PC vendor Asus has taken the old trend of device convergence in a new direction with the launch this week of the Transformer AiO, a device that seeks to marry the mobility of a tablet with the performance of a desktop PC.

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The Transformer AiO can function both as a desktop running 3rd generation Intel Core desktop processor technology and Windows 8 performance, and the 18.4” multi-touch display can be detached, to function as a tablet powered by an Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.1 user experience.  Th tablet is also capable of running Windows 8 in Remote Desktop mode.

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The Transformer AiO features four USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI out port for an additional display, and so you can continue to use the desktop in Windows 8 mode while the tablet operates separately in Android 4.1 mode.

The 18.4” LED-backlit display features 1080p HD resolution with 10-point multi-touch and IPS technology, and the PC also features dual-band Wi-Fi for high-performance wireless networking with compatible routers.

I’m not sure how portable an 18″ tablet is; I probably wouldn’t take it on the plane for a business trip. For use around the house though, say as the “second screen” while watching TV, it would be great for consuming media.

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