ASUS Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 Hybrid

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The Asus Transformer Book T100 packs an impressive list of features into a diminutive chassis and companion keyboard dock. After working with system, it's clear that Asus is hoping to capture lightning in a bottle, for the second time in a row.

It's been six years since Asus launched the first Eee PC and kicked off a miniature revolution in mobile computing. Eee PC models weren't fast, they weren't particularly well-featured, and they didn't have the best displays. Even so, these lightweight boxes were the harbingers of the netbook bonanza that kicked off in earnest with the launch of Intel's Atom processor (codename: Silverthorne).

The Transformer Book T100 isn't a netbook but it's impossible to look at the system and not see netbook DNA. Don't be fooled. This is the evolved form -- the fully upgraded Zergling (minus the troublesome lemon juice allergy). It avoids the problems that dogged the launch of early Windows 8 tablets and convertibles last year and presents a far saner, smarter idea of what an inexpensive combination device should look like at this price point.

Asus Transformer Book T100
Specifications & Features
Operating System
Windows 8.1
10.1-inch 16:9 IPS (1366x768)
Intel Quad-Core Z3740 (1.33GHz base, 1.86GHz Turbo) w/ Intel HD Graphics (311MHz base, 667MHz Turbo)
Internal Storage
32GB or 64GB
Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n 
Bluetooth 4.0
1x MicroUSB
3.5mm Audio
1x Micro HDMI

1x USB 3.0 (Dock)
1x MicroSD card reader
1.2MP front-facing camea
Ambient Light

272 x 170 x 10.5 mm (tablet)
272 x 170 x 10.1mm (dock)
31 Wh
Box Contents
ASUS Transformer Book T100
Keyboard Dock
microUSB cable
USB charger
Quick Start Guide
Warranty papers

$349.00 (32GB)
$399.00 (64GB)

That's the formal list of specifications. Now, let's talk about look and feel. At 2.4 lbs total (evenly divided between tablet and dock), the system is extremely light. The system has no problem balancing when the two halves are connected, but the tablet is light enough to feel comfortable in the hand. ASUS seems to have done a good job finding a nice balance between the weight, materials, and textures.

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