Asus Transformer Book T100 is a surprisingly inexpensive Windows 8 tablet / laptop hybrid. Unlike other hybrids in the market, that cost more than 800 dollars, Book T100 costs just 350 dollars, and with that you get a 10.1 inch netbook size tablet with Windows 8.1 software, Microsoft Office 2013 home edition office suit, keyboard dock and mind boggling 11 hours of battery life. So, it is really that good? Read Slate Review’s review to find out the truth.
Asus offers two configurations – 32GB and 64GB. Since Windows operating system takes up a bit of space, we suggest getting the 64GB model. My review unit had mere 29 gigabytes of free storage.
The dock is nicely designed and feels solid when the tablet is docked. It makes a clicky sound and you can lift it without any fear. It has chiclet layout and feels like a mini laptop when docked. I have typed on many netbook keyboards in the past and I had no problem typing with full speed on it. People who have not used netbooks in the past might take sometime in getting used to it though.
The touchpad supports multi touch gestures. While the two finger gestures work like a charm, it is a little less responsive for navigating. Its size is also a bit too small for my liking. Thankfully, it has a full size USB port, so you could just plugin your wired / wireless mouse instead of using that finicky touchpad.
Now, let’s talk about performance. The Intel Atom Z3740 processor is based on bay trail architecture, and while it is no match for the haswell processor (used in Vaio duo 13), it is good enough for web surfing, Microsoft office and anything that is not so CPU intensive. You can find detailed Z3740 benchmarks here. If you do not have to read that, it has same speed as the yesteryear’s Intel Pentium 987 processor. That said, compared to the previous Atom parts, the new one has received a significant graphics boost as the company has moved from PowerVR graphics to Intel HD graphics.
Battery life is around 9 hours while doing web surfing with brightness set to 50 percent. Mind blowing – very.
Conclusion – Asus Transformer Book T100 is faster than you would expect it to be. Apps launch within 1-2 seconds, and it is capable of running all windows apps. Battery runtimes are great, and with a price tag of $349, we have a winner in our hands.
October 18, 2013