Asus Transformer AIO finally out there


Asus has finally released the humongous “worlds largest tablet” 18.4-inch Transformer AIO onto the market. Of course, as an AIO this isn't actually what we classify as a tablet, though the size does make it an easy target for funny headlines.

First unveiled as a mere prototype at the Computex Technology Show on June 3 last year, the real thing has actually retained all the specs that made it seem so special last June.

The Asus Transformer AIO isn't the only AIO (All-in-One) on the market today, but this newcomer has something that the other AIO's haven't got – a dual Android and Windows operating system.

And swapping between the two OS isn't painstakingly difficult either. Simply clicking a button on the side of the AIO is enough to swith between the two different operating systems.

AIO's are not tablets in the very mobile sense. AIO's are now more commonly thought of as the new desktop computer. And there is nothing about its hardware that should hold anyone back from picking this as their new computer.

For starters the 18.4-inch 1920×1080 display has the same 10-point multitouch features you find in a good tablet computer, just like the 178-degree viewing angle.

In the attached mode it is powered and run by a 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5-3350P CPU, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 730M VRAM GPU, 1TB SATA (7200RPM) hard drive, and 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, all of which isn't likely to hold anyone back. The 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are other specs that points to the latest high-tech capacity of this computer.

The dual OS are Windows 8 64-bit and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

In the detached tablet mode, it is powered by a Tegra 3 CPU together with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and 16GB of flash memory. Specs that are familiar to anyone who knows the basics of today's tablet computers.

Asus Transformer AIO, model number P1801-B037K is available from Amazon or TigerDirect for $1,299.99, and at least you get a wireless keyboard and mouse included in that price.

– Tom Bowen