ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR 10.1-Inch, 64GB Laptop Review

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR 10.1-Inch, 64GB Laptop

The ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR 10.1-Inch, 64GB Laptop is a clever combination of tablet and untraportable laptop, making it essentially two computers in one. Its 10.1 inch HD touchscreen display detaches from the keyboard as needed, transforming the T100TA-C1-GR into a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet.

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At the heart of this system lies an Intel Atom Z3740 System on a Chip (SoC). This quad-core SoC runs at 1.86 GHz, and is optimized to be highly energy efficient, making a significant contribution to the machine’s battery life of up to 11 hours. It is substantially faster than previous Intel Atom designs, and should be capable of handling routine computing tasks such as surfing the web and standard productivity software, although it will probably struggle with modern games or other particularly demanding software.

The Z3740 is supported by 2GB of DDR3 memory. Although much less RAM than you would reasonably expect to find installed on a more powerful modern laptop, this should be quite adequate for the kinds of tasks that this machine is designed to undertake.

Permanent storage of documents, pictures, music and, of course, software applications, is provided by 64GB of flash memory. Again, this is considerably less than would be available on even a budget laptop, but is in keeping with the T100TA-C1-GR’s dual role as laptop-cum-tablet. In reality, this is unlikely to pose any significant difficulty, as the machine is fitted with a Micro SD Card Reader, a Micro USB port which supports both charging and a USB device, and Bluetooth 4.0, making it easy to attach extra storage devices, should you need it. And, of course, the machine comes with ASUS WebStorage, allowing you to store your files in the cloud, if you wish.

Pros :

  • Small, Lightweight, Convertible Laptop / Tablet
  • Intel Atom Z3740 1.86 GHz Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3 Memory
  • 64 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 10.1-Inch Screen
  • Windows 8.1
  • 11-hour battery life

Cons :

  • Underpowered for serious gaming

The 10.1-inch, HD, IPS, 1366 x 768 pixel, touchscreen display offers a 178-degree viewing angles, for excellent clarity in real-world settings. It is driven by integrated Intel HD GMA graphics. This should be perfectly adequate for most routine tasks, and is easily able to cope with HD video. However, despite being compatible with DirectX 11, it will struggle to handle modern games at anything like an acceptable level of detail. Again, this shouldn’t come as any surprise in this class of machine – it isn’t, and doesn’t claim to be, a powerful gaming laptop. Rather, it is an easily portable, convertible device for getting everyday tasks done in a convenient manner, for which it is entirely suitable.

Although the touchscreen is designed to get the most out of the supplied copy of Windows 8.1, particularly when in use as a tablet, there are still some tasks that are best carried out on with a keyboard. The machine’s keyboard dock is designed to be comfortable in long term use, and includes a multi-touch touchpad for those who want, or prefer to use one for Windows 8.1 gestures. It also features a high speed USB 3.0 port, making it easy to connect to wired peripherals such as printers.

As with any other modern laptop, this machine is capable of connecting to wireless networks – 802.11 a/g/n WiFi is built in, making it easy to get online to check your email, update social status or chat with friends. A built in 1.2 MP webcam means that the machine is video-chat capable, and, since Windows 8.1 includes Skype, you don’t even need to install any extra software – just sign in to your account, or sign up for a new one if you don’t have on already, and you’ll be chatting in minutes.

Because the Z3740 SoC is an x86 processor, the machine is fully compatible with new and existing hardware and software. If you already have a program that works on Windows 8 or 8.1 on another machine, it should work on the T100TA-C1-GR too – something that tablets using other kinds of processor find difficult to achieve. To show off this tremendously useful feature, the T100TA-C1-GR comes preinstalled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, featuring full versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote – everything you need for school and work, ready to use right out of the box.

As a notebook, the machine measures 10.4″ x 6.7″ x 0.93″ (W x D x H) and weighs 2.4lbs. As a tablet, it measures 10.4″ x 6.7″ x 0.41″ (W x D x H) and weighs just 1.2lbs. In either configuration, this is obviously a small, lightweight machine that is easily portable, making it ideal for carrying out routine tasks on the go. Its battery life of up to 11 hours is impressive, too, meaning that you should be able to carry on working wherever you find yourself.

Overall, the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR 10.1-Inch, 64GB Laptop is an interesting and appealing combination of tablet and ultraportable notebook. As a laptop, it is a little underpowered for heavy duty computing, albeit less so than earlier Atom-powerd designs, but that isn’t really the purpose of this device. Rather, it is intended to be a small, lightweight and easily portable machine designed to get routine tasks done on the move, and in that respect it should succeed brilliantly. In its guise as a tablet, it also has the advantage of running standard Windows applications, that eludes other brands of tablet. Whether that is particularly useful will probably depend on the kinds of application that you want to run on it, and whether it works well with a touch screen, but the mere ability to make the attempt is, potentially, very useful. If you’re in the market for a convertible Windows-based machine that’s easy to take around, has a long battery life and won’t break the bank, this could well be the machine for you.

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