Asus Transformer Book T100: An ultraportable workhorse

Mar 19 2014, 08:54 IST
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The Transformer range of tablets is an initiative on Asus' part to bridge the gap between a tablet, netbook and a laptop. The Transformer range of tablets is an initiative on Asus' part to bridge the gap between a tablet, netbook and a laptop.
SummaryAsus Transformer Book T100 is light on wallet but not on performance.

device, had an active MS-Office license preloaded.

Equipped only with a 1.2-MP front camera, the T100 scores low on this front. Though Skype was pre-installed, video calls gave grainy images, but with decent voice clarity. Why Asus missed out on a rear camera was a mystery, considering most of the rivals like Acer (on its Iconia tablets), Dell (on its Venue tablets) and even iBall have tablets with dual cameras. Sound quality was also something that impressed me. Videos on YouTube or from my flash drives played well with decent sound clarity.

The T100 was preloaded with games like Medieval Apocalypse, Agent P, Pinball FX2 and the more popular Krrish 3. Graphics quality was good for a tablet in this price range and the fact that there were not too many lags or stutters while playing them. Sound quality, again, was very good, being too loud at times. As for the storage, the device offers 32 GB and 64 GB options via eMMC, with an

option for free storage on the cloud via the Asus WedStorage.

The tablet comes with a 31-Wh battery, which Asus claims could last for 11 hours of continuous web browsing. I was satisfied with the device on this front, which should last over a day on average usage. Charging the device was quite a pain, as it took very long to get fully charged, and the micro USB cable that came along did not even charge when connected to my Macbook Pro or Windows laptop. Also, the micro USB cable was too short for my convenience. Asus intends consumers to use the device like a tablet as well a netbook, in which case they could have given a longer micro USB cable.

Overall, the Asus Transformer Book T100 is a good value for money convertible tablet with a powerful processor and excellent battery life. On top of it, giving a keyboard along with tablet is a brilliant idea, and could sway a lot of buyers to overlook its shortcomings.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 specifications:

* Display: 10.1-inch, HD IPS display with 1366 x 768 resolution

* CPU: Intel Atom quad-core

* Operating system: Windows 8.1

* RAM: 2 GB

* Internal memory: 32/64 GB internal storage via eMMC, Asus WebStorage

* Camera: 1.2 MP (front)

* Weight: 550g

Estimated street price of ASUS Transformer Book T100: Rs 31,390

- Debasis Basak

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