Using the Asus Transformer Book T100 as a desktop PC (video)

The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a Windows tablet that you can use as a notebook when you connect a keyboard dock. But why stop there?

I decided to see what happens when you plug in an external display, speakers, mouse and keyboard and try using the Transformer Book T100 as a desktop computer. The answer is you get a surprisingly capable workstation.

The Transformer Book T100 may sell for $399 or less and feature a low-power Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail processor, but it provides more than enough power for light gaming, and document editing, some pretty heavy web browsing, and serious multitasking.

The Tansformer Book T100 features 2GB of RAM, a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, Windows 8.1 32-bit software, and up to 64GB Of built-in storage.

There’s a micro HDMI port which you can use to connect an external display, an audio jack which works well with external speakers, and a micro USB port which you can use to charge the system while you’re using it.

The only full-sized USB port is in the keyboard portion of the device, so you’ll need to dock the tablet to the keyboard if you want to plug in an external mouse, keyboard, drive, or other peripherals.

When I plugged in a 1080p display, Windows recognized it right away, and right-clicking on the desktop brought up an option to use the built-in tablet display, the external display, or both (by cloning or extending the desktop).

t100 external display

When I chose the Digital Television option, the system automatically adjusted the screen resolution to 1920 x 1080 pixels, and the computer doesn’t seem to have any difficulty pumping out graphics to the higher-resolution display.

I’ve spent most of a workday using the Transformer Book T100 as my primary work machine, with music streaming from Google Play Music while I create and edit articles for Liliputing and conduct research with more than a dozen additional browser tabs open.

Microsoft Office 2013 apps load quickly and seem to work pretty well, and I loaded the GIMP image editor to see how it performs. As on most systems, it takes a long time to load, but once it’s up and running it’s pretty smooth.

I wanted to see if I could get real work done using a tablet with a Bay Trail processor and the peripherals you’d use to turn it into a desktop-style device, and the answer is yes. But you know what they say about all work and no play… I checked to see how the machine handles 1080p HD videos, and it had no problems streaming content from YouTube.

I also fired up a game or two — and while this isn’t exactly a high-end gaming machine, it can handle simple games like Pinball and Cut the Rope, as well as older PC games like World of Warcraft.

While some folks aren’t fans of the two distinct user interfaces of Windows 8, I haven’t had any problems getting work done in desktop mode and using the Start Screen as an app launcher.

Modern-style apps that run in the touch-friendly, full-screen user interface also have a few advantages: they can run even when the display is off, for instance. So you could fire up an internet radio app and turn off the screen while music continues to play during your lunch break if you wanted.

Asus Transformer Book T100 as desktop

Overall I’ve been pretty impressed with how well this little tablet holds up as a work machine. I already knew it scored better than a 2011-era Intel Celeron processor in basic benchmarks, and I’ve used the Transformer Book T100 to get some work done at coffee shops over the past week. But I’m surprised just how much it feels like a regular desktop when you just hook up a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers.

Don’t expect miracles from a $399 computer. Most cheap desktops you find in stores today will probably be able to run circles around the Transformer Book T100. But considering this is a portable machine that gets around 8 hours of battery life, works as a tablet or notebook, and also happens to be powerful enough for basic desktop computing certainly sets it apart from other $399 tablets on the market (I’m looking at you, iPad mini).

  • wsabillon

    Too bad, it doesn’t let you run another OS, that’s a bummer to me :(
    Brad, do you know of another sub $400 hibrid that comes bundled with MS Office?

    • abuzalzal

      ANDROID IS THE ONLY OS YOU’LL EVER NEED!
      SUCK THAT STUPID WINDOWS FANBOYS FAGGOTS!

    • CyberGusa

      All Windows tablets that are 10.8″ or smaller can offer the MS Office Home & Student 2013 for free…

      And you should be able to run another OS on this, but it’ll just have to be a OS that will work with the UEFI and supports the hardware… For Linux that meas a 64bit boot loader that works with UEFI and a distro based on the 3.11 or later Kernel…

  • Bruce_Mc

    Thanks for this review Brad. Reviews like this one are what make this site great. I can’t help but compare this ASUS to a standard Intel reference design netbook of a few years ago, say the MSI Wind for example. This ASUS does a lot more for not much more money.

  • Sam Curcio

    That’s great. If I didn’t need to do graphics work, I could have saved a few hundred dollars with this set up.

  • Tony Hart

    Can you run in this configuration with the lid closed? I’d think it might be distracting to have both the large monitor and the tablet itself lit up.

