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  • ssiu - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Intel's listed price: Z3740 $32, Z3770 $37.

    Like I said in an earlier thread, why are companies sacrificing ~20% performance to save $5? I'll glaqdly pay $10 more for the higher performance of Z3770. :mad:
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  • boeush - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    It's probably less about the price/margins, than about TDP and battery life/size/cost/weight. Reply
  • FwFred - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    The Z3770 is probably similar in battery life/size/cost/weight. I'm guessing price points was the key. It would have been nice to offer the 64GB version with the upgraded CPU. Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Intel listed them both as 2W SDP parts; so battery life probably isn't going to differ much between them (and not just because the screen is probably drawing more power than that). Reply
  • tential - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    This margin thing is killing me as well man. They're doing a TON to make 5 extra dollars. I know that 5 dollars over 1000s of units may turn into $100k, but this is why Apple does better than these OEMs sometimes.
    Apple knows their software in and out and makes sure the laptop they produce can run it in all scenarios the AVERAGE user will use it in.
    These OEMs make a laptop to hit a pricepoint, and make their profit margin and don't care about performance at all. It's why people will get a bad perception of their company.
    "I bought Asus laptop and it was cheap, but it also sucked!!!!"
    Releasing a product that barely does it may seem good for short term but hurts longterm perception of the company to the average consumer who doesn't care about hardware and just expects everything they purchase to work.
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  • double88 - Sunday, November 10, 2013 - link

    Asus laptops are generally pretty solid. Much more so than other OEMs. Apple's products are more polished, yes, but Asus is probably second best. Reply
  • theduckofdeath - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    The new SDP rating is a bit of a mess. It's lower than TDP ratings as it takes an average including light usage like web browsing. This surely means that a processor with a higher burst performance will get a much lower rating. I guess that the high-end iteration of the new Atom simply was found to draw too much power under load for them to be happy with it. Reply
  • timon_comment - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    Waiting a look in Bay Trail M + SATA, Please
    Note, Atom Bay Trail T is still no support SATA and PCIe.

    in Windows x86 OS I dislike the eMMC storage system, it is an execrable design, the heavyweight Windows x86 OS is fully unlike in the lightweight Android OS.
    Windows needs SATA and PCIe, but Atom Bay Trail T is still no support SATA and PCIe.

    Intel actually wanted in Android to compete with ARM processor, does not really want Bay Trail T to help Windows tablet to compete market, because the x86 processor is almost no another competitor! Now is merely Intel wanted to control the Android market!
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  • zeo - Sunday, October 27, 2013 - link

    The older v4.41 specification eMMC drives are pretty slow but they're starting to improve... Newer models can now take advantage of the newer v4.5 specification that doubles the max bandwidth and introduces RAM based cache memory to significantly boost eMMC performance.

    They'll still be a lot slower than a modern SSD but at least not slower than a HDD anymore...

    And the next bump in performance will be out early next year with the next version update for eMMC that allows for a little better than SATA II performance finally...

    Mind, eMMC is a single chip design and SSDs are multiple chips... So it's harder to get performance from a single chip but they're slowly getting there...
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  • MagickMan - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I would have gladly paid $370 for the same package with a Z3770. Too bad, I guess I'll wait for the next one and see what it's like. Reply
  • axien86 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    The pricing of the Asus T100 with 10" display in a toylike "plasticky" case priced around $400 for only 2GB of memory and no SATA drive capability shows how limited options OEMs have with Baytrail Atoms. It loses especially badly in graphics to a quad core Kabini.

    By comparison, the Toshiba Satellite 15.6 Touchscreen C55DT-A5307 sells for $399.99 and comes with quad core A6-5200 Kabini, 4GB memory and 500GB drive. Users can upgrade to more memory and SSD drives. By any comparison, it is a much better value and provides overall great PC user experience versus limited Asus T100 for the same price.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/toshiba-satellite-15-6...
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  • fokka - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    you are comparing two completely different machines. Reply
  • Hubb1e - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    A 15.6" laptop meets a completely different use case than a 10" tablet hybrid. The Tablet is a portable consumption machine that can do some work in a pinch. A 15.6" laptop is a work / play machine that can be portable. I don't see shoppers really cross shopping the two. I see people with both. Reply
  • Friendly0Fire - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    Plus, with stuff like a TN display (of the same resolution but 5" larger, no less!) and a mechanical hard drive, the user experience most likely suffers. You're trading size for cheapness. Reply
  • nushydude - Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - link

    Can you tell us how the factory restore works? Is there a proprietory backup software? Or does it use Windows Refresh? How do you refresh it if you cannot boot into Windows? Is there a special key combination that would cause it to enter the recovery mode when pressed? Can you completely remove the recovery partition from the drives and make a USB recovery drive in case you are going for the 32GB model? Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    http://globalsp.ts.fujitsu.com/dmsp/Publications/p...

    This might be of interest to you. You'll be paying far more than $10 extra though.
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  • timon_comment - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    Waiting a look in Bay Trail M + SATA,

    in Windows x86 OS I dislike the eMMC storage system, it is an execrable design, the heavyweight Windows x86 OS is fully unlike in the lightweight Android OS, Windows needs SATA and PCIe, but Atom Bay Trail T is still no support SATA and PCIe.

    Intel actually wanted in Android to compete with ARM processor, does not really want Bay Trail T to help Windows tablet to compete market, because the x86 processor is almost no another competitor! Now is Intel wanted to control the Android market!
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  • lmcd - Sunday, October 20, 2013 - link

    Would've been great to up the price by $15 for that, or $25 for that and RAM. Then good margins still, but good benefit for consumers. Reply
  • tinaaa - Monday, October 21, 2013 - link

    The Z3770 is probably similar in battery life/size/cost/weight. I'm guessing price points was the key. It would have been nice to offer the 64GB version with the upgraded CPU. Reply
  • stanwood - Monday, October 21, 2013 - link

    It may be the case that Intel could not supply the Z3770 in sufficient volumes. This is often true for the top-range part number early in a design's life cycle. Reply
  • dihartnell - Sunday, December 22, 2013 - link

    If just the CPU then I'd agree with you but they have clearly tried their best to reduce the overall price in a whole lot of areas such as Screen, CPU, storage, Battery capacity (eg not in dock), plastic body instead of metal etc in order to meet the overall price point they were targeting. . Its entry level, and I think decent for the price point. There are lots of options out there that have better specs but the come with a bigger price tag as well. Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    The spec table on the first page is listing it as a 11.6" screen instead of 10.1 like in the article text. Reply
  • AnandTechUser99 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Small error on the specifications chart located on the first page.

