Asus Transformer Book T100 Now On Sale

Back in September, at IDF, Asus detailed a brand new Bay Trail-powered Transformer notebook. The T100 hit shelves on Friday, right in line with the release date Asus offered in September, and is priced at $349.

 

The Transformer Book T100 sports a two-part dockable design that converts the device from a notebook to a tablet. It's based on Intel's "Bay Trail-T" platform, boasting a quad-core Atom Z3740 chip powering a 10.1 inch IPS multi-touch HD screen with 178 degree viewing angles and a 1366 x 768 resolution.

The device also features Windows 8.1 out of the box as well as Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, packing full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The T100 also has 2 GB of RAM, up to 64 GB of storage, a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, 802.11a/b/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, MicroSD, USB 3.0,  and a 31Wh lithium polymer battery. 

Our friends at LAPTOP have already gone hands on with the T100. Check out their impressions here.

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  • There is a full review of this at Anandtech if anyone is interested. In summary, it's very the best when compared to the similarly priced Win8 competitor, but doesn't really stand out if you also include the Android and iOS devices, so it boils down to if you need those x86 apps. Also, the battery life is great at more than 8:30 hours of browsing and wifi.

    Personally, this is great and I'm really considering it. However, I'd wait for the reviews for the Dell Venue 8 and 11, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Toshiba Encore, Acer Iconia W4 and Sony Vaio Tap 11 to come out. (The Tap 11's review is actually already out.)

    However good the T100 is, if I take a Bay Trail CPU, I'd rather go 8in for the great tablet experience without a keyboard dock. If I take a 10in tablet, I'd rather go for the Surface Pro, Tap 11 or Venue 11 for the Haswell CPU for more performance and I'd be willing to lower my expectation on battery life and form factor.
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  • That thing is thick.

    I didn't have a good experience with my TF101. It never broke, but the general design of it, plus the poor software updates from ASUS coupled with the questionable keyboard design that ASUS seems to be clinging to has turned me off from their devices entirely. On the other hand, the price is decent for a 64GB Windows 8.1 tablet.
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  • Thats for the 32GB model. I think 64 is like $25 more. Shame its only 2GB of ram though and I doubt it is upgradeable...
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