    Everything I’ve seen about the T100 make me very impressed.

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      Yep. Just open the Windows Power Options, select the option for “choose what closing the lid does,” and change it from “sleep” to “do nothing.”

  • captain irrelevant

    Cheaper than an iPad Mini, more desktop capable than any fruity iPad.

    • turco320

      Prefer fanciest but having a machine more seriously, MBA 11 “

  • Guest

    Any chance you could submit it for a score on the Passmark benchmark suite? No one in the industry seems to have done this yet!

  • thekreek

    Brad, would you mind sharing the name of the app you use for taking screenshots in windows?
    Thanks and great review, I’m getting more convinced to get this tablet.

  • meddle0ne

    Nice. It’s sad that all of these convertible tablets have docking connectors, yet the manufactures only make the keyboard docks. What if you had an affordable dock that you could click into that you can leave all that plugged in with a 2 TB hard drive? How cool would that be?

    • CyberGusa

      Some models do offer additional docks, it’s just not a widely available option yet but there are also 3rd party solutions to try.

      The USB 3.0 port for example means you can use USB 3.0 docking stations as an alternative…

  • Michael Thompson

    Interesting read!

  • eyeDroid

    So I guess no way to get past the Microsoft locks to install Linux yet? As a sanity check, can a Windows 8 USB install be booted either (USB DVD drive and USB flash drive) or even the USB recovery drive you can create within Windows 8?

    Have you tested how well virtualization works. The Intel Z3740 supports VT-x but unfortunately it doesn’t support VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT) which gives noticeable performance improvements. VT-x without EPT never really provided much extra performance improvement for my types of tasks (although VT-x does enable extra features).

    Thanks for all the hard work!

    • Vince Ng

      got it booting to ubuntu command line via UEFI x86 grub

      I was able to create a USB Windows 8 drive (using rufus and a MSDN Windows 8.1 x86 ISO) and able to boot into it

      I installed ubuntu via VirtualBox. a little laggy, maybe immature drivers? a few bugs with installation, maybe I’ll try it again

      http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost.php?p=35652212&postcount=1500

      • eyeDroid

        Awesome, thanks for the info!

  • buzz86us

    I am waiting for one of these with a wacom digitizer…should only add about $100 to the price..

  • Michael Romano

    there is a huge amount of value in this device.

  • tsog

    Can’t wait for mine to come on Monday. Should be fast enough to replace my UX31E as my main PC.

    A couple of questions for Brad:
    1. Have you ever ran out of memory in your daily use of the T100? How much RAM does it use after a cold boot? I am contemplating if I should install 64-bit Win 8 when the drivers become available.
    2. Does the T100 support UHS-I speed? An extra 64GB microSDXC card that can be read as fast as the internal eMMC storage would awesome.
    3. Is there a key for the Office software, in case I reinstall the OS? I will most likely do a full install to get rid of all the bloatware and wipe the recovery partition(s) to recover more storage.

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      1. The only time is when I ran PassMark’s memory test.
      2. I’m not sure… I don’t have any cards that fast around.
      3. Yup. There was a key in my box. This is a demo unit from Asus, not a retail version though, so I’m not 100% certain the license key is available in the retail model. Let me know when you find out!

      • Another Person

        yes, the retail box(for my 64GB model at least) came with a Microsoft Office card with key printed on it

      • William T Quick

        Yep, mine too. I love this little machine. Can’t see how the Surface Rt Can compete.

      • tsog

        1. Is that with page file enabled or disabled?
        2. Yeah me neither, but ~$100 for a fast 64GB card is tempting…
        3. That’s good. I assume I can just install from the Windows app store and activate using the key? Or would I need a separate installable?

    • Another Person

      1) 64-bit Windows 8 does not have connected standby for now. Microsoft is targeting early 2014.

      64-bit wouldn’t help that much, since this device only has 2GB of memory anyway

      • tsog

        Yeah that’s why I qualified with “when the drivers become available.” What are the exact benefits of connected standby anyway? I don’t really need a tablet that polls the servers when it’s on standby, but the fast resume is nice.

        “64-bit wouldn’t help that much, since this device only has 2GB of memory anyway”
        You are probably right about that. There aren’t many 64-bit programs to take advantage of the larger registers.

      • CyberGusa

        Connected Standby is also part of the mobile power optimization that can take advantage of the advance hardware power management capability to help maximize run time.

        Basically, both the hardware and OS need to support the advance power saving states and is what makes it possible to do things like go into standby for days to weeks on a single charge.

