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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) 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.

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