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Asus Transformer Book T100 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 349
inc VAT

This great value touchscreen hybrid has a great screen and superb battery life

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This isn’t too much of a problem, though, as the responsive 10-point touchscreen more than makes up for the touchpad. The display’s 1,366×768 resolution made graphics and text look sharp and we didn’t have any problem opening and closing internet tabs or minimising windows when we tapped the screen with our finger. The screen’s image quality was good, too, with colours looking deep and vibrant.

Asus Transformer Book T100TA

The display’s contrast levels were also excellent, and we measured a huge contrast ratio of 1,036:1. Combined with the screen’s wide viewing angles, this meant we could see images clearly from almost any position, and our high contrast test photos were packed full of detail. It’s easily one of the best displays we’ve seen on a laptop at this price, and while some blacks were a little too deep to make out the finer shadow detail in a few of our night shots, it wasn’t enough to detract from the screen’s overall picture quality.

Asus Transformer Book T100TA

Even more impressive is the T100TA’s huge battery life. The T100TA lasted a stunning 11 hours and 49 minutes in our light use battery test with the screen set to half brightness, which is only slightly less time than the Microsoft Surface Pro 2’s score of 11 hours and 51 minutes. You’ll be able to use the T100TA nearly all day without having to return it to the mains. Just be aware that the T100TA takes quite a long time to charge because it’s powered by micro USB instead of a traditional power adaptor.

With so many outstanding features, the Asus Transformer T100TA has redefined what we should expect from a £350 laptop. With its improved Atom processor, great screen and long battery life, it sets a new standard for the budget touchscreen hybrid and deservedly wins a Budget Buy award.

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Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorIntel Atom Z3740
Processor clock speed1.3GHz
Memory2.00GB
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory2GB
Size24x263x171mm
Weight1.1kg
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad and touchscreen

Display

Viewable size10.1 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics
Graphics/video portsmicro HDMI
Graphics Memory128MB

Storage

Total storage capacity32GB
Optical drive typenone

Ports and Expansion

USB ports1
Bluetoothyes
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsN/A
Supported memory cardsmicro SD
Other portsmicro-USB, dock connector

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 8.1
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Office Home & Student 2013
Optional extrasN/A

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£349
Detailswww.asus.com
Supplierhttp://www.dabs.com