ASUS TRANSFORMER BOOK T100 CHI
If the ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi looks familiar to you, that’s because it’s a smaller version of the Transformer Book T300 Chi. Like the T300 Chi, the T100 Chi has an all-aluminum chassis and feels solidly put together. It even has the same chamfered diamond-cut polished edges, which gives the entire design a more visual flair. It is remarkably thin and light too, measuring just 14.8mm with the keyboard dock attached and just 7.2mm for the tablet display alone - that’s even thinner than the first-generation iPad Air. It weighs just 1kg with the keyboard dock attached and 570g for the tablet display alone.
The T100 Chi also stands out for its high-resolution display. It has the same size 10.1-inch touchscreen display as its rivals, but it outputs a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. This means a pixel density count of 224 pixelsper-inch, on par with Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display. As a result, the T100 Chi looks sharper and crisper than its rivals. Viewing angles are good too, but it suffers from a lot of glare and reflection.
The T100 Chi has the most powerful processor of the trio, with a quad-core Intel Atom Z3775 (1.46GHz, 2MB L2 cache) processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC flash storage. This is one of the more powerful processors in the Bay Trail family and benefits from a slightly higher base clock speed. This should translate to marginally better performance.
In terms of connectivity, the T100 Chi doesn’t have a full-sized USB port. Instead, it only has a Micro-USB port and another USB 3.0 port using a compact micro-B plug. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack, Micro-HDMI port for video output and microSD card reader for expanding storage. Like its rivals, it supports Bluetooth 4.0 and only wireless 802.11n of speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Thanks to the T100 Chi’s svelte design and lightweight, it is no surprise that it is the most portable and handy of the three devices. Its high-resolution display and aluminum chassis makes the T100 Chi feel like a premium tablet. However, the keyboard dock is a little too small to be used comfortably. The keys have a good amount of travel, but are noticeably narrower and smaller; scrolling up and down with the track pad can also be a pain.
Chamfered diamond-cut polished edges add much visual flair to the Transformer Book T100 Chi.
The trackpad is responsive but far too narrow to be used comfortably.
The Transformer Book T100 Chi has a USB 3.0 port using the micro-B plug.