The second generation of the Padfone line was much more interesting: the smartphone itself was at the level of modern flagships, and the dock became much lighter. However, Padfone 2 decided to abandon the modular keyboard, motivating this decision by the fact that users can choose their own Bluetooth keyboard to their taste. The second drawback of the Padfone 2 was the dock: at that time Asus already had tablets with FullHD resolution, and using a simple HD resolution seemed insufficient.

I met the third generation of "padphones" personally at MWC 2013. The smartphone itself impressed me with its chic metal case and appearance. The dock has acquired the coveted FullHD resolution, and the price for the smartphone + dock set turned out to be quite adequate. Of course, the Padfone Infinity also has a couple of drawbacks, but the device itself turned out to be the most successful in the line.

In my opinion, Asus needs to make new docks based on the previous Padfone so that you can install a previous generation smartphone in the updated dock, and I would really like to see the modular keyboard back!

By the way, I, like some of the readers, really hope that Asus will release a seven-inch version of the Padfone with a compact smartphone in the box.

Microsoft Surface RT

If we talk about the overall impression of the tablet, then it is purely negative: a stripped-down OS, a long time for updates and many other shortcomings, which Eldar Murtazin spoke about in a separate review.

But the appearance of the Surface turned out to be extremely successful, the tablet really attracts attention. Several of my friends noted that they would be happy to purchase such a device if it were cheaper (however, it is worth noting here that they did not know about all the "charms" of the RT version).

Asus TAICHI

Beautiful laptop with two screens. The bottom line is to work in normal mode for TAICHI, as for a regular laptop, and if you wish, turn its cover 360 degrees and use it as a tablet. Another use case: duplicating an image to show the person in front of you what's on your display. As far as I know, TAICHI did not receive any noticeable sales, but I simply could not help mentioning it in this article.

Acer W510

Not only Asus, but also Acer liked the idea of ​​a detachable screen, as a result, the company released its own transformer with a keyboard and a battery. The key difference between this model and most of its competitors is that it uses the Intel Atom Z2760 rather than the Intel Core i3/i5/i7. But the price of the model is at the level of 23 (and not 33) thousand rubles.

Lenovo Yoga 13

The "transformer" functions of this laptop come down to two positions: "keyboard down" and "house".

Of course, the Yoga 13 can be used as both a traditional laptop and a tablet.

I will also separately note the most convenient keyboard of this device.

Gigabyte S1185

At first glance, we have an ordinary transformer with a detachable keyboard, but the S1185 has one feature, thanks to which I included it in this list. The fact is that on the right side of the device there is a place for the built-in touchpad. It is much smaller than the standard touchpad in laptops, but fits perfectly under the thumb of the right hand. Given that most of the actions users perform on the standard desktop, and not in Modern UI, this “mobile touchpad” is an excellent replacement for the mouse.

Acer R7

Powerful transformer from Acer with a rotating screen. The manufacturer claims up to four different use cases.

Most of them, in my opinion, look far-fetched, but the concept of such a transformer is quite interesting. I, however, do not quite understand the decision to swap the touchpad and keyboard.

Samsung Ativ Q

At the presentation of this device, the first thought was: "Fathers, yes, this is .. Acer R7!" Indeed, at first glance, it seems that Samsung borrowed the idea from Acer. Until you get to know their device better.

We Can Cook

First difference: no touchpad at all. The second is the huge screen resolution (3200x1800 pixels).

And the finishing touch is the ability to run Windows 8 and Android 4.2 at the same time! It is this feature that sets the device apart from other convertible laptops. The fact is that despite the optimization of Modern UI for touch control, now there are still few programs that work in this shell. And Android has a much better situation with this (although inferior to iOS). I'm not talking about a huge number of games.

Asus Transformer AIO P1801

In short, this is a monoblock with a detachable 18.4’’ screen. All stuffing is in the monoblock docking station. If you remove the screen from it, then this huge tablet switches to Android OS. There is also some application that allows you to work with Windows 8 remotely, but it does not work very well.

Conclusion

The release of Windows 8 gave manufacturers the opportunity to experiment with touch screens and different device form factors. However, the main problem of such transformers is that many applications and games are not optimized for touch screen operation, and therefore, even on such a miracle tablet, you will not work in beautiful Modern UI, but in desktop mode. What can I say, even if MS Office is still not optimized for touch screen! The most annoying thing in this situation is that manufacturers have almost no influence on the lack of good software for the touch screen. Yes, of course, they can add a couple of their applications, but this will not make much weather.

