ASUS Trans­former Book T100

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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.

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