    "11.6-inch" --> "10.1-inch"
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  • sri_tech - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I was about to say the same. Reply
  • Muyoso - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Welp, guess I wont be getting up and running to Best Buy tomorrow morning to purchase this thing. . . .

    Disappointed. Kind of a device that does everything OK instead of one or two things very well. OK display, OK battery life, OK performance.
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  • erikiksaz - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Considering this thing is $350 dollars, you've got to cut corners somewhere. You and the person below you are expecting a little too much for this price point. The factory display can probably be calibrated, I'm sure Anandtech can get to posting the calibrated figures when/if they have the time. Reply
  • purerice - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Really these rebadged netbooks are 2 years ahead of their time. In 2 years they'll have to cut fewer corners at this price point.
    My current 6y/o Merom desktop is starting to show its age and the high end Bay Trails offer performance a tad below what my desktop can do CPU-wise. $350 is a very attractive price point, but if the performance is less than what I have it's not worth it at any price. In a couple of years we will finally get Atoms that can compete with low end Nehalem/Westmere/Sandy Bridge chips but capable of fitting in a fanless sub-2lb notebook with 128gb flash and 1080p screen in the $350 price range. Until then, we will have to keep cutting corners.
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  • YuLeven - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Your comparision with a desktop core makes little sense. This Atom a 2W, US$37 part. Comparing it to a more expensive, big core of years before is pointless, as absolute performance is not the target here. Reply
  • fokka - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    he just compared it for personal reasons, because that's what he's running right now. Reply
  • Flunk - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I all comes down to price, if you want more performance you have to pay. Reply
  • tential - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Or they could have released it at $360, and taken that extra 10 dollars to add the top of the line baytrail and 4GB of ram.....

    It's just ugh......
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  • takeship - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - link

    I'm curious to what extent the last few dollars corner cutting $350 price tag was influenced by their experience with the Vivo models last year. That hybrid AFAIK was $400 with the last gen Atom, and sold quite poor. Reply
  • gadjade - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Was not impressed with the battery life and keyboard. I might wait for the Dell Venue 11 Pro or maybe I would add more to my budget and go for the Lenovo YOGA 11 2. Reply
  • sri_tech - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    How is battery life is bad when it lasts nearly the same as ipad mini and better than nexus 10 and other galaxy tabs?

    Remember, the battery test was done with keyboard attached which is not the case for other tablets.
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  • Dayo - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I agree, plus the keyboard in this case does not have any additional battery in it like the Acer W510 keyboard that adds another 9 hrs of battery life, but heavy. This device as tested yielded 11 hrs. That is very good battery life. Reply
  • jasonelmore - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    ignore these people. They never buy much, just talk a lot. Reply
  • Dayo - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    11 hours of battery life is not impressive? I take it the Lenovo Yoga 11.2 last for 2 days Reply
  • monstercameron - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    what about a comparison with the a6-1450 temash? Reply
  • sherlockwing - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    AMD didn't given Anandtech a platform with a6-1450 on it. So they couldn't test it. Reply
  • Antiflash - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I had the T100 preordered but canceled to wait for the new Venue 8 and venue 11. I do not know which will be better but hopefully they will review them here to decide Reply
  • trane - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Great review, but I am not sure if the approach is correct. This is clearly targeted at people with small budgets, people who have $300-$400 to spend on a single computing device. This is a truly amazing value for money. Honestly, the targeted crowd aren't concerned that Delta-E is not under 6 as much as getting Windows and Office and a 8+ hour battery life for just $350!

    Yes, the Dell Venue Pro 11 promises to be much better, but it is also more expensive. I'm looking forward to Asus making a similarly high-end Bay Trail Windows 8.1 tablet. There's no going back to Android/iOS once I got acclimatised to Metro.
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  • yauchildchew - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    can upgrade ram?? diy. Reply
  • sri_tech - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I am disappointed that in the Anand's review for first time.

    He always bringing up chromebook 11 which has shitty performance even when browsing and terrible battery life.

    I still don't understand what is great about iOS and android for tablets other than missing apps.

    Windows 8 is better in every way for tablets than iOS and android.
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  • erikiksaz - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I currently use a surface pro, used to have a nexus 10, and gf has an ipad.

    Benefits of iOS/android tablets:

    1) Hit the power button, and they're on, ready to go in an instant because they were idling. Not so on laptops, it'll take at least a couple (more like few to several) seconds for the system to wake, reconnect to the network.

    2) Smoothness. Unless you run IE (which is ipad-smooth, but unfortunately IE kinda sucks), chrome does not move nearly as smooth as it does on iOS and to a lesser degree android.

    3) Until haswell and it's lesser forms were released, battery life. Now it's not so much of an issue.

    4) Missing apps may not be a dealbreaker for you, but the lack of popular tablet games is a huge deal breaker for those who use their devices only for the consumption of media.

    5) Text and menu scaling is broken on Windows. 8.1 still doesn't fix chrome's teeny weeny little menus. I've got relatively smaller hands, so if I'm having problems, your average 6ft6in Caucasian male with sausage fingers will definitely not be happy targeting buttons that are 3-4mm across.
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  • jasonelmore - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    seriously, what non Apple iOS app cant be replaced by the millions of apps on x86 windows? sorry you cant use the app argument. the whole reason apple made apps was to get around the fact that they weren't x86 Reply
  • steven75 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Is that a serious questions? Pretty much every touch-based tablet app...

