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Asus Transformer Book T200 review

Asus takes another stab at the transforming tablet

Asus Transformer Book T200
Asus Transformer Book T200

On its own, the tablet measures 205 x 194 x 11.95mm, meaning it's not the most svelte of tablets when compared to counterparts from Android and Apple, but let's not forget that there's considerably more packed into a full Windows tablet than the app-toting rivals.

If you take into account the hinge mechanism, the keyboard dock adds another 26mm, making the entire package just shy of 38mm thick. Whilst that's not oversized when compared to a lot of 'normal' laptops, it certainly feels a bit thicker than something like the Apple Macbook Air or Asus' own Zenbook UX305.

Asus Transformer Book T200 hinge

Specs

  • CPU: 1.46GHz Intel® Bay Trail-T Quad Core Z3775
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel® HD Graphics
  • RAM: 2 GB LPDDR3
  • Display: 11.-inch 16:9 IPS HD (1366 x 768) with multi-touch screen
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC With 500 GB HDD
  • Tablet: 1 x micro HDMI, 1 x micro USB, 1 x micro SD card
  • Dock: 1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x RJ45, 1 x micro USB
  • Connectivity: Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth™ V4.0
  • Camera: Front 2 Mp and rear 5 MP
  • Tablet: 305 x 194 x 11.95 mm (W x D x H)
  • Dock: 305 x 200 x 26 mm (W x D x H)

Un-docked from the keyboard the tablet weighs in at 1.8 pounds (0.78kg), feeling reasonably light and tactile, partly because it leaves heavy components such as the hard-drive stowed away inside the keyboard. The keyboard itself adds another 1.4 pounds (0.76kg), and whilst the combination is more than alternatives like Acer TravelMate B115 or the Dell Inspiron 11 3000, it still doesn't feel overly weighty.

Back in the dock, and you'll notice that the hinge actually lifts the base of the laptop upwards at the rear, meaning it's at a more slanted angle. Whether this was a deliberate design choice or a limitation imposed by the hinge, I'm not sure, but it actually makes for a more comfortable typing position and keeps the T200 well balanced when in laptop mode.