Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi hands-on

Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi hands-on

The Transformer Book T300 Chi is ASUS's high-end Windows offering to CES 2015 goers and customers. It's an ultra-slim 0.30 inch (7.6mm) thin hybrid device that features a 12.5-inch 1440p IPS display and an Intel Core M processor. This makes it a bona-fide convertible laptop that gives you the best of both worlds!

Design


Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi hands-on
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi hands-on
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi hands-on
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi hands-on
The T300 Chi's slender profile makes it the world's thinnest detachable 2-in-1 laptop, according to ASUS. It also looks quite attractive, too, although it's not on par with those machined aluminium laptops from the highest end. On the sides, you have a charging port, a windows start button, volume controls, dedicated power button, speakers, HDMI output, microUSB, microSD card slot, and the docking connectors. The keyboard is nothing out of the ordinary, but it has a trackpad and bluetooth connection. It doesn't charge the tablet, but it has its own battery as not to steal juice from it.

Display


ASUS is using high quality 12.5-inch 1440p and 1080p IPS panels that make Windows 8.1's tiles and folders come to life. We didn't notice any glaring issues with picture quality - just a crisp, consistent high-resolution image.

Processor and memory


Since the T300 Chi is an actual hybrid Windows PC, meaning PC first, tablet second, it will be sold in various configurations. For example, you can have it with the aforementioned 1440p screen, a Intel Core M 5Y71 processor at 1.2Ghz with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, or with a 1080p screen, a Intel Core M 5Y10 processor at 0.8Ghz with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD storage. The base price starts at $800.

Camera


There's only a front-facing 2MP camera on this beauty. It shoots 720p video recording and is probably alright for video calls. That aside, let's let out a collective "meh." aimed at the camera decision here, and move on.

Expectations


The Tranformer Book T300 Chi will be available in February, starting at $800. It's a nice offering to those who are after a hybrid computer with more processing edge to it, but aren't quite ready to splurge on a high-end laptop.


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Transformer Book T300 Chi
  • Display 12.5" 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera / 2 MP front
  • Processor Intel Core M, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB

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9 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes! Intel Core M, 8GB RAM detachable keyboard with 1440p touchscreen. Almost perfect. If only they should put a 256GB SSD or higher that would be perfect.

6. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

Agreed. I am going to test out a Surface Pro 4 for work as a possible direction for our PC users once it's available and to be honest I don't think most our users would be able to have their stuff fit on a 128GB drive. 256GB SSD has been standard for us for a couple years now. Even my home desktop has had a 256GB SSD for a couple years... Le sigh.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I using a MacBook Pro with 256 SSD, I already have storage issue and a constant need to backup my content to other sources. Its very inconvenient when i run out of main storage, program freeze is common when storage space is low. 128GB good luck!

3. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

4. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Toshiba wants 1800 for a similarily configured device that just came out. I hope they don't sell any.

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

For $800... I could build a pretty beefy gaming rig with that money...

7. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

Yeah. A beefy gaming rig weighting 25 lbs of pure cumbersome noise and heat. Just the perfect tool for someone seeking mobility! Muppet.

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I know for mobility, a gaming rig isn't that... but i'm just stating the fact that I could do that. However, I think it's a great device for a good price for what it's designed for. Personally, I have no use for a such device since I use my phone on the go and always in front of my computer at work or at home. Plus I travel maybe once a year... Laptop/tablet just isn't for me. However, they are very useful in a lot of ways.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No way I pay that much for an Asus with suspect displays when I can get a Surface for about the same or a little more and know I'm getting an excellent device. The SP3 has two cameras AND a Wacom stylus. Sorry Asus, no dice.

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