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ASUS Transformer Book T100

ASUS Transformer Book T100

from  $255+
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81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

With cheap build quality and a mediocre display, the T100 is far from perfect. But thanks to some solid performance and generous pricing, it still offers incredible bang for your buck.

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Pros
  • Solid performance, long battery life
  • Runs traditional desktop apps
  • Screen offers good viewing angles
  • Inexpensive, includes keyboard dock
  • Almost no bloatware
Cons
  • Cramped, flimsy keyboard
  • Cheap build materials
  • We wish the screen were brighter
81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

81
 

User Reviews

90
alda61
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
Gyroid
Overall, adequate computer.Don't try running any games on it, though. You'll...read more
80
DaBash
I needed a laptop that was powerful enough to run the full Adobe suite while...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average user Score
 
90
alda61
08.31.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
Gyroid
08.16.14
Overall, adequate computer.Don't try running any games on it, though. You'll fry the CPU.
 
80
DaBash
05.07.14
I needed a laptop that was powerful enough to run the full Adobe suite while also lasting a long time without a charge. Realizing it would cost me a fortune to buy a powerful, thin, and long lasting laptop, I had to sacrifice some of my requirements to something I can realistically afford.After careful research and consideration, I determined that the Asus Transformer Book T100 was the device for me.I wanted a laptop that lasted more than 12 hours and was prepared to by an extended battery pack but this tablet just barely meets the mark without the need for a bulky battery.I wanted a true HD screen but the 1366 x 768 IPS display was something I can live with.I wanted a laptop that can run the full Adobe Suite so I can edit pictures as well as video and audio. I can confirm that this tablet can run Adobe CS6 versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. This laptop could not install After Effects or Premiere Pro unfortunately. I do not have access to Adobe Audition so I couldn't confirm if that would work or not. This is the biggest sacrifice I had to make when purchasing this tablet.Storage was also a concern for me but since the version I purchased has a 500GB hard drive stored on the keyboard dock, it lessened the worry of losing storage. The only issue is that you cannot install any apps on it and although technically you can install a traditional program on the 500GB drive, it might cause problems when you remove the tablet from the keyboard dock.I recently purchased a 64GB SD card to expand the tablet's storage. You cannot install apps on it, but you can install traditional programs on it (like adobe softwares, etc). Just make sure you don't remove the SD card while using those programs.Overall, this tablet is the budget version of the dream laptop I was looking for and I couldn't be any happier. I know in the future I'll have to worry about storage and how to move things around to save space, but at the end of the day, I got what I was looking for. The fact that it turned out to be a tablet instead of a traditional laptop was a bonus.
 
90
Ordeith
03.13.14
For $399 with an office license there is no better value anywhere.
 
90
danj2k
03.12.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
kourbeh
03.12.14
I got this to my Fiance, she love it, can help browsing the internet, working on MS office, reading at night, this tablet PC is not heavy duty, it is just for fun or basic business, yet it worth every penny as per her ;)
 
90
madavey
03.04.14
I have been using a surface pro since the day it was launched. I have 2 issues with it . 1 the floppy keyboard makes it hard to use without a table and 2. the terrible battery life.The ASUS T100 fixes both of these, and since it comes with office it's an incredible price point. I use the ASUS as a travel machine and take it to the office allowing me to never unplug my desk based dell laptop when I go to meetings. The battery life is more than a work day, meaning I don't need to lug a charger around, plus the simple charge from USB is awesome. It's fast enough for all work needs, and being able to unplug from the keyboard is great on the train and at home.A really good machine, highly recommended
 
90
cantor1995
12.25.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
60
liveccam
12.22.13
After purchasing the tablet and setting up Windows preferences I downloaded and installed the recommended updates from Windows Update. Upon attempted reboot the tablet failed to complete bootup. I spent several hours working with various Windows recovery options all to no avail. It wasn't possible to ever boot into Windows 8.1 again. I have a good bit of experience with Windows installs, troubleshooting, recovery etc. but with the OS stored in RAM rather than on a drive of some sort options are limited. While researching the issue I learned that an Asus bios upgrade apparently fixes this problem but once the tablet self bricks it's obviously not possible to ever upgrade the bios. Not really wanting a science project involving new hardware I decided to return it to the local Microsoft store. I'm thinking that MS Windows might not be the best OS around for a tablet PC. Once the OS and hardware cooperate in bricking a device there isn't much hope for a happy ending.
 
10
pagedragon
12.14.13
ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR with 64 GB Hard Drive Worked fine for a little over a week then it went through a Windows OS system update on version 8.1 and it couldn't load operating system anymore. Called ASUS tech support and attempted to resolve. They had me try to fix the OS, reset the OS and restore the OS. Nothing worked. I sent it in to ASUS for an RMA repair on Nov 24th. I've called ASUS 3 times regarding the status of the RMA return and am having troubles getting an answer as to when the laptop will be returned. I even tried the ASUS online RMA inquiry form, but the system can't find my RMA return. Received the RMA laptop from ASUS on Dec 6th with the Windows OS completely re-installed. I asked them if they installed the Windows 8.1 Update that locked up the computer and he informed me they just re-installed the factory Windows OS configuration without the additional update. I asked him what I was supposed to do when the Windows update rolled out and locked up the computer again. He said it would not happen again. As a web developer I was skeptical. On Dec 10th the ASUS laptop performed the Windows update and again WILL NOT boot into the Windows OS; I only get the ASUS logo on the screen. I performed a "system restore" to reset the laptop back to the Dec 6th configuration and it is still locked up. This is either an issue with the ASUS T100 tablet itself or the Windows 8.1 OS.I was considering downloading a Windows 8.1 ISO and installing my own version of the Windows OS without the ASUS version of the Windows OS. However, I'm not sure if this will void my warranty so I'm going to return it.

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