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Old 15th May 2012, 14:48   #31
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owing to yet another delay i couldn't pick it up until on my way in to work this morning, but just after this morning playing with it I love it.
Only (minor) annoyances so far, can't charge over USB from my pc, although this could be a setting maybe; the location of the right shift key.
I realise that's not the most comprehensive summary, so if you've any questions ask away and I'll do my best to answer.

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Old 15th May 2012, 14:53   #32
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owing to yet another delay i couldn't pick it up until on my way in to work this morning, but just after this morning playing with it I love it.
Only (minor) annoyances so far, can't charge over USB from my pc, although this could be a setting maybe; the location of the right shift key.
I realise that's not the most comprehensive summary, so if you've any questions ask away and I'll do my best to answer.
You can't charge the TF101 over USB either, it's a 'feature'.

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Old 15th May 2012, 16:03   #33
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owing to yet another delay i couldn't pick it up until on my way in to work this morning, but just after this morning playing with it I love it.
Only (minor) annoyances so far, can't charge over USB from my pc, although this could be a setting maybe; the location of the right shift key.
I realise that's not the most comprehensive summary, so if you've any questions ask away and I'll do my best to answer.
How bad is the imbalance when it's docked in the keyboard? And the build quality of the keyboard itself?

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Old 15th May 2012, 16:39   #34
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You can't charge the TF101 over USB either, it's a 'feature'.
Surely that's down to how much power the PC USB port can deliver?

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Old 15th May 2012, 16:42   #35
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They could allow trickle charging but it only does when the tablet is off.

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Old 15th May 2012, 16:47   #36
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They could allow trickle charging but it only does when the tablet is off.
it should charge at ~500ma which is more than trickle charging but alot slower than 2amps.

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Old 15th May 2012, 17:10   #37
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Old 15th May 2012, 18:11   #38
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I am looking to buy one of these, but I don't want/need the keyboard dock.

Is there anywhere in the UK that I can buy one of these without the dock? - hopefully it should knock about 100 of the price.
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Old 15th May 2012, 18:25   #39
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I am looking to buy one of these, but I don't want/need the keyboard dock.

Is there anywhere in the UK that I can buy one of these without the dock? - hopefully it should knock about 100 of the price.
They wont be available without the dock.

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Old 15th May 2012, 18:58   #40
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Damn - what a major oversight on Asus's part. What were they thinking?

I suppose it is a toss up now of an alternative spec tablet for around the 300 (unlikely) or trying to get the TF300 for less than the 399 being asked for.

I have only managed to find it for 389 so far.

Any other sellers doing it for significantly less than that?
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Old 15th May 2012, 19:24   #41
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Damn - what a major oversight on Asus's part. What were they thinking?

I suppose it is a toss up now of an alternative spec tablet for around the 300 (unlikely) or trying to get the TF300 for less than the 399 being asked for.

I have only managed to find it for 389 so far.

Any other sellers doing it for significantly less than that?
You are right, bundled only is a bit short-sighted, your only way around could be to try and flog it to America via electronic bay?

I was under the impression that Currys/PC World/Dixons were the only retailers at this point, and they are selling at 399.

Where have you found 389? And does anyone know if they are in store in the above retailers?

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Old 15th May 2012, 20:01   #42
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Thanks for that. I saw the tablet on Pixmania.

It was 389.99 a short while ago, but it is suddenly sumped up to 392.99 - weird. Still every little helps.

I am in Essex and a PC World and Currys a few miles away have them in stock to collect now.

Not to go off topic too much, but what would be my other options for a 10" android tablet for around 300 and similar specs?
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Old 16th May 2012, 09:09   #43
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How bad is the imbalance when it's docked in the keyboard? And the build quality of the keyboard itself?
imbalance? there is none, even at full opening the whole thing's still weighted down by the keyboard.

the keyboard itself is barely different from the eeePC keyboards, but obviously it's on a thinner base, I can't really fault the build quality of it.

When you've got it docked the whole thing just feels like one device

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Old 16th May 2012, 09:13   #44
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They wont be available without the dock.
I thought they were likely to be after the exclusive period.

Pixmania have them because they're part of DSGI, who have the exclusivity

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Old 16th May 2012, 12:49   #45
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Interesting point about the exclusivity period.

Would it be more cost effective just to go for a Transformer Prime without the keboard dock?

They have been out for quite a while now and I cannot see these for sale on their own either.

Any advice on where I might find one?
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Old 16th May 2012, 13:19   #46
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Interesting point about the exclusivity period.

Would it be more cost effective just to go for a Transformer Prime without the keboard dock?

They have been out for quite a while now and I cannot see these for sale on their own either.

Any advice on where I might find one?
I don't think you'll find one anywhere I'm afraid.
2nd hand might be a decent bet, try the bay.

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Old 16th May 2012, 21:40   #47
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Headed down to a few shops this afternoon to see one of these in the flesh.

First impressions very nice, the build quality is very good and the plastic back is actually really nice, and quite grippy too which is good.
As Abraham said, no sense of top heaviness whatsoever which was mentioned in reviews. When locked into the dock it really does feel like one item, really secure.

Performance wise I only had a quick poke around, but it seemed smooth as butter. And for what it's worth it booted and the entire setup procedure was complete in no time at all.

The only niggling thing is that the screen isn't everything you could wish for. With the iPads just across the table from me it was hard to ignore the retina display.

Ultimately though, the 300 offers so much more value for money when you consider storage, the keyboard and connectivity/battery life added by the dock.

As soon as my overdraft extension is approved I'm clicking order.

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Old 16th May 2012, 21:56   #48
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Thanks for sharing your findings, it seems like a solid unit!

I'm afraid I'm going to have to harp back to the Infinity again, as you have mentioned about the 300's somewhat lacking display. It just seems kind of pointless shelling out 400 for on one of these when the Infinity, the flagship, with it's superior display is slated as coming in June or July.

I think I can see myself jumping on a Galaxy Tab 7.7 until the Infinity comes about, then I'll see from there.

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Old 19th May 2012, 15:52   #49
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Puchased yesterday.

Impressions are very good. Love the build quality and overall slickness of the machine. The tablet docks perfectly and feels very sturdy, the keyboard feels high quality and the ICS runs like a dream.
Switching between docked and undocked mode is very pleasing too, it's no hassle at all the quickly dock it when you want to do a quick bit of typing.

I had a few doubts after seeing it in-store, and comparing it to the iPad, but using it at home I find it difficult to question the brightness, colours and resolution of the screen. Sound is great too.

Only gripe at this stage would be that the camera isn't as great as you might expect, but this might just be in comparison to the SLR-taken pictures I've been viewing on it.

Has anyone else bought one?

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Old 21st May 2012, 16:35   #50
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Purchased today.


It didn't work

Had it replaced & the second one is now syncing to my Google account

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Old 25th May 2012, 17:15   #51
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Thinking of grabbing one of these but does anyone know how to find out the price of this in Japan?

I'm going to be there next week most likely so may buy it there is it's significantly cheaper.

Any ideas how to find out?

Edit: Scratch that, just bought one. Couldn't wait. Like it so far!
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Old 26th May 2012, 08:01   #52
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you guys are lucky...bigger market, better prices....we're doomed here in slovenija.

549€ with keyboard, 499€ without.....bloody high price if you ask me.

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Old 28th May 2012, 08:20   #53
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After looking at one of these at the weekend I've decided I'm gonna pick up one. The form and speed of it is brilliant. I couldn't drag myself away from it in the shop!

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