The ten most interesting transformers

The release of Windows 8 spurred many manufacturers to look for additional uses for the touch screen and optimize devices for working with it. The result was numerous transformers with a wide variety of form factors. This article is dedicated to the most unusual "transformers" (and not only on Windows 8).

Asus Transformer Pad

Asus started making transformers long before the release of Windows 8. The first device I remember was the Trasformer Pad on Android. This tablet has already gone through three generations, the last one was announced at Computex 2013. Powerful hardware, amazing screen and great battery life. And, of course, the presence of an additional battery in a detachable keyboard is pleasing.

Asus Padfone Infinity

The first "padphone" can be called the evolution of the Transformer Pad line. The tablet from a working device turned into a detachable module, the filling of which was in the smartphone. And it was possible to connect a keyboard with an additional battery to this whole structure. Moreover, the first “padphone” was bundled with a stylus headset, which simplifies telephone conversations while the smartphone is docked. However, in Russia, the first Padfone was fairly delayed, so it did not find much success.

The second generation of the Padfone line was much more interesting: the smartphone itself was at the level of modern flagships, and the dock became much lighter. However, Padfone 2 decided to abandon the modular keyboard, motivating this decision by the fact that users can choose their own Bluetooth keyboard to their taste. The second drawback of the Padfone 2 was the dock: at that time Asus already had tablets with FullHD resolution, and using a simple HD resolution seemed insufficient.

I met the third generation of "padphones" personally at MWC 2013. The smartphone itself impressed me with its chic metal case and appearance. The dock has acquired the coveted FullHD resolution, and the price for the smartphone + dock set turned out to be quite adequate. Of course, the Padfone Infinity also has a couple of drawbacks, but the device itself turned out to be the most successful in the line.

In my opinion, Asus needs to make new docks based on the previous Padfone so that you can install a previous generation smartphone in the updated dock, and I would really like to see the modular keyboard back!

By the way, I, like some of the readers, really hope that Asus will release a seven-inch version of the Padfone with a compact smartphone in the box.

Microsoft Surface RT

If we talk about the overall impression of the tablet, then it is purely negative: a stripped-down OS, a long time for updates and many other shortcomings, which Eldar Murtazin spoke about in a separate review.

But the appearance of the Surface turned out to be extremely successful, the tablet really attracts attention. Several of my friends noted that they would be happy to purchase such a device if it were cheaper (however, it is worth noting here that they did not know about all the "charms" of the RT version).

Asus TAICHI

Beautiful laptop with two screens. The bottom line is to work in normal mode for TAICHI, as for a regular laptop, and if you wish, turn its cover 360 degrees and use it as a tablet. Another use case: duplicating an image to show the person in front of you what's on your display. As far as I know, TAICHI did not receive any noticeable sales, but I simply could not help mentioning it in this article.

Acer W510

Not only Asus, but also Acer liked the idea of ​​a detachable screen, as a result, the company released its own transformer with a keyboard and a battery. The key difference between this model and most of its competitors is that it uses the Intel Atom Z2760 rather than the Intel Core i3/i5/i7. But the price of the model is at the level of 23 (and not 33) thousand rubles.

Lenovo Yoga 13

The "transformer" functions of this laptop come down to two positions: "keyboard down" and "house".

Of course, the Yoga 13 can be used as both a traditional laptop and a tablet.

I will also separately note the most convenient keyboard of this device.

Gigabyte S1185

At first glance, we have an ordinary transformer with a detachable keyboard, but the S1185 has one feature, thanks to which I included it in this list. The fact is that on the right side of the device there is a place for the built-in touchpad. It is much smaller than the standard touchpad in laptops, but fits perfectly under the thumb of the right hand. Given that most of the actions users perform on the standard desktop, and not in Modern UI, this “mobile touchpad” is an excellent replacement for the mouse.

Acer R7

Powerful transformer from Acer with a rotating screen. The manufacturer claims up to four different use cases.

Most of them, in my opinion, look far-fetched, but the concept of such a transformer is quite interesting. I, however, do not quite understand the decision to swap the touchpad and keyboard.

Samsung Ativ Q

At the presentation of this device, the first thought was: "Fathers, yes, this is .. Acer R7!" Indeed, at first glance, it seems that Samsung borrowed the idea from Acer. Until you get to know their device better.

We Can Cook

First difference: no touchpad at all. The second is the huge screen resolution (3200x1800 pixels).

