With the excitement building towards the Asus TF300 tablet release, why not discuss that keyboard dock that you’re going to want? We think it’s a good time! We’re going to get you excited and we will do a review here and comparison for the various Asus Transformer keyboard versions out there right now.
We know the price for the TF300 Transformer Keyboard: $149 USD
The model number which you should be shopping for: TF300-DOCK-BL
Although the tablet is TF300T, expect to see the dock listing as just TF300-DOCK-BL. The BL is short for blue. The other colors, should you find them, will be WT for white and RD for red. It appears that blue will be the color of the intial release. We do not know when the other colors will be available.
First you will notice the photo of the side of the keyboard. Rather thin? Sure looks that way! Let’s do a comparison of thickness.
Asus Transformer TF101 Keyboard Dock thickness – 1.1″ inches
Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Keyboard Dock thickness – 0.41″ inches
Asus Transformer 300 Series TF300 Keyboard Dock thickness – 0.40″ inches
Thickness comparison winner: Asus Transformer TF300 Dock
Comment: Although the TF300 is apparently the “budget” model, it’s thinner than the already impressive Transformer Prime keyboard docking station. You could call it a draw, but we’re saying the TF300 is the winner by the slimmest of margins!
This should be interesting. If it’s thin it should be light also but let’s break down the comparison weight differences between the three current Transformer Keyboard docking stations.
Asus Transformer TF101 Keyboard weight – 1.41 LBS (640 grams)
Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Keyboard weight – 1.18 LBS (537 grams)
Asus Transformer 300 Series TF300 Keyboard weight – 1.20 LBS (546 grams)
Weight comparison winner: Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Keyboard Dock
Comment: The original TF101 Transformer keyboard is looking rather chunky in comparison to these new Transformer models. The Transformer Prime was able to shave off some weight to beat out the new TF300. It’s not a huge difference but enough to say the Prime is still a premium tablet combination.
Summary: Aside from the build materials (aluminum vs plastic), the new TF300 looks great. You’re getting the thinness and lightness of the Transformer Prime without the high price tag. Important to remember the price of all these keyboard docks starts at $149 USD, but you can now find the TF101 keyboard dock at around $110 USD. Remember though, these keyboard docking stations are not cross compatible!
More TF300T Keyboard Dock Station Images:
The above images show off just how slender the TF300 dock is. Quite impressive! We think this design will put big pressure on the other tablet manufacturers. Based on these early images we think Asus is going to have another smashing success. The images above show off the red keyboard, along with side profile photo and rear profile image.