The new Windows 8.1 hybrid tablet Asus Transformer Book T100 has just landed in online stores like Amazon, and is now taking pre-orders before the October 18 release date.
Asus Transformer Book T100 was officially unveiled by Asus chairman Jonny Shih on September 12, and is expected to become reasonably popular in the months to come, starting at only $349 with 32GB storage, and $399 with 64GB storage. And this is with the keyboard included, unlike so many other hybrid tablets, where the keyboard would soon add another $50 – $100 to the tablet price.
Given that this Transformer Book is a Windows tablet, 32GB is a little on the cramped side, once Windows 8.1 and Office is installed. So the 64GB seems the best option. It does have microSD support though.
Underneath, this tablet is housing some solid hardware that should work well together, with the main specs being the quad-core 1.33 GHz Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3740 processor, Intel HD GPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 10.1-inch IPS Panel with 178-degree viewing angles and a 1366×768 resolution, and a 2-cell Li-ion polymer 31Whr/8060mAh battery that Asus says will last up to 11 hours.
So for the price, I would say that this tablet delivers a solid performance with Asus quality assurance, even if it doesn’t have the highest specs around. But then again, that’s not the point of this tablet either. A low price and good value for money is.
Other goodies and features that should be mentioned, are:
The preinstalled Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. 1 year of unlimited cloud computing with ASUS Webstorage. A 1.2MP front camera, 5GHz and 2.4GHz 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi, Micro SD Card Reader, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, and ASUS SonicMaster powering the stereo speakers. The sensors are of course the regular proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyro, magnetometer, and accelerometer.
The Asus Transformer Book T100 keyboard adds USB 3.0 and a multi-touch touchpad with full Windows 8.1 gesture support. And the weight is 550g/1.2lbs for the stand-alone tablet, and 1.07kg/2.4lbs with the keyboard attached.
In terms of price/specs ratio, then by comparison the Windows 8 tablet that it comes closest to, seems to be the 8 month old Asus VivoTab Smart ME400. But the new Asus Transformer Book T100 have twice the CPU cores, and have better performance than its older sibling.
See detailed pictures below, or view more on http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Transformer-T100
– Tom Bowen