Asus have been pushing the hybrid tablet form factor for a while now and the shift from Android to Windows 8.1 on the Transformer Book T100T is positive. This operating system makes the T100T ideal for those users who are looking for a standalone device.
In terms of its physical design, the T100T doesn’t exactly push the boundaries. The product would feel much more exclusive if it featured a metal chassis – the gloss plastic looks nice when you get it out of the box but it soon picks up marks and scratches. That said, considering the price of the T100T we cannot expect the highest levels of quality, especially with the inclusion of a keyboard dock.
The keyboard dock certainly enhances the functionality of the tablet, making it bearable to edit Word and Excel documents on the go. We wouldn’t recommend the device for those people who frequently type long documents, though, as the keyboard isn’t particularly pleasant to use. Asus also include a version of Microsoft Office Home and Student with the T100T, which is very useful indeed.
Other than Microsoft Office and a few basic pre-installed apps, the Windows 8.1 OS install is entirely vanilla. While the standard Windows apps are fairly competent in themselves, the selection of third party apps available in the Store is significantly more limited than the iOS and Android stores.
We were slightly disappointed with the screen that Asus have chosen to use in this tablet as it exhibits a slightly yellow tint. This is a problem which we have seen on other touch-screen devices, but is only really noticeable when viewing bright white content.
Perhaps the only significant drawback of the T100T is the lack of integrated memory. With Windows 8.1 installed, there is only around 14.5 GB of space available on the tablet which is very small indeed, especially for those users who are looking for a standalone device. There is a micro-SD card slot, though, which provides some extra space for multimedia and other files.
At a price of £330 from PC World, we feel that the Asus Transformer Book T100T offers good value for money. This price includes the keyboard dock, meaning you effectively get a tablet, a basic Windows 8.1 powered laptop and a copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 for £330.
For those looking for a tablet and a basic standalone computer without breaking the bank, the T100T is ideal.
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- Excellent value for money.
- Office Home and Student 2013 included.
- Full version of Windows (8.1).
- Keyboard Dock included.
- Limited internal storage.
- Screen has a yellow tint.
- The plastic finish marks rather easily.
KitGuru says: The Asus Transformer Book T100T is a high value for money mobile device.