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Asus Transformer Book T100 Review – The Budget Shape-Shifter

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Feeling a bit happy for its size, the Asus Transformer Book T100 can be your typical small laptop and your occasional tablet thankfully to the hinges that connect the keyboard and screen. The keyboard design might not look too appealing, but after a few words typed down, it doesn\’t seem to bother. The faux metal is welcomed but the disappointment strives when much preference is given to the bezel around the screen reducing the screen size to an even compact size. It is easily detached and fits back in smoothly too. The screen is heavier than the keyboard and hence, while using it on your lap, it tends to give a little discomfort until adjusted.

REVIEW

The 10.1 inch screened hybrid; apart from being shiny and plastic, it carries only a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution which is a complete let down as there are clearly many competitors offering a better screen at the same price. It offers us the power switch and volume keys fitted on the sides of the screen and the keyboard feels super less as Asus planned on skipping the battery in this one to avoid extra weightage. A USB 3.0 socket on the left side of the dock at pinned in. On the tablet itself, you’ll find a micro-USB and micro-HDMI port on the right side, along with a headphone jack and microSD slot as well. Moving on to the software, the Transformer book T100 has an 8.1 Windows with the beneficial Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student edition already built in as an extra perk. It runs on an Intel Atom-based processor and uses a 1.3GHz quad-core Z3740 CPU.

It has an internal storage of 32GB and 62GB respectively. A little disappointing having a RAM of mere 2GB which does slow down a few things and apps when used simultaneously. What steals focus is the amazing battery life it supports. Even after running on Windows 8.1, it lasted us easily for 10 – 12 hours without giving much trouble. The speakers were shockingly good and were considerably loud too and didn’t tear the music quality when we tried to play some music and even watch movies. When detached, it worked beautifully as a tablet. The touchpad was just as perfect as all the ASUS products intend it to be.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 10.1 inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.3GHz quad-core atom-based processor
  • Windows 8.1 OS
  • 2GB RAM
  • 1 kg

VERDICT

Well there is the plastic feel to this netbook which is a let-down but the solid build still saves it. To get the Windows 8.1 in a cheap offer works well and the use of a tablet and laptop in one is a good deal too. If only the keyboard was a tad bit fancier, it would have been a good deal. For a good battery life and satisfactory display, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 wouldn’t be the best, but would just be about average.

Exhibit Rating – 3 / 5

Price – Rs 34,000/-

 

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