Since the official announcement of launching the Windows 8.1 tablets from Microsoft (and others) in October 2013, I was waiting impatiently for them to come on market. As the beautiful Microsoft Surface which is both laptop and tablet was a bit too high for my price range, I`ve decided to go for the Asus Transformer Book T100. I really believe it is the best for me and for my needs.
I liked it so much that I decided to share my research findings with you.
Because Black Friday is around the corner, I found some good bargains on Amazon.
- Operating System: Windows 8.1 preinstalled with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student
- Display: 10.1" HD IPS Panel (1366x768)
- Processor: Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad Core
- Memory: 2GB DDR3
- Storage: 64GB eMMC + ASUS WebStorage2
- Optical Drive: N/A
- Wireless: 802.11 a/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0
- Speakers: Stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster technology
- Camera: 1.2 MP
- Card Reader: Micro SD Card Reader; Tablet: 1 x Micro USB (support charging and usb device)
- Battery: 31Whr (Up to 11 hrs)1
- Dimensions: Notebook: 10.4" x 6.7" x 0.93" (W x D x H); Tablet only: 10.4" x 6.7" x 0.41" (W x D x H)
- Weight: Notebook: 2.4lbs; Tablet only: 1.2lbs
- Color: Grey
- Input/ Output:
- 1 x Audio jack combo
- 1 x Micro HDMI port
- Dock: 1 x USB 3.0 port
What I like most about Asus T100:
- it is priced at only $379.99 for 64 GB SSD storage model
- it can be used both as a laptop and as a tablet (2 in 1 feature)
- the life battery lasts for 11 hours, much more than other tablets on market
- it is small, slim and faster than other gadgets in its class.
I found 138 customer reviews on Amazon at the time of writing and they had awarded the Asus Transformer Book T100 with 3.7 stars out of a possible 5 on average.
The customer reviews on Amazon are positive overall, but there were a few niggling points raised. The customers who are satisfied with the bargain are in majority though.
"Machine is fast! You need to know what to expect from this little thing. You will not be disappointed!"
"It's not a supercomputer, but that's not what I paid for. It's tiny and compact, and really neat. Startup time is great, so is battery life."
"This tablet is terrific! It's quick, the battery lasts a long time, and it's a proper laptop replacement. Sure, if you're already invested into iOS or Android, go ahead and stick with those. But, if you're a long-time PC user like me (and an IT professional for the last 15+ years), this is the way to go. The tablet by itself is light and solid, the keyboard is fairly comfortable (and doesn't need to be charged), the multi-touch gestures on the trackpad work reasonably well, and the USB port is super convenient. I highly recommend this tablet."
"I was skeptical of a Windows 8 tablet since I was mainly an Android and iOS user but after using this, Windows 8 tablet have become my main tablet. "
And one of the customers gives us a hint: "Spend $5 and download start8, it will act like window 7 also. A MUST!!! In that mode you can set it to hibernate, and that would even prolong the battery life for weeks with fast start up. When you want to wake up from the hibernate mode, you will have to press the power button for about 3 seconds and let go. The screen will turn on, in seconds you are ready to use. Your battery life will last a very long time!!! You will also love the window 7 like interface."
That makes it very easy for me to recommend the Asus Transformer and I will make an update as soon as I will own it.
Until then, please let me know what is your opinion about it and if you would also buy it.