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Asus Transformer Book T300FA Convertible Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 05/03/2015

Average. Asus' Transformer Book TF300A is a compromise between a tablet and a notebook. Thanks to the integrated Core M processor, the device can be cooled passively.

For the original German review, see here.

Asus offers a 12.5-inch convertible with the Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H. A Core M processor powers the device, so the convertible can be cooled passively. We have already reviewed two members of the Transformer Book T300-series, the Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H and the Transformer Book T300 Chi. Despite the same name, the three convertibles do not have any similarities and represent independent models.

As a convertible, the Transformer Book faces rivals from various categories. These include convertibles like the Acer Aspire Switch 12 and the HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360, as well as 12.5 and 13.3-inch notebooks like the Acer Aspire V3-371 and the HP ProBook 430 G2 that are suitable competitors.

Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H (Transformer Book Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 5300, Core: 100-800 MHz, Single-channel, 10.18.10.3939
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Single-channel, soldered
Display
12.5 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, capacitive, InfoVision M125NWR2 R1, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-Y PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
SanDisk DF4128, 128 GB 
, + HGST Travelstar Z5K500 (500 GB, 5400 rpm), 500 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC233 @ Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: combined stereo jack, Card Reader: MicroSD, Sensors: Brightness sensor, orientation sensor
Networking
Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14 x 308.5 x 207 ( = 0.55 x 12.15 x 8.15 in)
Battery
30 Wh Lithium-Ion, 7.6 V, 3948 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD-Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 141 g ( = 4.97 oz / 0.31 pounds)
Price
649 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity

The chassis of the Transformer Book is made entirely of plastic. The top of the base unit is silver-gray, while the back of the tablet element is covered in a dark blue. There is also an additional texture: Small grooves are in a circle pattern around the center. The Asus device does not reveal major issues in terms of the stability. The keyboard dock can be pushed in slightly underneath the touchpad and on both sides of the keyboard. In our opinion, the tablet element can be twisted rather easily.

The back of the tablet element is not fixed with screws but clipped in, which means it is quite easy to remove. It is recommended that you loosen the cover at the top of the tablet first  which can be easily done with a fingernail. After that, you can use a sharp object to loosen the rest. A small maintenance hatch covers a 2.5-inch hard drive at the bottom of the keyboard dock. It could be easily replaced.

Connections to the outside world can be established via WLAN. The integrated Atheros module supports the WLAN standards 802.11 b/g/n and the connection between the Transformer Book and the router was stable all the time. We did not encounter any problems. The device has a webcam that produces rather blurry pictures. There is no camera at the back of the tablet element. Asus offers a two-year warranty for its convertible.

The tablet element comes with the usual ports. In addition to a micro-USB, you also get a MicroSD reader, a micro-HDMI output and a combined stereo jack. Asus has located two more USB ports (1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0) on the keyboard dock.

Asus located the microUSB port and the MicroSD reader at the bottom of the tablet element. (Picture: Asus)
Asus located the microUSB port and the MicroSD reader at the bottom of the tablet element. (Picture: Asus)
At the right side of the tablet are the microHDMI output and the port for the power adaptor. At the right side of the dock is a USB 2.0 port. (Picture: Asus)
At the right side of the tablet are the microHDMI output and the port for the power adaptor. At the right side of the dock is a USB 2.0 port. (Picture: Asus)
At the left side of the tablet is the combined stereo jack. At the left side of the dock is a USB 3.0 port. (Picture: Asus)
At the left side of the tablet is the combined stereo jack. At the left side of the dock is a USB 3.0 port. (Picture: Asus)

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Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard of the dock is not illuminated. The flat and roughened keys have a medium travel and clear pressure point, but the resistance could be firmer for our taste. Asus provides a keyboard that will be sufficient for everyday use, but prolific writers should consider another device.

Touchpad

The ClickPad with multi-touch support is roughly 10.5 x 6.2 centimeters (~4.1 x ~2.4 in), which means there is enough room for gesture control. The latter can be activated and deactivated individually. The smooth surface provides good gliding capabilities for the fingers. The pad has a small travel and a clear pressure point.

