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Asus Transformer Book T100HA Review
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  • Asus Transformer Book T100HA Review
  • Asus Transformer Book T100HA Review
  • Asus Transformer Book T100HA Review
  • Asus Transformer Book T100HA Review
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Our Score:



  • Affordable
  • Windows 10 pre-installed
  • Reasonable performance


  • Dull looking design
  • Asus bloatware
  • Poor sound quality

Key Features

  • Windows 10
  • USB Type-C connector
  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen
  • Manufacturer: Asus
  • Review Price: £299.99

What is the Asus Transformer Book T100HA?

The Transformer Book T100HA is the latest two-in-one convertible from Taiwanese firm Asus. This Windows 10-powered machine aims to offer users a fully functional tablet that can be converted into a laptop simply by docking into the bundled keyboard.

While it's competent as a laptop and tablet, the £299 Transformer Book T100HA feels like a barebones device lacking a killer feature to differentiate itself from the growing sea of Windows 10 convertibles flooding the affordable laptop market.

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Asus Transformer Book T100HA – Design and Features

The Asus Transformer Book T100HA feels like the rice pudding of convertibles. It has a fairly dull design – even by cheap Windows 10 convertible standards.

The separate tablet and keyboard sections are both made of a dark grey anodised aluminium and the Transformer Book has the standard, slightly pebble-like texture seen on most of Asus' affordable convertibles.

Measuring in at 265 x 175 x 8.45mm and weighing 0.58kg, the tablet section is about the same size as most similarly priced Windows 10 slates. For example, HP’s competing Pavilion X2 has a tablet section that measures in at a slightly fatter 9.65mm and weighs 0.59kg. The Asus' bundled keyboard adds 10mm to the device’s thickness and a further 0.46kg to its weight – though even with this padding the Transformer Book T100HA is still far from backbreaking.

The Transformer Book T100HA’s tablet section feels reasonably solid, though its polycarbonate back did give a little when met with even moderate pressure, which left me nervous about its durability if dropped. The same was true of the keyboard section, which noticeably flexed when met with heavy typing.

Making up for this, I found the keyboard reasonably comfortable to type on, despite being netbook sized. The keys are undeniably small and slightly crunched together, but have a snappy reactive feel and I never struggled to type on the Transformer Book.

The trackpad is also nicely reactive and recognised one- and two-fingered gestures hassle free – a factor that made document editing noticeably more pleasant than it is on most similarly sized convertibles, like the Pavilion X2.

Asus has also managed to load the Transformer Book T100HA with a reasonable selection of ports. The tablet section features a microphone/headphone jack, microSD slot, microHDMI socket and a USB Type-C charging port. Backing this up, the keyboard adds a full-sized USB 2.0 port.

I’m particularly happy to see the addition of USB Type-C. USB-C is a vogue item many smartphone and tablet manufacturers are adding to their products that’s designed to radically speed up devices’ charge times.

It can also be used as a regular port to connect external devices to the laptop. In these situations it offers improved data transfer speeds compared to regular USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.

The microSD slot lets you add further space to the device’s 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage.

Asus Transformer Book T100HA Review

Asus Transformer Book T100HA – Display

Display tech is one area most affordable Windows 10 convertibles scrimp on. However, by low-end laptop standards the Transformer Book T100HA's 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800, IPS display is pretty good.

Even though it has similar specs to the HP Pavilion x2, which features a similar 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 screen, the Transformer Book’s is noticeably better.

Blacks are deeper than the Pavilion x2's and, while they’re slightly too warm for my liking, colours are rich and vibrant. Viewing angles are also decent and in general I was impressed by the Transformer Book T100HA’s display.

My only minor quibble with the screen is that it’s not Full HD. When you consider the fact that you could pick up the Toshiba Chromebook 2, which feature a stellar 13-inch 1080p screen and costs close to £60 less, I can’t help but be a little disappointed by the Transformer Book T100HA’s resolution.

Tobias Krewinkel

October 6, 2015, 2:08 pm

Wow thanks for one of the first reviews :D
Can you messure the temparature while gaming?

