Asus Transformer Book T100

6.8/10 AVG.
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6.8/10
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The Asus Transformer Book T100 currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Uses full version of Windows 8 operating system
  • Comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student pre-installed
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive

What's bad

  • Keyboard dock lacks extra battery
  • Screen resolution is quite limited
  • Lacks a rear camera

The Asus Transformer Book T100 is only one of several tablets announced and released with the all-new Microsoft Windows 8.1 tablet OS. It doesn’t outshine many others in its category but it does have a number of interesting features that make it at least worth a look, if not an outright purchase.

In a review that was first published on Tablet News, James A. classified the Transformer Book T100 as a pretty good machine, calling it “a netbook replacement with some punch and excellent battery.” With up to 11 solid hours of Wi-Fi surfing and 14 days of standby time, that’s a reasonably fair assessment. The T100 achieves this with its 31WHr battery which comes built-in -- handy because its keyboard dock lacks an extra battery.

Speaking of which, it seems that this particular accessory may not be up to Asus standards, at least according to some reviewers like Dan Gardiner of APC. He complains that the keyboard keys are “quite small” while the trackpad button was simply “quite stiff and hollow-sounding when pressed.” When you take the T100’s low price into account, though, you’ll begin to understand why these kinds of snags are present in the first place.

The T100 isn’t supposed to be a bleeding edge gadget. It’s merely an entry-level model that relies on the latest version of Windows and a keyboard accessory to function as a full-fledged laptop. As Matt Egan of PC Advisor puts it, it’s more like an “updated netbook” than anything else, and that it would be far too easy to spend more for less with other Windows tablet alternatives.

Overall, this is an attractive tablet. It ticks all the right boxes and at the same time, doesn't cost an arm and a leg. As Tim Schiesser of TechSpot concludes, it ought to be “appealing to students and other consumers on a budget, who are looking for something a little more versatile than an Android tablet or iPad, but don’t have the cash to drop on a higher-end convertible.”


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.33 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


TabletPCReview

There may be a large number of convertible devices, instigated by Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but The Transformer Book T100 sets itself apart with solid design, reasonable performance, and a low price. Furthermore, it is almost certain we will be seeing more of these 2-in-1 notebooks with detachable...

- tgadmin, TabletPCReview
TechSpot

Asus definitely isn’t attempting to push fancy specs, high-resolution displays or new and innovative features with the Transformer Book T100. Instead, it’s positioned as an entry-level tablet running full Windows 8.1, with access to the desktop and traditional apps, that can be converted...

- Tim Schiesser, TechSpot
Tablet News

Finally we give the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA an 8.3 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and an 8.5 out of 10 for OS and UI. The final grade is 8.6 out of 10 for this device, rounded up to 9 out of 10, courtesy of the good price. This is a pretty good machine, a netbook replacement with some p...

- James A., Tablet News
APC

We weren’t quite as enamoured with the T100’s build quality — while the tablet itself is quite solid, it’s still a little plasticky overall and the power and volume buttons are a tad ephemeral and wobbly to the touch. The included keyboard dock is also a bit less impressive t...

- Dan Gardiner, APC
Tech Advisor

This is not an iPad killer, or even a rival to the Surface Pro 2. But at £349 it is a compelling deal. The Asus Transformer Book T100T is a compact device that offers true functionality and decent performance. And it is a truly portable office PC. Much more updated netbook than desirable gadge...

- Matt Egan, Tech Advisor


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Asus Transformer Book T100's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.33 GHz

There is a Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad core 1.33 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
31WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 31 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 11 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Transformer Book T100 Specs

Overview
Release date November 9, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 8.1

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad core 1.33 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 31 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.0 x 26.2 x 1.0 cm (6.7 x 10.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 499 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Pixel density 155 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


TabletPCReview

Perfect for users with basic computing needs

from TabletPCReview

There may be a large number of convertible devices, instigated by Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but The Transformer Book T100 sets itself apart with solid design, reasonable performance, and a low price. Furthermore, it is almost certain we will be seeing more of these 2-in-1 notebooks with detachab...More

There may be a large number of convertible devices, instigated by Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but The Transformer Book T100 sets itself apart with solid design, reasonable performance, and a low price. Furthermore, it is almost certain we will be seeing more of these 2-in-1 notebooks with detachable keyboards and touchscreens for the foreseeable future. Asus has a slight upper hand because it was among the first companies to have offered such devices with above average performance at a reasonable price. The Transformer Book T100 is also a device which has more pros than cons. 

