The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a 10 inch tablet with an Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, Windows 8.1 software, and Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student. It’s expected to ship starting October 18th, but now you can pre-order a Transformer Book T100 with 64GB for $399 from Amazon.

Or you can add a $350 model with 32GB of storage to your Best Buy wish list.

Both versions offer up to 11 hours of battery life and include detachable keyboard docks that let you use the tablets as notebooks.

Asus Transformer Book T100

The Asus Transformer Book T100 tablet features a 1366 x 768 pixel IPS touchscreen display, a 1.2MP camera, a micro USB port, microSD card slot, and micro HDMI port. There’s also a full-sized USB port on the keyboard dock.

The tablet weighs about 1.2 pounds and measures 0.4 inches thick. When you add the keyboard dock the whole thing comes to about 0.9 inches thick and 2.4 pounds — or about the size of a relatively small netbook.

Don’t expect spectacular build quality. The T100 is made of plastic and the keyboard and touchpad are kind of small. But for less than $400, Asus is offering a tablet/laptop hybrid with all-day battery life, about twice the performance of notebook or tablet with a last-generation Intel Atom processor, and the ability to run most Windows apps.

It’s this kind of Intel-powered device that’s likely to kill off Windows RT for good (unless Microsoft just merges Windows RT with Windows Phone and sells it to phone makers).

There’s not much reason to buy a tablet like the Microsoft Surface which ships with a stripped-down version of Windows that won’t run most desktop-style apps when Asus is offering a similarly-priced (or cheaper) model with a full version of Windows and similar (or better) battery life.

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15 replies on “ASUS Transformer Book T100 Windows tablet hybrid up for pre-order for $350 and up”

  1. I wouldnt advise anyone to buy the 32gb model. After loading on windows 8.1 and office the 32gb is probably going to have like 5gb left (if that). Anything less than 64 gb ssd on a full windows tablet/hybrid is seemingly a disaster to me.

    1. it has a microsd slot in the tablet so you can add 64 gb for less than it would cost to get 32gb more with the 400 dollar model

      1. While I agree with you that the sd slot is a great value, many people still want “programs” on their computers (that is people’s arguments of windows 8 over say a chromebook). Things such as games, editing tools, itunes, etc are going to go on the hardware of the laptop. Now for pictures, video, and the such an sd card is great, but having only ~5gb of local is troublesome for a lot of people. Just a warning.

  2. This is going to be a good machine for my 3 year old’s language software. Unlike me, she actually prefers touch screens over mice.

    Annoying reflections from glossy touch screens amuse her… saw her make funny faces at her reflection on my android tablet the other day.

  3. Any signs of 10″ notebooks (hybrids are okay I guess) with an Intel Pentium N3510?

    1. Just may have to wait till early next year for devices that will offer 4GB of RAM… It’s not a standard offering for mobile devices yet and Bay Trail T uses the same LP-DDR3 RAM and eMMC storage as mobile ARM devices do!

      Companies like Samsung only started producing 4GB capacity LP-DDR3 RAM a couple of months ago and it can take up to over a year before they’re widely available and cheap enough for mainstream devices to start offering them.

      There’s also the issue with MS as they need the 64bit driver support to be compatible with Always Connected Standby for Bay Trail in order to provide good battery life, etc. and that’s not due out until the beginning of 2014.

      The small tablets should also be better designed for running Windows, like having a alternative input besides the touch screen. Namely, a Active Digitizer like WACOM, and/or a optical mouse that can be used while holding the tablet in a standard position, or a touch pad surface on the back of the tablet to provide the precision needed to properly use the desktop environment.

      Seeing budget models finally offered for the 2 in 1 device offerings is a good first step but we still got a bit to go before these are actually ideal…

      1. Some specs are wrong on both those sites though…

        Amazon has a minor issue with the wrong resolution listed under technical details but the correct resolution listed under specifications.

        While TigerDirect mistakenly lists the OS as 64bit and the eMMC as a SSD…

        BestBuy seems to be the only one listing the $349 model right now, and lists the base clock speed instead of the max burst clock speed as most usually do… though, their page doesn’t seem to be displaying properly… clicking specs goes full page with basic text for example…

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