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Best Buy Prices EeePad Transformer at $400

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If last week's Asus EeePad Transformer announcement had you drooling, then you'll probably be interested in hearing how much the tablet-with-keyboard-attachment affair is going to retail for.

Sadly, though Asus was more than happy to release fancy press shots, specs and a ball-park release date for the device, the company did not reveal pricing for the Transformer. A little less sad: someone at Best Buy slipped up and pushed the product page for the Transformer live a little early. Hooray!



Previous rumors put the device at $500 with the keyboard attachment costing $100 more on top of that; however, Best Buy's listing reveals we could see the 16GB version of this Tegra 2 tablet go for as little as $400. Best Buy didn't leave the product page up for long, so all we've got in the way of proof is this nice screenshot from Netbook News, but it’s enough to get us excited.



The release for this baby is 'early April' according to Asus, so we won’t have to wait long to find out the official pricing (considering April is, you know, here). For those that are feeling a little hazy on the details of the machine, specwise you're looking at Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset, 1GB of RAM, a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, a 10.1-inch Gorilla glass multitouch screen (1280x800), a combined battery life of 16 hours (9.5 hours without the dock), built-in SRS Sound technology for dynamic 3D stereo audio, a mini HDMI output port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a G-sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, e-compass and GPS. According to Asus, the full-hinged QWERTY keyboard docking station provides unique Android Function keys, an SD card reader and two USB ports, along with the additional battery.

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    guruofchem , April 1, 2011 1:07 PM
    Intriguing this is - investigate it we must...
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    paue888 , April 1, 2011 1:16 PM
    Better if it were an amd fusion c50.
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    krinkles619 , April 1, 2011 1:19 PM
    either way this is going to be pretty awesome, fusion or not. the fact that its a tablet and a netbook rolled into one with a massive battery life, AND probably at 500$ for the base model with dock is going to be excellent. chances are i'll replace my laptop with it for on the go use
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    paue888 , April 1, 2011 1:26 PM
    As this is to be a laptop as well, I would prefer a better OS (window 7 or Mac OSX). Then it would corner the Market. As it is now its a hybrid without real growth potential.

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    scubadog40 , April 1, 2011 2:04 PM
    I would of gotten one if all of this wasn't on the keyboard. It needs to be on the tablet.

    "keyboard docking station provides SD card reader and two USB ports"
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    Unperson , April 1, 2011 2:19 PM
    NewEgg also had it listed as $399 (16GB), and $499 (32GB) (both out of stock) but has since taken the listing down.

    THIS is the tablet I'm buying. Probably going with the 32GB and the keyboard.

    /Kirkvoxinitialization

    Must.. ..stay.. ..patient.

    /Kirkout
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    Trueno07 , April 1, 2011 2:27 PM
    This is the tablet i'll buy, it seems like Asus has a great product at a great price with some awesome features and functionality. I can't wait!
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2011 2:30 PM
    NewEgg listing is back up at the prices stated by Unperson

    16 GB, $399 - http://tiny.cc/0ea2q

    32 GB, $499 - http://tiny.cc/gwzxb

    Both show out of stock and no mention of the keyboard. Exciting times coming up though....
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    christop , April 1, 2011 2:50 PM
    Cool.
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    killerclick , April 1, 2011 3:02 PM
    techsevenHAHAHA! Someone needs to take their "tablets" and start breathing through their nose... This gets my vote of "Overreaction of the Month"


    Yeah, he should be executed for overreacting!
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    RobinPanties , April 1, 2011 4:07 PM
    I like Asus, they always seem to make nice products at affordable prices
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    maestintaolius , April 1, 2011 4:10 PM
    paue888As this is to be a laptop as well, I would prefer a better OS (window 7 or Mac OSX). Then it would corner the Market. As it is now its a hybrid without real growth potential.

    Heh, release something non-apple with OSX, good luck with that.

    They have that, it's releasing at the same time as the Transformer. Just google Eee Slate EP121 (battery life is definitely lacking compared to the Transformer though).
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    chunkymonster , April 1, 2011 4:18 PM
    Without 3G or 4G connectivity this isn't really worth getting excited about. According to the specs, 3G is "optional in certain locales", whatever that means.

    3G/4G connectivity or not, it would make a nice replacement for the wife's aging Acer lappy.
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    osxsier , April 1, 2011 4:21 PM
    What OS is this running? I might look into getting one.
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    ProDigit10 , April 1, 2011 4:32 PM
    Wish it could run Windoze!
    Unfortunately terga is based on ARM, which probably means it'll come with Linux or Google Os!
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    kj3639 , April 1, 2011 4:35 PM
    This is the only, THE ONLY tablet I would possibly get. The fact that it turns into a netbook with 15 hours of battery life makes it quite useful, not just some jerk-off leisure device that a guy with a black turtleneck tells you to buy.

    At $500 for the tablet and the keyboard, this is a great deal.
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    kj3639 , April 1, 2011 4:41 PM
    The Eee Pad Transformer would also help me with my college/skateboard/rock band/extreme lifestyle as well
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5xW3NhdjqI
    Asus XTREME!!!
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    warmon6 , April 1, 2011 4:54 PM
    paue888As this is to be a laptop as well, I would prefer a better OS (window 7 or Mac OSX). Then it would corner the Market. As it is now its a hybrid without real growth potential.



    An apple OS being sold on a Non apple product? Lets think about this....... Good luck trying to convince them to do that! they like to keep there stuff with them in there own little conner of the tech industry.

    ProDigit10Wish it could run Windoze!Unfortunately terga is based on ARM, which probably means it'll come with Linux or Google Os!


    Might be running windows phone 7 but thats about as close as to windows your going to get. At least until the next generation of windows (windows 8 i do believe it is called). It said it will have arm support.
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    candrwhite , April 1, 2011 5:00 PM
    lmazingNewEgg listing is back up at the prices stated by Unperson16 GB, $399 - http://tiny.cc/0ea2q32 GB, $499 - http://tiny.cc/gwzxbBoth show out of stock and no mention of the keyboard. Exciting times coming up though....


    And Down again...... Listing as "Deactivated" lol
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    candrwhite , April 1, 2011 5:01 PM
    osxsierWhat OS is this running? I might look into getting one.


    Android 3.0 according to Newegg
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