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TechSpot

Solid product that ticks several of the right boxes

from TechSpot

Asus definitely isn’t attempting to push fancy specs, high-resolution displays or new and innovative features with the Transformer Book T100. Instead, it’s positioned as an entry-level tablet running full Windows 8.1, with access to the desktop and traditional apps, that can be conver...More

Asus definitely isn’t attempting to push fancy specs, high-resolution displays or new and innovative features with the Transformer Book T100. Instead, it’s positioned as an entry-level tablet running full Windows 8.1, with access to the desktop and traditional apps, that can be converted into a small laptop with the help of the included keyboard dock. The combination is especially appealing to students and other consumers on a budget, who are looking for something a little more versatile than an Android tablet or iPad, but don’t have the cash to drop on a higher-end convertible.

Read full review

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Tablet News

Tablet netbook hybrid with excellent speakers and battery

from Tablet News

Finally we give the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA an 8.3 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and an 8.5 out of 10 for OS and UI. The final grade is 8.6 out of 10 for this device, rounded up to 9 out of 10, courtesy of the good price. This is a pretty good machine, a netbook replacement with som...More

Finally we give the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA an 8.3 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and an 8.5 out of 10 for OS and UI. The final grade is 8.6 out of 10 for this device, rounded up to 9 out of 10, courtesy of the good price. This is a pretty good machine, a netbook replacement with some punch and excellent battery. If you’re tempted, you can find it on Amazon.

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APC

This reasonably priced and lightweight Windows 8.1 tablet still has some charms

from APC

We weren’t quite as enamoured with the T100’s build quality — while the tablet itself is quite solid, it’s still a little plasticky overall and the power and volume buttons are a tad ephemeral and wobbly to the touch. The included keyboard dock is also a bit less impressiv...More

We weren’t quite as enamoured with the T100’s build quality — while the tablet itself is quite solid, it’s still a little plasticky overall and the power and volume buttons are a tad ephemeral and wobbly to the touch. The included keyboard dock is also a bit less impressive than we’re used to seeing from ASUS; it doesn’t have an extra battery (which at least keeps it light weight), the keyboard keys are quite small and the trackpad button was quite stiff and hollow-sounding when pressed. ASUS had to cut costs somewhere to keep that retail price low, we’re guessing.

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Tech Advisor

Not the nicest-looking device, but it offers true portability at a great price

from Tech Advisor

This is not an iPad killer, or even a rival to the Surface Pro 2. But at £349 it is a compelling deal. The Asus Transformer Book T100T is a compact device that offers true functionality and decent performance. And it is a truly portable office PC. Much more updated netbook than desirable ga...More

This is not an iPad killer, or even a rival to the Surface Pro 2. But at £349 it is a compelling deal. The Asus Transformer Book T100T is a compact device that offers true functionality and decent performance. And it is a truly portable office PC. Much more updated netbook than desirable gadget, students, school children, home PC users and office road warriors could easily spend more and get less.

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TechRadar

Light, plenty responsive and feels great to hold

from TechRadar

The Asus Transformer Book is almost a bargain considering how much less it will cost compared with Windows 8.1 convertibles such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 - but you have to make the purchase with realistic expectations to avoid disappointment.

The device is certainly waving the flat for Windows 8.1 and opens up the OS to a wider audience by appealing to anyone looking for a laptop, tablet or combination of the two. It works well as both and succeeds in aiming for versatility...

More

The Asus Transformer Book is almost a bargain considering how much less it will cost compared with Windows 8.1 convertibles such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 - but you have to make the purchase with realistic expectations to avoid disappointment.

The device is certainly waving the flat for Windows 8.1 and opens up the OS to a wider audience by appealing to anyone looking for a laptop, tablet or combination of the two. It works well as both and succeeds in aiming for versatility.

The addition of Microsoft Office Home & Student is a real boost for productivity, and if you can get over the keyboard's small keys then it's perfect for both work and play. That said, you'll need an SD card - preferably 64GB - to open up the possibilities of what you can do with the T100, which would be a worth while purchase. 

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User Reviews


Awful

I've had this for just over a year and I could not be more unhappy with it. At first I thought it was user error, but after much patience, I've decided that its not me, its the computer. It has a mind of its own. The volume control on the side stays on and either goes to 0% or 100% and nothing in be...More
I've had this for just over a year and I could not be more unhappy with it. At first I thought it was user error, but after much patience, I've decided that its not me, its the computer. It has a mind of its own. The volume control on the side stays on and either goes to 0% or 100% and nothing in between. I will be typing in a document and it will randomly change to a different line, or worse, change to a different app. The battery life is not as advertised. The keyboard is wearing out. I've talked with customer service multiple times and nothing has been fixed. Less

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