3. Asus Transformer Book Trio
Asus claimed a world first when it released the dual-mode Transformer Book. We can't vouch for their claim of being first, but that device did add more ports than most on its keyboard dock. Asus lays a more credible claim with Transformer Book Trio, which adds a third stage -- a desktop mode -- to the mix. That is definitely a first for the CRN Test Center, and clearly among the coolest solutions of the year. We still have some things to learn from Asus about the Transformer Book Trio, but what the company has disclosed is that the Atom-powered tablet portion runs Android or Windows 8 (and can toggle between the two) from a 64-GB eMMC drive. In desktop mode, the system runs Windows 8 on a 4th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor from an SSD up to 1 TB in size. Pricing and availability have not been disclosed.