Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi hands-on


At CES 2015, ASUS showcased the follow-up to the Transformer Book T100 convertible tablet. It's a 10.1-inch tablet-PC hybrid called TB T100 Chi, and it comes bundled with a keyboard dock. It's the mid-range offering in the new Transfomer Book Chi trio of devices that's completed by the TB T90 Chi at the low end and the TB T300 Chi on the high end.

Design


At 10.43 x 6.87 x 0.53 inches (265 x 174.5 x 13.5 mm) with the dock included, ASUS has made a seriously thin convertible tablet. The company used some kind of metal construction that gives it a sturdy, more premium feel. There isn't anything remarkable otherwise - just a plain, functional mini computer of the kind we used to call a "netbook" back in the dark ages. Holding it in your hands, you'll find docking ports on the bottom, a microUSB port for charging and data, a microphone, a Windows button, volume controls, power button, and micro-HDMI output for connecting to TV. There's a microSD card slot, too.

We already mentioned that the tablet includes a keyboard dock with a track pad and chicklet keys. It's kind of cramped, but when you get used to it, it should be fine in the end. It latches onto the tablet with a secure magnetic connector.

Display


The 10.1-inch 1080p display here is an okay panel with good natural colors and proper viewing angles maintained. It holds lot of smudges and fingerprints, but that's typical of tablet screens.

Processor and memory


The Transformer Book T100 Chi is equipped with a Intel Atom Z3775 64-bit quad-core processor clocked to 1.46Ghz, paired with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. This is a fine configuration, considering the device's price and form factor.

Camera


There's a 5MP auto-focus camera on the back and a 2MP cam on the front of the T100 Chi. Good on ASUS for not crippling its product in the photography department! Hey, 5MP isn't plenty to work with, but it gets the job done, and a 2MP camera is great for video chatting.

Expectations


Priced at a comfortable $399, the T100 Chi has plenty to offer to those looking for a decent hybrid device on a budget. Such affordable devices should be giving Microsoft and its hardware partners quite a bit of steam in the months leading to Windows 10's launch.


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Transformer Book T100 Chi
  • Display 10.1" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom Z3775, Quad-core, 1460 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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6 Comments

1. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Hey Asus, we want a new version of the Vivotab Note 8!!!!

2. reggiexp

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

question, has it a full usb port on the dock? like all the other t100? i realy want aleast on full usb port on a 10.1" tablet

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1068; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I concur with you, just one USB (not micro) will do.

4. reggiexp

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Yeah. Its nice it has 2micro usb on the tablet. So u can charge and use a usb port. But no full usb on thr dock sucks.. Why can't they make a perfrct tablet for 300euro. I like that u can charge and use a usb port (3.0) but no full usb port is dumb. Its quiet anoying to usb otg adapters. Im a bit between both. The new one has full hd screen. And speakers not on the back. And looks like a magnetic dock. But no full usb port. And will surely cost 400euro. But the old one is 300euro and has full usb port. But you cant usb the tablet usb when charging. And no full hd screen. I realy need to think hard what i want. (have a 8" voyo a1 mini but it rater slow.. Z3735f not very fast. Im gonna sell it) cost me more than i wanted. At the end i ended up paying 148euro totaly wayy to much. Stupid dhl...

5. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Yeah, at least put a microUSB 3.1 Type-C port on it.

6. reggiexp

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

No idea wat that is. But i dont understand. A tablet/laptop without a full usb port is just bad. Like you always have a usb otg cable with you.

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