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Asus Transformer Book T100: Keyboard and Screen

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

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Asus Transformer Book T100 – Keyboard and Trackpad

The Asus Transformer Book T100 has a full keyboard, lacking only the separate numerical pad you get in a large laptop keyboard. Keys are smaller than normal, though, meaning it’ll take a while for those used to larger keyboards to get up to full speed.

We did get on well with the Asus Transformer Book T100’s keyboard, though. It’s much higher-quality than most of the Bluetooth keyboards people buy for their tablets, with a good crisp action and a decent amount of travel given its petite dimensions.

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Using a non-Bluetooth keyboard also avoids the annoyance of having to keep its battery charged. The tablet part and keyboard connect with good old-fashioned metal connectors, rather than communicating over the airwaves. The keyboard’s F-keys also let you control things like volume and screen brightness, which you don’t tend to get with a third-party keyboard accessory.

The Asus Transformer Book T100’s keyboard module is not perfect, though. Its trackpad needs work. A tiny trackpad is virtually mandated by the T100's size, but it feels very cramped and its mouse buttons are pretty poor. Although there’s an indicator line suggesting the buttons sit under the bottom part of the pad, they actually extend up to near the top, with an inch-long dead zone at the very top. The action of the button too feels a little clunky, and the left and right button zones are not clear enough. It’s one of the Asus Transformer Book T100’s weaker parts.

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Asus Transformer Book T100 – Screen

The Asus Transformer Book T100 has a 10.1-inch screen of 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution. In the world of tablets that’s a pretty low resolution – fewer pixels than the much smaller Google Nexus 7. It results in pixel density of 155ppi, which is fairly poor.

As a result, text appears a little blocky close-up. Of course this sort of pixel density remains the norm in the world of laptops. You still have to pay a lot of money to get a high-resolution laptop, and among tablets Windows devices lag behind in resolution across the board. This is why we find it fairly easy to swallow in a £349 Windows tablet like his.

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What the Asus Transformer Book T100 offers over many low-end touchscreen laptops are good viewing angles. As it uses an IPS-type panel, you don’t get the contrast shift that a TN screen produces when approaching from the wrong angle. This screen type is still the most common in laptops although – thankfully – it has been ditched by almost every tablet at this point.

Image quality is pretty unremarkable among IPS-based peers, though. Colour accuracy is a way off, with virtually every shade looking a little gloomier than it should. This is one area where you really feel the cuts needed to get the Asus Transformer Book T100 down to £350.

pikachu

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!

shj

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.

B-Nasty

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.

Mark

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.

B-Nasty

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?

B-Nasty

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.

Ben

December 23, 2013, 3:46 pm

Is the battery replaceable?

andyvan

December 23, 2013, 3:48 pm

No, it isn't.

horsome

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.

ilikepear

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.

chrisax

January 10, 2014, 9:38 am

Does the T100 have a GPS chip?

db

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

CyberGusa

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...

JayW

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!

Lawrence

February 22, 2014, 7:38 am

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

Martin

February 24, 2014, 6:09 pm

No, you can't

teri

March 4, 2014, 2:46 am

Does the Asus t100 have cameras

cunnol

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?

Edgar

March 23, 2014, 7:45 am

What is the maximum screen resolution through HDMI port?

Alex

March 23, 2014, 2:10 pm

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

Bill

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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