Asus Transformer Book T100 Review
Windows 8.1 is finally spreading to the masses, but as we approach ever so closer to that crucial busy holiday time frame, we’re bound to see manufacturers competing against with one another on a more aggressive manner. Taiwanese company Asus is a familiar staple in the Windows front, having been a major player last year when Microsoft rolled out its long awaited new desktop OS. Targeting budget conscious consumers, the Asus Transformer Book T100 is one tough Windows 8.1 tablet to overlook – more so when it’s attached with an oh-so attractive starting price point of $349 including a keyboard dock!
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall charger
- Keyboard dock
- User manual
- Warranty card
Much like the other darlings in the affordable tablet category (we’re looking at you Google Nexus 7), the Asus Transformer Book T100 has a pretty decent looking design that doesn’t come off as cheap or tacky. From the front, it looks like your average slate, but flip it around, it has a pleasant looking glossy plastic finish that has a bit of luster due to its pattern design. Although the plastic helps to keep it lightweight, it’s slick and very prone to smudges, fingerprints, and scratches. Overall, it’s not the prettiest in the stable, nor the ugliest either – so we’re content in what we’re given with it.
Around the tablet’s trim, we find its volume control, dedicated start button, power key, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, microHDMI port, microSD slot, microphone, and dock connection port – the latter of which, allows us to connect it with the keyboard dock attachment.
Strangely, it appears as though there’s a capacitive start screen key beneath the keyboard, but in fact, it’s nothing more than a logo. Instead, the actual start button is located on the left side of the tablet – next to the volume control. And there’s no rear camera with this one either, mainly to keep its price low, but they happily armed it with a front-facing 1.2-megapixel snapper at least.
Absolutely a bargain, the tablet’s price also includes the keyboard dock attachment – turning this tablet into a convertible styled laptop. Unlike other docks we’ve seen from Asus, this one actually doesn’t have its own built-in battery to supplement the one in the tablet. Thankfully though, there’s a USB 3.0 port on its side, which adds to its arsenal.
Employing chicklet styled keys, it’s nice that the buttons are raised, distinct, and offer a decent amount of feedback when pressed. However, its cramped layout makes it tough speed typing – though, after some practice, we’re able to adjust properly. As for the trackpad, it’s a bit stiff to the touch, which sometimes requires us to use firm presses and swipes for it to register.
Okay, the display is nothing spectacular, but we’re forgiving about it – mainly because of the price point again. Donning a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 IPS LCD display, which delivers a pixel density count of 155 ppi, it’s not heavy with the details, naturally, but nevertheless, it’s a sufficient tally that provides an effective amount of visibility for most things. Other aspects of the display aren’t surprising either, like its washed out color production and weak viewing angles – again, the unfortunate compromises with an aggressively price tablet. Well, with those particular weaknesses, it doesn’t handle outdoor conditions all that well.
1. Birds (Posts: 1007; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I'm a big fan of Asus, but damn... the screen could have atleast been IPS...I don't care about the resolution.... I just want contrast and colors....LOL.
2. emadshiny (Posts: 1136; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Have you read the review?
It has a 10" IPS LCD display!
3. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)
This is great device for the price.
You can get the 64GB model for $359 from newegg with coupon (coupon code: EMCWWWS22).
Amazon is selling the same 64GB model for $379.
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4. ngo2dd (Posts: 787; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
This is a quad core not a dual core and maybe it is your review unit buy all 8.1 come with office students edition.
6. TuanGugu (Posts: 45; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
Yes I was about to comment on that... Its QUAD-CORE Bay Trail Atom processor PhoneArena! -_-
5. Losdog25 (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Aug 2009)
I really wish the tf701t came with Windows8.1 instead of Android. As much as I love Android I need a full pc. Guess it's the Sony vaio tap 11 instead. Budget wise this is great for people though. Good job asus..
7. Mike_L.13 (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I'm a little bit confused, maybe the folks from PA could help out. I was under the impression that this device does in fact come with MS Office Home and Student preloaded. I was under that impression because of the following sources:
Could someone please clarify as to whether it does or not? And if it does, why the model you are reviewing here did not. Thank you
9. smartphonelover (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)
My fiance and I just bought this recently, it comes with MS Office Home and Student. It's a product code that's on a piece of paper that's in the product box. So idk if that's considered preloaded but it does come with it.
10. Mike_L.13 (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I gotcha, so even though it may not technically come installed on the machine it does come with the MS Office product. That's awesome. I wonder if phonearena just missed their piece of paper with the product code
How do you guys like it so far?
12. smartphonelover (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)
It doesn't sound like Phonearena did their research properly on the Asus T100. I mean the Baytrail Processor being a quad core processor was a big thing I thought when it was announced, but they got that wrong too. It has a great battery life. The screen is good for every day use even with it's low resolution. The colors are great because it's an IPS display. It's just a great tablet for the price. Ya it's not the fastest and it's not the highest quality, but for the price with Microsoft Office for free, it's definitely worth it. We have a desktop replacement laptop also which handles the process heavier task like video editing and gaming and for handling a lot of our memory. The Asus T100 doesn't have that much memory so I suggest getting an external hard drive.
8. dwayneak (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
My T100 came with Microsoft office and a key code. Pretty sure all 10.6 inch windows tablets and under are supposed to come with office preinstalled, but don't take my word for it.
11. Jdart27 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
doesn't this come with office? pretty sure it does.
13. tremblaymax (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
"Sorry productivity folks, Microsoft Office 2013 isn’t preloaded with this, which means that you’ll need to obtain it somehow "
Mine had an activate code in the box for Office 2013... Maybe you didn't notice.