Asus Transformer Book T100
Manufacturer: Asus Part number: T100TA-C1-GR
- Bottom Line:
- The Asus Transformer Book T100 revives the Netbook value proposition (and Netbook usability issues) in a budget-price 10-inch laptop that doubles as a tablet. You won’t love it, but for sheer bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $399.99 - $488.99
- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Reviewed on: 11/22/2013
The good: The Asus Transformer Book T100 runs full Windows 8.1, comes with a keyboard, has great battery life, and is a steal if you can find it for $350.
The bad: The cramped keyboard feels like an old Netbook's used to; not as fast as zippier, larger, more expensive Windows products; display not that vibrant.
The bottom line: The Asus Transformer Book T100 revives the Netbook value proposition (and Netbook usability issues) in a budget-price 10-inch laptop that doubles as a tablet. You won’t love it, but for sheer bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat.
The Best Laptop You Can Get for the Price!
by Donald_Bower on November 22, 2013
Pros: + Atom CPU and Windows 8 keep everything incredibly smooth
+ Sound is surprisingly good
+ Battery life is fantastic
+ Keyboard is fine
Cons: - Display isn't great, but it also isn't bad
- Cheap materials on the back of the tablet
Summary: I bought the T100 about a week and a half ago and I'm in love with it. It has shortcomings, but it makes up for those with aplomb. I'...
Summary: I bought the T100 about a week and a half ago and I'm in love with it. It has shortcomings, but it makes up for those with aplomb. I'm going to go over a few points that I think will be helpful (and I already wrote for ars).
To start out with I think Asus released buggy software at the start. Online you'll see a few different revisions being sold and I purposefully bought what I believed to be a later model and have had zero issues with keyboards, black screens when charging etc... My trackpad also seems to work well though some gestures don't get picked up great. I ended up disabling all their trackpad software. I definitely don't fault the reviewers for this, but I wanted to let people know that this is not the norm.
Software & Windows
The reviews rightly pointed out the the lack of apps for RT, but the big stuff I use is on the Windows store. More importantly you have access to all your normal apps. This was a big thing for me. I had the original Surface and I loved 8.1 but sometimes I needed an app, like something for FTP or a good code editor, or a good image editor and it wasn't there. With a full version of windows I get the RT apps which work great then I can run a full version of Photoshop, Sublime Text & WinSCP when I need. In addition you can install Steam and actually play games.
Really the ability to run regular Windows apps is what sold me on this. Beyond the free copy of Office you get, you can run basically anything on this. Unlike iOS or Android I'm not limited in my options or limited to a touch screen. If I need to do work, I can do it and then with a swipe bring back ars while hulu is snapped to the side of my screen. Windows 8 just really shines on this machine. You'll get Microsoft's vision if you use this for a few minutes.
The Atom CPU and Windows 8 keep everything incredibly smooth. As the reviews have mentioned you can bog it down if you do a bunch on your desktop but I was playing games while it streamed a movie from its sd card to my xbox 360. It really packs a punch hardware wise. You won't play the latest titles, even at the lowest res, but if you're like me and travel a bit for work anything can be great. I'm actually looking forward to my next flight as I know I can now play Civ 5 on lower settings.
The display isn't great, but it also isn't bad. The colors look nice, and viewing angles are fine. Higher res might be nice but on a 10" I'm not bothered.
The sound is surprisingly good. No, I'm actually blown away by how good the speakers on this machine are. It's just weird. They're loud, clear and actually seem to have a fairly good range. I mean they're not going to compete with your desktop speakers at all but for a tablet they're amazing.
The battery life is fantastic. Seriously all day battery with my usage. I was sick the other day and played FTL for about 2 hours, watched some hulu, a movie, then realized I could use Play To with my 360 and watched another movie by streaming it to my tv through my xbox 360 while browsing the web and ended up with about 50% battery after maybe 5 or 6 hours. I did find that it clocks itself down to about 600mhz when you get under 10% and you'll start to see some performance issues then. Really the only issue here is it charges with micro usb so charge times can take a bit.
Materials & Design
Ok, so now the bad. The keyboard is fine in my opinion. I really love typing on it actually, but it is a little cramped. My biggest peeve though is the right shift key is super small. The trackpad is fine. I'd like it if it were bigger, if it worked better and if they basically transplanted a macbook pro's trackpad, but as far as windows computers go this is fine.
