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Review: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi

- March 16th, 2015
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi

The new Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi is the latest 2-in-1 hybrid of a Windows tablet and a laptop PC. Is it the best of both worlds?

In some East Asian cultures, chi is believed to be the universal energy that flows through all living things in contrary yet complimentary rhythms. Kind of like the Force in Star Wars. (And don’t tell me the Force is based on the concept of chi, because everyone knows Star Wars happened a long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away.)

The Asus Transformer Book Chi is the company’s latest 2-in-1 mating of a tablet PC with a laptop-style keyboard, an attempt to bring balance to the Force. “Should I get a laptop, or a tablet?” asks the consumer. The 2-in-1 device responds, “Why not both?”

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Review: ASUS Transformer Book T100TAM

- March 14th, 2015

Hybrid laptops have always been a bit of a losing proposition. While the concept of having a tablet that can morph into a full-on notebook computer is enticing, in practice, they tend to fall a little short on both sides. They are either a bit too bulky for a tablet or too small and awkward to use as a laptop. And they tend to be a little expensive.

That being said, ASUS has a history of making quality products and its Transformer Book line is no exception. I recently had the opportunity to review the T100TAM and it’s a solid device.

ASUS Transformer Book T100TAM

ASUS Transformer Book T100TAM. (Supplied)

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New Asus Zenbook doesn’t know what it is

- November 4th, 2014

The Asus Zenbook UX303LN doesn’t know what it wants to be.

The Ultrabook comes with a 13.3-inch touchscreen display, which makes it a little too small to be a laptop. But it’s a tad too large to pick it up and use that touchscreen like it was a tablet.

Asus Zenbook UX303LN

Asus Zenbook UX303LN. (Supplied)

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Review: Asus VivoMouse

- July 9th, 2014

The basic design of the mouse has not really changed that much over the years. Sure, optical sensors have replaced trackballs and some gaming mouses have a futuristic scifi look with extra buttons and ridges that make it easier to grip.  But the basic functionality has not really changed.

The Asus VivoMouse, on the other hand, turns the standard mouse design onto its head by adding a circular three-point multi-touch touchpad on top. The VivoMouse can be used as either a standard mouse by moving it along a surface or you can drag your finger along the top of the device to use it much as you would a touchpad on a laptop.

Asus VivoMouse

Asus VivoMouse. (Supplied)

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An Ultrabook that can play DVDs

- December 12th, 2012
Asus S56C Ultrabook

Asus S56C Ultrabook. (Supplied)

An optical drive seems like a largely unnecessary accessory these days. You can easily download most programs or media you want from the Internet or transfer what you need from one computer to another with a USB key or memory card.

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