    Windows is still by FAR a mouse & keyboard OS first. I don't use my tablet sitting at a table. In fact I often use it ways that not even a normal laptop is comfortable such as laying down.
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  • shibs - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Hit power button and you are ready to go in Win tablets too.. unless you have shutdown, which is the same case for android/iOs.. Reply
  • steven75 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    If I sleep a windows laptop it will run down the battery in 24 hours whereas any true tablet will stay in that state for weeks. Reply
  • wsw1982 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Are your sure? Even my 15" power horse thinkpad W520 could standby for a week.... Reply
  • hybrid2d4x4 - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    uh.. what? My sandy bridge Acer 3830TG can sleep (S3, not hibernate) for over 3 weeks. An Asus TF300 android tablet I had could only sleep for 5-7 days, and it had the equivalent of "connected standby" disabled (same as the laptop). Reply
  • RyuDeshi - Sunday, October 20, 2013 - link

    This is one of the reasons intel introduced the ultrabook specification. My Yoga 11s will standby/sleep for weeks before fully discharging on a relatively small battery (for a laptop). Reply
  • ricardodawkins - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Exactly... the man keep on harping about the stupid Chromebooks that are a complete FLOP. He talks about the 3rd party app situation of the MetroUI but what about the app situation for ChromeBooks ???

    Heck if you need a Chromebook just install Chrome on this Asus T100.
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  • gsusx - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Genuinely a bit stumped by people moaning about this. He said it's a great product with fantastic potential that is almost perfect. Lest we forget this is a tablet with a fully fledged os behind it. What do people expect for the price point. It's not a laptop replacement, then again a laptop is not a tablet replacement. For the money. For what you get its fantastic. It's a real middle ground machine. If you have a desktop or heavy duty laptop at home and want something portable but with the ability to do a bit more this thing is perfect. The Dell machines will be more expensive of that I have no doubt and the surface pro is double the money. You can argue about performance till you're blue in the face. Want impure over performance. Buy a machine and spend the money. You pays your monies you takes your choice. Personally I'm selling my MBA 11" to fund this. Reply
  • sri_tech - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Well said. Reply
  • StormyParis - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Exactly. I see it as a tablet that can double up as a laptop in a pinch. I'm still unsure about apps in tablet mode though: are there good apps for dlna, LAN, video... I'd hate to have to switch back to Desktop for Touch use... Reply
  • Belldandy - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Good review especially with the limited time you had with the device. I'm looking forward to your full update. Here are a few questions I'd really like answered as well.

    Is the microUSB port only usable for charging or can an adapter be connected to allow things to be connected like the Nexus 4's usb port.

    Is the microSD card slot capable of supporting the microSDXC 64GB and larger cards?

    I'm assuming the micro HDMI can be setup for extended or cloned display like any other windows laptop.
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  • StormyParis - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I have an old HP 10" Netbook that is very small, a newer 13" Lenovo that I can't use in economy class... I guess the sweet spot for me is at 11.6", which is a pity because that Asus looks very nice for the price. Reply
  • teiglin - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Thanks for clearly laying out the available storage--that was a big concern for a device like this for me. Two questions--of the 19 GiB occupied at boot, does that include the pagefile and hibernation file (which should admittedly be much smaller than on a typical machine with 8GB RAM)? And is the remaining ~10 GiB partition accessible at all? Obviously this is going to be a larger issue on the 32GB version--with the same 19GiB occupied, they obviously can't leave the entire remaining 10GiB inaccessible, so I'm curious how some of that storage is reclaimed.

    Also, am I correct that the pricing is $350 for the 32GB model and $400 for the 64GB, and that both include the dock? Your table is pretty confusing where it says "$349/$399 (including dock)"--makes it seem like the extra $50 gets you the dock, rather than extra storage.

    Anyway, it's an interesting device. Honestly, though, I remain unconvinced that the 10" form factor is worth anything at all; I can only assume it was spurred on by the iPad and all the me-too Android tablets that followed. Your experiences with the keyboard reinforce the fact that 10" is really too small for a clamshell, and smaller tablets have proven to be more popular for "sit back and read, browse the internet, and watch YouTube" experience--even Apple had to concede on the iPad mini front.

    I have both an iPad mini and a Galaxy Tab 7.7 and gravitate to my 13" ultrabook nine times out of ten, so I have concluded that I'm not a tablet person, but I'm watching with interest to see if the upcoming 8" Windows tablets can be successful.
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  • Nagorak - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    They both include the dock. I wish they would sell a cheaper version without the keyboard, at least as an option. Reply
  • Drunktroop - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Battery Life seems acceptable, at least it stayed more or less the same as Clover Trail and being quicker at the same time.

    However, 2GB RAM is quite concerning here, I personally use a ThinkPad Tablet 2 at school,
    which can use 1.8GB RAM with just OneNote & IE & some PDF documents.
    Using Bay Trail as 32-bit SoC with 2GB RAM & Windows is not a good idea IMO,
    it is not that sufficient by today standard.
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  • ricardodawkins - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    then buy something with 4GB of RAM or that can be upgraded. This is a 350.00 tablet. Reply
  • popej - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I agree, 2GB for Windows hardware is substandard. My 3 years old netbook supports 2GB. Reply
  • Khato - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Out of curiosity, does the Intel Power Gadget - http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-pow... - work with Baytrail? Would be quite interesting to see what it reports for package power under the various workloads if it does. Reply
  • Penti - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    This is a good example why Intel's approach of really low-end devices succeeds and why Microsoft's Windows RT attempts fail. Intel gets ~30 USD, Microsoft still gets a fair share of licensing money but the user gets a full 2013 Home edition suite including damn macro/vba-support that RT doesn't provide. It supports connected standby (Surface 2 don't), but I would wait till these devices run 64-bit Windows. It does show that when they run the exact same platform and Metro is basically just the start screen that is still powered by Win32 underneath it does make RT entirely pointless. It has still better battery life than first gen RT-devices. Dock is obviously an necessity for all the Win32 apps this thing is suppose to run Reply
  • jhoff80 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    " It supports connected standby (Surface 2 don't)"

    Surface Pro 2 doesn't. Surface 2 (and the Surface RT, for that matter) will of course support Connected Standby.

