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If you've been watching the Eee Pad Transformer promo video and salivating over that awesome keyboard dock with 2 USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, and a secondary battery that doubles the tablet's battery life, what you're about to read may serve as a splash of cold water in your face.

While we knew that the keyboard dock was optional (but only if you paid really close attention, because based on the videos and the tablet's name, it wasn't the most obvious fact), an East Coast retailer PC Richard & Son just spilled the beans on the pricing of said accessory - it'll cost you $150.

If you've never head of PC Richard & Son, you're not alone - today was the first time I've heard of them too, but the retailer is legitimate, with 8 5-star ratings at ResellerRatings, 65 superstores, and apparently 100+ years in the business.

If Best Buy's $400 price point for the 16GB version that leaked the other day is to be trusted, you're looking at $550 + tax for the full Transformer experience, which lands $50 under the 32GB XOOM Wi-Fi and right in between the 16GB and 32GB iPad 2, while bearing one of the most useful accessories we've seen in a long time.

If you ask me, this Tegra 2 tab/keyboard combo is definitely the one to get if you're thinking of picking up a Honeycomb tablet in the next few months.

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  • ThunderboltFan

    PC Richard and son is awesome, they've got stores all over NJ and they often have a much more knowledgeable/helpful staff than best buy does.

    • Eric

      I think everyone has a more knowledgeable staff than the average best buy does

  • Nathan

    to be completely honest, i've been really hoping that the rumors of $150 for this were wrong. I personally was hoping for $100.

    But even at $150 i personally think it's worth the price.

    you get the keyboard, double the battery, 2 USB ports for hooking up hard drives or flash drives, and the SDHC slot.

    Just the SDHC slot alone is nice since a 32GB SDHC card is around half the price of the same 32GB MicroSDHC card.

    So for me. $400 for the 16GB wi-fi, and $150 for this. i'm still sold.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, absolutely - this is in line with my conclusion as well.

      • Nathan

        yup, and in the end, i'll have the transformer with a 16GB MicroSd, 32GB SDHC for 64GB total, and with even more stage with flash drives / 2 USB ports, keyboard, 16+ hours battery life all for around $650 or less.

        Asus TF As above: ~$650
        iPad 2 64GB: $699.99.
        Xoom Wifi w64GB+keyboard: ~$750

        not to bad at all.

      • Westy

        Artem Please, when you find out that pre-orders are up for this thing post an article because i am buying two and 1 keyboard dock instantly. I am counting on you lol.

  • whosaidwhat

    Come on guys, this price has been floating around for a while now. It's even been confirmed on more than one retail site.

    The price should drop sooner or later.

  • brad

    Big question for me is not all these wonderful options. BUT! WHEN the hell are we going to be able to purchase one of the best Android Tablets to date.
    - added - ok I didnt see ( available on the 17th )

    And the store is 0.5 away from my apt here in woodside NY.

  • SlimDan22

    I'm stuck between the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Acer Iconia, so im waiting for some thorough reviews, mostly for a comparison of the screens

    The Acer Iconia is $450, i would spend the extra 50 because the Iconia has a Full USB port on it from what i saw in pictures , so i am waiting to see if it allows USB host support. It seems to also have an aluminum body.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Acer+-+Iconia+Tablet+/+10.1%22+Display+/+16GB+Storage+Memory+/+NVIDIA+Tegra+Processor+-+Aluminum+Metallic/2512059.p?skuId=2512059&id=1218332577304

    • Eric

      The iconia has a TN panel (cheap with bad viewing angles and colors). The Asus Transformer has an IPS, and judging from people who have already bought one, it's an excellent IPS in line with the iPad 2 rather than the XOOM.

      • SlimDan22

        Thanks for the info, was there a forum on XDA where someone confirmed that the screen isnt IPS

      • http://www.technidroid.com Ross

        Actually, the Iconia has a 160 degree view radius, and a contrast ratio of 1500 to 1. One reviewer in UK described it as lush colors and very vibrant. If it's TN, it ain't your run of the mill one.

        • Eric

          160 degree radius screams TN panel. Also 1500:1 for an LED glossy screen is typical. So yeah,it looks to be a run of the mill TN panel.

          As for lush colors, I've heard many a horrible monitor with that description.

  • Eric

    This is the tab to buy in my opinion. Don't forget to mention, the micro SD slot on the tablet already works, despite the one on the XOOM not working. This was confirmed at XDA.

  • http://www.droidapp.co.uk Tony

    Wooo hooo .. Just got the go ahead from the Mrs to whack this bad boy on my plastic!

  • Dave

    One other question to be answered.
    How hard is it to root?

    • Eric

      It hasn't been yet. Once it get's rooted, I'm sure it'll not be long before it's a one click deal.

    • Nathan

      asus already released the kernel source so rooting, roms and the like should all be done insanely fast once a developer gets their hands on it.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Rooting has nothing to do with kernel sources - unless the device is rooted and NAND unlocked, and the bootloader allows or is cracked to allow custom ROMs, only then having kernel sources is going to actually be useful. But on its own, it's definitely not related to nor is going to help getting root.

    • SlimDan22

      It has already been rooted =)

      http://twitpic.com/4jlhjn

  • Doug Fiedor

    That's the package I'm looking at right now.

    All I'm waiting on is some reports about the keyboard -- and perhaps some fingers on time with it.

  • Peter

    $150 seems a little high. On Amazon(UK) the difference between the Transformer with and without keyboard is £50. I think that converts to about $70 after you subtract vat.

    • cosmic

      Amazon usually does a pretty good job at discounting combo purchases. Will have to wait and see if we get such a deal in the states.

  • SlimDan22

    Here is some unboxing porn of the Eee Pad Transformer for anyone interested

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2Wg3Tbjukc

  • zaclem01

    I hope the 4/17 ship date is not something they just slapped on there as a place holder. Maybe they will announce the release date tomorrow!

  • Dave

    Any idea if a bluetooth wireless mouse will work with this?

  • Doubtful

    weight 4lbs?!!!! who needs such a heavy keyboard for supposedly _mobile_ tablet?

    • cosmic

      Doubtful the keyboard dock itself is 4lbs. Most places I've seen with the weight listed(for both the tablet and the keyboard) have been around 3lbs with the tablet itself weighing ~1.5lbs.

      Probably a typo or they're including box and all is my guess.

  • guest

    The list price in Taiwan for the keyboard/battery extender is NT$3000 (which works out to US$103 at current exchange rate of NT$29/US$1)

  • zaclem01

    Ad has been pulled.

  • http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Computers-PCs/iPad-Tablets/pcmcat209000050006.c?id=pcmcat209000050006 Brett

    Toshiba has a new tablet listed as "coming soon" at Best Buy, check it out.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Computers-PCs/iPad-Tablets/pcmcat209000050006.c?id=pcmcat209000050006

  • http://www.bradley.com brad

    oh yeah this is what im talkin about

  • http://www.mobilexvideos.com Mobile Movies

    these tablets are heatin up- probly time for me to get one

  • http://www.boundlesstechnical.com/ Christina

    it doesn't make that big of a difference to me. I am still completely sold on it. The price is reasonable in my opinion.