The Transformer Prime may be a fine piece of hardware though things seem to be far from being perfect as far as it availability is concerned. Also, the first thing that we should be prepared for is a delay in its shipment. In fact, BestBuy has already sent out mails to those who have pre-ordered the Prime stating the tablet has been “Back Ordered” with shipments delayed by a week or two. BestBuy has even offered those who have opted for the Prime to cancel their orders and replace them with a similar device from their inventory or source it themselves from a brick and mortar stores. The latter option can well be termed futile as the Asus Prime tablet is in demand and any available stock are sure to be picked up in haste.
Things aren’t any better at Amazon as they too have been sending out mails to those who pre-ordered the Asus Prime saying theirs orders have been “inadvertently canceled.” They have the chance of ordering for the tablet again today, with a $10 gift card thrown in to take care of consumer inconvenience.
Meanwhile, Asus has issued the following statement to explain all the recent developments:
“We started filling the pipelines this past week and will continue to do so on an almost daily basis this coming week, although any shipments to the partners after Wednesday will probably mean availability the following week based on logistics. But we expect the inventory pipeline to be full by the first of the year. The orders shipped this past week and starting this week will cover the pre-order allocations and then start allowing online or in-store availability.”
We only hope things start to settle down with the Transformer Prime soon enough though those who have been looking forward to a pre-Christmas delivery of the same might be in for some disappointment. We have earlier seen about 300 of the Prime from amongst the first batch that were delivered in Taiwan were recalled due to Wi-Fi issues. However, Asus has claimed the error has been rectified in subsequent batches of the Prime.