    As for macro and VBA support, it might be useful to you, but how common is that stuff in general? Seems pretty rare these days to me.
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  • Krysto - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Could do without the sensationalist title. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    8+ hour battery life, under 1" thick, under 3lbs, full Windows OS, IPS touchscreen, detachable base for tablet mode, $350. How exactly is that not redefining entry level? I sure as H-E-double hockey sticks haven't seen anything like it. Reply
  • Drumsticks - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    "Redefining the Entry Level Windows Notebook" how is it not? Great display, Decent performance without a bad IO system, and amazing battery life. There wasn't a single $350 notebook on the market a year ago that would have given you that. Reply
  • Qwertilot - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Running windows anyway ;)

    Seriously though, this isn't an entry level notebook, its a slightly odd hybrid device. With associated compromises noted in the review. Anyone know if we're going to get normal notebooks with similar specs as well?
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  • Drumsticks - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Dell has a haswell Pentium based CPU in an 11" notebook rated for somewhere in between 8-10 hours of battery life for $379. I'm not sure if it has an IPS display though. Reply
  • Krysto - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Also, as usual, Intel's Atom can barely keep up with LAST YEAR's ARM chips, in both CPU and GPU performance. Same old story.

    Guess Silvermont wasn't as revolutionary as you made us think it is with every chance you got - was it, Anand?
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  • Speedfriend - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    "Intel's Atom can barely keep up with LAST YEAR's ARM chips, in both CPU and GPU"

    You seem to have problem with reading, The Samsung Note 10.1 has the latest top of the range Samsung big.little quad core with the latest Mali 628 and yet loses out to the Atom in every CPU test. And this isn't even top of the range...

    I know some people are biased, but come on...
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  • darkich - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    ..and you say that Note's 1440p doesn't matter?
    Or the fact that android has shitty JS optimization?

    Amazing how you failed to see how an old dual core Exynos on Chromebook outperformed this BT on those SAME CPU tests you bring up!
    And you talk about bias!

    The fact is Bay Trail is a Meh chip.
    Given the superior manufacturing process it fares pretty badly in coparison with ARM, and has about 30-50 % weaker GPU.
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  • Boissez - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Wow... I've never seen a device with colors this much out of wack. The beauty of this thing running Windows is that it can be fixed with a color calibrator though. It's a shame about the poor brightness though.

    Either way the latest batch of Win 8.1 tablets are shaping up nicely. Are there any plans to review any of the smaller 8" tablets like the Dell Venue 8 pro or Lenovo Miix 2?
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  • CSbeer - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I bought a win8 tablet on clearance (Iconia W3 for $249) and have to say I'm never going back to IOS or Android. It's even gone so far as replaced my netbook and I only lug around my 15" laptop when I need the extra power for school or work. I just don't get all the win8 hate, it sure has made my life easier. Reply
  • USGroup1 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    "...you can obviously run nearly all old x86/Windows applications. This is a huge deal as it means you can replace IE11 with Chrome...the tablet experience alone isn't as good as what you'd get on Android or iOS."

    I stopped reading at the end of that paragraph. Your anti Microsoft bias is showing again.
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  • Drunktroop - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    IE 10/11 make way more sense in touch input than Firefox/Chrome.
    The touch and gesture support is good and sensible, and it is way smoother than them in low end Clover Trails.
    Firefox is still my choice for Desktop and Laptops, but for Windows Tablet in Touch mode, IE10/11 is the better pick.
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  • ricardodawkins - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    The man keep on harping about Chromebooks like some Google PR parrot.
    Breaking News to the editor: Chrome can be installed on Windows 8/8.1

    if he was besides me I would ask him: why should I waste my money in a Chromebook when I can get this x86 full windows OS PC that provides the samething as the Chromebook (Chrome browser), x86 compatiblity and the new Metro UI?
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  • Braumin - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Yes and I also disagree with Anand when he claims the multitasking win is due to Clovertrail and not Windows 8.1.

    My Surface RT can multitask very easily and it has far less performance than the Chromebook's A15s.

    ChromeOS is just junk. It's always been junk and it's still a glorified web browser OS.

    Asus has a decent machine here, and for a great price.

    Really the only thing Windows 8.1 needs at this point is more quality apps. There's lots of apps but many of them suck. That can be said of other app ecosystems as well but overall the number of quality apps are higher due to sheer volume.
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  • althaz - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I see that in the article there seems to be a big deal about the poor calibration of the screen. On most tablets this is a valid concern, however on x86 Windows tablets, although it may be worth mentioning, it's a complete non-issue for anybody that cares: The display can be calibrated manually :). Reply
  • pSupaNova - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    The target consumers of this computer would have a hard time getting films to play on this thing let alone calibrate the screen.

    Android/IOS Tablets have nothing to fear from this device.
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  • Drumsticks - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    What? The average person isn't going to care about or even notice calibration, and if you're implying performance problems, you're just wrong. Reply
  • Laststop311 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    If you are broke and your laptop just broke and u rly need something now and can't wait and save money i guess this is a good choice. I'm kinda in love with the yoga pro 2 13". 8GB ram core i5 256GB SSD on sale for 1100. Reply
  • sherlockwing - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Lenovo cut corner on that thing too, it somehow don't have 5Ghz Wifi for a $1100 laptop :( Reply
  • vista1984 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    people are just finding a better mix functioned device. i am sure most people here have a power desktop that can beat yoga pro's performance easily, and also have an ipad or android tablet can beat yoga pro's portability and battery life easily. but we are tired of switching between and trying to find one device that can be a tablet + netbook with enough power and long battery life. Reply
  • Arbie - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Process Lasso will seriously boost response = apparent performance, where that's a concern. I'm still running two old Asus eeePC netbooks with weak processors and PL makes a huge difference. It takes them from PITA to passable, or even pleasant except when the slow HD bogs down.

    I can't say enough good things about Process Lasso, and just realized that here is a good place to mention it. Because these new Asus machines run Windows, they can run PL. With that and the fast storage I'd bet the lower CPU grade won't mean much in pactice.
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  • sirfergy - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Could you elaborate on why IE11 is terrible? I hate generalizations like that w/o any data to back them up. Reply
  • Klimax - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Frankly, it doesn't make sense. Chrome might have been at some point better, but I don¨t think it is true for some time.He might want to update his knowledge, it is out of date by quite few years.
    (And the only thing Chrome had was Javascript performance, nothing else)
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  • Braumin - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I agree I actually prefer IE11 even in desktop mode.

