Best case Asus EEE Pad Transformer, covers, sleeves and accessories
The ASUS EEE Pad Transformer is definitely one of the best tablets of 2011, with sales numbers and reviews confirming this. Part of the success comes from the low $399 starting price point and the fact you can purchase docking keyboard accessory with an integrated battery that can increase battery life up to 16 hours. Now that there’s even a Honeycomb 3.1 upgrade waiting for you to install means you can get the best of the EEE Pad Transformer TF101 tablet.
But no tablet is complete without a bunch of accessories and the list of ASUS EEE Pad accessories is pretty comprehensive, whether we’re talking about protection (tablet cases, sleeves and screen protectors) or accessories that add functionality (car chargers, peripherals, stands). So in an already popular format here at AllTouchTablet I’m going to make a list of the best ASUS EEE Pad Transformer accessories based on my preferences. I’ll try and explain why I like each of those EEE Pad Tranformer cases & accessories, so you can get a better idea why the product is featured in this post.
Let’s start with the official EEE Pad Transformer accessory from ASUS: the docking keyboard that adds a Full QWERTY keyboard (92% size compared to your typical laptop keyboard), a 24.4W/h lithium polymer battery for an additional 6.5 hours of use and a list of ports including 2 x USB 2.0 Ports and an SD Card Reader.
Add to the equation the multi-touch trackpad and dedicated Android keys and you get an idea why this is the best companion for your Transformer TF101 tablet. The keyboard connects to the 40-pin docking port on the Transformer and sits securely during transportation. The docking latch is adjustable so you can incline the tablets’s screen at any angle you like, just like on a laptop.
This is the official sleeve case for EEE Pad Transformer. As expected it fits the 10 inch tablet perfectly, but there’s no access to the SD card slot, and you can’t use the sleeve together with the keyboard. As construction is concerned, the Transformer sleeve is made of a rubberized fabric that is easy to hold but unfortunately catches dust very easy, so you might want to see it before making a purchase decision. If you want a honest opinion here is mine: Asus got inspiration from the 1st gen iPad official Apple case, as this one also folds the screen cover into a stand with two modes: low angle for typing and high angle for watching media. I just wish construction was a little bit better.
If you want a better built folio case with stand functionality you have to look to other providers, so I recommend you consider the rooCASE multi-angle Leather Folio case cover. It’s one of the best EEE Pad Transformer cases, featuring a genuine leather exterior complemented by a microfiber interior that’s nice to touch and also helps protect the screen and case of the TF101 Transformer tablet. Unlike the official ASUS Sleeve Case, this one leaves all ports accessible, except the docking keyboard connector. You can’t have everything, that’s for sure.
As strong points I have to mention the magnetic flap that secures the screen cover and the 45 to 90 degrees Velcro adjustment feet stand. One thing I would like from rooCASE would be to offer more color options besides black and vibrant red.
Screen protectors are usually cheap films that are attached over the screen of the gadget you like to protect. Skinomi’s TechSkin is not that cheap, at 16 bucks, but offers some reassuring features you might want to consider: it’s invisible and features a patented UV layer to prevent yellowing, so it will still be invisible after you use it for a while. Also Skinomi says they’re using the same film technology implemented on military aircrafts. I didn’t knew the military uses protectors for their planes, but let’s believe Skinomy, shall we. Oh, and this EEE Pad Transformer screen protector comes with lifetime warranty replacements.
If you want even more protection take a look at the Skinomi Carbon Fiber Film Shield that protects also the case of the TF101 Transformer (comes with the TechSkin screen protector). It might be worth the extra money.
If you’re looking for a basic EEE Pad Transformer sleeve accessory you can’t go wrong with the CaseCrown Faux Suede Sleeve that features an easy access zipper for quick, convenient access and even an external pocket for accessories storage. CaseCrown says the Faux Swede exterior material is asthetically pleasing, so you’ll have to believe them. If you don’t like the black version there are quite a few other options to choose from. If you don’t want to spend too much money to protect your investment this is the EEE Pad Transformer sleeve case to get.
If you like a classic design there are options for you too, including the CaseCrown Synthetic Leather Opening case, an agenda style case for the EEE Pad Transformer. This case uses four interior leather straps to hold the tablet inside by its four corners. The screen flap is hold closed with a metal reinforced clasp. And one more thing, for organized people there are quite a few compartments for business cards, credit cards and other documents and papers you might want to keep with you at all times.
Even if today’s Honeycomb tablets are optimized for finger touch use there are quite a few apps where a capacitive stylus like the rooCase 2in1 Stylus/Ballpoint Pen comes in handy. Because the EEE Pad Transformer uses a capacitive touchscreen, the rooCase accessory is also capacitive in nature and adds a regular Ballpoint Pen at the other end for taking ‘offline’ notes. What’s best is that you can refill the pen. A removable cap makes sure you cover the Ballpoint tip so that you won’t scratch the screen by mistake by using the wrong end of the Stylus.
Let’s end this list of best EEE Pad Transformer cases and accessories with something special: the CaseCrown Checkpoint Friendly Quadfold Sleeve, made from a stylus canvas exterior material and a lined non-scratch interior. What makes this Transformer sleeve different is the way it folds on top of the ASUS TF101 tablet, by covering the screen with no less than four covers. Talk about screen protection! And as the name suggest this is meant to be also very easy to uncover at airport checkpoints. I don’t see how this is better than a slide-in sleeve, but that’s another story.
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