The Asus Transformer Prime Eee Pad Firmware update has arrived, bringing with it bug fixes and performance enhancements that make the Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet more laptop-like.

The update gives the tablet's networking capacity a significant upgrade. Eee Pad owners are now able to link up to an Ethernet connection using a USB-to-Ethernet cable adapter, which will enable a faster and more secure connection.

In addition, the update enables an ad-hoc wireless network, which will allow users to connect to other computer and tablet devices without the use of a wireless connection or router. The new feature means users will be able to share files quickly over a secure connection.

The  new firmware also brings with it an enhanced bar lock system , which will lock users' screens effectively so they no longer hit icons accidentally while moving around with their tablet. As a part new feature, ASUS has introduced Face Unlock, which allows users to unlock their tablet through face recognition software. Users can directly access their home screen and apps without even touching the screen.

The Transformer Prime will be no different from a laptop in the way it connects to television with an HDMI output. Improvements have been made so users can choose to crop and scale the settings so the display fits onto different screen sizes.

The new Android Ice Cream Sandwich update, together with the fireware, bootloader unlock tool and mobile dock, is transforming the ASUS tablet into a laptop-like experience.

The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the first tablet to herald the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It is ultra-thin at 8.3mm and weighs only 586g and comes with state-of-the-art SonicMaster Audio technology, an HD 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash. And all with an 18-hour battery when combined with the mobile dock.