    Chrome is great too I just think they are both great. Not sure why there's all the hatred.
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  • Drumsticks - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Me too. I just got 8.1 and I'm unbelievably impressed with IE11. Scrolling is awesome (finally!) and performance is quite snappy. Reply
  • cylemmulo - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    It is listed to release today but no stores carry it and Amazon won't do saturday delivery, I guess I will have to wait until Monday, I wish the review had some actual games on the performance I'm curious to see how it does on some older ones. Reply
  • tential - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Because of the pricepoint of this laptop and the fact that it's running full windows, I find most of these benchmarks to be UTTERLY useless.
    I am not crossbuying a laptop with keyboard vs a tablet.
    I think this is more for us looking to upgrade our laptops vs other entry level laptops (like haswell entry level). Feel most of these benchmarks are quite useless when it comes to comparisons. I'd rather see it compared vs
    Core2Duo
    Ivybridge Celeron
    Haswell Celeron
    Other <350 laptops.

    Dunno how I can compare an Android laptop I can't use anything with(exaggeration) compared to Windows.

    Also, slightly annoying that these companies think 2GB of ram is acceptable. Just add another 2GB and put it at cost rather than need to make a margin on EVERY single thing. 2GB of ram would add what? 10-20 dollars extra tops? Probably less since they buy it in bulk...
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  • tential - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Can't edit, I know it docks and is used as a tablet as well but man, it's running windows. Other things aren't. I need to compare it to other windows devices!!! =D Reply
  • BrianChase1776 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    This^^
    I want to buy the product for web browsing and light gaming in bed. The only laptop I ever owned (broke after a year) was an HP with a Core2Duo 1.8gig processor, 4 gigs DDR2, and an 8600M GS on Windows Vista. The laptop was fantastic at even moderate to heavy gaming and I could play Far Cry 2 at an enjoyable frame-rate at pretty high settings (I know the game sucks, but the visuals it could pull off blew my mind on a laptop). So I'd rather see how it stacks up to a ~4 year old laptop in terms of performance because I won't end up buying it if I can't play: STALKER, Mount and Blade, and AI War on it.
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  • azazel1024 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Thanks for the review. It has solidified that if nothing "better" comes out between now and the holidays I'll be selling my iPad 2 and getting a T100.

    It certainly doesn't sound perfect, but it does sound "good enough" for me. I need a tablet that is a decent content consumption device. It needs to have a decent enough panel in it that it doesn't hurt my eyes or my pride to use it. It needs to be able to be decent for watching movies, listening to music, looking at photos, browsing the web and writing email. Windows 8.1 and the T100 seem to have that.

    As a bonus this means I can leave my HP Envy 4t at home on occasion when traveling light, and still have a machine that can use Lightroom 4. It doesn't have to be super fast, but it has to be capable of running it, which it sounds like this will. It should be on par or faster than the old Turino based 17" Toshiba laptop my wife used to have a few years ago, which I used Lightroom on for on the road image review/light editing. Also bonus points for being able to run some older Windows based games with a bluetooth game pad or keyboard/trackpad/wireless mouse.

    $399 for the 64GB version plus around $50 for a 64GB microSD card isn't too bad. I would like to see what kind of performance the microSD card slot is capable of though to judge what kind of card I should get for it.

    I do wish Asus at least had an option to bump the silicon up to the Z3770 and 4GB of memory. I'd gladly pay an extra $50 for that. I'd just as gladly pay $100 extra for the Z3770, 4GB of memory, dual stream dual band Wifi (bonus points of 802.11ac) and a better quality panel that was 900p.

    For me my absolute max budget is $500 for a "tablet" and I doubt I'd ever be willing to pay more than that. I'd of course rather spend less, so $399 is nice...but again, I'd rather spend a bit more for even faster silicon, more memory and a better panel (better wifi wouldn't hurt). I do wonder if Asus might have another Transformer Windows 8.1 tablet down the road, a higher end one...maybe before Christmas?

    I can hope anyway.
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  • Wolfpup - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Wow, this is pretty amazing hardware for $350-400! I'm getting really, really impressed by these Windows 8 tablet/hybrid things, and their pricing. This is kind of what Microsoft's been hinting at for the last decade, but the hardware's finally catching up to the idea.

    Dang, these things are practically impulse buys, cheaper than a freaking iPad lol
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  • Hector2 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I bought a brand new 15.4" Win8 2.4GHz Pentium dual core full feature Lenovo laptop on sale last year for $270. It's great & I'm real happy with it. Internet-only Chromebook prices need to be less than $200 for me to buy Reply
  • OneOfTheseDays - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Another terrible review from Anand. It's becoming quite clear to me that this guy is incapable of reviewing any Microsoft products at this point due to his obvious Google/Apple bias.

    For starters, this is a $349 device. Who the fuck cares about delta E and calibrated displays at this price point? What a completely irrelevant point to make for a device that is obviously geared at people who couldn't care less about that. The bottom line is it's IPS, has decent resolution, and gets bright enough and has decent contrast. It gets the job done, period.

    Also, what is this about Metro IE11 being horrible? Are you kidding me? Metro IE 11 is probably the best TOUCH browser experience you can get on Windows. Desktop IE11, that's a different story. Still, if you are in tablet mode Metro IE11 is perfectly capable for any user.

    Finally, battery life. This thing gets 8.5hrs. That is MORE THAN ENOUGH for 99.99% of users. Again this is a $349 device, the fucking garbage Chromebook 11 you just reviewed can barely muster 4 hours and it's nothing more than a glorified web browser running ARM.

