Asus Transformer Pad TF300T Review: Tegra 3, More Affordable

Docking Station Disassembly Details

Two Hex Screws, and Four Philips Under Rubber FeetTwo Hex Screws, and Four Philips Under Rubber Feet

We've seen several different docking station mods, including home-built auxiliary antennas within the docking station to improve signal reception and internal hard drives to boost storage capacity.

Disassembling the Transformer Pad TF300T's docking station is easy, though slight differences compared to past models require us to get a little more specific.

1. Unscrew the two hex-head screws and four Philips-head screws (under rubber feet) on the bottom of the docking station.

2. Use your fingernails or a flat-head screwdriver to separate the top and bottom portions of the case from the area near the docking slot.

Aluminum Bar To Help Weigh Down Front Of Docking StationAluminum Bar To Help Weigh Down Front Of Docking Station

3. Use a plastic tool to separate the case near the touchpad area (there are three nuts with “tension-teeth” securing the top of the case to the bottom). You do need to apply some force, as the top and bottom sections are quite difficult to pry apart. A loud popping noise indicates that the teeth have released and popped out of their sockets.

The hard part is putting the docking station back together. Because the teeth on the nuts are secured to the inside of the sockets using some sort of hard resin, tightly sealing the gap between the top and bottom parts of the case necessitates some kind of adhesive during reassembly. We recommend using some sort of adhesive that facilitates subsequent disassembly and reassembly without damage, like rubber cement, perhaps?

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  • "Fortunately, Asus is sticking with $149 as the price for TF300T's complementary accessory."

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything fortunate about paying the same price for an inferior product. Based on reviews at other sites, the keyboard dock for the TF300T has a 16 Wh battery compared to the 22 Wh battery for the Prime dock. Is it being suggested that 27% lower battery capacity does not make any difference in price? I understand that ASUS has to make a profit, but would it not be reasonable to lower the price a little bit, at least?
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  • Yay. Excellent price/performance tablet. :D
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  • Looks like a great tablet. The screen could use a little work, especially the resolution, but everything else checks out well. I too will be interested to see a tablet like this one running Windows 8, could be a game-changer.
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  • "Fortunately, Asus is sticking with $149 as the price for TF300T's complementary accessory."

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything fortunate about paying the same price for an inferior product. Based on reviews at other sites, the keyboard dock for the TF300T has a 16 Wh battery compared to the 22 Wh battery for the Prime dock. Is it being suggested that 27% lower battery capacity does not make any difference in price? I understand that ASUS has to make a profit, but would it not be reasonable to lower the price a little bit, at least?
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  • Looks like a great tablet, but I can't even find the Asus Transformer Prime anywhere. Maybe it the availability is good I may try to manage to pick one up, but i have given up on the Prime.
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  • I really would like to see a successor to the Transformer Prime with a display with the same or higher resolution as the 3rd gen iPad. That'd be quite something.
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  • 3 weeks ago i buy a TF101 :( for just $10 less than this price....
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  • it's 80 euros below retina, it would be a bargain if it had a retina display
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  • Oh... you're in Bakersfield... I'm sorry. :-P
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  • How come no one has pulled the "Does it play Crysis?" yet.
    That joke can't die. We gotta keep it alive people.

    +2 for the Bakersfield joke. Good eye.
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  • Anyone get a PS3 or other mainstream game controller paired with the Transformer via bluetooth without rooting?
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  • xkche3 weeks ago i buy a TF101 for just $10 less than this price....

    ...ouch, sorry.
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  • Finally--a Tablet that answers the question:
    "What is a Tablet for?"

    It's a laptop when you want one and a camera, notepad, & wireless connectivity device whenever you don't need a full laptop. And it's finally at a price comparable to low-level laptops.
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  • magicccccccccc!!!
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  • Now hold on a second... Are you trying to tell me that an extra 16GB of memory only costs me $20 more? WTF Apple?
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  • gilbertfhNow hold on a second... Are you trying to tell me that an extra 16GB of memory only costs me $20 more? WTF Apple?

    When its bottom of the barrel memory...oh yes, its quite economical.
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  • halcyonWhen its bottom of the barrel memory...oh yes, its quite economical.

    This really makes me curious... Do you mind backing that claim up with something? Two things about that comment strike me as odd. First, that a quality company like ASUS would use bottom of the barrel memory (or at least different quality than Apple would) and second, that upping the memory on an iPad would cost $100 to go from 16GB to 32GB.
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  • gilbertfh...quality company like ASUS ...

    You lost me here. I had 5 (five) Transformer Primes and they ALL had pixel defects...every single one of them. So while I've had countless motherboards from Asus that have been problem-free I'm not seeing their quality transfer to their tablet endeavors. Now, why do I mention this? Well, if you can either ship flawed LCDs OR package flawless LCDs in such a way that they're easily flawed by the time they reach the customer it tends to speak to your quality (either build materials, manufacturing, packaging, etc.). So, with this scenario in mind its more likely for me to believe they're not using high quality memory in their tablets.

    Yes, I know some people have had flawless Transformer Primes...I'm just not one of them. Now, I've had several iPads (including 2 gen 3 iPads) and they've never had any screen defects or any other defects. It made me wonder what Apple was doing in their manufacturing, packaging, etc., that would be so different from Asus. I don't have the answer. Obviously I caught samples from a bad batch of Transformer Primes. My question is why?
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  • Great tablet.

    Can't wait to having one for my self.
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  • "Tegra 3, more affordable, shitty screen"
    FTWY

    PS
    No, thanks.
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  • HalcyonYou lost me here. I had 5 (five) Transformer Primes and they ALL had pixel defects...every single one of them. So while I've had countless motherboards from Asus that have been problem-free I'm not seeing their quality transfer to their tablet endeavors. Now, why do I mention this? Well, if you can either ship flawed LCDs OR package flawless LCDs in such a way that they're easily flawed by the time they reach the customer it tends to speak to your quality (either build materials, manufacturing, packaging, etc.). So, with this scenario in mind its more likely for me to believe they're not using high quality memory in their tablets.Yes, I know some people have had flawless Transformer Primes...I'm just not one of them. Now, I've had several iPads (including 2 gen 3 iPads) and they've never had any screen defects or any other defects. It made me wonder what Apple was doing in their manufacturing, packaging, etc., that would be so different from Asus. I don't have the answer. Obviously I caught samples from a bad batch of Transformer Primes. My question is why?

    HalcyonWhen its bottom of the barrel memory...oh yes, its quite economical.

    Well, you have a beef with Asus, for your own reasons, but to generalize your experience to the entire company and it's products is childish. I have never had any issues with my Asus products, including a Transformer, so I could argue exactly the opposite.
    The "memory" comment is completely without any merit, unless you prove that is correct and you also prove that any of the issues you might have had with that bad batch were due to poor quality memory chips. Till then, feel free to troll somewhere else. Thank you.
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