ASUS TRANS­FORMER BOOK T100 CHI

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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.

DE­CEM­BER 2015

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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.

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