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I purchased this product as an upgrade to the Quicken 2006 version. Since I primarily use the product as an electronic tracking/reconciling tool for my household income and expenses, most of the extensive banking and investing features are not utilized. However, I have found that the 2011 update includes a revised check entry and saving features that is more efficient than the earlier version.
The 2011 version also includes more graphical displays for monthly financial data that quickly enhance your awareness of where your expenditures (as a percentage of the total amount) occurred. The revised hardcopy prints complement the archival process of your financial records.
I have a 32GB champagne color Transformer Infinity with the matching docking station. I will not offer detailed technical specs, only end-user observations relative to a few relatively esteemed contemporary offerings.
In my fleet of gadgets I currently have an Acer Iconia Tab A700 (with 1920x1080 screen), Google Nexus 10, Google Nexus 7, Acer Iconia Tab A500, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 (first generation, 1280x800), a few other gadgets, and of course, this one. I use these (other than comparisons) for casual web browsing, watching Netflix, common utilities (calendar, calculator, alarms), and... gaming! I'm current on all of the latest Gameloft and other releases - Grand Theft Auto, Bard's Tale, NOVA. I do have a PS Vita but it's hard to spend time with that tiny screen when you can play on a full 1080p screen that weighs less and is no less mobile.
I don't care about the iPad. I have chosen not to participate in the Apple cult; I equate it with the Scientology of electronics. Sleek, sexy, attractive, grossly overpriced and basically you panic about whether you look cool enough to justify the amount of money you paid to get it. Massive fail; instant pass. Let the Flying Spaghetti Monster defend Samsung from Apple in all the courts on the planet. If you want to have an Apple object (i.e., you have too much money for your own good and it leaks out of your pockets, and you'd just like to direct some of that abject waste towards Cupertino), actual technological and capability comparisons are irrelevant.
I ignore Windows 8 for now because Android is first, better, free, based on Linux, does everything I want it to, even, incredibly, locate my network printers... what's Windows again?
That is a background of the devices I can compare it to in first-hand experience. Quite a bit. All the best of the Android world.
Of the three major contenders - Acer Iconia A700, Google Nexus 10, and Asus Transformer Prime, this Asus is the brightest. The IPS+ mode is ABSURDLY bright. Don't turn that mode on when you're in bed in a dark room, you'll burn your web page into your retinas until tomorrow morning. It is bright enough to work outside in broad daylight. It will drain the battery but it's enough to watch one of the Lord of the Rings movies... extended edition... in broad daylight. Surprisingly, the Acer is second, and the Nexus 10 is third.
And here's an observation for you: watching a high-def movie or TV show on the Nexus is an incredible experience. The Acer is even better. The Asus is even better than that. This thing's brightness and sharpness, when watching high-def video of any kind, is just awe-striking.
The Asus and Acer both have full 1080p screens; the Google Nexus has the "+1", 2560 x 1600. Is it incredible? Yes. Is it worth it? Not necessarily. Many apps don't work on the non-standard, ultra-high resolution of the Nexus. So, while the operating system and browser is unbelievably high resolution, the 1080p displays are also fantastically sharp, most apps work with them, and if there's a trade-off between the unbelievable brightness of the Asus and the incrementally higher resolution of the Nexus, the brightness is by far the more practical spec.
As far as the "retina" claim, I'm extremely near-sighed. That means, with glasses, I see what you see with relatively normal vision. Without my 9-factor glasses, I can see something a couple inches from my face at super-human detail. So, if you're nearly legally blind, you will see the pixels. If you're a relatively normal-vision person, these will be brilliant, perfectly smooth colors and shapes, all. Even the relatively inexpensive Acer. As far as technicalities, the Nexus weighs in at 300 pixels per inch, while the iPad is at 264 and this tablet (Transformer Infinity) is at 224 ppi. Nevertheless, if you aren't as near-sighted as me, with your glasses off, looking at the screen with your glasses off and four inches from your face, you will not see pixels. It's brilliant and sharp. No qualifiers.
If you need the highest pixel density, that's the Nexus 10's party piece. That's why I bought it. But there is just no way you can find fault in a display like the one on the Asus.
SPEED / POWER
The Nexus has 2GB RAM, the Asus still has 1GB which is a bit disappointing. It shouldn't be too difficult for manufacturers to fit 2GB or even 4GB RAM onto these boards. The only reason they haven't is that the Linux core OS with Android on top takes SO little resources that it's crazy to think some web browsing or document viewing could necessitate a full gig of active RAM within the useful life of these devices. The only thing that might push the limit a bit is games. However, the Asus appears to play car racing games, first person shooters, etc., very smoothly. These tablets already have dedicated GPUs, but still use shared RAM - and that may be fine. If we eventually expect our high-definition tablets to play the latest-generation console games it'll be a RAM shoot-out, but for the best games they have for Android (which are really pretty impressive, I have to admit, given that I've been an avid PC gamer since IBM XT/AT days and Xbox/Playstation games for over a decade) this thing runs them smoothly and they look great. Plainly put.
