10.1-inch ASUS T100 Tablet with Windows 8.1 and Free Office 2013 (Hands-on)

ASUS Transformer Book T100

ASUS Transformer Book T100

ASUS Transformer Book T100 (ASUS T100 tablet) is 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with keyboard dock and powered by Intel Atom “Bay Trail” quad-core processor, bundled with free Microsoft Office 2013.

ASUS T100 tablet is the first device to use Intel Atom Z3740 ‘Bay Trail’ quad-core processor. It is also one of the first device that shipped with Windows 8.1.

Read also: Understanding Intel Bay Trail processor family

T100 10.1-inch IPS multi-touch display has 1366×768 pixels resolution. A keyboard dock is included. It has 11 battery life and 14 days standby time, says ASUS.

Hands-on: ASUS T100 tablet

ASUS Transformer Book T100

I spent a brief time with Asus Transformer Book T100 at an Intel event.

The tablet is lightweight, the included keyboard dock has a brushed metal look. The display is bright and clear, very responsive to touch gestures.

On the right, you found MicroSD card slot, micro USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI port and headset port. On the right are volume button and Windows button. Stereo speakers are at each side of the rear.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 side
ASUS Transformer Book T100 side

Glad to know that T100 runs latest Windows 8.1 and not Windows RT that only support modern apps. You can install all your Windows application on T100… Wait!

Sorry to tell you that T100 only has 32GB storage space, you probably left half space after installed Windows 8.1 and Office 2013. Ouch!

However, ASUS T100 comes with free Microsoft Office 2013. Unlike Office 365, it is a standalone version with no annual fee.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 with free Office 2013
ASUS Transformer Book T100 with free Office 2013

As part of Microsoft OEM partner program – Windows 8 Small Screen Touch – other manufactures’ Windows 8 tablets would includes free Office 2013 bundle, too.

When docked (laptop mode), T100 tab is becomes a lightweight (1.07KG) ultraportable laptop. The keyboard dock also adds a USB3.0 port at the left side.

ASUS Transformer Book T100

Immediately, I noticed an issue. The dock weighs less than the tablet, thus does not feel balance. You would worry the tablet will tip over (it did not happen) when you poke the touchscreen or use on your laps. Good to know that the hinge is very firm.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 keyboard dock
ASUS Transformer Book T100 keyboard dock

ASUS T100 keyboard has small tile keys. The right “Shift” key is so small and squeezed by arrow keys… Typing on T100 keyboard feels “plastic” and my typing error rate is extremely high because I have used to full size keyboard.

When folded, ASUS Transformer Book T100 becomes bulk like a thick book, 2.3cm height – 5mm thicker than MacBook Pro retina.

Asus Transformer Book T100 Specs

ASUS Transformer Book T100

  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 (32-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core (1.33GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel HD graphics
  • Display: 10.1-inch (1366×768 pixels) IPS with capacitive multi-touch
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC
  • Camera: 1.2MP (front)
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB port, Micro-HDMI port, MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone/mic; 1x USB3.0 port on dock
  • Battery: 31Wh lithium polymer
  • Dimensions: 263x171x10.5mm (tablet), 263x171x13.1mm (dock)
  • Weight: 550g (tablet), 520g (dock)

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Price and Availability

ASUS Transformer Book T100 available in Malaysia from 18th October 2013. The recommended retail price is RM 1,299.

Thoughts

ASUS Transformer Book T100 powered by Intel Atom ‘Bay Trail’ processor allows the tablet to run Windows 8.1 while provides long battery life.

32GB storage space is not enough to install your giant Windows software. I would see it as temporary space for your work documents before you save them to cloud.

ASUS T100 is a more acceptable laptop choice – Windows 8.1 with MS Office – by mass when you compare it with Google Chromebook (Chrome OS, runs everything in browser).

Though I dislike the keyboard, I think T100 is worth to consider.

With a Android/iPad tablet price range, ultraportable laptop like ASUS Transformer Book T100 would be your better choice to be productivity on-the-go, and for your kids’ studies.

➤ ASUS Malaysia

Understanding Intel Bay Trail Processor Family for 2-in-1, Tablets, Notebooks and Desktops

San Francisco Bay Trail in Hayward Regional Shoreline
San Francisco Bay Trail in Hayward Regional Shoreline
San Francisco Bay Trail in Hayward Regional Shoreline (Image credit: Wikipedia)

When you read “Bay Trail” on tech sites or magazines, they are not talking about the San Francisco Bay Trail nor the Bay Trail in Melbourne.

Tech editors are referring to the Intel’s latest system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor family, codenamed “Bay Trail”.

Bay Trail is Intel’s most powerful processor to date for tablets and other mobile devices that provide balance of performance, features and battery life.

Bay Trail has 3 variants targeting different product segments: Bay Trail-T, Bay Traiy-M, Bay Trail-D.

You will learn about the features of each Bay Trail variant in this article.

Bay Trail-T: Intel Atom Z3000 series

Bay Trail-T is now know as the Intel Atom Processor Z3000 Series (Z3770, Z3740). It is Intel’s most capable, high-performance SoC to-date for tablets and 2-in–1 device.

Build on 22nm microarchitecture, Intel Atom Z3000 is high performance yet low power consumption, up to 10 hours battery life. The SoC includes Intel Burst Technology 2.0 with 4 cores 4 threads and 2MB L2 cache.

Build-in Intel HD Graphics support resolution up to 2560×1600, dual displays, and Intel Wireless Display. DirectX 11 is supported for your gaming experience.

The highlight? Intel Atom Z3000 series (Bay Trail-T) supports both Windows 8 and Android operating systems – First in mobile platform solution.

Don’t be surprise when you see a slim and light Windows+Android device!

Bay Trail-M: Intel Pentium and Celeron for Mobile

Bay Trail-M line available in 4 SKU: Intel Pentium N3510, Intel Celeron N2910, N2810, and N2805 processors.

Bay Trail-M ability to power detachable & convertible devices, touch-enabled notebooks at lower price range. Starting from USD$199 for clamshell device (notebook), USD$250 for touch-enabled notebook and USD$349 for 2-in–1 device.

Comparing to previous Pentium and Celeron processors, Intel claims that Bay Trail-M has up to 3x faster performance in productivity applications and up to 3x graphic improvement. The battery life is up to 8 hours.

Bay Trail-D: Intel Pentium and Celeron for Desktops

Bay Trail-D available in 3 SKU: Intel Pentium J2850, Intel Celeron J1850, and Intel Celeron J1750.

They are Intel’s smallest-ever package for desktop processors. It is up to 3x faster performance than previous processors.

The ability to support fanless designs, make it ideal for small form factor entry-level desktop computer and intelligent digital displays.

System running on Bay Trail D will start at USD$199.

Intel Bay Trail family in a glance

Now you know the different Bay Trail family members (T, M, D):

Intel Bay Trail family
Intel Bay Trail family
  • Bay Trail-T (Intel Atom Z) has best performance, used in 2-in–1 and tablets. Support Windows and Android.
  • Bay Trail-M (Pentium & Celeron N) is for entry-level notebook.
  • Bay Trail-D (Pentium & Celeron J) is for entry-level small form factor and desktop.

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