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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Eee Pad Transformer Now Available From £291.66

What appears to be a glitch in the ecommerce platform at Staples means that you can now accumulate a number of voucher codes on high value purchases.

By stacking those (IV3119, IV3122, IV3123, IV3124, IV3125, IV3126), we've managed to cut down the cost of the Eee Pad Transformer to around £292 (you will need to take off the Ordercare service option as well and the price does include free delivery).

Interestingly, the deal (available here (opens in new tab)) also works for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer with the keyboard docking station that transforms it from a bog standard tablet into something akin to a laptop.

Released earlier this year, the Eee Pad Transformer has been one of the more successful Android tablets in 2011 and is set to be replaced in the next few weeks by the Eee Pad Transformer 2 that will bring some incremental changes, the most important being the upgrade from the Tegra 2 to the Tegra 3 chipset.

The current Transformer comes with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive IPS touchscreen, a 1Ghz dual core Tegra 2 SoC, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, front and rear cameras, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a battery that can last up to eight hours.

The keyboard docking station doubles the battery life and adds a few more goodies as well. Asus has already confirmed that the device, which comes with Android 3.1 Honeycomb will be upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.