Touchscreen

The capacitive touchscreen of the Transformer Book works without any problems and executes inputs quickly. It supports Windows touch inputs with 10 touch points.

Input devices Transformer Book
Input devices Transformer Book

The glossy 12.5-inch display of the Transformer Book has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. We can measure an average brightness of 239.2 cd/m². However, the contrast (889:1) and black value (0.28 cd/m²) are good.

225
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 256 cd/m² Average: 239.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 249 cd/m²
Contrast: 889:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.96 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 1.35 | - Ø
45% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.44
Transformer Book vs. sRGB
Transformer Book vs. sRGB
Transformer Book vs. AdobeRGB
Transformer Book vs. AdobeRGB

With a coverage of 70.4% (sRGB) and 45 percent (AdobeRGB), the display of the Transformer Book cannot represent the color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB. The colors are very impressive out of the box, and the preloaded color profile from Asus pays off. The display has an average DeltaE 2000 deviation of 1.96, so it is clearly in the target area (DeltaE < 3). We cannot determine a blue cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Asus has equipped the Transformer Book with an IPS panel that ensures wide viewing angles and the display content is visible from every position. You can use the device outdoors in the shade and on cloudy days.

Viewing angles Transformer Book
Viewing angles Transformer Book
The Transformer Book outdoors (picture taken with a completely overcast sky).
The Transformer Book outdoors (picture taken with a completely overcast sky).
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
IPS 1366x768
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
IPS 2560x1440
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
IPS 1920x1080
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
IPS 1920x1080
HP Envy X2-j001ng
IPS 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
TN 1366x768
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
IPS 1920x1080
Screen
-25%
-59%
-55%
-111%
-271%
-138%
Brightness
239
375
57%
220
-8%
352
47%
368
54%
159
-33%
236
-1%
Brightness Distribution
84
92
10%
79
-6%
85
1%
88
5%
88
5%
90
7%
Black Level *
0.28
0.458
-64%
0.27
4%
0.48
-71%
0.42
-50%
0.4
-43%
0.46
-64%
Contrast
889
804
-10%
848
-5%
802
-10%
919
3%
405
-54%
535
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.96
4.36
-122%
4.5
-130%
4.3
-119%
5.49
-180%
12.61
-543%
7.45
-280%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.35
2.63
-95%
5.52
-309%
3.73
-176%
8.05
-496%
14.29
-959%
9.13
-576%
Gamma
2.44 98%
2.08 115%
2.42 99%
2.66 90%
2.37 101%
2.85 84%
2.29 105%
CCT
6622 98%
6743 96%
6227 104%
6785 96%
6902 94%
15478 42%
9510 68%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
45
66.94
49%
62.59
39%
41
-9%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

Asus offers several 12.5-inch convertibles in the Transformer Book T300FA-series. The integrated Core M processor is powerful enough for common tasks. Our review unit is available for around 650 Euros (~$728), but Asus also offers other configurations.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon
System information Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H

