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Asus Transformer Book T100 Review

Asus Transformer Book T100TA

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Interface and Functionality

When we hear about sub $500 Windows based tablets, we’re inclined to think they’re running Windows RT. In this particular case, however, we’re stoked that the Asus Transformer Book T100 is running the full blown Windows 8.1 experience. Therefore, it’s the same exact experience we see out of other notable tablets – like the higher priced Microsoft Surface Pro 2 - or what you will find on a laptop.

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.

Internet and Connectivity

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.

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posted on 15 Nov 2013, 05:44

1. Birds (Posts: 1171; 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 05:51 7

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Have you read the review?
It has a 10" IPS LCD display!

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 05:56 1

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.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 06:44 3

4. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 07:05 3

6. TuanGugu (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

Yes I was about to comment on that... Its QUAD-CORE Bay Trail Atom processor PhoneArena! -_-

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 06:55

5. Losdog25 (Posts: 29; 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..

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 08:37

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

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 13:50

9. smartphonelover (Posts: 37; 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 13:59

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?

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 13:28

12. smartphonelover (Posts: 37; 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 08:52 1

8. dwayneak (Posts: 3; 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 17:20 2

11. Jdart27 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

doesn't this come with office? pretty sure it does.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 19:54

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.

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Display10.1 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels (155 ppi) IPS LCD
Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740, Quad-core
Size10.4 x 6.7 x 0.41 inches
(264 x 170 x 10 mm)
19.2 oz  (544 g)

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