Great preview, great tablet. Plenty of power and very sleek. In the video you can appreciate the quality of the screen as well as its speed when handling different functions. By the time it officially launches I'm sure those updates mentioned will further improve battery life and other performance tweaks. I like the thinness too."

 **On a side note, both Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 are manufactured on TSMC's 40nm process technology, so NVIDIA achieved this efficiency in design and through innovation, rather than a process shrink.**

"Impressive, I though it was the other way around. @Drake , LMFAO, if Dave is your squad in BF3 or MW3, you are in trouble, just look at em running away @ 7:24. All jokes aside, this is an awesome tablet and I liked the preview a lot.  With all that power under the hood, and the support for gaming controllers,  I would imagine people at home, will rather output to a monitor and enjoy gaming on a bigger screen via the micro HDMI port." 

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#10 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:18:42 AM(UTC)
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Excellent review (of course)! I'd be willing to trade my iPad2 for one of these, just for the camera alone lol. I can't stand the camera on my iPad. And I definitely hate not having browser flash support :(

Wanna trade? haha

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#11 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:26:20 AM(UTC)
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I hear ya, EEno. We're going to look at this as well as battery life in more detail, in the weeks ahead.

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#12 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 7:56:43 PM(UTC)
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Sorry Manduh... I have to hang on to this bad boy for future testing. :) Besides, you got yourself a badass rig coming your way! :D

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#13 Posted : Thursday, December 1, 2011 8:15:36 PM(UTC)
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Dave_HH wrote:

Sorry Manduh... I have to hang on to this bad boy for future testing. :) Besides, you got yourself a badass rig coming your way! :D

Hey at least you let me down easy LMAO!!  THANKS AGAIN heehee!!  Gawd I heart you guys!!

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#14 Posted : Friday, December 2, 2011 12:17:22 AM(UTC)
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It's exciting it'll be out soon, since I've been keeping an eye on it since it was first announced.  I'd like to show this off to my friends and classmates, although my college program (animation) has made it mandatory to purchase a ipad for first years.  Luckily I'm in third year so I still have my options open.  The only place I use apple products is at school coincidentally...but this tablet would be awesome for video and photo reference in class...

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#15 Posted : Friday, December 2, 2011 3:04:08 AM(UTC)
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I've been holding out on spending a good chunk of change on a proper tablet but this...this looks it may just end up taking my money.

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