Processor

Inside the Transformer Book is a Core M-5Y10 (Broadwell) dual-core processor. Thanks to the low TDP (4.5 watts), the CPU can be cooled passively. The processor runs with a nominal clock of 800 MHz, but it can be raised up to 2 GHz via Turbo, and the Turbo can be utilized. We can see 1.4 to 1.5 GHz in the Cinebench Multithread tests, while the single-thread tests are executed with 2 GHz. The behavior is the same on mains as well as battery power.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4966
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3778
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3102
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.71 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
13.88 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
18.4 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
157 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
82 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
82 Points ∼42%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
108 Points ∼55% +32%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
92 Points ∼47% +12%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
90 Points ∼46% +10%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
49 Points ∼25% -40%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
108 Points ∼55% +32%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
157 Points ∼7%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
209 Points ∼10% +33%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
214 Points ∼10% +36%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
180 Points ∼8% +15%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
182 Points ∼8% +16%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
165 Points ∼8% +5%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
260 Points ∼12% +66%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
0.94 Points ∼43%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
1.35 Points ∼61% +44%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
1.12 Points ∼51% +19%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
0.96 Points ∼43% +2%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.06 Points ∼48% +13%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
0.59 Points ∼27% -37%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
1.12 Points ∼51% +19%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
1.23 Points ∼56% +31%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
1.71 Points ∼7%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
2.64 Points ∼11% +54%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
2.37 Points ∼10% +39%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
1.98 Points ∼8% +16%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.89 Points ∼8% +11%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2.04 Points ∼9% +19%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
2.77 Points ∼12% +62%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
2.81 Points ∼12% +64%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
3102 Points ∼35%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
4430 Points ∼50% +43%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2267 Points ∼26% -27%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
3675 Points ∼41% +18%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
4186 Points ∼47% +35%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
4966 Points ∼10%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
7640 Points ∼15% +54%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
7010 Points ∼14% +41%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
7067 Points ∼14% +42%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
8524 Points ∼17% +72%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
3994 Points ∼13%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
3803 Points ∼12% -5%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
1934 Points ∼42%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1277 Points ∼27% -34%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
164.8 ms * ∼4%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
284 ms * ∼7% -72%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
164 ms * ∼4% -0%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
271 ms * ∼7% -64%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
214.1 ms * ∼5% -30%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
3308.6 ms * ∼6%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
2012 ms * ∼3% +39%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
6296.2 ms * ∼11% -90%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
1592.4 ms * ∼3% +52%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
9622 Points ∼19%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
16560 Points ∼33% +72%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
15625 Points ∼32% +62%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
5800 Points ∼12% -40%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
24238 Points ∼49% +152%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
1894 Points ∼31%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
3151 Points ∼51% +66%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1173 Points ∼19% -38%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly, without hiccups and we could not determine any problems. The results in the PCMark benchmarks are good. Increasing the system performance is not possible since users cannot replace or upgrade components like the memory and the solid-state disk.

PCMark 7 Score
3604 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2514 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2663 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3576 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
2514 Points ∼42%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
2717 Points ∼45% +8%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
1918 Points ∼32% -24%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2163 Points ∼36% -14%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1955 Points ∼33% -22%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
2939 Points ∼49% +17%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
3604 Points ∼45%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
4386 Points ∼55% +22%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
4357 Points ∼54% +21%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
4112 Points ∼51% +14%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4361 Points ∼54% +21%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1892 Points ∼24% -48%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
5066 Points ∼63% +41%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
4879 Points ∼61% +35%

Storage Solution

The system drive is a solid-state disk from SanDisk with a total capacity of 64 GB. Users can use around 35 GB of this, the rest is occupied by the Windows installation and the recovery partition. The reading performance of the SSD is quite good, but the write speeds are clearly behind today's possibilities. Although you only get 35 GB free storage, the user of the Transformer Book will not have any capacity problems: Inside the keyboard dock is a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive with a capacity of 500 GB.

Inside the keyboard dock is a hard drive.
Inside the keyboard dock is a hard drive.
SanDisk DF4128
Sequential Read: 458.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 161.4 MB/s
512K Read: 249.6 MB/s
512K Write: 48.58 MB/s
4K Read: 14.28 MB/s
4K Write: 14.68 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 32.31 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 9.429 MB/s

Graphics

The graphics chip of the Transformer Book is HD Graphics 5300. It supports DirectX 11.2 and runs with speeds of between 100 and 800 MHz. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are on par for this GPU. Better results would be possible with a dual-channel memory configuration, but the user cannot influence this in the case of the Transformer Book.