The biggest issue is definitely the materials they used. The only word to describe the back of the tablet is cheap. The materials in general aren't great which was the hardest part of moving from a Surface.
I wish the screen had a glass panel, I wish it was made of aluminum, I wish the keyboard was laid out differently, I wish the trackpad was better, I wish the windows key was hidden away somewhere other then next to the volume button. It would be neat if there were options for keyboard bases with additional storage. I'd love a kickstand on the tablet portion. There are a lot of faults, but the important thing about this is it's amazing.
Basically I'd love if Microsoft had made this. If they'd just put an Atom inside the Surface 2 it would have blown everyone's minds. This isn't bad though. Sure if you take it to a coffee shop, people will probably drop money into your laptop bags as they walk past with their iPads and MacBook's. Android users will probably scoff at you for using Windows. But in the end you'll have a great computer that can really do anything except possibly look amazing.
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In closing, I love my T100.
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Asus bites, product quality and cust service worst
by Kentrrr on February 23, 2014
Pros: All the attributes written for specs about this hunk of junk.
Cons: It's a hunk of junk backed by a company that doesn't have a clue how to deal with junky product customer service. It's also far from the west coast of US, if not, I would toss this piece of junk against the wall of their crappy store.
Summary: I had this product for all of 2 months. It appears to be a great deal. However, the tablet didn't sit very well within the keyboard so it always ...
Summary: I had this product for all of 2 months. It appears to be a great deal. However, the tablet didn't sit very well within the keyboard so it always took some pushing. Along with that, the on keyboard mouse was pretty useless as it was a bit unresponsive and often movements I tried to make were imprecise or changed screens on me without my intention. I practically only used as a tablet but the onscreen keyboard takes up so much space it's hard to work effectively with it in excel, etc.
Well, this morning I went to dock it into the keyboard base and as I pushed it in a tiny crack was induced in the screen right near where the left insert to the base is located. Of course, shortly after, the crack now runs from top to bottom of the screen and the tablet is unusable. I call Asus, naively expecting an apology and a path to get this thing fixed ASAP. What I got, even after talking to a manager (Mikhael) was to be informed that my warranty has been invalidated due to physical damage and that my only course to fix was to send to them, at my cost, get repaired, at my cost, and sent back to me, at my cost. It was like talking to robots. I guess I'm just another jerk that cracks his screen for fun and tries to claim it's a warranty item. Absolutely no concern for them about the image that this review would give the product or Asus or that I wouldn't ever buy another product from asus as long as I live. There isn't even another phone number they could suggest to call. Got same answer on online chat...
Ironically, I'm writing this on my ipad that I've had for 3yrs and never had the slightest issue with. Anyway, this product is cheap, the customer care is even cheaper, and unless you have a lot of time to waste, I would stay away from Asus products by any name (Nexus, etc.). They're not local, their a pain to deal with, they have robots working in customer service, they don't care at all, and their products are cheap in quality and design. I hope they lose all their business.
Asus T100 B1 absolutely what I was looking for
by nicknickerson on December 14, 2013
Pros: Price was exceptional with the discount from Office Depot. The battery life appears to be about 10+ hours. But most of all, the speed of the unit. I am very impressed even though I am not a computer guru, just a simple business owner.
Cons: Not much that I can find. The unit does take a while to charge thru the micro usb port. So no charging and using a thumb drive. I would recommend going immediately to the Asus and go thru the updates.
Summary: I would highly recommend this unit to everyone and have. I bought the "B1" series 32GB ssd. Still had more than half of the storage left when I started using ...
Summary: I would highly recommend this unit to everyone and have. I bought the "B1" series 32GB ssd. Still had more than half of the storage left when I started using the unit about 3 weeks ago. Still nice that I have the MicroSD slot for an extra 64GB and I also use the free storage available from Asus online.
Asus thanks for making a great product with a great price to go along with everything I could ask for.
- Manufacturer: Asus
- Part number: T100TA-C1-GR
- Bottom Line: The Asus Transformer Book T100 revives the Netbook value proposition (and Netbook usability issues) in a budget-price 10-inch laptop that doubles as a tablet. You won’t love it, but for sheer bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat.
- Type 10.1 in
- Display Resolution 1366 x 768
- Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1
- Processor Intel
- Flash Memory 64 GB
- RAM 2 GB
- Features Micro HDMI ,
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 10.4 in
- Depth 6.7 in
- Height 0.93 in
- Weight 2.4 lbs