Reviews and Problems with Asus Transformer Book T100
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Asus Transformer Book T100TAM review – revamped!
7 August 2014
Summary: The Asus Transformer Pad T100TAM is a revamped version of the T100TA 2-in-1 mini laptop, a stand alone 10 inch Windows tablet built on Intel BayTrail hardware, with a matching docking station. Compared to the original T100, the new version offers a metallic body, faster hardware and a somewhat improved display.
Pros: metallic body, good built quality, fairly good IPS screen, can handle daily hassle well, good battery life, runs cool and quiet, solid price
Cons: heavier than the TA model, charging issues, cramped keyboard and trackpad, top-heavy in laptop mode
Asus Transformer Book T100 review: It's a Netbook, it's a tablet, it's an awesome deal
20 February 2014
Summary: The Asus Transformer Book T100 revives the Netbook value proposition (and Netbook usability issues) in a budget-price 10-inch laptop that doubles as a tablet. You won’t love it, but for sheer bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat.
Pros: The Asus Transformer Book T100 runs full Windows 8.1, comes with a keyboard, has great battery life, and is a steal if you can find it for $350.
Cons: The cramped keyboard feels like an old Netbook's used to; not as fast as zippier, larger, more expensive Windows products; display not that vibrant.
Excerpt: Windows is still relatively new to the tablet market, with the launch of Windows 8 occurring just a little over a year ago. But that doesn’t mean the market isn’t filled with options for consumers, ranging from ARM-based Windows RT options such as the Microsoft Surface 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520, to full-blown Windows 8.1 convertibles and hybrids.
Excerpt: Microsoft may only offer two official Windows tablets but there’s actually a third way you can go – with the low-cost T100 typifying what you can expect. Microsoft is seemingly not interested in pursuing this line itself and that’s frankly a little perplexing to us because in many ways the 10.1-inch Transformer Book T100 gives you the best of both worlds.
Conclusion: Despite its few flaws, the Asus Transformer T100 is a capable tablet and laptop. It won’t win any performance crowns compared to more capable processors in its Core i3, i5 and i7 bigger brothers but it is definitely a more welcome improvement over the netbooks we used to chastise for their sluggish processors and overall experiences. Were it not for the clunky touchpad, the T100 would have been perfect.
Summary: The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a hybrid machine from Asus that runs Windows 8.1 Pro and is powered by the latest Intel Atom quad-core chips that are not only more power efficient than the previous generation of Atom chips, all the while delivering more performance. The build of the T100 could have been better, but that would have increased the price of this otherwise rather economical hybrid.
Pros: The screen has good viewing angles, The Atom processor matches Core i3 performance, The dock is actually quite functional, Decent build quality
Cons: The rubber feet at the bottom are ineffective, Very minimal number of ports, The dock has no additional battery for extended life
Summary: The ASUS Transformer Book T100 is one of the better bargains in tech today. For a starting price $150 less than Microsoft's Surface 2 -- which doesn't come with a keyboard and runs the stripped down Windows RT OS -- you get full Windows 8.1, a keyboard dock, more than 12 hours of battery life and Microsoft Office. That's not to say this hybrid is perfect. The netbooklike keyboard is on the cramped side, and ASUS chose the wrong place to put the power button.
Conclusion: Yes, you can get Microsoft's Surface 2 for a tenner more, but that model only runs the limited RT version of Windows 8.1 and you'll still need to shell out another £100 for the accompanying keyboard. The T100 may not be the best looking hybrid out there, but it's solidly built, offers a decent screen and processor, plus the latest Windows 8.1 at an extremely reasonable price.
Excerpt: The Asus Transformer Book T100 is only one of several tablets announced and released with the all-new Microsoft Windows 8.1 tablet OS. It doesn’t outshine many others in its category but it does have a number of interesting features that make it at least worth a look, if not an outright purchase. In a review that was first published on Tablet News, James A.
Pros: Uses full version of Windows 8 operating system, Comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student pre-installed, Lightweight, Inexpensive
Cons: Keyboard dock lacks extra battery, Screen resolution is quite limited, Lacks a rear camera