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The Transformer Book T100 is really the Wintel camp’s answer to the Chromebook onslaught. Compared to the traditional entry-level PCs out there, the T100 really is a breath of fresh air. You get an IPS panel, great battery life and modern WiFi all in a package that can work as both a notebook and a tablet. The system is responsive and predictable in its performance thanks to the use of solid state storage. While there isn’t a full blown SSD inside, the eMMC solution is clearly better for light consumer workloads than a mechanical disk. Solid performance from the rear facing speakers and excellent portability round out the T100’s package. If I had to compare it to what you’d normally expect to get from a $349/$399 Windows PC, I’d say the Transformer Book T100 is a clear winner.

Too bad is display is not only disappointing in resolution(1366X768) but also lacking in factory calibration. But for a $349 10.1" Windows 8.1 hybrid tablet with Keyboard Dock & Office 2013 it is a good value.
Edited by sherlock - 10/17/13 at 9:17pm
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Astoundingly, the silvermont CPU is on par with my A8-3500M at stock clocks, yet it uses a fraction of the power.

Great black levels, battery life, weight, price (EDIT: and MicroSD... and OFFICE! ). As a student, this is literally the perfect laptop/tablet. I've thought about getting an iPad or a Kindle, but this makes either completely obsolete.
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If only it had 4GB and a wacom-pen digitizer
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This is Probably one of the best Windows Tablets at this Price Point !

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Been wanting something like this for ages...stupid Surface Pro pricing put me off xD
I'm gonna have to start saving for one, eventually.
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yeah but the difference is in the manu process...we are talking intel finfet 22nm vs glofo clockspd optimized 32nm process.
also the gpu takes a huge chunk out of overall tdp.
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If only it had 4GB and a wacom-pen digitizer

Agreed, but for a $349 price with Keyboard and Office some corner have to be cut. It only have the Z3740 SOC($32 tray price) instead of the flagship Z3770 ($37 tray price).
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Agreed, but for a $349 price with Keyboard and Office some corner have to be cut. It only have the Z3740 SOC($32 tray price) instead of the flagship Z3770 ($37 tray price).

I honestly think there's some bad cost accounting there if they couldn't find some way to actually add the $5 more expensive chip in. I know those are only recommended prices but I'm pretty sure Asus would have been able to negotiate to at or near them. 4GB and the Z3770 would have made the lack of FHD bearable...now it's another example of a great idea just slightly ruined by cheapness. That and it comes with Windows. I'm not a Win8 hater...I just would rather have Linux.
     
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I honestly think there's some bad cost accounting there if they couldn't find some way to actually add the $5 more expensive chip in. I know those are only recommended prices but I'm pretty sure Asus would have been able to negotiate to at or near them. 4GB and the Z3770 would have made the lack of FHD bearable...now it's another example of a great idea just slightly ruined by cheapness. That and it comes with Windows. I'm not a Win8 hater...I just would rather have Linux.

ASUS is not the only manufacture these days with weird cost cutting moves, and at least t100 have dual band wifi. Lenovo managed to ship a $1100 3200X1800 Ultrabook (Yoga 2 Pro) with only 2.4Ghz Wifi(Intel N7260 single band over its dual band versions).
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