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Interface and Functionality
Just like Windows Phone 8, the beauty about Windows 8.1 is that the experience is consistent between different devices. It can be viewed either as a good or bad thing, depending on how you view it. Nevertheless, the updated experience is greeted with several enhancements that move the platform towards the correct direction. Beyond that, there’s nothing different with the experience here on the Transformer Book T100, since it’s all stock with this one.
Sorry productivity folks, Microsoft Office 2013 isn’t preloaded with this, which means that you’ll need to obtain it somehow – whether it’s buying it yourself or using some of the free alternatives out there. As for the core organizer apps, it’s packing along all the usual stuff to keep us organized throughout the day.
Needless to say, we recommend relying on the included keyboard dock for all of our typing needs. However, if you must rely on the on-screen options, you’ll be glad to know that it’s effective enough for the occasion – mainly due to its spacious layout and good response.
Processor and Memory
Generally speaking, Intel Atom based devices often get overlooked, especially in the face of better competition from Intel’s very own 4th generation Intel Core i chips. Well, the Transformer Book T100’s quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3740 processor with 2GB of RAM is an effective combo to run all of those tablet apps downloaded from the Windows Store. Despite its finesse and ease with those specific apps, it strains with other operations that are done through its Desktop Mode – like heavy video editing or playing PC games.
Shockingly, this $399 priced tablet boasts a spacious 64GB of internal storage – though, its actual tally out of the box is a little bit closer to 32GB. Then again, it’s nice to know that we can supplement that figure thanks to its microSD slot. And for those who are looking for lower price, the 32GB model can be nabbed for $349.
Even with a less than prized processor in tow, it manages to excel in the web browsing department, as it delivers all the fine qualities we love to see. Using Internet Explorer, complex web pages load in a speedy manner, page rendering is instantaneous for the most part, and it features snappy navigational controls. However, when we tax its processing power by having multiple tabs opened, in addition to running other apps, it tends to exhibit some lag and stutter.
From the looks of it, Asus has no plans on outfitting this tablet with any sort of cellular data connectivity – no surprises there people. Of course, it’s sporting the usual set of connectivity features though, which consists of aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Usually it’s not something we see with budget tablets, but it’s nice to find a microHDMI port for quick video out functionality.
Asus Transformer Book T100 Review - Interface and Functionality