The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is a 2-in-1 detachable that offers both the services of a tablet and those of a laptop when docked into a keyboard.
PROS: Bright IPS screen. Solid battery life. Tablet has a nice build
CONS: Sluggish performance. Below average display
The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is a 2-in-1 detachable that offers both the services of a tablet and those of a laptop when docked into a keyboard. The detachable hybrid comes pre-installed with windows 10, a 64 bit operating system and boasts of other specs including a good battery life.
The system is powered by Intel Quad-Core Cherry Trail x5-Z8500 1.44GHz CPU, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The system comes with an improved camera with but scales down the resolution to 1280×800 from the 1366×768 resolution on its predecessor.
The 10.1-inch Asus Transformer Book T100HA is a budget-friendly hybrid meant for individuals after the basic features of both a laptop and a tablet without hitting their wallet hard.
The Asus Transformer Book boasts of a gray, aluminum finish with a number of colors also available including white, red and blue. The detachable measures 0.4 by 10.3 by 6.7 inches and weighs 2.2 pounds while the tablet alone weighs 1.2 pounds. There are three connection points for docking the tablet onto the keyboard and they hold it that tightly hence you won’t experience any wobbling when using the system. This is a portable laptop/tablet that you can carry around thanks to its battery life that keeps you powered all day.
The Transformer book lasted 10 hours and 32 minutes on our battery rundown test, which includes playing of videos nonstop and surfing the internet. It outperforms the Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi which gave 5 hours and 54 minutes and the Dell Venue 10 Pro tablet that was able to offer 8 hours and 7 minutes. It run short by almost an hour to unseat the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E which boasts of 13 hours and 30 minutes.
The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is powered by Intel Atom (Cherry Trail) x5 x8500 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz that can run up to 2.24 GHz and integrated Intel Graphics. It combines with 4GB of system memory that is essential on its 64-bit architecture thus capable of running a number of programs at decent speeds. The 4GB DDR3 SDRAM cannot be upgraded since it is soldered on the board.
The processor does not match what we see in real laptops such as the core i5, but then it can handle day to day tasks such as internet browsing and use of Microsoft office. Running demanding programs such as Photoshop will definitely bring the tablet to a stutter.
The integrated Intel HD GPU is no gaming monster, as such you will be straining the laptop/tablet if you tried playing games. It can however handle titles such as Minecraft on low settings.
In terms of storage, you will get 64 GB of an embedded Multi Media card (eMMC) for storing your important documents and files. There is a MicroSD card slot that will allow you to expand your storage to accommodate other stuff such as pictures, music and videos.
The connectivity cabinet features a micro USB 2.0 port on the tablet for charging. There is a USB 2.0 port and another USB 3.0 port on the keyboard that you can use to connect other peripherals such as an external hard drive or printer.
A Micro-HDMI port is available for extending your display to larger screens such as HDTVs and monitors to enjoy watching your movies. You also get a Micro SD/Micro SDXC card reader to expand your storage or copy your photos from the Camera SD card.
The small size and slim profile of the Transformer Book does not allow it to include a DVD drive and an RJ45 port. You can as well use both by purchasing an external optical drive and an USB to RJ-45 adapter consecutively. Internet connectivity is available by way of 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The 10.1-inch touchscreen display comes with a resolution of 1280×800, which is ideally lower than what we saw in its predecessor that came
with 1366×768 pixels.
It however includes In-plane switching (IPS) technology to offer sharper pictures with wide viewing angles. The tablet does not claim a spot in shooting perfect videos or taking photos. It comes with a rear 5MP camera and a 2MP camera on the front. This is the trend that we have come used to when it comes to tablets and the power to record videos or take pictures.
The non-backlit keyboard has a crampy layout with smaller-than usual keys that are not pleasant for typing purposes. Additionally, the trackpad occasionally freezes making the whole experience of using the notebook disappointing.
The speakers on the transformer perform dismally as they produce a low sound with poor quality hence they are not good for listening to music. You could maybe improve your listening experience by connecting to external speakers or headphone.
The Asus Transformer Book T100HA appears to be much of a bargain with a long battery life, bright screen and an attractive detachable design at a friendly price. However, you will have to live with some compromises such as a low resolution screen, an inconsistent touchpad and a cramped keyboard. It basically, does not correct most of the flaws experienced in its predecessor the Transformer Book T100.
The Intel Quad-Core Cherry Trail x5-Z8500 1.44GHz CPU and 4GB RAM enables the system to handle basic tasks such as web browsing and document editing. Serious gamers should keep off this machine because it will definitely disappoint them with its integrated Intel HD graphics.
All said, if you are looking for a cheap windows convertible, then you may want to look at the Asus Transformer Book T100HA for basic daily computing.