Here, the Asus is better than any predecessor I've owned, the Acer is better than any predecessor I've owned, but the Google Nexus (with front-firing stereo speakers) is the indisputable winner. The sound out of this little hideous gray wafer is truly, truly unbelievable. Of course you don't get booming bass out of any of them but, at the sacrifice of form factor and aesthetics, the Google tablet delivers sound straight at your face, in stereo, which simply can not and will not be matched by ANY tablet with any quality of speakers that point off in another direction. I repeat, the Asus is good, even great. But here, the Nexus wins.
Here is where the Asus pulls away from its direct competitors. I specifically chose the Champagne color scheme, it just looked sexier and a little more different to me than the Amethyst, although I'm sure it's also extremely attractive. The brushed metal shell isn't as coarse as it looks in some of the marketing photos, which is a good thing - it's metal, it's smooth, it's semi-gloss, and it is undeniably sexy. It's an iPad competitor if ever there was one, just by looking GREAT. Of course the IPS+ display is great, but the widget itself is really, really sleek and sexy. The economy super-tablet from Acer is a notch down with silver plastic on the back that is very nice and well put together, but a lot less attractive than the brushed case of the A500 (which I also own). The Acer A700 is much lighter AND much more solidly constructed than the A500, but less beautiful to look at or feel. The Google Nexus 10, as with the Nexus 7 (which is made by Asus!), is a pig. It's thin, light, durable, amazingly well-constructed, the most comfortable to hold (certainly even better than iPad) - comfortable, durable, light, and UGLY. Sorry. The Nexus 10 is ugly.
The Asus is beautiful. The case is beautiful. It's smooth, cool metal. It looks great and and feels great. On the aesthetic front, of any Android tablet on the market, the Asus wins. By a mile. If you care about the barista who's watching the back of your tablet and deciding whether you're worth a date, this is worth real money. If you really just care about a good tablet, it's not worth much at all. I'm not choosing sides here; if you want to be holding an incredibly attractive piece of computing jewelry that ISN'T A CURSED IPAD, that's worth quite a bit in and of itself.
And here's where the Asus just wins the race. If you're looking for a single solution to everything, the "dock" for the Transformer Infinity turns this into an ultrabook. The latest-generation dock allows you to close the thing like a netbook/ultrabook. But let me tell you about the other half of this clam shell.
The "dock" lets you LOCK the thing into place. It is very nearly as solid and sturdy as an ultrabook once it is locked in place.
The true magic is that the dock contains a secondary battery that gives you another 3-4 hours of battery life that back-fills the tablet; it has a full-size USB port, and a full-size SD card slot. The USB port works with auto-detect, it'll charge things and detect things you plug in. The SD card slot lets you add - incredibly - 128GB if you want to fork out the cash for the latest generation of SD cards. 32 or 64GB extra storage are pretty easy these days. That amount of space is enough to store more games, movies, apps than you'll ever use.
What you've done is taken a $150 "dock", plus this most-sexy Android tablet, and turned it into ("transformed" it, if I may)... get this... a 10.1 inch ultrabook (yes, ultrabook) with FULL 1080P RESOLUTION. THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION OUT THERE! Seriously! You fork out about $650-700 and get an ultrabook that looks better, feels better, is cooler, than any other ultrabook, smaller, more compact, as fast... etc. etc.!
Additional kudos to the "dock": the keyboard is really, REALLY nice. Spectacularly nice. It's an island (chicklet) keyboard. I have a 14" HP notebook with a miserable island keyboard, poor key travel, poor sensitivity, just miserable. I also have a 11.6" HP DM1Z that has a very good island keyboard. I'd say the Asus Transformer Infinity dock is better than any of them. The only more comfortable island keyboard I may have ever typed on is the 6 year old Sony Vaio 16.4" laptop I'm typing on right now. The Asus dock is a CLOSE second!
There's a simple fact here: When you add the dock to the tablet, it makes a desktop replacement. It only has one USB port but you can add a powered hub. The full-size SD card lets you add incredible storage capacity. And when you look at what really matters, fabulously compact form factor; comfortable, accurate typing, sexy and cool; does everything this operating system can do smoothly and easily; and you have a 10.1 inch netbook that has a full 1080p screen. You can't find a 11.6" anywhere with that resolution. Or a 12.1". Or a 13.3, or 14", or even 15.6". 16.4" is the next smallest screen you will find that has full 1080P.
It really is cool.
The downside, and it is almost an embarrassing downside, is that the dock's bottom has a cheap plastic champagne-colored case. It does not match the stellar sexy outer case of the tablet.
If you care about having a bright, sharp screen, fast processor and great tablet for the best price, the Acer wins.
If you care about the highest resolution display with ample RAM, instant Google updates and supports on future releases, solid construction and light weight, the Nexus 10 wins.
If you care about a sexy tablet, that transforms in to the most compact, attractive and useful ultrabook available on the market, period, the Asus wins. If you want to type on a keyboard, a Bluetooth keyboard won't do justice to this. I'm loving this screen and the fabulous screen and keyboard.
The downside is that
Quickbooks 2012 is excellent accounting software, and Amazon has it available at an excellent price. The download version was very easy to download and install.
Also, one of the neat features is the availability in my personal download library to download and re-install if something goes wrong with the software or my computer.
I had a small glitch, totally on my side, and the support from Quickbooks helped me to clear up my situation.