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ASUS Transformer T100

Rich Hein | Jan. 24, 2014
If the price of the Surface Pro and other similarly equipped tablets has been preventing you from buying a Windows 8 tablet then the recent update to the Intel Atom processor may be your cue to make your move.

The keyboard itself weighs in at 1.2 pounds bringing the entire device's weight up to 2.4 pounds. It balances nicely on your lap and feels secure when attached. The USB 3.0 port is towards the back of the dock on the left side.

The touchpad, on the other hand, is responsive but the left and right hand buttons make a hollow clicking noise when depressed. It's not the worst experience, however, and if it is really bothersome it is easily resolved using a Bluetooth or USB mouse.

Display
The 10.1-inch IPS display screen sports a resolution of 1366x768. While there are devices with a better screen resolution, there were no noticeable scaling issues and the display has a decent 178-degree viewing angle. It's perfectly suitable for watching Netflix, Crackle or Amazon Prime. The gestures work adequately, but at times when I touch too close to the left hand side of the screen it cycles through the active applications.

Camera
If you take photos with your tablet then you'll likely want to look elsewhere. ASUS had to cut corners somewhere and the camera department was one of them. There is only one camera on this device, a front facing 1.2 megapixel Web camera, appropriate for video chatting and the occasional snapshot if you don't mind not being able to see your target.

Battery Life
Battery life for this unit is good. On a recent trip, I was able to watch video for roughly 10 hours, comparable to my iPad. Had ASUS added a battery in the dock, it likely could have surpassed the battery life of its competitors, even the Surface Pro 2, but the additional weight and desire to keep costs as low as possible likely prevented ASUS from doing so.

Buttons
ASUS got so many things right with this device, but the Windows button placement wasn't one of them. Located on the left side of the unit beneath the volume rocker button, the home button is hard to find and difficult to depress due to the bezel angle. Other tablets such as the Toshiba Encore have an additional soft button located on the face, which I would have preferred.

The power/sleep button is located on the top left-hand side of the unit, pretty much where you'd expect it to be. The volume rocker sits on the left-hand side at the top. Overall, the buttons seem to be another area where ASUS tried to keep costs low, but aside from the feel they are functional.

MicroSD Slot
Personally, I prefer when the microSD Card has a cover or is at the very least is flush with the surface area of the bezel, but that isn't the case with the Transformer. Its microSD slot is located on the right-hand side of the device, but when the card is inserted it sits above the bezel ever so slightly. That said, it hasn't caused any issues thus far.

 

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