ASUS Transformer Book T100
ASUS was once the king of netbooks with its Eee PC range, so it should come as no surprise that they make a pretty good affordable hybrid PC. Like the rest of the devices in our shootout, the Transformer Book T100 consists of a a tablet with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and detachable keyboard dock. While the T100 has been around for a while, it has been refreshed this year with the latest Intel Bay Trail processor.
Design-wise, the T100 shares some of the design qualities of ASUS’ other Transformer products including the concentric circles pattern on the lid. There’s no doubt however that the T100 is a budget model as it’s made entirely of fairly cheap looking plastic - the shiny plastic lid is particularly bad, and is also a massive fingerprint magnet.
The tablet connects to its dock through a simple locking connector with a button on the dock to release it. Unlike Acer and Lenovo’s tablets, you can’t insert the tablet in backwards for a secondary display mode (it will fit, but the connector won’t lock so you won’t be able to use the keyboard). The tablet feels secure when locked in though, and the hinges are stable and smooth.
Like the Acer Switch 10, the T100 has a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen display. It’s not the best display we’ve seen, but it’s good enough for general usage, and viewing angles are quite wide.
Most of the T100’s ports can be found on the right-side of the tablet itself, with a Micro-USB, MicroHDMI, headphone port and microSD card slot found here. You also get a full-sized USB 3.0 port on the keyboard dock. One of the more convenient aspects of the T100 is that it is powered by a standard MicroUSB cable, the same type used by most Android smartphones, as well as many other devices. The keyboard dock sports an almost full-sized keyboard that feels quite similar to some of ASUS’ netbooks. The keys are well-spaced and have a surprisingly large amount of travel and firmness, resulting in a very satisfying typing experience. Despite the spatial limitations, important keys like Enter, Shift and Backspace are generously sized.
Like our other shootout models, the clickpad is a bit undersized but still performs well. A small line delineates between left and right click, and the smooth, glassy finish makes this the fastest clickpad out of the three in our shootout.
Under the hood, the T100 is armed with an Intel Atom Z3740 1.3GHz processor and 2GB RAM. For storage it has a 32GB SSD in the tablet and an extra 500GB HDD in the keyboard dock.
Looks and feels a bit
cheap. Micro-USB power port. Good keyboard.