Over the past year we’ve seen plenty of notebooks that can function as tablets, and even a few that can work as desktop computers. The Asus Transformer Book Trio might be the first computer designed to work as a tablet, notebook, or desktop PC.

Asus Transformer Book Trio

It does that thanks to 2 separate processors, 2 operating systems, and a set of docks or “stations” that change the computer’s functionality.

What’s in the slate?

The tablet portion of the Transformer Book Trio features a 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 Clover Trail+ dual core processor, up to 64GB of storage, and an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display. There’s a 19.5Whr battery

It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which means you can use the slate portion of the Transformer Book Trio as a standalone device to run Android apps.

But it can also function as the display for your Windows PC when you connect it to a keyboard dock, which Asus calls the PC Station dock.

Asus also offers software that lets you sync data between the tablet and PC Station.

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What’s in the PC Station dock?

While the display has the guts of an Android tablet, under the keyboard are the guts of a decent Windows notebook with an Intel Haswell processor.

The Transformer Book Trio’s PC Station Dock has an Intel Core i7-4500U processor, up to 1TB of storage, and a 33Whr battery.

Plug in the tablet and you’ve got yourself a Windows 8 notebook.

What do you mean, the Trio is also a desktop?

Since the Haswell chip, hard drive, and Windows operating system are all in the keyboard dock, you don’t actually need the tablet/screen to use the Transformer Book Trio as a Windows computer.

Detach the 11.6 inch display, plug in a monitor, and you’ve basically got a Windows 8 desktop on your hands.


Sure, you can plug pretty much any notebook into a monitor and call it a “desktop” if you want. But you have to figure out what to do with that pesky built-in display. Since the Trio’s screen is detachable, it doesn’t get in the way, and the PC Station acts like a PC-and-keyboard combo.

Meanwhile, you can hand the tablet off to a colleague or family member to get their Angry Birds fix while you use the Trio in desktop mode.

via The Verge, SlashGear, and Ultrabook News

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3 replies on “Asus Transformer Book Trio: All-in-one desktop, tablet, notebook with Android and Windows”

  1. Would be awesome if you could leave the keyboard running as a mediacenter/server when you take the tablet off!

  2. I’d buy keyboard station piece separately. Laptop screens are mostly TN, and smallish. I can use lightweight 19 or 20″ IPS display for my mobile fix.

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