ASUS Transformer Book T100HA Review

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$299 ASUS Transformer Book T100HA


ASUS recently announced their plans to expand their Transformer Book Family with a brand new update to their successful Transformer line of highly mobile devices. The cool think about the ASUS Transformer line is that these devices are designed to run the latest Windows Operating system as well as give you a full-functionality as a tablet and or ultra-light laptop. While I love the style and functionality of Apple’s iPad, it really is difficult to get any work done on the machine itself. It’s great for serving up content, but when you want to work with a spreadsheet. give a presentation, or even respond in depth to a an e-mail, the native iPads are very difficult to get content into.

ASUS T100HAEnter the ASUS Transformer Book line of ‘convertible’ laptops. There are currently three models available: The $699 10.1” Transformer Book Chi, the $349 11.6” Transformer Book Flip, and the $299 10.1” Transformer Book T100HA. ASUS was kind enough to send us over the Transformer Book to get some real-world experiences with.ASUS T100HA

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA features an Intel Atom X5 Cherry Trail processor that is rated at 2.24 GHz with 2MB L2 cache and 4GB RAM. This is enough to fully power the Windows 10 OS that it comes with. Along with the 4GB of RAM, the T100HA comes with 64GB of storage on its eMMC storage which is much cheaper – and slower – than a traditional SSD.ASUS T100HA

The T100HA has a bunch of inputs including a Micro USB port, a Micro HDMI port, Micro SD card slot, a “Type-C” USB 3.1 port as well as a USB 2.0 port.

ASUS T100HAThe tablet’s total dimensions are 10.43 x 6.89 x 0.33 inches. The keyboard dock attaches to the T100HA tablet via its USB 2.0 slot and neodymium magnets making it a true convertible mobile device.

Featured Specifications:

  • Processor
    • Quad-Core Intel Cherry Trail x5 Z8500 Processor
  • Operating System
    • Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    • 10.1″ 16:10 IPS HD (1280×800) with Multi-Touch Screen
  • Graphic
    • Integrated Intel HD Graphics
  • Storage
    • up to 128GB eMMC
  • Card Reader
    • card reader (Micro SD )
  • Camera
    • 2MP front and 5MP back camera
  • Networking
    • Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/nBuilt-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • Interface
    • 1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack1 x USB Type-C 3.11 x Micro USB1 x micro HDMI1 x USB 2.0 (docking)1 x Micro SD card slot
  • Audio
    • Built-in 2 Speaker(s) And Array MicrophoneSonicMaster
  • Battery
    • 30 Whrs Polymer Battery
  • Power Adapter
    • Output : 9 V DC, 2 A, 18 W
  • Dimensions
    • Tablet: 10.3 x 6.7 x 0.4 inch (WxDxH)Dock: 10.3 x 6.7 x 0.5 inch (WxDxH)
  • Weight
    • Tablet: 1.2 lbs Dock: 1.0 lbs
  • Certificates
    • UL, MIC, CE Marking Compliance, FCC Compliance, BSMI, Australia C-TICK / NZ A-Tick Compliance, CCC, GOST-R, CB, Energy star, IDA, Erp 2013, RoHS, JATE

Doing some quick math, for $299, not only do you get a 10.1″ touchscreen tablet running Windows 10, you get a fully functioning keyboard. Not to mention the variety of connections and ports that allow you to get data onto and off of the mobile device. Seems a bit too good to be true. Let’s take a look at how the ASUS Transformer Book works in the real world and if it can actually hang with tablets that cost double it cost.

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  • Glacier

    Thank you, I am sold on this device now. My asus chromebook flip is having ghost touching issues so I was wanting a new device. This will do more and is a excellent value. Hopefully this won’t have the same touch screen issues

    • Maryn

      I got the same issue. I am waiting for new device.
      By the way, on new device do you have the same problem?

  • cherazor65

    Is it possible to insert a 1TB HD like in the ASUS T200?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      No, since this device uses eMMC memory it is soldered down just like the wireless card and RAM on this particular convertible device. There is also not space left available for one to add memory or a storage drive. The only way to add capacity to this device would be with a external USB storage drive.

      • Robert Drabek

        There is an SD card slot for at least 64MB of expansion.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          ^^ That is correct you could also expand storage with the micro SDXC card slot. I spoke with ASUS North America today and they informed me that the T100HA has been tested with 128GB and 200GB Micro SDXC cards and they work fine. They haven’t tested beyond that, but it might be able to go higher in the future when even larger Micro SDXC cards come to market.

        • otacon1k

          What about USB type C? Can you charge the tablet with 3.1 cable and get shorter charging time?

        • Nathan Kirsch

          No you can’t charge via USB-C as only the micro USB 2.0 port is supports device charging. The ASUS T100HA’s Micro USB 2.0 port supports fast charging and can get an 80% charge in 2 hours, and it takes just 4 hours for a full charge.