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Asus Transformer Book T100 Review

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Asus Transformer Book T100 Review

Some people might think poorly about the tablet’s processor, but it doesn’t mess around when it comes to battery life. Thanks to the battery optimizations of its processor, its’ able to impress us with its near 10 hours of heavy usage. It’s not the single day tally of other ARM based tablets, but we can’t forget that this is a full blown Windows 8.1 tablet we’re dealing with. That tally is actually above average over other laptops and ultrabooks.


Hey, we still can’t wrap our heads around the fact that the Asus Transformer Book T100 is priced at $349 for the base 32GB model – with the 64GB at an equally pleasing $399. On top of that, the cost includes the keyboard dock attachment, which is something that normally requires an additional cost. Indeed, it’s not the most specs heavy, high performing, or features rich tablet on the scene, but there’s something so comforting about this one – more so knowing it’s running a desktop grade operating system. At its core, you get the best of both worlds with this particular tablet, mainly because it’s one part tablet, one part netbook. Best of all, you’re not going to be spending a fortune on picking it up!

Software version of reviewed unit: Windows 8.1


  • Affordable cost
  • Include keyboard dock
  • Great battery life


  • Plastic casing is prone to scratches
  • Trackpad is stiff
PhoneArena rating:
8 Good
User rating:
6 3 Reviews

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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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