Asus Transformer Book T100 review

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

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Benchmarks

Cinebench 11 - CPU - 1.09pts, OpenGL - 6.09 fps

3DMark - Ice Storm - 15842

Cloud Gate - 1222

Fire Strike - 0 would not run

Asus has aimed to keep the Transformer Book T100's price down by opting for fairly pedestrian hardware under the bonnet. Crank it open and you'll find a 1.33-GHz quad-core Atom Z3740 processor, alongside 64GB of eMMC flash storage (you can only get the 32GB version in the UK).

That's all backed up by 2GB of DDR3 RAM, which limits the performance of the device (versus 4GB) but was likely a decision made to keep costs as low as possible. The T100 boots to the desktop in around 18 seconds, not that you'll be doing a great deal of it as Windows 8.1 lets the device wake up within seconds in a similar manner to an iPad.

Asus Transformer Book T100

Once you're up and running, it becomes clear that the T100 provides enough power to keep things ticking along nicely, though proceedings begin to slow down pretty quickly when running demanding desktop applications such as Photoshop CS5.

However, there's more than enough power for basic tasks, providing enough grunt to keep anything from five to 10 apps from the Windows Store open at once without causing noticeable slowdown. Playing 1080p video from YouTube while keeping applications open caused little impact on the overall performance of the system, though scrolling up and down became slightly jagged in Internet Explorer 11.

Asus Transformer Book T100

There is an upshot to the T100 only being able to handle average computing tasks - battery life. It managed to keep going for 10 hours and 45 minutes on 3D Mark's Home Battery test, which runs through a cycle of opening and closing applications and playing HD video files until no battery life remains. It means that you no longer have to plump lots of money for a Haswell-based laptop if battery life is high on the agenda to get hold of the full Windows experience.

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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