Asus Transformer Book T100HA Review
Asus has taken a slightly different approach with its Transformer Book series over the years. The device is still essentially a tablet with a keyboard accessory, but it’s a lot more solid and functionally similar to a clamshell netbook. All the components are behind the screen, which makes the upper half thicker than the lower half. When detached, you have a fully functional touchscreen Windows tablet.
The T100HA is the first in the series to come with Windows 10 preloaded, and another bonus feature is a USB Type-C port. With these modern touches in a throwback size and shape, let’s see if the T100HA is the portable computer you’ve been waiting for.
Look and feel
Asus has designed the T100HA’s hinge and clasp cleverly to disguise the fact that the two halves of the device can be pulled apart. When open, the bottom rear is slightly raised off a table’s surface which gives the keyboard a slight incline, but also lifts it off its rubber feet, which leads to the whole thing sliding around when nudged.
With the lid open, you’ll find the power button on the top, and the volume buttons just around the corner on the upper left side. There’s one microSD card slot, a Micro-HDMI video output, a 3.5mm audio socket and a Micro-USB port on the right, whereas the Type-C port is on the left. All the ports are positioned fairly high, and so wires will dangle. There’s also one full-sized USB port on the keyboard base, which is good to have.
The keyboard looks like it was lifted right off a netbook, with its smaller-than-usual keys and cramped layout. There’s a trackpad below, but don’t expect it to be very comfortable thanks to the size of the base and the wrist rests.
Specifications and software
Low-end doesn’t mean old, and we have Intel’s latest Atom x5-Z8500 CPU powering this device. The chip in question is based on the company’s 14nm Cherry Trail platform, and has four cores running at up to 2.24GHz in bursts. It sips only 2W of power, which is the primary reason thin tablets like this without cooling fans can exist. Low-end Intel HD Graphics capabilities are handled by the same chip.
The camera on the rear has a 5-megapixel sensor while the front-facing one is just 2 megapixels, making both only really suitable for video chatting. You also get Wi-Fi a/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 30Whr battery. The sole USB Type-C port is labelled USB 3.1, but that doesn’t mean speed is necessarily better than USB 3.0 thanks to odd naming conventions.
The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is lighter and easier to carry around than similarly priced entry-level laptops, and offers a touchscreen experience that you wouldn’t otherwise get. The specifications are mostly low-end but up-to-date. You’ll also have to live with limited storage, zero upgradability, and a keyboard and trackpad that simply aren’t very good.
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by techtalks @TechTalks May 25, 2016 6:53 AM UTC