    This site is going down the tubes and Anand is clearly to blame. He needs to stick to SSD reviews and let other reviewers without bias handle these ones.
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  • BrianChase1776 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I thought it was pretty fair even though I didn't understand the Chromebook fascination, those things are trash. But, when comparing tablets it makes sense to compare these vastly superior machines to those toys since the majority of tablet buyers care more about how it looks and how quickly it loads a Youtube video than what it has inside. Unfortunately, we're a minority by a large margin. Reply
  • OneOfTheseDays - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    It was a terrible review that focused on all of the wrong things. Nobody cares about how calibrated a display is at a $349 price point. Anand's reviews are becoming increasingly off the mark IMHO. Reply
  • BrianChase1776 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I still have to disagree, my parents, for example, don't understand that a simple Google search could explain how to fix the calibration issues. If they received the device and took issue with the colors they would quite literally assume it is broken and move on to looking for another device. We can figure it out, and we want options, but most people can only handle simplicity. Reply
  • BrianChase1776 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Can't find an edit option but for the record I think the t100 looks amazing! I strongly believe that Apple and Android are garbage and, for those of us that plan to do anything serious on a tablet this device will do the job. I'm just defending the practice of writing a review for the majority, even thought it is sad that it has to be done that way. Reply
  • steven75 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    It's definitely an interesting option to say "Apple and Android" are garbage. The consumer market speaks and it soundly disagrees with that. Reply
  • Nagorak - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Until recently there wasn't even another viable option, so it's kind of a stretch to say the market has spoken. Reply
  • OneOfTheseDays - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    For starters, the colors of this display are not so wholly imbalanced that your parents are going to think something is wrong with the display. The display is fine for every day users and nobody is likely to complain about quality other than serious enthusiasts or professionals who require such accuracy who would NEVER BUY THIS DEVICE to begin with.

    It's an idiotic premise that display calibration is paramount in a $350 device.
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  • Nagorak - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    They wouldn't take issue with the colors though. Most people are not aware of that kind of nitpicky detail. That said, I think it's fair to point it out, but it's also true that it's irrelevant to most people.

    Speaking for myself, I never calibrated my desktop monitor, nor checked to make sure it was calibrated properly. Maybe it is, but I've never even bothered to check. Everything has always looked fine on it. And I'm actually a serious PC user unlike most people.
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  • ricardodawkins - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    +920 Reply
  • aaronr - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Please test Linux compatibility or at least see if you can boot from USB.

    Thank you!
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  • typicalGeek - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I think this device is hitting on all cylinders for the target group I think they're after: potential Surface 2 (ARM version) buyers.

    * For those that would pay more for the higher performing CPU: you're not the target of this machine. This is for those that shop price first, features 2nd.
    * For those that would pay more for more RAM, storage, calibrated display, etc. - see my previous comment.
    * For those wondering about the graphics performance when used for gaming: you're REALLY not the target of this machine.

    I for one think this machine appears to do what it is designed to do VERY well. First, hits MUCH lower than Surface 2 price points. 2nd, functions as either a laptop or tablet (duplicate the function of Surface). 3rd have excellent battery life. 4th, run a x86 version of Windows - allowing the vast majority of Windows software to be run. (Surface 2 can't do that, Surface Pro cost even more.)

    If you're looking at the T100 vs. the CHEAPEST surface 2 tablet, it's what, $229 MORE by the time you pay for the keyboard cover. What are the advantages at this point of going with the Surface 2 vs. the T100? If you can come up with any, are they really worth a 65% price premium?

    If I had any desire for a Surface type computer, and especially if I was on a tight budget, this unit would be at the top of my list for consideration.
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  • Nagorak - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Microsoft really screwed the pooch with the Surface 2. At the price point it's at it should be running Bay Trail and be full Windows 8.1. The current Surface 2 should have been Surface Lite 2 and cost at least $50 less. They price their ARM tablet too high, so it has no reason for being when other companies are coming out with full X86 tablets for less. Reply
  • chizow - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I totally agree, I think they are trying to protect the "Pro" line though but a Bay Trail with full x86 Windows 8.1 for < $500 in that Surface chassis would've been a slam dunk. Reply
  • chizow - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I almost pulled the trigger on this for Amazon pre-order, but couldn't find any info about a stylus for this. Anyone have any info on it?

    My wife really wants a decent tablet/laptop hybrid but really wants the stylus for notetaking/document mark-up. There's also the Dell Venue 8" options but she really wants the 10" and all other 10" I have seen go into the ridiculous Surface Pro price range of $900+.
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  • Nagorak - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    You should be able to get a capacitive stylus for it. That works the same as a finger does. The Dell tablet only has a capacitive stylus too. A capacitive stylus costs less than $20. Reply
  • chizow - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Cool thanks, wasn't sure about the integration/usability on that, any thoughts? Good functionality with One Note and other COTS software? I haven't used much of the touch functionality of Win8, so I'm not sure if Stylus functionality is native or not. I guess it won't have any place to just slide it into the chassis like some of the ones that integrate Stylus either? Reply
  • Callitrax - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    Anand, one issue I have with this review, most of the text approaches the T100 solely as a laptop (paragraphs on the keyboard dock, nothing on balance in hand as a tablet, not one of the gallery images show it detached) Whereas my curiosity in this is as a tablet with occasional laptop functionality. How well does it function as a tablet? Some of the benchmarks help there, but nothing in the Final Words section relevant to that usage mode. Reply
  • azazel1024 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    I don't entirely agree. I care about the display quality and the Delta-E does matter to me to a degree. What I would have liked to have heard more was, AFTER calibration, what was the best Delta-E capable.

    I am planning on using this for light photo editing on the road when I need to travel light, so the display quality does matter a lot. I don't need spot on color or 100% sRGB (I am dissapointed that % of sRGB color gamut was missing from the test), but if after calibration it is still 10+ off that would be dissapointing.

    I'd love to spend more money on a higher quality Windows 8.1 tablet, but roughly $500 is still my price ceiling and so far I haven't seen anyone announce a Windows 8.1 tablet, that is dockable, has a microSD card slot is less than 11" in size and is $500 or less. Pretty much just the T100 so far. I'd be more than happy to pay as much as $100 more for a better/higher DPI display, the z3770 and 4GB of RAM and call it a day (as per my earlier comment. 300Mbps capable Wifi would also be nice).

