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Asus Transformer Book T100 undercuts Surface Pro 2 with affable £349 price tag

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Asus Transformer Book T100
Asus Transformer Book T100

Asus has confirmed the UK price point for its forthcoming Transformer Book T100 hybrid device, and it’s good news for folks looking to jump on board with Windows 8.1 without breaking the bank

The device, which was unveiled at the company’s Developers’ Forum in August will cost just £349 when it goes on sale at a time still to be determined.

The 10.1-inch, 2-in-1 device offers access to full fat Windows 8.1 in both laptop and tablet modes and features a neat, slim and light keyboard dock accessory. Sorry Windows RT but you're not welcome here.

it’s not exactly a powerhouse, but it is powered by an Intel Bay Trail quad-core Atom processor and has 2GB RAM and up to 64 GB of built in storage. There’s a 1366 x 768 720p display and attests to packing 11-hours of battery life which should be enough to keep most folks going for the day.

The convertible Ultrabook T100 also has a 1.2-megapixel front-facing webcam, Micro USB, miniHDMI and USB 3.0, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

There device is already on sale in the US, where it costs $349 (about £217), so although it offers better value than most of the competition, us Brits aren’t getting that good of a deal. Still, when considering the Surface Pro 2 starts at £719, which is more than double the price of the T100, it ain’t too shabby at all.

We’re still waiting on an official UK release date from Asus, but it seems whenever it lands the Transformer Book T100 has a great shot at changing the Windows 8 landscape and ushering in a new era of affordable and super-portable hybrid devices.

Asus is already doing well in the Android tablet market thanks to the Nexus 7 tablets. Can it dominate Windows 8 next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Brian

October 31, 2013, 9:39 pm

Aargh, the display.

I realise it's very good value for money, and it's a small enough screen that 1366x768 won't be too bad, but please...if it had even 1600 x 900 then I would be very tempted.

Having said that, my mother-in-law wants a tablet but also wants to keep her Microsoft Word...this may be a winner for her.

DarthDave

October 31, 2013, 9:59 pm

It's a shame that all these new Atom processor-laden devices are still only accompanied by 2GB of RAM. Is that a technical limitation, or just to keep costs down?

RATBURL

November 1, 2013, 12:11 am

Roach! Surface 2 destroys that thing!

danielfrisbee

November 1, 2013, 12:30 am

at a guess she might find a normal surface with windows rt easier- windows desktop is great for all kinds of reasons but on a small tablet it might be more pain than it's worth for older people, as I understand it windows rt has microsoft office.

Edward

November 1, 2013, 8:29 am

"The convertible Ultrabook T100"

How can this low end nonsense be called an ultrabook? It doesn't meet the minimum specs in quite a few areas.

Looks like it's just a netbook in disguise - which means it'll run ridiculously slow a couple of months into ownership.

Brian

November 1, 2013, 9:01 am

Yeah it's not a bad suggestion which I've thought about - but I just don't trust the Windows RT ecosystem (with no evidence to back that up). At least with real (TM?) Windows you can install pre-existing windows programs.

But then again - how much does she actually want beyond Windows Office (which RT does come with) and browsing/facebook/email...not a huge amount I'd guess.

Jon Souter

November 1, 2013, 9:04 am

In other news, Ford undercuts the Ferrari 458 with the U.S. giant's latest incarnation of the Ka.

;-)

Bob

November 4, 2013, 11:56 am

It's not WIn RT - it's full 8.1

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