3DMark 11 Performance
658 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
27040 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
2667 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
327 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
658 Points ∼2%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
973 Points ∼3% +48%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
703 Points ∼2% +7%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
762 Points ∼3% +16%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
731 Points ∼3% +11%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
826 Points ∼3% +26%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
877 Points ∼3% +33%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
1162 Points ∼4% +77%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
327 Points ∼1%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
534 Points ∼2% +63%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
439 Points ∼2% +34%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
387 Points ∼2% +18%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
484 Points ∼2% +48%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
483 Points ∼2% +48%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
1379 Points ∼3%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1827 Points ∼3% +32%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
2018 Points ∼4% +46%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
2667 Points ∼5%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
3529 Points ∼7% +32%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
3499 Points ∼7% +31%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3580 Points ∼7% +34%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2865 Points ∼6% +7%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
4146 Points ∼8% +55%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
5146 Points ∼10% +93%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
27040 Points ∼2%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
45007 Points ∼4% +66%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
26490 Points ∼2% -2%
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
30404 Points ∼3% +12%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
32751 Points ∼3% +21%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
29229 Points ∼3% +8%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
54754 Points ∼5% +102%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
6754 Points ∼16%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
5640 Points ∼14%

Gaming Performance

If you want to play games on the Transformer Book, then we recommend games from the Windows Store. These run without any problems even on comparatively weak hardware. Usually, 3D games cannot be played and only a few will run at a low resolution and with the lowest settings. A current game like “GTA V” will never reach playable frame rates.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 31.516.310.7fps
Thief (2014) 9.55.34.3fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 51.616.5fps

Emissions

System Noise

TThe Transformer Book is cooled passively, which means you will not hear any fan noise. However, the system is not completely silent: The conventional 2.5-inch hard drive inside the keyboard dock is audible, but very quiet. A completely silent device can only be realized when you replace the HDD with an SSD.

Noise Level

Idle
/ / dB(A)
HDD
30.6 dB(A)
Load
/ dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Transformer Book in the stress test.
The Transformer Book in the stress test.

The behavior of the Transformer Book in our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) is identical on both mains and battery power. The processor runs with 500 MHz and occasionally accelerated to 700 to 800 MHz in the first 10 to 20 minutes. Over the course of the test, it will be reduced by 100 to 200 MHz. The GPU starts with 200 to 300 MHz and is later throttled to 100 to 200 MHz. The convertible does not get too warm. We can measure temperatures higher than 40 °C (~104 °F) in the area around the processor.

Max. Load
 23.8 °C30.8 °C37 °C 
 23.6 °C27 °C38.3 °C 
 25.7 °C28.1 °C34 °C 
Maximum: 38.3 °C
Average: 29.8 °C
46 °C30.9 °C24.2 °C
47.4 °C29.9 °C24.5 °C
36.7 °C30 °C23.7 °C
Maximum: 47.4 °C
Average: 32.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  33.2 °C | Room Temperature 20.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
5300/5Y10
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
5300/5Y71
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
4400/4200U
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
5300/5Y10c
HP Envy X2-j001ng
5300/5Y70
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
R5 (Beema)/A8-6410
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
5500/5200U
Heat
-5%
0%
2%
-2%
16%
13%
Maximum Upper Side *
38.3
43.4
-13%
39.9
-4%
43.6
-14%
42.9
-12%
31.1
19%
34.5
10%
Maximum Bottom *
47.4
43
9%
40.6
14%
43.4
8%
43.5
8%
36.3
23%
40
16%
Idle Upper Side *
29.5
32.4
-10%
32.2
-9%
27.5
7%
32.2
-9%
25.3
14%
25.7
13%
Idle Bottom *
29.4
31.6
-7%
29.4
-0%
27.6
6%
27.9
5%
26.7
9%
26.1
11%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The speakers of the Transformer Book are at the back of the tablet element. They create a somewhat rattling sound without any bias, and it is not comfortable to listen to them for prolonged periods. We can only recommend external speakers or headphones.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the Transformer Book is normal for this hardware platform. The idle values are clearly under 10 watts – the Core M processor makes this possible. We can measure a maximum consumption of 13.6 watts during the stress test. The result is low because both the CPU and the GPU are heavily throttled.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.01 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.7 / 6.1 / 6.4 Watt
Load midlight 14.3 / 13.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
5300/5Y10
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
4400/4200U
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
5300/5Y10c
HP Envy X2-j001ng
5300/5Y70
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
R5 (Beema)/A8-6410
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
5500/5200U
Power Consumption
-32%
-25%
-10%
-24%
-40%
Idle Minimum *
3.7
3.3
11%
4.1
-11%
3
19%
4
-8%
2.7
27%
Idle Average *
6.1
5.6
8%
8
-31%
6.3
-3%
5.9
3%
5
18%
Idle Maximum *
6.4
7.8
-22%
9.3
-45%
7.9
-23%
6.8
-6%
7.3
-14%
Load Average *
14.3
21.8
-52%
16.3
-14%
15.3
-7%
19.1
-34%
28.7
-101%
Load Maximum *
13.6
28.1
-107%
16.8
-24%
18.2
-34%
23.8
-75%
31.5
-132%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The Transformer Book manages an idle runtime of 10:20 hours. The rival Acer Aspire Switch 12 (12:51 h) lasts longer. We check the idle runtime with the Battery Eater Reader Test: The display brightness is set to the lowest value, the energy-saving mode is active and the wireless modules are turned off. The battery of the Transformer Books lasts 2:17 hours under load, and once again, the Aspire (3:10 h) is more enduring. The runtime under load is determined by the Battery Eater Classic Test while the display brightness is set to maximum, the high-performance plan is active and the wireless modules are turned on. 

