So I moved to the Asus Transformer 3 Pro (T303UA) from the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Reasons for the change was the future proofing regarding ports and the lower price. Now I want the Eve V!
There are good reviews online for details, but these are my impressions:
What is good:
Windows Hello Compatibility. The IR cameras that face unlock is super convenient. The fingerprint version on the wife’s Lenovo Yoga is pretty good as well.
USB-C Thunderbolt and legacy USB 3.0 are excellent.
I like that the MicroSD card stays pretty flush when inserted, allowing me to just leave it in there (approximately half the height of the volume rocker). The SP4 spot for the MicroSD card is the best (under the kickstand)
shortcuts: Keyboard backlight control, screen brightness/screen off, projecting, volume. I was annoyed that SP4 required unmarked FN backspace to toggle screen brightness.
Arrow keys. I like the consistency in size on the Asus vs the large left and right keys on the SP4
Kickstand: extends out to 155 degrees.
Pen works well
eGPU. Would be awesome, but the XG 2 station is not released yet.
Per reports and specs it can charge via the Asus Zenpower Max powerbank
What is neutral:
HDMI. Nice that it is there (preferred over DisplayPort on SP4), but I generally use Miracast.
While using in landscape mode, the volume rocker on left edge. The SP4 has it on top, doesn’t make much of a difference.
Pen. It works fine, same as SP4
What can be better:
Battery life: With CPU max at 99% and battery saver on at all times I get 3-4 hours of use. This is keeping minimal tabs open on Edge and not streaming anything. It will go <3 hours if I browse like I do on my primary machine.
Fan noise: my first Asus had terrible clicking/buzzing/grinding fan noise, super loud. My replacement will only make the clicking noise when I rotate the tablet quickly (lean it back quickly) while the fan is running.
Slow SSD. SATA III
No function key toggle: I like the function key lock on the SP4 (like capslock). The Asus defaults to the function keys (F1-F12) which I like because I use those often at work. However, being able to toggle them on and off was nice on SP4
Weak magnet: the magnet holding the keyboard to the tablet is very weak. I usually use the keyboard at an angle using the second set of magnets. When folding the keyboard over backwards, it will detach. The SP4 held on supertight, and I think that is better.
Will disconnect often when flipping keyboard up and down
Pushing it closed usually leaves a small gap on a corner. The resistance that keeps it open goes all the way to closure, unlike the SP4 where the last couple degrees are free hanging so it snaps closed. Not a big deal, really.
Will sometimes collapse when opened past 90 degrees and you poke at the screen.
A lot, pretty annoying. Access to drivers is inconvenient.