The second generation of the Padfone line was much more interesting: the smartphone itself was at the level of modern flagships, and the dock became much lighter. However, Padfone 2 decided to abandon the modular keyboard, motivating this decision by the fact that users can choose their own Bluetooth keyboard to their taste. The second drawback of the Padfone 2 was the dock: at that time Asus already had tablets with FullHD resolution, and using a simple HD resolution seemed insufficient.

I met the third generation of "padphones" personally at MWC 2013. The smartphone itself impressed me with its chic metal case and appearance. The dock has acquired the coveted FullHD resolution, and the price for the smartphone + dock set turned out to be quite adequate. Of course, the Padfone Infinity also has a couple of drawbacks, but the device itself turned out to be the most successful in the line.

In my opinion, Asus needs to make new docks based on the previous Padfone so that you can install a previous generation smartphone in the updated dock, and I would really like to see the modular keyboard back!

By the way, I, like some of the readers, really hope that Asus will release a seven-inch version of the Padfone with a compact smartphone in the box.

Microsoft Surface RT

If we talk about the overall impression of the tablet, then it is purely negative: a stripped-down OS, a long time for updates and many other shortcomings, which Eldar Murtazin spoke about in a separate review.

But the appearance of the Surface turned out to be extremely successful, the tablet really attracts attention. Several of my friends noted that they would be happy to purchase such a device if it were cheaper (however, it is worth noting here that they did not know about all the "charms" of the RT version).

Asus TAICHI

Beautiful laptop with two screens. The bottom line is to work in normal mode for TAICHI, as for a regular laptop, and if you wish, turn its cover 360 degrees and use it as a tablet. Another use case: duplicating an image to show the person in front of you what's on your display. As far as I know, TAICHI did not receive any noticeable sales, but I simply could not help mentioning it in this article.

Acer R7

Powerful transformer from Acer with a rotating screen. The manufacturer claims up to four different use cases.

Most of them, in my opinion, look far-fetched, but the concept of such a transformer is quite interesting. I, however, do not quite understand the decision to swap the touchpad and keyboard.

Samsung Ativ Q

At the presentation of this device, the first thought was: "Fathers, yes, this is .. Acer R7!" Indeed, at first glance, it seems that Samsung borrowed the idea from Acer. Until you get to know their device better.

We Can Cook

First difference: no touchpad at all. The second is the huge screen resolution (3200x1800 pixels).

And the finishing touch is the ability to run Windows 8 and Android 4.2 at the same time! It is this feature that sets the device apart from other convertible laptops. The fact is that despite the optimization of Modern UI for touch control, now there are still few programs that work in this shell. And Android has a much better situation with this (although inferior to iOS). I'm not talking about a huge number of games.

Asus Transformer AIO P1801

In short, this is a monoblock with a detachable 18.4’’ screen. All stuffing is in the monoblock docking station. If you remove the screen from it, then this huge tablet switches to Android OS. There is also some application that allows you to work with Windows 8 remotely, but it does not work very well.

Conclusion

The release of Windows 8 gave manufacturers the opportunity to experiment with touch screens and different device form factors. However, the main problem of such transformers is that many applications and games are not optimized for touch screen operation, and therefore, even on such a miracle tablet, you will not work in beautiful Modern UI, but in desktop mode. What can I say, even if MS Office is still not optimized for touch screen! The most annoying thing in this situation is that manufacturers have almost no influence on the lack of good software for the touch screen. Yes, of course, they can add a couple of their applications, but this will not make much weather.

The ten most interesting transformers

The release of Windows 8 spurred many manufacturers to look for additional uses for the touch screen and optimize devices for working with it. The result was numerous transformers with a wide variety of form factors. This article is dedicated to the most unusual "transformers" (and not only on Windows 8).

Asus Transformer Pad

Asus started making transformers long before the release of Windows 8. The first device I remember was the Trasformer Pad on Android. This tablet has already gone through three generations, the last one was announced at Computex 2013. Powerful hardware, amazing screen and great battery life. And, of course, the presence of an additional battery in a detachable keyboard is pleasing.

Asus Padfone Infinity

The first "padphone" can be called the evolution of the Transformer Pad line. The tablet from a working device turned into a detachable module, the filling of which was in the smartphone. And it was possible to connect a keyboard with an additional battery to this whole structure. Moreover, the first “padphone” was bundled with a stylus headset, which simplifies telephone conversations while the smartphone is docked. However, in Russia, the first Padfone was fairly delayed, so it did not find much success.

