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Asus Transformer Book T100 review

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

The T100 is a light and nimble device that aims for versatility, so it's a shame that there's no onboard LTE. WiFi is limited to 5GHz 802.11n too, so there's no 802.11ac to be found here. That said, it held the connection reliably during our usage test.

As with the HP Chromebook 11, the T100 can charge via a microUSB cable that connects to the tablet part of the device, giving you an extra method of topping up juice on the move. That's in addition to a proprietary connector, though you won't find any difference between the two when it comes to charging times. Both are teeth-gnashingly slow, taking around six hours to reach full from depleted.

If charging time is the most important characteristic of a tablet, and you're prepared to put up with the limitations of Windows RT, Nokia's Lumia 2520 is the undisputed leader in its category.

Asus Transformer Book T100

There's also a full-size USB port on the dock, which is welcome as it means you won't have to lug around a micro-USB adapter. Of course, you can use the inbuilt Bluetooth adapter to connect up accessories, but it makes your life much easier if you want to connect an external mouse or keyboard, or plug in a USB stick.

In the dock

As with previous Transformer devices, the T100 comes with its own keyboard dock that clips into the tablet to provide laptop-style functionality. I'm a fan of keyboards that are designed to be used with specific tablets - there's nothing worse than when a device has to be paired with a mismatched, third-party Bluetooth-powered folio case. It just kills the experience.

Asus Transformer Book T100

The T100's keyboard will leave document warriors disappointed. Its keys provide adequate travel, but they're on the small size - around three quarters the size of those on a full-size QWERTY keyboard. It doesn't help that you have to rest your wrists on the ridge above the trackpad when typing, which makes for an uncomfortable and unnatural hand posture.

Is it better than typing on the tablet's on-screen keyboard? Undoubtedly, and the experience beat that of using Microsoft's Surface 2 Touch Keyboard Cover too, but you won't be wanting to use it for anything more taxing than posting social media updates and light document editing.

It's a clear compromise to keep the size of the tablet down and leaves me wondering whether Asus would have been better off making the T100 a 10.6-inch tablet like the Surface, which would have allowed it to make the keyboard roomier, if slightly less portable.

Asus Transformer Book T100

The trackpad isn't up to much either - it's plenty responsive and can be tuned to your liking through settings in Windows, but its left and right buttons are unusually loud and emit a cheap-sounding click when pressed.

It's not the worst trackpad I've glided my fingers across (it doesn't tend to stick like the one on the HP Chromebook 11, for a start), but it's nothing to get excited over. Plus there's a workaround on offer if you're prepared to hook up a USB or bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

On the plus side, Asus has chosen not to include a battery in the keyboard to keep costs and weight down (it already has stellar battery life - more on that shortly) and attaching and removing it from the tablet part of the device is as easy as pressing down the release button in the middle of the upper ridge. I like the idea of a battery-powered keyboard dock, and one with an improved trackpad in the future would be welcomed.

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