CES 2014: ASUS Announces the Transformer Book Duet TD300
ASUS is no stranger to dual-OS computers. In fact, they showed one off in last year's CES, the ASUS Transformer P1801 18.4" Tablet & All-in-One Desktop Computer. On January 6, 2014, ASUS continued this trend by introducing the Transformer Book Duet TD300.
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The quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible allows users to switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating systems with the Instant Switch button or a virtual key. The patented ASUS technology that powers Instant Switch allows for fast, seamless switching and the ability to resume each OS from the point at which the user left off. As it does not use OS virtualization, Instant Switch also allows each OS to harness the full power of its Intel® Core™ i7 processor.
The Transformer Book Duet can be detached from its keyboard to be used as a tablet. In tablet mode, you'll be able to fully utilize multi-touch gestures on its 13.3" IPS capacitive touchscreen. Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution allows you to view Full HD 1080p content without letterboxing or upscaling. In addition to high-definition visuals, the Transformer Book Duet also features ASUS SonicMaster technology for true-to-life sound quality through the tablet's built-in stereo speakers.
With 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0+EDR connectivity, the Transformer Book Duet allows you to stay untethered with battery life that provides up to 5 hours in Windows 8.1 and up to 6 hours in Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Transformer Book Duet can have up to a 128GB solid-state drive while its keyboard dock can accommodate up to a 1TB hard drive. The keyboard dock also offers a plethora of ports, such as USB 3.0, USB 2.0, 10/100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet RJ-45 LAN, HDMI 1.4, and a combo audio jack.
The ASUS Transformer Book Duet sports the familiar concentric-circle finish found on other ASUS computers. The tablet measures just 0.5 inches, while the keyboard dock measures 0.6 inches. Together, they weigh just 4.1 pounds for an ultra-portable design. If you're in the market for a Windows notebook and an Android tablet, the ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300 might be just what you need.