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Asus Transformer Book T100 review

Andrew Williams



  • Recommended by TR
Transformer Book T100 9


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  • Excellent value
  • Flexible design
  • Great battery life


  • Screen doesn’t match non-Windows rivals

Review Price £349.99

Key Features: Intel Atom Z3740 CPU; 2GB RAM; 64GB storage; 10.1-inch 1,366 x 768 pixel screen; Windows 8.1

Manufacturer: Asus

What is the Asus Transformer Book T100?

The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a fairly low-cost 10-inch Windows 8 tablet that can also function as a laptop thanks to its keyboard segment. It’s not the first affordable Windows 8 hybrid Asus has made – last year’s VivoTab Smart ME400 is still on shelves – but it is easily the best thanks to a practical laptop-style hinge. This isn’t a true laptop replacement thanks to its relatively low-power Atom processor, but for £349 it is a great-value, flexible device.

Asus Transformer Book T100 - Video Review

If you want to see the Transformer Book T100 in action, check out our video review below.

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Asus Transformer Book T100 – Design

Although the Asus Transformer Book T100’s closest relative might be the ME400 -- because both run Windows -- the design owes a lot more to the Transformer Android tablets Asus has made for the past three years, like the recent Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.

Rather than having a wireless keyboard or one that behaves like a ‘cover’ case, the Asus Transformer Book T100 uses a full laptop-style hinge. With the keyboard module attached, the T100 could easily pass for a small laptop. It is not what everyone is after, but this a much more convincing laptop-tablet hybrid than the older ME400, which uses a wireless keyboard that attaches less securely using magnets.

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Unlike Asus’s more expensive Android-powered Transformer devices, the Asus Transformer Book T100 is not made primarily of metal. Some metal is used in the hinge’s inner workings to provide the requisite strength, but this is a largely plastic tablet.

It wears quite an array of finishes too. The back of the tablet part is extremely glossy, the keyboard surround is faux brushed metal and the bottom of the keyboard bit is soft-touch matt plastic. Three different finish types rob the Asus Transformer Book T100 of design cohesion, but it – surprisingly enough – largely gets away with it.

Aside from the keyboard keys, the inner hinge and the screen surround, the T100 is coloured in a slightly moody dark blue. It’s this careful colour-matching that stops the multitude of finishes from making the T100 look a mess. It looks fairly good, in fact, and a little lower-key than the shiny aluminium of the Transformer Pad.

The Asus Transformer Book T100 also suffers from no serious build issues despite the slightly lower-grade construction. A glossy tablet rear doesn’t feel fantastic on the fingers, but the T100 is solidly-made, and the screen covering is Gorilla Glass, providing good anti-scratch protection.

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However, as we noted in the last Transformer tablet we reviewed, the screen bezel is pretty chunky, giving it a less ‘modern’ appearance than something like an iPad Air or Google Nexus 7. We find it less of an issue here as – quite simply – there are very few particularly good-looking Windows tablets. In the nerdy world of Windows 8 tabs, the Asus is a bit of a looker.

Practicality-wise, the design is spot on for an affordable hybrid. The keyboard module and tablet are around 550g each, and between 11-12mm thick. Separated from each other, neither is remarkable. There are thinner, lighter 10-inch tablets and nothing too notable about the keyboard’s design. They make a great team, though.

At around 1.2kg, the Asus Transformer Book T100 only weighs as much as a light Ultrabook. And, like any normal laptop, the keyboard part protects the screen when it’s stashed in a bag. That Asus has been producing devices like this for years really shows in the execution of the hinge too. It’s strong, but elegant and faff-free – you just press a clear silver button on the inside to release the locking mechanism.

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One limitation is the extension of the hinge. The Asus Transformer Book T100 opens-up smoothly like a ‘real’ laptop, but it locks at about 135 degrees, in order to ensure it doesn’t fall back too readily. As so much of the weight is in the screen part here than a normal laptop, it will tip over if placed on bent knees. However, Asus has clearly put some thought into providing balance by making the keyboard part a little heavier than the screen, even though it doesn’t incorporate its own battery.

Unlike some other Transformer tablets, the keyboard part doesn’t add masses of connections. It brings a single USB 3.0, letting you plug in a mouse, external hard drive or other accessory.

The tablet has a micro MDMI video output, a microSD memory card slot, headphone jack and microUSB port. It’s a simple setup, but keeps the tablet easy to operate. Our favourite aspect is that the microUSB is used for charging and data transfer – rather than a proprietary port. This means that you can use an Android phone charger can be used to charge the battery (a 2A charger is needed for full speed charging, though).Transformer Book T100 7

There’s just one hardware oddity. The Windows logo on the front is not a Home/Start button – it’s just a logo. Its actual Windows button is a bit of plastic on the side, next to the volume rocker. We assume this makes the Asus Transformer Book T100 cheaper to produce, but it's not as handy as it would be up-front.

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November 26, 2013, 4:39 pm

"Finally, a low-cost Windows 8 tablet that doesn't stink"

Is that jab at Dell for their laptop stinking of cat pee!


