Asus Transformer Book T100 review

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

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Let's not beat about the bush: the Modern UI section of Windows 8.1 is still a barren wasteland when it comes to third-party apps. Fortunately you can install a multitude of existing desktop programs, which softens the blow somewhat.

Start Screen

Windows 8.1 comes with a number of improvements, including new ways to snap apps to different parts of the screen and deeper customisation options including the ability to use your desktop wallpaper on the Start Screen. For a complete rundown in Windows 8.1's features, head over to our in-depth guide.

The most exciting software addition to the T100 is Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student Edition, which is thrown into the mix for free. This alone makes this T100 a much more attractive deal considering its standalone cost, which starts at £99 (around $115, or AUS$129) at the time of writing.

Office apps

Microsoft's Office apps are nippy to open and benefit from improved integration with Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service, meaning you can edit documents offline and have them uploaded automatically when in range of a connection. You don't have to use SkyDrive - having Windows 8.1 means you can install alternatives such as Dropbox or Google Drive, which offer similar functionality.

ASUS WebStorage

The Transformer Book T100 is free of bloatware, with the company's own WebStorage app being the only first-party offering onboard (there's also a Kindle app). It comes with 1TB of complimentary cloud storage space for one year, which is a respectable amount when you consider that Microsoft bundles a comparatively measly 200GB of SkyDrive storage space with its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. Google offers half of that with its own and its partners' Chromebooks.

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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