    For a $399 64GB dockable tablet, the thing seems pretty nice. It seems like there are areas of improvement and in a generation or two, they might be improved or for more cost in this generation (I'd be suprised if in a few months Asus doesn't come out with a higher level Windows 8.1 dockable tablet, which is maybe why better silicon/memory/display are not checkable options on the T100. It might saved for a T200 or something coming in $100 or more higher in price).
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  • spejr - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    This is an entry level pad with an keyboard cover, only difference is the hinge. How come this review is so positive? I cant imagine this being a good alternative for either a laptop or a tablet, just too many compromises in the same piece of cheapnes. The only argument is economy, but then again my ThinkPad X61 is still running smooth since 06 so thats not a good argument either as quality is cheaper over time. racing to the bottom with one year of life expectency for each device is not the way to go, with anything. Reply
  • makken - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    Hmm, does anyone know if Asus is planning on making a laptop--i.e., a non-detachable version, of this thing? Reply
  • wrkingclass_hero - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    No pictures of it undocked from the keyboard in the gallery? Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    For those disappointed in this, the Fujitsu Q584 might be of interest.

    It's not available until December though and will likely come with the usual high price tag. The cheaper ones, the Arrows, are Japan only and on par with the T100.
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  • timon_comment - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    Waiting a look in Bay Trail M + SATA, Please

    in Windows x86 OS I dislike the eMMC storage system, it is an execrable design, the heavyweight Windows x86 OS is fully unlike in the lightweight Android OS, Windows needs SATA and PCIe, but Atom Bay Trail T is still no support SATA and PCIe.

    Intel actually wanted in Android to compete with ARM processor, does not really want Bay Trail T to help Windows tablet to compete market, because the x86 processor is almost no another competitor! Now is Intel wanted to control the Android market!
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  • timon_comment - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    Note,
    Atom Bay Trail T is still no support SATA and PCIe
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  • markc22 - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    Please test any Linux distro on this. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Sunday, October 20, 2013 - link

    I cannot believe how many times the HP Chromebook 11 is mentioned in this article! It's being pushed onto the consumer HARD. Reply
  • azazel1024 - Sunday, October 20, 2013 - link

    Can anyone confirm if the micro USB port on the tablet is for charging only? Or does it support full USB host when not used for charging? A couple of early preview/product announcements indicated it could be used for both, but Anand and Lilliputings both mention the port is to charge the tablet and me ting no USB host functionality one way or another.

    It would be kind of sad if it can't be used for both.
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  • marcosv - Saturday, October 26, 2013 - link

    Just received my T100.

    The micro USB port on the tablet itself is indeed a USB host port. Just use the appropriate OTG adapter. For charging, the tablet senses the pullup resistor in order to charge at 2A, and so needs the appropriate charger or charging cable, just like the Nexus 7.
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  • flyingpants1 - Monday, October 21, 2013 - link

    This will obsolete A LOT of old computers, especially on the used market, why pay $150-200 for a refurbished, possibly half-broken desktop or laptop when you can probably get one of these for <$300 on sale. Reply
  • 074geodude - Monday, October 21, 2013 - link

    Asus *almost* got it right. So close to perfection, but their penny-pinching ways had to ruin it.

    Atom Z3770 and 4 GB of RAM would have made this a clear winner. I don't think people would have minded paying an extra $50 or so for a faster processor and more RAM.

    Maybe next year Asus...
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  • Belldandy - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - link

    I think the real issue is with Microsoft: "Intel's silicon in the T100 is 64-bit capable but Microsoft still lacks a 64-bit version of Windows 8/8.1 with Connected Standby enabled." Running more than 3GB ram on 32 bit windows is a waste, and Asus chose for sync memory speeds at the same time as lower cost to have Connected Standby enabled to compete with the Androids and Ipad's wake and remain connected. Reply
  • azazel1024 - Monday, October 21, 2013 - link

    I agree, only to the extent that I would gladly pay the extra for those bits.

    It seems "good enough" for me. Its cheap enough that if/when more compelling hardware comes out, maybe next year, with Airmont architecture that I don't mind the cost in selling off a T100 and getting the next new thing.

    I am still crossing my fingers that before I pull the trigger around the holidays that Asus will come out with a T200 with the z3770 and more memory in it (and maybe a slightly nicer display?)
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  • Dracoon - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - link

    Hi, could you please test the wifi range? Reply
  • markc22 - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - link

    I want to see more tests against Clover Trail. Reply
  • azazel1024 - Friday, October 25, 2013 - link

    So, are there going to be any updates to the article or an addendum article at some point?

    Its great that you got the review out so fast/before anyone else. However, it seems to be lacking some of the things you often do in reviews, like test the Wifi performance and a full battery life test. I did notice in the Surface review you seem to have done a movie battery life test.

    It would also be nice to see some more performance benchmarks against some older hardware (if that is even possible).

    With them, if possible, can you conduct one with and without the dock attached? That dock is going to be using some amount of power compared to just tablet only. Just curious if it makes any real impact.
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  • ACA777 - Saturday, October 26, 2013 - link

    Thanks for the fantastic review. I like this device and I'm considering buying one. It's reasonably high quality, addresses a need and is priced right. I won't solely rely on this (just bought a i7 4700HQ laptop), it'll be a good companion to take advantage of the touch screen and long battery life for basic games and videos. Reply
  • vinayshivakumar - Sunday, October 27, 2013 - link

    The only shortcoming I see is 2GB of ram. Add 50$ more - throw in a Z3770 + 4GB of RAM + 64GB SSD. That will be awesome... Reply
  • aritai - Sunday, October 27, 2013 - link

    Hmm. My Sony VIAO Pro has (Intel's) "Connected Standby" (64 bit Windows8, now 8.1). So I'm not sure there's a 32 bit constraint. Though for 2 and even 4 gbyte machines, 32-bit Windows will have a somewhat smaller memory and disk footprint.

    I've never been happy with Chrome and touch. Seems a mistake to not evaluate the default configuration "full up" before pointing readers towards alternate setups - esp. since their competitors tend not to have this flexibility. For those who must use Chrome it is good to see that it can be set as the default touch browser.