The WLAN test determines a runtime of 5:11 hours for the Asus convertible, which is again shorter than the Aspire (6:00 h). This test automatically opens websites every 40 seconds. The Balanced profile is active and the display brightness is adjusted to around 150 cd/m². We check the runtime during video playback with a loop of the short movie “Big Buck Bunny” (H.264, 1920x1080 pixels) while the wireless modules are turned off and the display brightness is adjusted to around 150 cd/m². The Transformer Book manages a runtime of 5:29 hours and again, the Aspire (6:00 h) is better.

However, it is not surprising that the Aspire lasts slightly longer as it has a larger battery (Asus: 30 Wh; Acer: 36 Wh). The battery runtimes of the Transformer Book are average at best, and we expect more from a 13.3-inch device with a Core M processor. Even 13.3-inch notebooks like the Acer Aspire V3-371 are better in this respect.

The battery has a capacity of 30 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 30 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 20min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (IE 11)
5h 11min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 29min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 17min
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
5300/5Y10
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
5300/5Y71
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
4400/4200U
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
5300/5Y10c
HP Envy X2-j001ng
5300/5Y70
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
R5 (Beema)/A8-6410
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
5500/5200U
Battery Runtime
0%
42%
20%
17%
-2%
51%
Reader / Idle
620
722
16%
863
39%
771
24%
720
16%
588
-5%
1182
91%
H.264
329
592
80%
378
15%
311
-5%
WiFi v1.3
311
236
-24%
Load
137
150
9%
146
7%
161
18%
144
5%
151
10%
WiFi
653
360
323
348
585

Pros

+ High-contrast IPS display
+ Fast SSD
+ Second hard drive in the dock
+ Passive cooling

Cons

- Average battery runtimes
- Display could be brighter

Verdict

The Asus Transformer Book T300FA. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger
The Asus Transformer Book T300FA. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger

Asus' Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H is a 12.5-inch convertible. The device provides sufficient performance for common tasks and a fast solid-state disk ensures a smooth system performance. Thanks to the HDD in the keyboard dock, you get a lot of storage. The passive cooling of the device ensures a silent operation, only the HDD is audible. The input devices are not among the best on the market, but they will get the job done. We like the IPS display with the high contrast, but the average brightness affects the impression slightly.

Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H - 04/24/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
72%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
55 / 80 → 69%
Weight
68 / 78 → 77%
Battery
88%
Display
84%
Games Performance
48 / 68 → 71%
Application Performance
68 / 87 → 78%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
40 / 91 → 44%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
70%
78%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-05- 3 (Update: 2015-05- 3)
Andreas Osthoff
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I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.