Two computers, with two operating systems, with one desktop and two tablet interfaces, which are linked by sharing an inappropriately sized screen.
Asustek Computer has unveiled Transformer AiO, the world’s first all-in-one PC with a detachable display that can also be used as a standalone tablet around the home. The Transformer AiO features high-performance desktop with detachable 18.4” display with Nvidia Tegra 3 inside that can be used like a tablet. The new device will compete against products like 27” IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC.
Asus Transformer AiO is a powerful all-in-one PC capable of handling a wide range of demanding Windows 8 productivity and entertainment applications. The PC Station is powered by Intel Core i-series “Ivy Bridge” processor with Nvidia GeForce GT 730M graphics adapter with 2GB memory, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 1TB hard disk drive and features a comprehensive array of ports, including USB 3.0. Its 18.4” LED-backlit IPS display has a 1080p full HD resolution (1920*1080) with 10-point multi-touch and features 178° wide viewing angles. The Transformer AiO also features dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n high-performance wireless networking as well as SonicMaster audio technology.
When detached from the PC Station, Asus Transformer AiO’s display can be used as two different types of king-size tablet. First, wireless Remote Desktop technology with dual-band Wi-Fi provides complete multi-touch control over Windows 8 on the PC Station for easy access to popular productivity and entertainment software around the home.
Alternatively, the 18.4” display can also be used as a standalone tablet with Android 4.1, thanks to its built-in Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core system-on-chip. Asus Transformer AiO switches seamlessly between operating systems at the press of a button and has up to five hours’ battery life. The display also features a convenient carrying handle and a folding stand for comfortable tabletop use away from the PC Station.
While the concept of Asus Transformer AiO seems to be interesting, it is hard to imagine that it will be truly popular among the end-users. It is clearly nice to have a detachable tablet with Tegra 4 inside, but given that it is too bulky to use anywhere at home, the actual value of the capability seems to be questionable.