Asus Transformer Book T100HA convertible now available
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The 10.1-inch Transformer Book T100HA is now available in Germany and other European outlets. The convertible consists of a 10.1-inch tablet portion and separate keyboard base and runs on a quad-core 1.44 GHz Intel Atom Z8500-x5 SoC. Two SKUs will be available with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage and 4 GB and 128 GB storage, respectively. Otherwise, core specifications remain including the 1280 x 800 resolution display, USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 2.0, MicroSDXC reader, and Micro-USB port. Both systems will have 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity with rear 5 MP and front 2 MP cameras.
The Transformer Book was made available earlier in the U.S. and scored average in our tests. The docking system proved to be nothing special while the display showed better brightness and contrast levels than initially expected. Nonetheless, the resolution cannot compete with the likes of the Transformer Book T100 Chi. Application performance is mediocre due to the Atom processor despite the fact that the eMMC storage has been significantly improved. The T100HA is passively cooled with good surface temperatures and battery life that reflect its low price point.
The keyboard dock could be improved as it feels cheaply made and can be easily flexed. Its size may be too small for larger hands, though this is a general issue with all 10.1-inch netbooks. Otherwise, the integrated touchpad works well with no issues.
The T100HA starts at just 300 Euros and can be considered a secondary notebook for users to take on-the-go.