Last Friday I went to a press event in Amsterdam. It was the introduction of the new Asus ultra-portable computers, and it was a little different from your average presentation. For example, I even got hit with a stick…
The stick wasn’t part of a new Buy-or-Else sales strategy, it was a kind of flash-massage. This was part of a demonstration on Zen and Chi, because Asus’ new ultraportables are called the Zen and Chi series. But anyway, at this event I fell in love with a stunning model. She’s the slim and sexy star of the Transformer series.
Just to clarify; my new crush isn’t Megan Fox, who stars in that other Transformers series. I’m referring to the new Asus Transformer top model, the Transformer Book T300 Chi.
I’ve liked the Transformer series right from its launch in 2011. I love the concept of an ultraportable that can transform into a tablet. The only thing I didn’t like about the first series, and most other tablets at that time, was its small screen.
Tablets have an inconvenient size, no matter if they’re 8 or 13 inches. They’re not something to carry around in your pocket. So why then have 10 inch screens been the standard for so long? You wouldn’t want such a small screen on your laptop, so why accept it on your tablet… Well, luckily the new 12.5 inch T300 Chi has addressed this issue.
Until this new top model came along, I had been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 tablet. But this new Asus is a little more complete, and I love that it’s also a full-blown ultraportable. Because make no mistake, the T300 Chi is a real notebook, and as such it’s much better fitted for “writing on the go” than a tablet. Plus at 1.4 kg (3.2 lbs) it’s still easy to bring along.
Asus presented a few other models too. There was the 10 inch Transformer Book T100, which is cool, but like I said, I want a bigger screen. Furthermore Asus presented the Zenbook UX305, a 13.3 inch, 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) ultrabook. To be honest, that’s quite a tempting model too. In most situations this Zenbook is probably the better choice. It’s even lighter, it’s really pretty and it’s matte screen doesn’t reflect as much and is therefore better viewable in sunlight.
Even though the UX305 is tempting, I won’t cheat on my crush. The thing with crushes is, that they don’t necessarily need to be the smartest choice. I don’t know how often I would use the tablet only, but that Transformer-feature is what I first fell in love with. My heart wants that slick, magnetic system that transforms the notebook into a tablet in a single motion. And I believe in listening to your heart…
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