        Traditional standby would be lucky to last most of the day in comparison.

    • optimismprime

      like “Another Person” said – 64-bit means no connected standby for now.

      Much more important however is that 64bit Software typically takes up more memory, storage aswell as Ram. So not only wouldn’t you profit from the Ability to adress more than 4GB of Memory with a Machine with only 2GB, those 2GB would fill up more quickly using the exact same Software in 64bit Versions as opposed to their 32bit counterparts

    • Dorian Hendrie

      Hi tsog – I’m a bit late to this thread, but did you ever install 64 Win 8 on the T100? I’ve just bought one, but it is not letting me install my Office 2013 Pro on it (says this can’t be done as there was already trial version on there – but I need Outlook). So I’m thinking of wiping it and starting again with Win 64.

      • tsog

        Hi

        I ended up installing win 8 pro 32-bit the first day I got it, but forgot to make a backup so I had to RMA it back to factory state given that there were few drivers back then. I’d hold off on installing 64-bit since there is still no official 64-bit drivers, and no support for connected standby on that version of win 8 either.

        As for installing Office 2013 Pro, the pre-installed copy of Office should be uninstallable from Programs and Features.

        Side note: Have you encountered high battery usage during connected standby? Sometimes mine drains 20-30% over night (when it should be <5%), and I think it's because of high amounts of system interrupts related to some app. I haven't figured out which one yet though, and a restart before I go to sleep generally prevents the high drain.

      • Dorian

        Hi sorry for late reply (been away for Christmas). I stuck with 32 Bit Windows and installed Office 2013 Pro (I had some problems with that as it wouldn’t forget the installation ID of the original Office, so initially refused to activate my new Pro version, saying it was the wrong key for that product).

        I haven’t monitored battery usage yet but I will do so and let you know. I tend to shut it down overnight instead of just putting it to sleep (force of habit from working on desktops in the office) – maybe I don’t have to do that any more because of this new Fast Boot.

        I have yet to make a recovery disk, thinking I have pretty much everything (apart from one bespoke bit of software) synced to my MS account and SkyDrive, so do I really need to. I have the 32Gig version (couldn’t find the 64 Gig anywhere) and it seems to have a separate drive with 7 Gig on it for a recovery partition, along with a 700 Meg recovery partition – so I’m not sure if I need to keep both. Would be useful to free up 7 Gig!

  • CenturionSlayer

    Call me crazy but I ordered a Venue 8 Pro (I was the first order according to CSR rep, I woke up early) but it still hasn’t come so I went and picked up a Surface 2. I hope I can differentiate between the two so it doesn’t feel redundant.

  • Dr. Fragle & MrShark

    how does it perform with 1080p mkv or mp4? can it manage them, for output on a full hd monitor or tv? thanks ;)

    • abuzalzal

      ANDROID IS BETTER FOR THAT, MY FRIEND!
      WHY USE A BLOATED OS LIKE WINDOWS FOR DOING SIMPLE THINGS LIKE MOVIE PLAYBACK WHEN YOU CAN USE ANDROID WHICH IS FREE AND FAST AND LAG-FREE?!

      PEOPLE SHOULD GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER!

      • Dr. Fragle & MrShark

        raus, troll…

    • Another Person

      1080p is fine. able to do youtube 1080p and mkv rips.

    • optimismprime

      The new atom uses a stripped down version of the Core i series HD Graphics, it can handle anything 1080p, no matter if h.264, VC1, MPEG2 (the BluRay codecs), or even WebM….you name it.

  • E

    Could you install the developer version of the Chrome browser and run it in Metro mode, essentially making it a touch-enabled tablet-hybrid Chromebook? And see how well that integrates with the local files stored on Drive etc.

    I would also be really interested if you could try GIMP and load a couple of 3mb jpegs there, as well as InDesign.

  • abuzalzal

    ANDROID IS THE ONLY OS YOU’LL EVER NEED!

    SUCK THAT STUPID WINDOWS FANBOYS FAGGOTS!

    YEAH!

  • Josue

    Are there versions that doesn’t have that ugly looking shiny back?

  • RichS

    I know this doesn’t have an active digitiser but is it possible to do decent handwriting recognition in OneNote? Everything else sounds perfect about this device.

    • buzz86us

      I’m waiting for the thinkpad tablet 3 myself

  • SmartWireSolutions

    I have been using this product for a few days now. All I can say is go grab one!

    • RichS

      Can you confirm if handwriting recognition is possible in OneNote please?