The second generation of the Padfone line was much more interesting: the smartphone itself was at the level of modern flagships, and the dock became much lighter. However, Padfone 2 decided to abandon the modular keyboard, motivating this decision by the fact that users can choose their own Bluetooth keyboard to their taste. The second drawback of the Padfone 2 was the dock: at that time Asus already had tablets with FullHD resolution, and using a simple HD resolution seemed insufficient.

I met the third generation of "padphones" personally at MWC 2013. The smartphone itself impressed me with its chic metal case and appearance. The dock has acquired the coveted FullHD resolution, and the price for the smartphone + dock set turned out to be quite adequate. Of course, the Padfone Infinity also has a couple of drawbacks, but the device itself turned out to be the most successful in the line.

In my opinion, Asus needs to make new docks based on the previous Padfone so that you can install a previous generation smartphone in the updated dock, and I would really like to see the modular keyboard back!

By the way, I, like some of the readers, really hope that Asus will release a seven-inch version of the Padfone with a compact smartphone in the box.

Microsoft Surface RT

If we talk about the overall impression of the tablet, then it is purely negative: a stripped-down OS, a long time for updates and many other shortcomings, which Eldar Murtazin spoke about in a separate review.

But the appearance of the Surface turned out to be extremely successful, the tablet really attracts attention. Several of my friends noted that they would be happy to purchase such a device if it were cheaper (however, it is worth noting here that they did not know about all the "charms" of the RT version).

Asus TAICHI

Beautiful laptop with two screens. The bottom line is to work in normal mode for TAICHI, as for a regular laptop, and if you wish, turn its cover 360 degrees and use it as a tablet. Another use case: duplicating an image to show the person in front of you what's on your display. As far as I know, TAICHI did not receive any noticeable sales, but I simply could not help mentioning it in this article.

Acer W510

Not only Asus, but also Acer liked the idea of ​​a detachable screen, as a result, the company released its own transformer with a keyboard and a battery. The key difference between this model and most of its competitors is that it uses the Intel Atom Z2760 rather than the Intel Core i3/i5/i7. But the price of the model is at the level of 23 (and not 33) thousand rubles.

Lenovo Yoga 13

The "transformer" functions of this laptop come down to two positions: "keyboard down" and "house".

Of course, the Yoga 13 can be used as both a traditional laptop and a tablet.

I will also separately note the most convenient keyboard of this device.

Gigabyte S1185

At first glance, we have an ordinary transformer with a detachable keyboard, but the S1185 has one feature, thanks to which I included it in this list. The fact is that on the right side of the device there is a place for the built-in touchpad. It is much smaller than the standard touchpad in laptops, but fits perfectly under the thumb of the right hand. Given that most of the actions users perform on the standard desktop, and not in Modern UI, this “mobile touchpad” is an excellent replacement for the mouse.

Acer R7

Powerful transformer from Acer with a rotating screen. The manufacturer claims up to four different use cases.

Most of them, in my opinion, look far-fetched, but the concept of such a transformer is quite interesting. I, however, do not quite understand the decision to swap the touchpad and keyboard.

Samsung Ativ Q

At the presentation of this device, the first thought was: "Fathers, yes, this is .. Acer R7!" Indeed, at first glance, it seems that Samsung borrowed the idea from Acer. Until you get to know their device better.

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First difference: no touchpad at all. The second is the huge screen resolution (3200x1800 pixels).

And the finishing touch is the ability to run Windows 8 and Android 4.2 at the same time! It is this feature that sets the device apart from other convertible laptops. The fact is that despite the optimization of Modern UI for touch control, now there are still few programs that work in this shell. And Android has a much better situation with this (although inferior to iOS). I'm not talking about a huge number of games.

Asus Transformer AIO P1801

In short, this is a monoblock with a detachable 18.4’’ screen. All stuffing is in the monoblock docking station. If you remove the screen from it, then this huge tablet switches to Android OS. There is also some application that allows you to work with Windows 8 remotely, but it does not work very well.

Conclusion

The release of Windows 8 gave manufacturers the opportunity to experiment with touch screens and different device form factors. However, the main problem of such transformers is that many applications and games are not optimized for touch screen operation, and therefore, even on such a miracle tablet, you will not work in beautiful Modern UI, but in desktop mode. What can I say, even if MS Office is still not optimized for touch screen! The most annoying thing in this situation is that manufacturers have almost no influence on the lack of good software for the touch screen. Yes, of course, they can add a couple of their applications, but this will not make much weather.