I know that the graphic performance should be better, and the t100ta was "able" to play diablo 3 on the lowest possible settings, till the throttling started. So without temperature caused throttling, it should be able to run d3.Wow thanks for one of the first reviews :D
Can you messure the
temparature while gaming? I now that the graphic performance should be
better, and the t100ta was "able" to play diablo 3 on the lowest
possible settings, till the throttling started.

If it wont throttle, i'll buy it for sure


October 6, 2015, 3:44 pm

The Asus website has the tablet as made out of anodized aluminum, can you please verify?


October 6, 2015, 4:18 pm

Can you charge it using the USB type-C port or only with micro-USB?


October 6, 2015, 10:18 pm

Eh, where can I find this in UK? All the models are the old version when I google them

Владимир Кючуков

December 15, 2015, 9:13 pm

Can I ship this to Bulgaria? Where can I buy one?


January 25, 2016, 10:17 am

Lots of whining about this tablet not being "full HD". If you've ever tried a tablet at that size with fulL HD reslolutionfor Windows, you get a micro sized screen that has to be enlarged to be useful - getting you basically to the same place. Unless you're watching movies, it's a non-issue. Having 4GB or RAM and a 8-10 hour battery life for a work machine is what it's all about. If this was an Apple device it would have received 9/10 and, like my iPad, much less useful as a business and work tool.


May 18, 2016, 8:30 pm

This is simply the worst laptop/tablet I have ever owned. I have specifically found a review forum, something I never comment on, but purely because it is SUCH a disappointing purchase. From the balance issue (weight of tablet vs keyboard is off, meaning it can't sit without support, like a newborn baby), to the inconsistency of jumping between laptop and tablet mode (never recognises when I return it to keyboard, loses the mouse all the time so end up using it in "inbetween mode" until it snaps out of it). Had various occasions when it just blinks black, turns itself off, I've had about 10 massive updates needed since purchasing it 3 months ago, forcing itself into downloads without warning and taking ages to do so, the mousepad has a life of its own. As a brand I considered ASUS quite trustworthy and had done my research but this is an absolute turd. And this is coming from a person who is not technologically challenged and is not lazy in setting up properly, I went through all the necessary steps provided to get the laptop up and running. Don't do it, bite the bullet and spend a bit more on something that doesn't shit itself at the sign of a simple task.

Jeff A

June 18, 2016, 3:19 am

Nice review, I think you covered all of the major strengths and weaknesses of this device. The screen resolution seems to be a hot button issue and I agree with what you are saying about the Toshiba Chromebook being cheaper and having a better screen, I own one and the screen is full HD and 13.1 and much better. But it's not also a tablet with a touchscreen. But the biggest difference with the chrome book is that it's not running windows 10. Most people buy these types of devices as a secondary or travel laptop, which is why I first bought the chromebook. It's great for what it does, consuming media and checking facebook etc. But for a true "laptop substitute" you need to have windows. I have only had this transformer book for about a week, but so far there is pleny to like. Aluminum build, 4gb ram, good amount of ports including usb-c, keyboard and trackpad surprisingly usable. And the display is fine for a screen this size. Haven't had to use zoom for web browsing so far.


July 7, 2016, 11:03 pm

Thanks for the accuracy of your review. 64Gb storage and 4Gb RAM? No. 2Gb RAM. Plus, your links to best deals at Currys/PCWorld (One store) both link to the 32Gb version. Very helpful.


July 7, 2016, 11:04 pm





August 7, 2016, 11:38 pm

AFAIK there are 3 versions of this gadget, buyers be aware of the specs before acquiring your goods.
One US version with 4GB RAM 64GB Flash that costs 299$.
And another 2 versions with 2GB RAM 32GB Flash for 280~290€ and 4GB RAM 128GB Flash for 550~600€.

Looking at the prices looks like someone is trying to make some mad profit in Europe - or at least in my country - and don't tell me it is taxes or distribution costs.

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