  • Train Heartnet

    Can it play 1080p hi10p mkv with high bitrate and output it to external display well? That’s a big deal for me cuz im an anime-fan and now they release anime in 10bit format (which cannot be hardware accelerated), and the lastest snapdragon 800 still gets some hiccup at the heavy scenes with MX player in Software mode.

    • Loba

      yes, 1080p hi10p flac videos can be played after installation of media player classic

  • sin isfree

    that gimp start slow sucks so bad, why not photo.net instead.

  • Jeff

    Are you able to disable Connected Standby (CS) and use regular standby? I have no need to keep updating live tiles, checking email, waiting for Skype calls, streaming/playing music, etc. when I put the device into standby.

    I do, however, need to keep some desktop applications running if I turn off the screen. I also sometimes have desktop applications running that request a wake lock to prevent standby. This wake lock is ignored on CS devices whereas it is obeyed on non-CS devices (ie. Core i, older Intel CPU and AMD based PCs). Also, software set to wake the PC up from standby at specific times and run something (not using Task Scheduler) are also ignored when in CS.

    Due to these preferences and issues, I’d like to disable CS. Going into regular standby will still give me the same standby battery life as CS. If anything going into S3 instead of S0ix may result in slightly longer standby battery life because no Modern UI apps are allowed to update.

    • ryszard

      Active battery life won’t change either when CS is disabled on a CS capable device because Windows 8 will still schedule tasks in groups in order to allow the SoC to go into S0ix during the idle periods.

      • CyberGusa

        Unfortunately, this isn’t accurate as CS is part of a larger system of Always On, Always Connected (AOAC) that all together is what provides the improved battery life that Windows 8 can offer with hardware that supports CS.

        Many of those new S0ix states are only functional with AOAC fully working!

        So disabling CS means disabling more than just the CS aspect as it is also tied in Windows Desktop Activity Moderator (DAM) and the behavior of hardware like the network adapter… which means W8 would no longer be able to keep the strict control it needs to maximize battery life and the system returns to the power efficiency of the traditional desktop.

        Core problem is traditional desktop apps were never optimized to be very power efficient and/or allow the system to properly idle most of the time. So W8 needed to put all of those things under tight control in order realize any significant gains in power efficiency.

        One of the reasons why Intel’s new Haswell systems provides noticeably better battery life is because it supports CS!

        Really, there have been plenty examples of when CS didn’t work as it should that resulted in battery life taking a serious hit! Such as a Clover Trail tablet that had improper WiFi drivers that didn’t allow CS to do its job and enter the proper S0ix states…

        A work around would be to instead work with how W8 is set up with either a metro app that will work with the desktop app to serve the same function or set up situational exceptions, like when connected to AC as then power conservation doesn’t matter, and use a maintenance trigger… Since Metro apps can still be allowed to function during CS and it’s really the tight control over the desktop and the need to change the behavior of hardware like the network adapter that prevents the traditional the desktop apps from being used during CS.

        Mind, under W8 it is possible to make apps that works with both the Metro and Win32 sides… Something developers will hopefully take advantage of soon, as then that would eliminate the concern and allow the same functionality as the previous system.

        Otherwise, expect a trade off as keeping the desktop under tight control is part of the reason why CS can provide longer battery life!

      • pleid

        My Haswell ultrabook running Windows 7 gets the same battery life as Windows 8 +- usage dependent affects. Have you ever ran Windows 7 and 8 on the same Haswell ultrabook?

      • CyberGusa

        Sorry but you don’t get the same battery life unless you’re using a system that doesn’t have Connected Standby enabled…

        For Haswell, this means the U and Y series chips only… If you have something else then CS is not offered!

        Also, the main power benefits is when the system idles. So you won’t notice as much if you leave the system on and have something running all the time!

      • pleid

        It has an i7-4600U…

        You just nailed the point the others are saying about CS. My notebook is active when I’m using it. It goes into standby (ie. nothing is running except RAM) when I’m not using it. There are no idle periods.

      • CyberGusa

        No idle periods means you’re using more power than a system with CS enabled would be using!

        This is one of the reasons why it’s recommended to get rid of bloatware because it can increase the not fully idle periods to use up to around half CPU load for all the time!

        Meaning more power is wasted when you’re not actually doing anything!

        Again, CS is just part of the whole AOAC system that MS is implementing with W8 to take advantage of hardware that is capable of extreme power savings.

        Things like cTDP and SDP states, as well as features like CS, etc. are all part of the AOAC system!

