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ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T 32GB Tablet Review

A glorious display with the second highest resolution currently available in the tablet market, What more could you ask for? For one, the upgrade from the original Transformer Prime is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, used in a few other devices such as the highly popular Samsung Galaxy SIII phone.

Full disclosure, I have a real world story about the screen. One of my nephews was over watching 3 Ninjas on my Infinity and started scratching the screen, for no apparent reason, with a coin. After a quick panic, I noticed that there wasn’t even a scratch on the screen. Needless to say, my nephew doesn’t get much time with my electronics these days.

Minor flaws with the screen so far are on par with every tablet we’ve encountered; its a fingerprint magnet. Keep a lens cleaning cloth handy as you will need one. Also, very minor light leakage on a solid black image around the edges bleeds out from time-to-time.

TO THE EDGE OF INFINITY…

If you have ever seen the original Transformer Prime you will notice the Infinity is slightly less curvy than its predecessor. Personally we liked the old look, but the current is a much-needed upgrade from the Prime, especially when it comes to the ports. Regardless of its visual appeal, the Prime was absolutely horrific for inserting a micro SD card or plugging in headphones/HDMI cables. Everything was too loose of a fit and would fall out with the slightest nudge. The Infinity fixes that problem by having a slight squared edge that gradually becomes more curved. Luckily, this makes it slightly easier to hold despite there being a weight increase by making the edges thicker.

Now that the micro SD fits snug and secure, we dont worry about losing another micro SD card down the line. They also repositioned components, as the volume slider now is located to the top right of the device. On the left, the micro SD slot remains and just below sits the micro HDMI port and 2-in-1 audio jack headphone/mic, which allows easy connection to an external monitor or speakers (capsule speakers come to mind). Again, the headphone jack is where ASUS failed again. Its better but it just doesn’t hold a cable properly. Throwing the Infinity into a backpack and going for a walk; one needs to stop and plug-in headphones again and again.

On the bottom the Infinity has three ports that plug-in with the optional (but extremely recommended) dock. We do not have the TF700T dock in my possession, but do have the TF201Mobile Dock (keyboard) which works just fine for both. If you own the TranSleeve for the original Prime, it’s not compatible. Don’t get sold one just to take it back; wait and make sure it’s an official TF700 TranSleeve if that ever comes out.

Now to the back of the unit. The Infinity looks very familiar to its predecessor, almost identical, minus the hard plastic backing on the top. It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing addition but it’s a very necessary addition and does not contrast too much with its overall design. I was among the many unlucky who had a lot of problems with the original Prime, the Prime suffered from very poor Wi-Fi reception and next to non-existent GPS. With a very positive enthusiasm, we can state that Wi-Fi and GPS work very well now with the Infinity.

This is a better solution next to the ugly dongle work around that didn’t let you charge the unit or add the dock/TranSleeve for protection while trying to use the GPS. The design is still very stylish it feels solid even the plastic backing is of a high quality. The only other negative is that the back also attracts smudges from holding. Even after a day or two of minor use it can start to look kind of funky. Hence a lens cloth is recommended. Though the back is aluminum and pretty rugged, the Infinity still susceptible to scratches. Once they embed into the surface, no amount of buffing/praying can remove them. Consider a skin or protective case to keep it looking new and shiny.

About Terry Barker

Hi! I'm a computer/photography/illustrator/zombie/sci-fi/toy/comedy/music/cartoon/gamer . I have lot's of gadgets that I take out on many adventures. I have a passion learning, sharing and educating people on tech of any kinds.
  • renosablast

    Just order the TF300T 32GB for my wife as an Xmas present. I might even let her use it once in a while!

    • Winky

      My like is for the Nexus 10

      I’ll buy it for myself since that’s the only guarantee that I’ll get at least 1 present I like.

      I had the first Asus Transformer and it was a dog.

      • scott Truman

        I did too..it was not worth $499. I returned it for the Infinity. Infinity is worth every penny and then some.

      • Terry Barker

        So how do you like the Infinity? I would really like to know.

      • Terry Barker

        I don’t think you will go wrong at all with that decision really looks like a sweet tablet.

    • Terry Barker

      you will both enjoy her present a lot.
      :D

  • PCUser

    I’m buying the Nexus 10

    • ASUS rules – iPad/Nexus sucks

      Bad choice!. Think again. Nexus 10 doesn’t have (micro)SD-card slot, same as iPad. Also no Dock: keyboard, extra battery (15hrs), full USB (mouse, external HardDrive), … Remember ASUS rules!

      • pcuser

        Asus rules nothing!

        They are all about marketing hype.

        Just look at their gaming lineup not having a model with a GTX680M.They’d rather hype quiet than top performance.

        If I want all of that which you mention I’d buy a notebook.

        Yes,micro SD card would be nice but not deal breaker.There’s always the cloud for storage if you need..

        IMO,the Nexus 10 is the best tablet out there for price vs performance.

        Made by Samsung.

      • Terry Barker

        Nexus 10 really looks to be a beautiful tablet I will say the price between both products is roughly the same for a 32GB version.
        one really nice thing about the Nexus is it’s a google product you will always get the new update of Android before anyone. You might wait months (longer) on other devices.
        I like the Infinity more but truthfully haven’t found a Nexus 10 in the wild yet and really want to play around with it.

  • esesdee

    what is the read and write speed of the internal memory.

    • Terry Barker

      good question I will try to find out
      I know transferring large files can take along time while connected via USB. i usually throw media on a microSD first. Then transfer that to internal storage.

  • paytonjr

    Great review! It’s nice to read a review without a clear bias toward another product.

    • Terry Barker

      Thanks a lot much appreciated

  • HDBadBoy_RGV

    Check this out for a youtube review of Asus Infinity.

  • HDBadBoy_RGV
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