November 26, 2013, 8:53 pm

Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come: affordable, practical Windows tablet. This is what I had expected of the original Surface ast year. Instead, MS delivered a turkey and I went for the ipad instead.

Polly Ripley

November 26, 2013, 10:35 pm

As I believe these new Atom processors can support up to 4GB RAM, it's a bit of a shame that none of the latest Windows tablets seem to have more than 2. Longer battery life and no need for a noisy fan make these tablets far more appealing than a budget laptop, but I'm sure most of us would trade 90-odd quids-worth of bundled Office software for an extra couple of gigs of RAM.


November 28, 2013, 1:05 am

The thing would become bottlenecked by the CPU in any task requiring 4 gigs of ram including moderate multitasking. Not bashing the thing either, I'm getting one and I think it looks incredible but 2 gigs of ram and the native resolution just make sense given the rest of the hardware.


November 28, 2013, 10:26 am

Luckily I'm of to California next week, so I can bag one of these for ~£220
Shame they don't reflect the same value over here for these type of products.

Polly Ripley

November 28, 2013, 2:20 pm

Why would Intel make the new quad-core Atom processors capable of supporting 4 gigs if they couldn't use it all? Seems like a waste of time and resources to me.


November 28, 2013, 3:44 pm

Well, there are higher powered versions of the chip which can handle the load of heavier multitasking and RAM dependent tasks. All of the processors share the same features and design leaving the lower end processors with capabilities they might not realistically be able to take advantage of.

Polly Ripley

November 28, 2013, 5:09 pm

Interesting. When I saw a comparison chart, some of the new Bay Trail CPUs were limited to 2 and some could handle 4. I think it's odd that we haven't had an Atom-based Windows tablet with 4 gigs as an option released yet. Dell let you choose different processors and configurations for their 11 inch Windows 8 tablet, starting with an Atom, but jump straight to i3/i5 series without giving us an option to choose the higher-spec Atom with 4GB. Perhaps they haven't been manufactured in sufficient quantities yet and we'll have to wait until the new year for more choice?


November 28, 2013, 10:17 pm

We'll probably have to wait till next year sadly. The Fujitsu (http://globalsp.ts.fujitsu.com... tablet here is using 4 gigs of ram, a 2560×1600 display, will have digitizer support and will run on the stronger bay trail z3770 processor but it will cost ~$1400. The z3740 is what we have in the t100 and honestly the Fujitsu will probably run just as fast as the t100 in real world tests despite a slightly better processor and more RAM because of its ridiculously high resolution. For a budget device I think the t100 hits all the right notes when it comes to hardware for the time being but in ~4 months we'll probably see similarly priced devices spec'd the same as that Fujitsu.


December 23, 2013, 3:46 pm

Is the battery replaceable?


December 23, 2013, 3:48 pm

No, it isn't.


December 24, 2013, 12:39 pm

This is the best tablet, scrap, computer out in the market right now. Non-BS computing, no shiny metallic w@nky features, no over the top cpu's or unnecessary fingerprinting device, all with full pc capabilities. A good old fashioned computer that does what it needs to do and gives back to its owner and then some for the hard earned shelled out. Machines like this will steer MS and W8 in the right direction with the appropriate affordable hardware to leverage off.


December 30, 2013, 4:19 pm

There is the dk005H version. 32gb with a 500gb 5400rpm spinning hdd on the keyboard dock.

Good news, the 500gb is user replaceable. Put in my old 500gb Samsung Pro SSD... overkill in terms of bandwidth & price. But it becomes a nice quiet speedy system.


January 10, 2014, 9:38 am

Does the T100 have a GPS chip?


January 17, 2014, 11:42 am

Just picked one up for 480$aus...its great value and blows the competition away..I have a MacBook pro and an iPad 2 & this will certainly replace the ipad2 & will be my road warrior


January 22, 2014, 9:36 am

No, it's a budget model and they still tend to leave GPS out of any tablet that doesn't offer a cellular modem too... So you'd have to either link it with a phone that does or get a 3rd party GPS receiver... but WiFi location works if you can access WiFi...


February 21, 2014, 9:34 pm

i just bought one @ Staples, New Philly, OH for US $329.99 (best price I found!)- has 64GB, 2GB RAM, Win 8, Office 2013 Home & Student. GREAT BUY!


February 22, 2014, 7:38 am

Can the Keyboard be used when separated from the scree? Bluetooth connection?


February 24, 2014, 6:09 pm

No, you can't


March 4, 2014, 2:46 am

Does the Asus t100 have cameras


March 12, 2014, 3:33 pm

It has one front facing one in the centre above the screen, 1.2 megapixel, looks pretty nice for a skype call

Mo Pages

March 14, 2014, 7:32 pm

I'm considering doing the same at the moment. Was the 64gb hd an SSD? & where dya end up getting yours from?


March 23, 2014, 7:45 am

What is the maximum screen resolution through HDMI port?


March 23, 2014, 2:10 pm

Hey! Is it possiblr to use the usb port without the keyboard?


April 15, 2014, 2:32 pm

Can the T100 be charging while in use? I have an Ideapad Lynx and, when mated to the keyboard, will not charge at all if plugged in.

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