        It’s fine for a desktop or similar system that doesn’t need to worry about power savings and maximizing battery life, especially when performance is the priority, but for those systems that seek to provide the max possible battery life then it’s the only way to provide it!

      • pleid

        Uh, I thought it was obvious the “no idle periods” statement wasn’t literal…

        Anyway, you should actually confirm your statements with real hardware and software yourself instead of just relying on what you read on the internet.

      • CyberGusa

        You are mistaken to think I only read about it, this is just how it works.

        CS is not just an alternative suspend state but a system wide change in how resources are managed!

        The traditional S3 Suspend lacks those system wide changes and CS is too integrated into the system to simply disable without effecting other aspects of the system.

        This is main reason MS didn’t make it optional!

    • CyberGusa

      I wouldn’t assume using regular standby would give the same battery life because the traditional standby never provided days to weeks of standby like Connected Standby can… Like I explained to ryszard, CS is part of a larger system that altogether is how W8 can provide better battery life with new hardware that supports CS… and this is why MS doesn’t allow CS to be disabled…

      Also, Haswell mobile processors are CS enabled… So only desktop and older Intel/AMD CPU’s are non-CS…

      While the issue is only with traditional desktop apps… as Modern UI apps can wake the PC up from standby at specific times. So, if developers update the apps to work with Metro then they can get around the issue.

      Situationally is another option, as non-lock screen apps can register to run code every 15 minutes as long as the device is plugged into A/C power… CS is mainly a battery mode feature…

      As for the Modern UI apps, you can set them to not update, just have to select that one app at a time, and have CS act more like a S3 suspend… or just get a non-CS enabled device for now until better solutions come out…

      • ronid

        Regular standby (ie. s3) will give slightly more battery life than CS (ie. S0ix) on a CS capable system. It’s more like S0ix can provide almost the same standby battery life as S3.

      • archibald

        Exactly, when I put my device into standby, I want it to go into S3 (ie. only the RAM is awake but in a low power self refresh state and everything else is off). I have no use for it trying to connect to the internet updating things that I don’t need updated when not in use. Updating live tiles on resume takes a second.

        Microsoft shouldn’t have broken desktop wake locks in first place.

      • bo

        There should be an option to enable obeying desktop wake locks and to turn off the screen without going into CS.

      • CyberGusa

        I have nothing against adding the option, people should have whatever control over the system behavior they want.

        Just so long as they realize there are trade offs to doing so!

        Like it or not there are reasons why MS set it up this way. The desktop is not designed to be power efficient or even to idle properly most of the time.

        The main reason mobile devices can have so much better battery life isn’t so much that they are low powered but because they can efficiently not use power unless really needed.

        So they can turn off whatever is not being used and not be effected because the mobile software is also designed to properly idle and allow itself to be completely inactive when not being used.

        This is not the case with traditional desktop OS and desktop apps. So MS imposed strict controls over the desktop to prevent it from wasting power, which you’d have to give up if you want the desktop to work as before!

      • CyberGusa

        Sorry but it doesn’t work that way because as I already pointed out the CS is part of the larger power management system that W8 employs.

        Returning to the non-CS S3 Suspend means giving up much of the advance power management that W8 introduces and that means using more power on average… even in S3 suspend state, especially, if your goal is to enable desktop ability for Wake locks, etc as then the system never really fully sleeps!

        Connected Standby is more a cross between Hibernate and Sleep, it may let Modern UI apps remains active but only under certain conditions and only periodically, but the system is otherwise for all intent and purpose turned off!

        Thus the ability to only use very low mw power levels during connected standby and why it makes possible for the suspend to last days to even weeks!

        Really, look at how much power Haswell uses on the desktop and note that power savings are pretty small compared to Ivy Bridge, it’s only on mobile devices with CS enabled that you see any significant battery life gains!

      • pleid

        You don’t seem to understand what the S3 state is. On the same system, the S3 state will always use the same or lower amount of power as any S0ix active standby state.

        Haswell mobile chips also don’t really have that much less active power consumption as Ivy Bridge. It’s their standby state that shows the lower power which includes S3.

      • Gilbert Wilson

        You’re correct. The power consumption while in the S3 state even when running under a Linux OS would be the same when the same system is in an S0iX state under Windows 8 if all Modern UI apps are set to not do anything when in CS.

      • CyberGusa

        Nope, otherwise the power usage of a mobile OS would be the same as a desktop OS and they’re not!

