Asus Transformer Book T100HA Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Tablet has nice build
    • Solid battery life
    • Windows 10 is great (but Asus’s preloaded software is not)
  • Cons

    • Performance lags occasionally
    • Below average display
    • Keyboard can be frustrating to type on

Quick Take

As a tablet hybrid, the Asus Transformer Book T100HA is a decent option. But if being able to switch from tablet to laptop on the fly isn’t your top priority, look elsewhere.


Notebooks will always have a major advantage over tablets: the keyboard. For all of it does to compromise portability, it offers a method of input that can never be matched by on-screen, virtual keyboards, and that’s exactly the appeal that Asus (and some other companies, for that matter) is banking on with the latest version of its Transformer Book T100HA.

The Transformer Book T100HA is solidly built.

The Transformer Book T100HA is solidly built.

On paper, 2-in-1s are the best of both worlds: a tablet when you want it, a laptop when you need it. In practice, things are slightly more nuanced. So let’s take a look at how well Asus executes on the concept and whether or not the end result is worth your hard-earned cash.

Build & Design

The very first thing I noticed upon picking up the Transformer Book is how solidly built it is. Despite how small its footprint is – its dimensions are 10.43 x 6.89 x 1.06 inches when attached to the keyboard dock and closed – it’s surprisingly dense, weighing in at 2.29 pounds when docked. But it provides more of a quality feel than anything else; it’s not so heavy that you’re about to get tired lugging this thing around.

The keyboard dock has a full USB port.

The keyboard dock has a full USB port.

Speaking of quality, the metal back panel on the tablet portion of the device is a somewhat unique touch and adds to that premium feel. In terms of the layout, the power/standby switch is located on the top edge, with volume rocker and a USB 3.1 Type C port on the left edge. The latter is a welcome inclusion, given the benefits of the technology (faster charging, reversible plugs, etc.) and its gradually increasing prevalence.

The Transformer Book has both microUSB and USB C.

The Transformer Book has both microUSB and USB C.

As for the rest of the ports, the right edge of the device plays host to a micro SD/SDXC card slot, a microHDMI port, a (standard) microUSB port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The machine’s 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera are in the usual locations, placed at the top center of the back and front, respectively. The bottom edge of the device is reserved for the docking port, supplemented by two additional slots; the dock’s hinge features two metal tabs on either side of the actual docking plug that are inserted into the tablet’s slots, which are magnetized, for added stability.

Asus TransformerBook (11)As for the dock itself, it provides a touchpad, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a full-sized USB port on the right side. Four rubber nubs can be found on its underside for added grip when using the Transformer Book on a surface other than your lap.

The dock is mostly well designed, with a tight hinge and a keyboard that doesn’t have much give towards the center. Actually typing on it is a bit of a challenge, but we’ll elaborate on that later. The only noticeable flaw here is that, despite how strongly the dock latches onto the tablet thanks to the magnets – it can actually be somewhat difficult to remove at times – there is the slightest gap that’s left between the tablet and the dock, and that allows the former to wiggle a bit even when it’s properly attached.

Display

The Transformer Book’s display is serviceable, but it certainly won’t impress. The 10.1-inch display’s resolution is a modest 1280 x 800, so you can forget about Retina-quality or even true HD picture. This is evident given the somewhat easily noticeable lack of sharpness, and there’s enough graininess that it doesn’t take much effort to spot individual pixels. Also, colors don’t really pop off the screen, given that they look a little flat and washed out. I’d say the display’s brightness is easily its strongest asset, but that’s probably because I always kept it on the highest setting.

One other quick note: the display’s bezel seems unnecessarily thick. There’s a ton of wasted space around the edge of the edges of the screen due to the nearly one inch bezel that surrounds it. For a device as compact as the Transformer Book, it would be in Asus’s best interests to use space a little more efficiently.

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  1. a96camry

    I have been using my ASUS T-100(64GB SSD) for two years. I don’t use it without the keyboard a lot but it is a very useful option under certain condition. With it’s somewhat limited capabilities I still find new uses for it. Now I am using it as a substitute for a TV internet interface. I connect the mini-HDMI port to a TV with an adapter cable and keep it hidden. I connect to it from another laptop with TEAMVIEWER and run Amazon Prime, etc. It’s really useful in hotels.

  2. SteveBatu

    After reading lots of reviews about the ultrabook UX 305 I decided to buy it from Binglee Casula NSW.
    My excitement of owning an ultrabook ended the moment I walked out of the door.
    This is my story:

    Bought it in September 2015 and took it back home to set it up and realised the wireless adaptor wasn’t working on the notebook, after hours of troubleshooting I took it back to the store and they confirmed it was faulty gave me a replacement.
    Took the replacement back home and started setting it up again and realised the screen was faulty. Took it back in to Binglee and got another replacement.
    I thought my nightmare ended there but after using for less than a month all of a sudden it started blue screening and kept going in a automatic repair loop. I tried refreshing, restoring from restore point, resetting the PC but everything failed. Called the support centre which was located overseas and the customer service rep told me to go through the whole process again which wasted another 1 hour of my time then finally told me to send it to the repair center in QLD.
    So I sent the laptop to QLD in the beginning of November and the laptop was repaired and sent it back to me end of December just before Christmas 2015. It took them almost 2 months to get it fixed. This morning I turned on the laptop on my first day back at work and it was like dejavu, same thing happened, blue screen, continuos repair loop. So was really frustrated and called the support center and they told me to go through the same process of shipping it to repair center and wait for resolution.
    I demanded for a resolution or at least send me a temporary laptop so that I could use it while they figure out the fault in my mysterious laptop but was declined and said nothing can be done by the customer service and it must be escalated to superiors and they standard call back time is 1-2 business days.
    Now I’m sitting in my office on my first day at work without a laptop, not productive and got frustrated in the morning with ASUS product and their customer service.

    What a way to start my new year at work. Thanks ASUS for making me a really happy customer with your amazing product and customer service.