- Uses full version of Windows 8 operating system
- Comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student pre-installed
- Keyboard dock lacks extra battery
- Screen resolution is quite limited
- Lacks a rear camera
The Asus Transformer Book T100 is only one of several tablets announced and released with the all-new Microsoft Windows 8.1 tablet OS. It doesn’t outshine many others in its category but it does have a number of interesting features that make it at least worth a look, if not an outright purchase.
In a review that was first published on Tablet News, James A. classified the Transformer Book T100 as a pretty good machine, calling it “a netbook replacement with some punch and excellent battery.” With up to 11 solid hours of Wi-Fi surfing and 14 days of standby time, that’s a reasonably fair assessment. The T100 achieves this with its 31WHr battery which comes built-in -- handy because its keyboard dock lacks an extra battery.
Speaking of which, it seems that this particular accessory may not be up to Asus standards, at least according to some reviewers like Dan Gardiner of APC. He complains that the keyboard keys are “quite small” while the trackpad button was simply “quite stiff and hollow-sounding when pressed.” When you take the T100’s low price into account, though, you’ll begin to understand why these kinds of snags are present in the first place.
The T100 isn’t supposed to be a bleeding edge gadget. It’s merely an entry-level model that relies on the latest version of Windows and a keyboard accessory to function as a full-fledged laptop. As Matt Egan of PC Advisor puts it, it’s more like an “updated netbook” than anything else, and that it would be far too easy to spend more for less with other Windows tablet alternatives.
Overall, this is an attractive tablet. It ticks all the right boxes and at the same time, doesn't cost an arm and a leg. As Tim Schiesser of TechSpot concludes, it ought to be “appealing to students and other consumers on a budget, who are looking for something a little more versatile than an Android tablet or iPad, but don’t have the cash to drop on a higher-end convertible.”
Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)
Perfect for users with basic computing needs
Solid product that ticks several of the right boxes
Asus definitely isn’t attempting to push fancy specs, high-resolution displays or new and innovative features with the Transformer Book T100. Instead, it’s positioned as an entry-level tablet running full Windows 8.1, with access to the desktop and traditional apps, that can be converted into a small laptop with the help of the included keyboard dock. The combination is especially appealing to students and other consumers on a budget, who are looking for something a little more versatile than an Android tablet or iPad, but don’t have the cash to drop on a higher-end conver... Full review
Tablet netbook hybrid with excellent speakers and battery
This reasonably priced and lightweight Windows 8.1 tablet still has some charms
We weren’t quite as enamoured with the T100’s build quality — while the tablet itself is quite solid, it’s still a little plasticky overall and the power and volume buttons are a tad ephemeral and wobbly to the touch. The included keyboard dock is also a bit less impressive than we’re used to seeing from ASUS; it doesn’t have an extra battery (which at least keeps it light weight), the keyboard keys are quite small and the trackpad button was quite stiff and hollow-sounding when pressed. ASUS had to cut costs somewhere to keep that retail price low, we&rs... Full review
Not the nicest-looking device, but it offers true portability at a great price
Light, plenty responsive and feels great to hold
The Asus Transformer Book is almost a bargain considering how much less it will cost compared with Windows 8.1 convertibles such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 - but you have to make the purchase with realistic expectations to avoid disappointment.
The device is certainly waving the flat for Windows 8.1 and opens up the OS to a wider audience by appealing to anyone looking for a laptop, tablet or combination of the two. It works well as both and succeeds in aiming for versatility.
The addition of Microsoft Office Home & Student is a real boost for productivity, and i... Full review
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