Asus Transformer Book T100TAM Review
The Asus Transformer Book T100TAM is an aluminum version of the original model that also comes with a slightly improved display and processor.
When compared to T100 released last year, the ASUS Transformer Book T100TAM comes with a redesigned aluminum case and a new display. The aluminum case improves the tablet’s build, but also increases the tablet’s weight up to 603 grams, up from 549 grams.
The new 10 inch Transformer Book still offers the same ports and buttons as last year’s model, in the exact same locations, and still offers a touchscreen with 1366 x 768 px resolution. Asus claims the new display is capable of delivering more accurate colours. That may be but I didn’t notice any difference and I found the brightness to be a bit on the low side.
While the previous version was powered by an Intel BayTrail-T Z3740 processor, this one gets the Z3775 CPU. Same CPU, just slightly higher clocked but, more importantly, graphics are about 10 to 15% faster. There is still only 2 GB of memory pretty normal for this type of device. My test unit came with 32 GB of internal storage, which leaves about 15 GB of space for your own content with Windows 8.1 installed. Time for my usual rant here about the poor fit of Windows 8.x on this type of device. I suspect Windows 10 will be considerably more useable. I attempted to try out the preview but 2 GB of memory wasn’t quite enough to install it in a Virtual Machine.
The included docking station (still plastic) offers a cramped but useable keyboard and a small touchpad which is probably the worst I have ever seen..scrolling is relatively smooth but clicking takes an unusual amount of pressure such that the cursor often skitters off the target as you try to click. With the docking station the whole package weighs 2.48 pounds which, by the way is heavier than a MacBook Air 11″.
Like all Asus products I have tested this is a good looking well built device with a certain amount of style. I found it to be a pretty good tablet that I believe will be noticeably improved by an upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available. The docking station adds the versatility of a keyboard and USB 3 port turning it into a mini laptop. As such OK for light use but I found it a bit top heavy and not too comfortable for much more than light use.
If you want a pretty good windows tablet that can double as a small laptop for light work for less than $400 The Asus Transformer Book T100TAM will get the job done.