    I also have seen a number of low priced laptops that are claimed to be ultrabooks (or qualify to use the Intel brand) that are pretty impressive even with spinning disks. With the default configurations "sleeping" in response to everything a non-technical user would do to quit using a machine (rather than hibernating or shutting down) - most users see what appears to be instant-on because even these cheap laptops have 4gb or more. And cheap no longer means poor keyboards or touchpads - just because it doesn't cost a lot to make doesn't mean they don't work well (says anyone looking at U.S. manufacturing quality compared to Asian.. where cheap no longer means junk).
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  • azazel1024 - Monday, October 28, 2013 - link

    Thanks for commenting on the microUSB functionality! That is awesome to know. Reply
  • rgdave - Monday, October 28, 2013 - link

    This is exactly what I've been waiting for. I'm not looking for an 'alternative' to my workhorse laptop (Dell Latitude with all the docking bells and whistles), but an 'adjunct'. I want something really light I can take on short trips, and not haul a laptop, albeit a 5 pound one. I've had an Acer A500 tablet for 2 years, and it's functional for email and web browsing, and great for watching movies on a plane. With Touchdown, it even connects well to Exchange. But with my work, I occasionally need X86 Windows programs, like Dreamweaver, when I need to make an on the run change to a web page, for example. I really don't care if it's slow, as long as I can do it. I'm nervous when I don't have my laptop with me, just in case I need an old reliable Windows program.
    For me, this is a perfect adjunct. At $399, it's almost a throw away buy. I only plan to use it a few weeks a year, when I'm on the road. The fact that it can also be a 1.2 pound tablet for couch surfing is a bonus. 64G storage plus 64G microSD is fine, because most everything I work on is now stored in the cloud. The USB port offers plenty of extra storage for movies on a thumb drive.
    I've been waiting for the new Nexus 10 tablet to come out, because I've been looking to upgrade to a faster and lighter Android tablet. But when I found out about this, my money is moving to the Asus T100. I think Asus has hit a home run with this.
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  • mfm - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - link

    How will T100 stack-up against Acer TZ1810 in term of productivity? Reply
  • buzzerbeeser - Friday, November 01, 2013 - link

    "I was sampled a 64GB model (using a SanDisk eMMC controller). Around 30GB of the device's storage was free at first boot (total partition size = 49GB, ~30GB free for additional apps/data)."

    So exactly how much space is left for my files when I get the 32GB model??
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  • geekfoo - Friday, November 01, 2013 - link

    well YOU might be asked to pay $350 dollars (including taxes ?) but in the UK we are asked to pay £349.99 for instance http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-transformer-book...

    with No Ethernet, No 11AC (or even 2x2 mimo N), and especially NO Intel AVX(2) SIMD not to mention 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 for a mass produced 2014 retail produce is a no go , an 11.1" pad would be fine too OC for that price
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  • Khuva - Sunday, November 10, 2013 - link

    U didnt even say a single thing about the USB3.0 port, thats even one of its biggest advantage!! Reply
  • mythrocks - Monday, November 11, 2013 - link

    Anand, thanks for this review (and for that of the reference Bay Trail tablet). I'd be very keen on reading your review of the Dell Venue Pro 11 (Bay Trail and i3/5). Is such a review on the cards? Reply
  • andrejg - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - link

    After readin this review and getting an offer from our local distributor, I purchased 64Gb version. I must say, Transformer is exactly what I was looking for. I used Dell lattitude XT2 for a two years now and since I travel a lot and need a lot of data at hand and also spreadsheets and documents, my phone was not enough due to my ageing eyesight and lattitude, albeit 12" and light was too much to carry around all the time. Speed of the unit is non issue for me. it is fast enough, it is a tablet and netbook, it runs smooth and display is very nice, I was expecting less at this price point.

    Sinca all my computers and phone are from the same OS generation - Windows 8, I find it very simple to have all the data at hand and all desktops almost the same, no matter which device I use. it saves me A LOT of time I used to spend to transfer, save, carry and also lose those USB keys...
    So, if one uses it like this and also like entertainment tablet at home, it is all OK. Some heavy duty stuff can take you back to 2005 speed. And battery - I have it with me all the time the whole day and I have never really needed to charge it during the day. With lighter use it gets two days of use easily. It just isn't gamers device or workstation. But there are choices for those too, just they cost almost 5 times more.
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  • zodiacfml - Monday, December 02, 2013 - link

    I'm back from the first day this review is published and there's nothing out there to compete with this. I just wished it had 4GB ram. Reply
  • vmr - Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - link

    The T100 supports the new Win 8.1 Miracast/WiDi feature. I tried it with a ActionTec ScreenBeam WiDi adapter and it worked great when I tried it with Youtube, PBS videos and Netfilx. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - link

    I reckon there would be an T110, with an 11inch screen and hopefully 4 GB of RAM. Reply
  • Jettilton - Thursday, January 16, 2014 - link

    Was in the market for one of these until I went into Best Buy and the only one they had had a keyboard that was coming apart around one of the USB ports....looks like the keyboard is really flimsy, but the tablet itself looked more solid...now Im going to get a real laptop, not a hybrid Reply
  • malkovich - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - link

    I better choose this <a href="http://www.buzred.com/dp/B00H7PWRU2/toshiba-satell... windows notebook</a>. As my first notebook. Reply
  • crlamke - Thursday, May 29, 2014 - link

    Great review, Anand! I'm consistently impressed by the quality of your work. Thank you. Reply
  • SllimA - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - link

    T100TA is a interesting unit. The issue here is the docking method. It sketches the screen borders. I am more concern about the quality. I bought 3 units last week and sent 2 back for touch pad alignment. On receiving, the unit cannot be started and had to stick my charger in at the service counter. One could be restarted and we can see that the battery charge status at 70%. The 2nd unit can restart. They advice me to resubmit for repair. All these happened within 5 days of buying. Today the 11 days of buying the 2 units they are still under repair. I just called the service center and they told me that one is ready but the other had to wait for a few weeks for spare parts. This is unacceptable. of the 11 days, two units are repair status for 6 days. Asus Singapore Service Center referance are 130201, 130202, 130449 and 130450. I wonder what is happening to Asus quality. Reply

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