Tuesday, January 8th 2013

ASUS Announces Transformer AiO PC with Detachable Tablet and More at CES

ASUS today announced the Transformer AiO at CES 2013, the world's first all-in-one PC with Windows 8 and a detachable 18.4-inch display that doubles as a standalone Android tablet. ASUS also announced the Qube with Google TV media streamer that brings a wealth of online entertainment content to HDTVs, the PA249Q ProArt and VG248QE Fast Gaming monitors, and the WL-330NUL Pocket Router - the world's smallest router that gives easy wireless connectivity to travelers.

ASUS Transformer AiO - the world's first all-in-one PC with a detachable tablet

Transformer AiO is the world's first All-in-One PC with a detachable display that doubles as a standalone tablet for three distinct modes of use. Transformer AiO is a fully featured desktop PC with Windows 8, and is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core processor with NVIDIA GT 730M graphics for outstanding multi-tasking and entertainment performance. The 18.4-inch Full HD IPS display delivers brilliant images with 178-degree wide viewing angles for easy enjoyment with friends and family, while ASUS SonicMaster audio technology ensures an immersive listening experience with music, movies and everything in between.

With its display detached from the desktop PC Station, Transformer AiO instantly becomes a king-size tablet with two different operating systems to suit different tablet needs. Wireless Remote Desktop technology maintains a high-speed wireless connection to the PC Station for complete remote control of Windows 8 using the multi-touch display. Alternatively, Transformer AiO seamlessly switches into a self-contained Android 4.1 tablet with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor at the touch of a button. The integral handle makes it easy to carry the tablet from room to room and a built-in stand keeps the display at the perfect angle for tabletop use.

Qube with Google TV media streamer with voice search and motion control

ASUS Qube with Google TV is a compact Android-based entertainment device that instantly upgrades HDTVs with a wealth of online content. Based on the latest Google TV platform, Qube with Google TV is the first Google TV media streamer with motion control and voice search, and features an exclusive ASUS-designed user interface with the unique ability to group downloaded apps for easier management and navigation. Google Play gives instant access to a wide selection of entertainment content, including movies, TV shows, apps and games, and Qube with Google TV also features picture-in-picture TV viewing and the sophisticated Chrome web browser. Motion sensing can be used with games and Qube with Google TV can also be controlled using the Mobile Remote app for Android smartphones and tablets (available from the Google Play Store). Qube with Google TV also includes 50 GB of ASUS WebStorage as standard.

PA249Q ProArt and VG248QE Fast Gaming monitors for work and play

The ASUS PA249Q ProArt delivers uncompromising color precision for users who need a professional-grade monitor. The 24-inch PA249Q ProArt has a 1920 x 1200 resolution with 16:10 aspect ratio and features IPS display technology for 178-degree wide viewing angles. Pre-calibrated at the factory for the highest accuracy of any display in this category (∆E <5), the PA249Q ProArt provides six-axis color control and outstanding color space reproduction - 99% Adobe RGB, 103% NTSC and 100% sRGB.

ASUS QuickFit Virtual Scale displays images and documents in actual size on-screen for true "what you see is what you get" accuracy. A five-way navigation key gives easy access to display parameters, while full tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment ensures a comfortable viewing position. The PA249Q also features four USB 3.0 ports for pass-though connectivity at speeds up to 10 times that of USB 2.0 with compatible devices.

The 24-inch ASUS VG248QE monitor is purpose-designed for high-performance gaming. Thanks to its 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms (GTG) response time, the VG248QE monitor natively supports higher in-game frame rates (FPS settings) than monitors with refresh rates of 120 Hz or less to deliver more fluid on-screen motion. The VG248QE has a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution and an 80,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio for crisp, clear detail, even in dimly lit in-game environments. The ASUS VG248QE also supports NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 technology and features HDMI, DisplayPort and dual-link DVI-D ports. User comfort is assured too, thanks to full tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment.

WL-330NUL Pocket Router - the world's smallest Wi-Fi router

The ASUS WL-330NUL Pocket Router is the world's smallest fully featured wireless router designed to make getting online via Wi-Fi as easy as possible when away from a home or office network. Barely larger than a USB flash drive and weighing just 25g, the WL-330NUL Pocket Router features a single Ethernet port for connection to a wired network and built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for extending a wireless network.

Powered from a notebook USB port or by plugging directly into a mains socket, the WL-330NUL Pocket Router creates its own secure wireless hotspot for easy sharing of a wired or wireless connection with multiple wireless devices. The WL-330NUL Pocket Router can also be used as a USB Ethernet adapter for notebooks that lack a built-in Ethernet port, making it the perfect travelling companion for ultra-slim Ultrabooks.


The following products will be available in select markets from authorized ASUS resellers on the dates below.

- ASUS Transformer AiO will be available from Q1 2013.
- ASUS Qube with Google TV will be available in the US from late Q1 2013.
- ASUS PA249Q ProArt monitor will be available from March 2013.
- ASUS VG248QE Fast Gaming monitor will be available from January 2013.
- ASUS WL-330NUL Pocket Router will be available from February 2013.
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6 Comments on ASUS Announces Transformer AiO PC with Detachable Tablet and More at CES

Good to see they made some proper fixes from the PA246Q.
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TPU addict
Great way to scratch that bezel of the LCD.

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The ASUS Transformer AiO has been around for a long time now. I always thought it was just a concept design never intended for production but I guess the Q1 2013 release says otherwise.

For what its worth I always thought the front was edge to edge gorilla glass so I wouldn’t expect any damage from removing and reinstalling the tablet from its base.

Some more pix of the ASUS Transformer AiO beast and video for those interested can be found here (originally posted Jun 4th, 2012 a whopping 7 months ago):


I’m sure Microsoft would prefer that the ASUS Transformer AiO would run Windows 8 Pro on the PC portion and Windows RT on the ARM tablet. Now that I think about it that would give a little more of a consistent feel to the device but I like the overall design and innovative nature of the product,…….probably wouldn’t buy one but you know what I mean,…..
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I'm sorry, but why is the market going to oversized tablets?

Does anyone want a 15" tablet that weighs 3 pounds and has a battery life of 6 hours?

18" tablet with a dock? Even I'm scratching my head.
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It's a cool concept, but I think that stand would just look funny sitting on a desk with out the screen. I don't mind the bigness.
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I wonder if it will sell decently. I read somewhere else that the price tag will be roughly $1300 starting price
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