Eee Pad Transformer, dock are back in stock

If you were hoping to grab one of Asus’ Eee Pad Transformers at launch, you were probably disappointed to learn that the tablet rapidly sold out on day one. Asus later blamed higher-than-expected demand for the shortage. Well, good news: the Eee Pad Transformer, as well as its keyboard dock accessory, are finally back in stock.

Newegg sells the 32GB version of the Transformer for $499.99 with free shipping. If that seems pricey, it’s because Newegg isn’t listing the 16GB version of the Transformer, which launched at a more reasonable $399. That variant is available from the Amazon marketplace, but you’ll be asked to cough up $449.99 for it. The dock, meanwhile, is in stock at Newegg for $149.99 before shipping—no surprises there.

In case you missed the memo, the Transformer has a 10.1" 1280×800 display, a Tegra 2 processor, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, and eight hours of rated battery life. It’s 0.47" thick and tips the scale at 1.49 lbs, which is about on par with the first-generation iPad. I believe the shipping device still runs Android 3.0, but Engadget reported yesterday that Transformers were being updated over the air to Android 3.1. (Thanks to CrunchGear for the heads up.)

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    • Neutronbeam
    • 8 years ago

    The docking station is sold out already at the ‘egg.

    • xmoox
    • 8 years ago

    took too long to come in stock. I think Im just going to wait for the tegra 3 tablet with a full sized usb

      • Laykun
      • 8 years ago

      What do you mean by full sized USB? The Eeepad transformer comes with 2 full sized USB ports on the keyboard dock.

        • mutarasector
        • 8 years ago

        I think he means on the actual tablet itself, not just the keyboard dock. This isn’t as major of concern for me, but I tend to agree with him on waiting for the Tegra 3 Transformer.

        • xmoox
        • 8 years ago

        kinda sucks having to pay 150 more for 2 usb ports so 550 total. Also I meant on the tablet itself. If the transformer had them built in I probably would of already bought it

    • JoHowdy123
    • 8 years ago

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Apple products, from the Ipod (poor audio support) to the Mac line (high cost for internals) and most recently the Ipads. But unlike any of the android tablets currently out the Ipad had Unparelled support for additional devices. As a sound guy myself, I love the fact that I can both wire my own connect for the Ipad to connect my DJ equipment, or I can buy a professional level I/O setup for the Ipad and use just about any MIDI app/DJ/Sound app over the I/O board.

    I wish that android tablets would offer great support for accessories like these…
    (could be just me)

      • grantmeaname
      • 8 years ago

      Oh, I thought this had a USB port but Newegg says I’m mistaken. How lame.

        • glynor
        • 8 years ago

        Even if it did, it wouldn’t support anything useful for these purposes, and the software available for Android is a joke (again, in this space).

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 8 years ago

      They’ll be running Windows 8 or Android 4.0 on quad-cores soon enough. No sense in repurposing a stop gap platform.

      Apple wants to keep the iOS closed platform model as it is and make it their standard. The “great support” you speak of is only in relation to other here today, gone tomorrow toys. Think in terms of fully functional PCs with open platforms.

        • mutarasector
        • 8 years ago

        re: “They’ll be running Windows 8 or Android 4.0 on quad-cores soon enough. No sense in repurposing a stop gap platform.”

        Good points. Come to think of it, one’s options for repurposing a tablet are rather limited anyway – at least compared to a mini-ITX/SFF PC form factor. Aside from handing it over to Mom and Pop or Grandma, or maybe slapping it on the dash of your car as a glorified replacement for their Garmin I suppose. I can just see the folks having to learn to deal with the AppStore, and the latter option is simply way to pricey and a waste of money.

        As for Android ‘4.0’/Windows 8, this is an option I’m more likely interested in myself, but I do prefer to wait for at least a Tegra 3 based Transformer or possibly an AMD APU powered tablet before taking the plunge. What I’m more interested in is a reasonable tradeoff between battery life and real application usability. I’ll trade a few hours of battery from say 9.5hrs to as low as 6 hours if it means I can run real native apps, and have more than just fart apps available.

          • kamikaziechameleon
          • 8 years ago

          Tegra 3 has a nice ring to it with quad cores and more memory in addition to a updated graphics component, I think the tegra 2 GPU is the same as the original with a new CPU. I hope Tegra 3 is more than a die shrink with new drivers.

            • Corrado
            • 8 years ago

            Tegra 3 should be Kal-El based, I believe.

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            AFAIK, Tegra 3 is not a die shrink – it’ll be on 40nm just like Tegra 2:

            [url<]http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/other/display/20110217170315_Nvidia_28nm_Process_Tech_Not_Available_This_Year.html[/url<]

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