ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi review

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi review

We are already familiar with the other representatives of the line tablets, Transformers Chi from the company ASUS, now it’s time to consider in detail the 10.1-inch representative of the series. The tablet is equipped with a sufficiently productive processor Intel, a good screen, and that’s how it is convenient in everyday life and what nuances will have to face its owner – read on.

Options – ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi

The device comes in a stylish and high-quality cardboard box, typical of other representatives of the line Chi. Inside, in addition to the tablet and the keyboard, you’ll find a battery charger and a set of documents. OTG-coupler, unfortunately, absent.

Design and construction – ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi

Appearance entirely in common with his older and younger brothers of the line Chi. The body is made of metal, painted dark blue matte paint, as, in this case, the impact on usability – on the cover plate is easy to fingerprints, but their removal – not an easy task. Chief designer touch, whereby the tablet looks expensive, are unpainted polished edges. Docking Station designed in the same style as the touchpad is framed beautifully shiny edges. In general, the tablet looks typical of ASUS, here there, pleasing to the eye, raisins.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi review

The entire back of the tablet ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi is made of metal and covered the front of the protective glass with a good oleophobic coating. The shell thickness of 7.2 mm, which is pretty good by today’s standards, and weight – 570 grams, which is not so nice.

With regard to the materials from which the keypad surface is the metal, and the bottom – the plastic that the worse impact on stiffness. Another caveat – the weight of the keyboard is 510 grams, and the difference in weight of the tablet to 60 g, we get not a very stable structure, but this problem appears only on soft surfaces on a flat and solid desktop hard enough to overturn the transformer. On the other hand, if engineers went by weight gain keyboard, it would increase the weight of the entire device, and so while it is approximately 1,100 grams.

Like other devices in a line of Chi, the keyboard is fastened to the plate with the help of strong magnets – the elegant solution to forget about the possibility of damage to the connectors dock if available. On the other hand, for an additional battery in the dock could easily connect to sacrifice weight and even, in this case, increasing the duration of work would have been no harm, but it later. The very sturdy mount to release the components, you need to make a significant effort.

A set of connectors similar to that in the 12-inch model T300 Chi, namely – a pair of microUSB, one of which is made according to standard 3.0, and the other is used for charging, microHDMI, Hybrid 3.5-mm audio jack and a slot for memory cards microSD.

Ergonomics – ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi

Under this option, there are not all clear. On the one hand, in the tablet mode ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi convenient, here affects a small thickness and sufficiently broad framework to comfortably use your tablet in portrait and landscape orientations. Mechanical controls are rendered on the left side, you will find the Windows key and volume control, and shutdown button located near, but on the upper side. A pair of speakers spaced on opposite sides of their location is very optimal while using their hands to block hard enough.

On the other hand, in notebook mode the user would have to take into account the aforementioned slight imbalance structure rather limited maximum angle at which the work of the table may not always be enough, and most important, in our view, the lack of – the small size of the keyboard keys. For some reason, the developers do not have the keys of a standard size, which is strange when you consider that most of the 10.1-inch netbooks can offer its users full size keys, though no island structure. The rest of the layout has remained the standard, however, regularly recruit large amounts of text without a long addiction fail. The same goes for users who own a set of blind. Of the additional controls on the body is power key keyboard. By touchpad nothing to complain about, its dimensions are typical for devices of this form factor and size.

Keyboard connection happens on the Bluetooth protocol and may be delayed 1-2 seconds, and the disconnection occurs after a few minutes of inactivity. Dock is equipped with its own battery, charging is done via microUSB-port on the housing.

Display – ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi review

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi has featured a 10.1-inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The brightness of the screen can be adjusted from 10 to 212 cd / m2. The level of maximum brightness is enough, at best, to work indoors on a sunny day readability significantly deteriorated.

The measured contrast ratio is 1: 1044. Otherwise, the screen shows excellent color and contrast.

Equipment – ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi

The heart of the tablet ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi is related to the family of Bay-Trail-T quad-core Intel Atom Z3775 with a maximum clock frequency of 2.4 GHz. RAM is 2GB, and a constant – 32 GB expandable. The performance of the “iron” head enough for office tasks, including working with documents and surfing, as well as for the smooth operation of the interface preinstalled Windows 8.1.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi review

No problems with FullHD-video and undemanding games. Note the low heating body even on a hot day and with maximum brightness, particularly in view of the fact that the cooling system is passive.

The modern tablet ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi can not be imagined without cameras, and Transformer Book T100 Chi mounted front and two-megapixel main camera Megapixel. Their quality is quite average, relatively good shots are obtained only in bright natural light in the room, the quality drops to a very mediocre level, and in particular this applies to the front camera, which will be used not only for self but for its intended purpose – video.

Autonomy – ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi

When polymer battery installed in the 30-watt / hour ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi lives 9:00 at low load and a screen brightness level of about 30-40%. When viewing the video you can count on more than 6 hours at 70% brightness and volume about half.

Accessories – ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi review

In testing, we went convertible with the top brand briefcase from ASUS. This cover is designed as a lining for the body of the tablet and provides a very pleasant thanks to the use of the coating, simulating the skin.

Through the use of pads can protect the polished face of the body of the tablet and the keyboard. In case there are holes for the speaker and the keys are hidden, it is somewhat difficult to work with them, but they still can grope blindly, even though their course and become somewhat tighter.

Results – ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi was a good tablet, performance, and is equipped with high-quality screen, but when used as a laptop user will have to put up with quite mediocre ergonomics keyboard unit and a slight imbalance in the structure. Pay attention to it is to those who plan to regularly use the device primarily as a tablet and keyboard connection will exclusively episodic.

Pros ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi:

+ Design
+ Display
+ Performance

Cons ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi:

– Keyboard
– Imbalance design

Source: ASUS

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