ASUS Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 Hybrid - HotHardware

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
Display
10.1-inch 16:9 IPS (1366x768)
Processor 
Intel Quad-Core Z3740 (1.33GHz base, 1.86GHz Turbo) w/ Intel HD Graphics (311MHz base, 667MHz Turbo)
Memory
2 GB RAM
Internal Storage
32GB or 64GB
Connectivity
Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n 
Bluetooth 4.0
1x MicroUSB
Microphone
3.5mm Audio
1x Micro HDMI

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

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

Price
$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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Under the box contents you list the "Nexus 7" as being included. Fairly sure that's not the case :p

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Corrected... and yes, that's clearly not the case. :-/

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I don’t understand the negative reviews on this fully loaded tablet. Yes, fully loaded! I love the fact it has Windows 8.1, and a full version of Microsoft Office 2013. Yes, Microsoft Office is included. I love the fact that it comes with a click-type keyboard, which also serves as a cover. There is nothing cheap about this tablet. The look and feel of this tablet is expensive. It may not have full HD resolution, but I guarantee you won’t notice the difference. The display is super vivid and sharp. The keyboard is a little smaller, but that is to be expected with a tablet. I think the other reviewers are comparing this to a full size laptop.

This is not a laptop … but has all the features of a laptop in a very compact, portable size. It weighs about 2 pounds with the keyboard/cover. I especially enjoy the large 10.1” display, and ease of use. I use a stylus pen that I purchased for $10 to swipe and tap. It keeps the screen free of finger prints. I never got used to using a touch pad, not even with a laptop, so I connected a mouse using Bluetooth. Now I have all the functionality of a desktop in a tablet. My primary reason for purchasing this tablet is to take my work with me. I am now able to access all my Excel files through SkyDrive, so a large hard drive is no longer an issue.

The 32 GB hard drive on this tablet is more than sufficient. Now let’s talk price. With all its features, I only paid $340. Dell’s Venue comparable tablet with a keyboard is over $700. Microsoft Surface 2 Pro is over $1000 with a keyboard. The Microsoft Surface 2 RT is not a full functional Windows product, so there’s no comparison. The Surface 2 has many limitations, including Office. You cannot run macros with Windows RT. The Asus Transformer Book has the full version of Windows 8.1, so you can run applications like Java. It is the perfect tablet for access to the Internet, Netflix, email, music and games.

You get full functionality of Office, and you can even set this device up with Google Chromecast. Just install the Chrome browser. Buy the TV adapter for $35 and you can wirelessly connect this tablet to your HDTV. I know I must sound like a salesperson for Asus or Google, but I can assure you I am not. I am just so impressed with this product, that I cannot say enough about it. The bottom line: The features are right. The feel of this product is right. And most importantly, the price is right.

I hope it helps.

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Just finished the review, great stuff! I really loved my RT, but wanted a little better performance, access to some code editors and the ability to play some games. This definitely sounds like the ticket :)

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At $399 for the 64GB variant with keyboard dock, you really can't go wrong. A 64GB iPad with no dock is $699.

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I just read a few comments about long charging times and occasional black screens when charging which required a restart. I don't recall anything in the review mentioning how long charging takes or mentioning any other issues other then that one game. Do you have any information on either of those issues?

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Hi. I have had this tablet since it was released and it is a lifesaver for me. Yes, it takes a while to charge - if you want to charge it up from zero, you have to give it about 6 or 7 hours, so I basically leave it on charge overnight. The maximum unplugged time I have had out of it is about 9 hours without doing anything too crazy on it. However, I think that is more than enough for me.

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Seriously considering this as a Christmas present. A couple questions if I may:

How secure is the connection to the dock?

How much of that 64 GB is usable?

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I just got mine from the UPS man. The dock connector seems really secure.

36gbs free of 49. You should be able to increase that by removing the recovery partition but I'm just going to utilize the SD slot and usb 3 connector (depending on gaming abilities I'm thinking an SSD that can be packed with it).

Overall way more premium then I was thinking. The back of the display is a little meh, I would have preferred something matte and the keyboard is cramped but overall pretty cool. Way better then my old Surface RT :)

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Thanks!

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