      • pleid

        I can confirm that the standby battery life on the same Haswell
        ultrabook is the same when booted into Linux, Windows 7 or
        Windows 8.

      • CyberGusa

        Nope, I do fully understand what the S3 state is but sorry it’s an over simplification to assume it’s more energy efficient than CS because it’s set upon with different rules and behavior on how the hardware power usage is handled.

        Really, MS specifically imposed strict control over the desktop to prevent it from effecting the power savings that CS provides!

        It’s not even CS that prevents the desktop from being able to wake the system but the Windows Desktop Activity Moderator (DAM) that imposes the strict control over desktop activity!

        So lets set this straight by first of all pointing out that the connected part of CS is optional!

        Second, enabling the desktop to be able to wake, etc. will use far more power than CS ever would!

        Third, AOAC system power saving features extend beyond just what it does in CS! Being able to properly idle desktop apps even when the system is on is part of the whole package deal!
        The same features that lets CS last days to weeks on a single charge are things the traditional S3 state would not take advantage of!

        CS may be a standby state but it’s closer to the power usage of hibernate than S3 suspend!

  • DanielSB

    Does anyone know if the microUSB is OTG? That way you could use it to connect peripherals without the keyboard docking.

    • RichS

      People are reporting that it is

  • jon

    any news on the amd powered msi w20 3m?

  • world traveler

    Can these devices run a dvb-t or atsc dongle? Portable live ota TV when traveling

  • Ishaan Ahuja

    Brad, I’m new to this and seriously considering it after your review. Can you compare how it holds up to a 2010 core 2 duo??

    • Joey

      Apparently it’s roughly on par to a slower C2D but with improvements, certainly an improvement over the older atoms which had speed comparable to higher clocked Pentium IIIs (circa 1999)

  • mike

    Can u use both external monitor and t100 screen at the same time ? I do like to work on two monitors, even if one of them would be just 10,1in.

    • http://www.pcchecker.co.uk/ Andy @PCchecker

      Yes I do this every day.

  • Karan

    I am looking at making this machine, my primary coding laptop. I use eclipse on my other HP 15inch laptop along with the android emulator. Since the emulator uses the virtual technology by intel, I want to know whether this machine can support a lag free emulator. Nobody in the industry has done tests like running apps like eclipse and visual basic extensively. I am currently in the US so I can buy it but would not be able to return in case it does not fulfill my needs. For me, its a risk so have to rely on people’s views

  • ss

    can the micro usb hub that located on the tablet itself connect a cable that convert micro usb hub to normal usb hub and use the pendrive via this cable?

    • Joey

      Yeah it can, I can run an external HDD from it. Battery does go down fast though from 11 hours to about 4-5.

  • Zo

    What is the quality of the picture on 20+ inch external monitors? Is it comparible to that on a classic notebook screen?

  • Andre

    Can’t get the NUM LOCK part of the external keyboard to work ? Work when Windows start up – the PIN, but nothing in applications.

  • Randy

    Hello there, Can TWO external monitors be connected to this device?

    • http://www.pcchecker.co.uk/ Andy @PCchecker

      Yes but you will need a usb 3 docking station or display link adapter. I had 2 plus the t100 screen connected with no issues but went back to just 1 plus t100 screen

  • Petr L

    Hi, I wanna use it in the way as you – with external display, keyboard and mouse. And I wanna work in Photoshop. Please, could you try how smooth is it? Thanks

  • Naveed Ahmed

    Guys, you can download bluestacks app from bluestacks.com..
    and you can use whole android platform through that app..
    enjoy both worlds of windows 8.1 and android in a same tablet..

  • Jack

    Can you download and play games from steam on it?

  • Kim s

    I am loving my t100, but I have a problem. My work requires me to download music from CDs (I know, still?! Let’s keep up with the times!). I am trying to find a cd drive/ burner for the asus, but I have been told they cannot run on tablets. Anyone know of one that will work with the transformer?
    Thanks

    • Joey

      Just get an external CD/DVD drive with a USB connection.

  • David

    Can it drive a 2560×1440 monitor?

  • PKAP

    And it comes with MS Office installed which beats out the desktop for me!

  • britt

    Can you use CD’s with it through a usb add on? I have language cd’s and want something like this as long as it can use them.

  • Britt

    Hi, what cords would I need to connect the device to a display screen? Also, is it better to get an Asus display screen or do any brand work just as good?

  • Kary

    Thank you. This is exactly the review I was looking for, particularly covering use of external monitors. I think I just found a new favorite site.