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Asus Transformer Book T100 review

The T100 is beyond reasonably priced, but can it get the job done?

Don't let the netbook comparison have you running to the hills: the Transformer Book T100 is a quietly attractive device with a glossy plastic lid that echoes Asus' premium Zenbook line of ultrabooks. Though not quite as premium, you won't feel embarrassed pulling it out of a bag whether on a train or sitting down at a business meeting.

The tablet part of the device feels light in the hand. At 1.2 pounds, it's just shy of the iPad Air's 1 pound weight. Its curved sides means its manageable to hold in a single hand in tablet mode and is more comfortable than the third or fourth generation iPad to hold.

Adding the dock lends it significantly more heft, however, doubling that weight to 2.4 lbs. It also adds chunk to the device, jumping from 0.41 inches to 0.93 inches. It's not the thickest convertible out there, but you won't be slipping it into any envelopes to impress your friends.

Asus Transformer Book T100

The T100 has something of a quirk in its design in the form of the dock's hinge. With the tablet connected, it juts out at the back and is used to support the tablet when in laptop mode instead of the four rubber mats on the underside of the dock, which are raised above the ground. It doesn't render the device unbalanced or make it rock - it just comes across as something of an odd design choice.

The tablet's black bezel is a little on the thick side too, which isn't a problem whether using the device as a tablet, but it looks a little overkill in laptop mode.

On display

The Asus Transformer Book T100 features a 10.1-inch IPS display with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. It's an appropriate resolution for the screen size and doesn't leave you with the scaling problems you might encounter on the Surface Pro 2's 1920 x 1080 pixel-resolution panel when using third-party applications.

Asus Transformer Book T100

A drawback here is that it's not quite as crisp as a full-HD panel and can best be described as adequate, yet lacking spark. Colour reproduction is solid without appearing oversaturated and brightness is evenly distributed across the panel.

The IPS display is plenty reflective, but glare at it intently enough and you'll see that it lives up to Asus' 178-degree viewing angle claims, making it suitable for watching Netflix or other content with a friend.

Asus Transformer Book T100

The power button sits at the top-left hand corner of the tablet alongside two volume rockers. Though the three are a little squishy and don't offer a great deal of tactile feedback, opting to use a power button to unlock Windows instead of a centered button under the screen works well as it's easier to reach while holding the device in landscape mode. It also makes it much easier to take screenshots, should you want to.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time11 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyTransformer Book T100TA
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelZ3740
ColourGrey
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorHybrid
Processor Speed1.33 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.03 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, RoHS, ENERGY STAR
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardLPDDR3-1067
Height23.6 mm
Width263 mm
Depth171 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyLPDDR3
Product SeriesT100TA
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelT100TA-DK002H
Product NameTransformer Book T100TA-DK002H Net-tablet PC
Product LineTransformer Book
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberT100TA-DK002H
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationLightening Performance

The Transformer Book T100 provides the world's best performance in a 10.1" Windows Tablet. It has Intel latest Bay Trail-T Quad Core CPU inside and a multi-touch HD screen to make the most of Windows 8.1. The Transformer Book is also the first Windows 8.1 tablet to feature USB3.0 allowing up to 10X faster data transfer speeds.

Work and Fun

The T100TA's optimum-comfort keys and 19mm travel distance keyboard combined with MS Office Home & Student 2013 gives users an unforgettable typing experience. Also theT100TA's detachable docking station provides high mobility, perfect for the different usage scenarios.

Package Contents
  • Transformer Book T100TA-DK002H Net-tablet PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Keyboard Dock
Limited Warranty1 Year