Re: The art of travel....
"Short of money, though."
After reading the above review, I gifted myself one of these convertible tablet/laptops for Christmas, purely for personal use. I bought the 64GB version, and added a 64GB HDMI card that I had laying around. After a couple of rounds of BIOS and driver updates, I found it to be more and more useful at work. When my workplace moved up to Office 2013, we drones were offered the chance to download it to our personal machines at no charge, and I took advantage of the deal. Although I am not a "road warrior" in the traditional sense, I found myself using the Asus more and more for work in the field, rather than lugging around my "desktop replacement" work laptop. With an adapter, I even use it for the occasional presentation with no problems. Mine boots up quickly with none of the quirks described in the above review. When wi-fi is not available, I tether the Asus to my cell phone. My main issue was learning to navigate around Win 8.1, but that had to happen sooner or later anyway. Battery life is surprisingly good - I've never yet had it die on me at an inopportune moment. For work, I usually use it in laptop mode, and after hours I'm more likely to use it as a tablet or reader. It may not have the most connectivity options, but with a little forethought it should meet many, if not most, people's needs. And while I wouldn't want to write a novel on it, for email and shorter reports (1-2 pages) the keyboard is quite adequate. I've had mine for almost 18 months now, with no indication of it becoming obsolete anytime soon; though no doubt there is a newer version available by this time. At just over a kilo, it is very lightweight, and slips into my backpack quite nicely, along with a couple of chargers, an external battery pack (only ever used for my phone, so far), a change of socks and shorts, and a very small toiletry kit; this is sufficient for most overnight or two-day trips. And the price was very reasonable indeed!
Would I want to use this device exclusively? No. For content creation and day-in/day-out office use, it is too small. But for short-term use out of the office, it is a very capable device.