The ASUS Transformer Pad's mobile dock accessory is an integral part of the Transformer line experience. It's been around since the inception of the slate and turns the 10.1" tablet into an Android-powered ultrabook.
It sports a full-size QWERTY keyboard, additional connectivity ports and its own power source. The dock itself is made entirely out of plastic, which may not feel as premium as the slate, but it's still solidly made.
The ASUS Transformer Pad docked to the Mobile dock
The keyboard itself is of the Chiclet variety and is quite comfortable to type on, albeit a bit cramped. That's understandable, though, considering the little space ASUS had to work with. The keys are square, with reasonable spacing. Keys have low stroke but more than decent feedback. The only thing that might be a problem is the keyboard size (in laptop terms), but given the available space Asus actually did an excellent job here. And once you get used to it, you'll enjoy very decent typing speed.
However, as we found out, the dock does give in a bit in the center when you apply pressure. It's not the end of the world by any means, but it takes away some of the high-end vibe of the whole package.
The full QWERTY keyboard on the Mobile dock is excellent
Anyway, below the keyboard, there's a not too-small trackpad with no mouse buttons. It's slightly recessed from the surrounding surface, to provide proper touch orientation.
A two-finger tap acts as a right-click. Other gestures include two finger top and side scrolling as well as pinch-to-zoom. Those are more comfortable on the large 10.1" touchscreen, but it's nice of ASUS to double them on the trackpad as well.
The docking latch protrudes a tiny bit at the back of the dock. It's very strong; closing and opening it feels sturdy and solidly put together. The latch has two hooks that hold the tablet into place quite firmly. In fact, they hold the Transformer Pad so securely, that even turning it upside down isn't a problem as it almost feels glued to the docking station. It's actually locked and you need to undo the clamp to release the tablet from the keyboard.
At the bottom of the Mobile dock there are four tiny rubber feet to make sure it doesn't slip. On the right hand side we find a full-size USB 3.0 port and an SD Card reader.
The left side holds only the ASUS proprietary 36-pin connector port used for charging and data transfers.
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T flaunts an excellent 10.1" IGZO IPS LCD display. The company has partnered with Sharp who supply their IGZO panel for the Transformer Pad. Thanks to the IGZO technology, the slate boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels resulting in a pixel density of 300ppi.
The 10.1" IPS LCD display of the ASUS Transformer Pad
Simply put - it's a screen to behold. The Transformer Pad is among the very few tablets that rock a resolution this high. Everything looks extremely sharp and crisp, while colors are vivid. CONTRAST
ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014
Google Nexus 10
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony Xperia Tablet S
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Apple iPad mini
Apple iPad 3
Apple iPad 4
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
Asus Google Nexus 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
There's very little color and contrast loss when the slate is viewed from extreme angles. However, it's quite bright at 400 nits, which shows when you get the tablet outside the comfort of the living room. On a bright and sunny day you won't experience any issues working with the Transformer Pad.
Here's the Transformer Pad's display matrix up close:
You can find all about our display testing routines here
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T is equipped with a 7820mAh Li-Po battery. By ASUS estimates, the tablet is expected to last up to 13 hours of continuous usage. Add the dock to the equation and ASUS reckons a total of 17 hours.
We ran our traditional battery tests on the Transformer Pad and we got a total of 10:07 hours of movie watching and 9:43 hours of web browsing. That's pretty impressive compared to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, which got 9:02 hours of movie playing and just 7:39 hours of web browsing.