Asus Debuts Tablet/Desktop All-in-One PC Hybrid

Asus Transformer AiOWhen it comes to traveling with technology, most people stick to bringing laptops, netbooks, Ultrabooks or tablets with them on the road, mainly for the fact that they are extremely portable, which is essentially the point of traveling with tech. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to pack up your entire desktop and take it with you (unless it’s a LAN party) because the hassle isn’t worth it.

However, Asus seems to think that people want to travel with their desktops, at least that’s what the company’s newest product is insinuating. Asustek has announced that it will soon start shipping an all-in-one PC that can be converted into an Android 4.1 tablet or a fully functioning desktop running Windows 8 if attached to a docking station.

Known as the Transformer AiO, this device will become available in the early part of Q2 2013 with a base price of $1,299 according to a statement released by Asus. However, the company was unable to immediately comment on worldwide availability.

The tablet, which measures 18.4″ and weighs roughly 5 lbs, is definitely oversized compared to the average 10.1″ tablet on the market, which means it may be a little difficult to carry with you all the time. However, it does provide more mobility around your home or office compared to a typical all-in-one PC that has the screen attached to the base.

Asus claims that, while in tablet mode, the battery can last up to 5 hours while the multitouch screen is capable of displaying images at a full 1,920 x 1,80 HD resolution. In addition to that, the tablet hardware includes Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, which also has an ARM Cortext-A9 processor.

When connected to the dock, the tablet becomes a fully-functioning desktop PC. The dock itself has separate hardware for the all-in-one to run Windows 8, like an Intel Core i5 processor based on Ivy Bridge, an Nvidia GeForce GT730M graphics processor, 1TB hard drive, 8GB of RAM, four USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, memory card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

The tablet (when not connected to the dock) has 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, mini-USB 2.0 port, WiFi and an internal battery.  It also comes with a microSD slot for expanding storage up to 32GB and a handle on the top of the screen that helps with transportation.

While this seems like a large tablet, it isn’t the biggest on the market. Panasonic debuted a 20″ tablet with a 4K screen earlier in the year that is capable of displaying images at a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. Even though this device isn’t the most portable of tablets, it still allows you to have a tablet and an all-in-one PC in the same place, which means the possibility of taking your desktop with you when you travel has become a little more realistic.

Just remember, though, that if you are traveling and you don’t have a tablet or a laptop that you can take with you or you don’t want to risk losing or damaging your personal property, then give your Tech Travel Agent a call and look into renting a tablet. Your Tech Travel Agent can set you up with the perfect tablet for your traveling needs, no matter what you need or where you are going.

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