Asus Transformer Book T100 Review: Netbook In Disguise

Asus Transformer Book T100 Review: Netbook In Disguise

Asus is the original and arguably the best at the convertible tablet, and now it’s back with the one-two punch of the T100: a great convertible tablet with brand-spanking new internal hardware.

The tablet also has a pretty average viewing angle thanks to an obnoxiously reflective front panel. That’s disappointing.

It’s a tiny tablet, which means that gaming isn’t the best experience in the world. If you want to get your game on, perhaps stick to a more powerful device.

Sadly, all this comes together to make the whole thing feel kind of cheap.

When you type, your fingers feel like they’re about to punch through the plasticky cheap sounding keyboard. When you hold it you feel it move about in the frame because of how it’s built. You always panic about it falling over. The keys are cramped. There’s no full-sized USB port on the tablet itself, only on the base.

It’s loaded with issues that drag down what could have been a really good 10.1-inch Windows tablet.

Should You Buy It?

Acer Transformer Book T100

Price: $499

  • Light.
  • Good software bundle.
  • Long battery life.
Don’t Like
  • Balance issues.
  • Mediocre gaming.
  • Cheap keyboard feel.

This is the netbook of convertible devices: not good enough to be a full-time solution but better for productivity than taking an entertainment and media tablet into a room.

This device is interesting, because it’s one of the first Windows 8.1 devices to come in a 10.1-inch form factor. For a while now, we’ve been seeing 8-inch Windows 8 tablets grab headlines as the new solution for Windows-based mobile productivity, with Ultrabooks packing greater functionality at the larger end of the spectrum.

This then is an inconvenient middle-ground. It’s passable as a standalone tablet running Windows 8.1, but we can’t help but feel like it’s a poor netbook clone posing as a convertible.

Think long and hard about this one. We think there are certainly better devices to drop your cash on.