Asus Transformer Book T200TA Review - Performance and Battery Life Review


Asus Transformer Book T200TA – Performance

The T200TA’s £350 budget means there’s no room for high-end components. The key bit of silicon is an Intel Atom Z3775 – a Bay Trail-based chip that’s clocked to run at modest speeds between 1.46GHz and 2.39GHz. It’s got just 2MB of cache, there isn’t any Turbo Boost or Hyper-Threading, and it relies on Intel’s weakest HD Graphics core – an integrated chip that’s actually based on the last generation of Ivy Bridge hardware.

It’s a modest part, but it’s from the same range of chips as the competition, so it didn’t fall behind. Its PC Mark 7 score of 2752 was a little ahead of all rivals, and its Geekbench result of 3104 was only beaten by Lenovo and Toshiba.

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The Asus stacks up well against its competition, but it’s still only enough power for modest computing. Low-end software like word processors and browsers will run fine, and this machine doesn’t have any issues with media playback – but tougher applications and demanding multi-tasking both gave the Asus trouble.

Gaming’s out of the question, too. The Asus stumbled to a score of 18,320 in the easiest 3D Mark test, Ice Storm. That’s in the middle of this group, and it’s only enough power to handle low-end and casual games.

The upside to all of this is excellent thermal performance. The T200TA is effectively silent when it’s running most tasks and, even when stress-tested, it made barely any noise.

Little impressed about the storage. Asus has chosen a Hynix HBG4e drive, which uses eMMC and failed to impress in our benchmarks: its read speed of 143MB/s is on par with the best hard disks but it’s still miles behind SSDs, and its write speed of 51MB/s is just slow.

That’s poor, and the capacity is worse – it’s a tiny 32GB drive that shrinks to 21GB once it’s formatted and space has been squirrelled away for a recovery partition.

It’s tiny for a boot drive, but thankfully Asus provides a 500GB hard disk that sits inside an accessible slot in the keyboard section. Its read and write speeds of 101MB/s and 83MB/s are unremarkable, but at least it provides space that the boot drive doesn’t.

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Asus Transformer Book T200TA – Battery Life

Our standard battery test loops a web browsing and video calling simulation with the screen locked at 40% brightness. In this benchmark the T200TA lasted for 8 hours and ten minutes – a stonking result that’s better than every laptop we’ve mentioned in this review. Lenovo’s machine could only manage 6 hours and 25 minutes, with the HP also dipping below the six-hour mark.

That’s a great result, and it’ll almost certainly stretch to nine hours with the screen toned down even further. It’s impressive, but it’s not as good as the last Transformer – the T100 lasted for twelve hours in the same test.