Evident by the hoards of people who purchased the discontinued HP TouchPad for $99 this weekend, consumers want low-priced tablets, and now they have another option: The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer.
The Honeycomb-powered slate is available at Wal-Mart for $349 plus 97 cents for shipping and sales tax. This is possibly the lowest price around for a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet, and $50 off the original price.
The tablet garnered the name Transformer from its ability to “transform” into Netbook via an external keyboard/docking-station accessory (sold separately). The keyboard docking device includes a multitouch touchpad, two full-sized USB ports and an SD card reader. The keyboard usually retails for $150, however MacConnection has listed it for $129.
Our review of the Eee Pad Transformer described the device as a viable alternative to the Xoom and other Honeycomb tablets.
Limited details have been revealed about its follow up, the Eee Pad Transformer 2. The tablet is said to be powered by NVIDIA’s next generation quad-core chip. Perhaps, ASUS may be trying to rid stores of the original Transformer to make room for the Transformer 2, which may be set for an October release.