The second edition of Asus Transformer Book T100 upgraded with the new Intel Atom Z3775 processor is now available for order in the US for $399: http://www.amazon.com/Transformer-T100
(UPDATE, 2015: See the new 2015 Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi.)
The first Asus Transformer Book T100 was released in October last year, and became an immediate hit with its 10.1-inch screen, keyboard dock, solid package of specs, and a friendly price for a detachable Windows 8 tablet.
What’s new about the upgraded second edition Asus Transformer Book T100 are just two things. After all, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
So the first change is the new processor, which have been changed from the 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom “Bay Trail-T” Z3740 with 1.8GHz Turbo Mode, to a snappier 1.46GHz quad-core Intel Atom “Bay Trail-T” Z3775 processor with 2.39GHz Turbo Mode. With the more powerful processor comes NX bit (No-eXecute) as well which adds some exploit security that the old processor does not have.
The second change are the new color options. In addition to the grey color of the first edition, the second edition also have red and white color options. The white edition makes both the tablet and keyboard white, but wisely retains a grey bezel/frame around the tablet. The red edition have a red back on the tablet and red sides and underside, while the keyboard and bezel/frame remains grey.
Apart from these upgrades, all the other specifications remain the same, all the way from memory down to weight and battery life.
So a brief recap of the specs lists the Asus Transformer Book T100 Z3775 2014 Edition with Windows 8.1 (and occasionally optional Windows 8.1 Pro), a 10.1-inch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, 64GB SSD to 500GB HDD (in dock) storage options + microSD card support, 2GB DDR3 RAM, a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-HDMI, stereo speakers, a 1.2MP front camera, and a 8060mAh battery that provides an average battery life of 11 hours.
And since this is a Windows 8.1 tablet it comes with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student bundled in too.
So far it’s only the grey model that have been released, while the white and red models of Asus Transformer Book T100 will be released later in July, though they are taking pre-orders at least.
– Tom Bowen