The Asus Transformer Book T100 is an inexpensive 2-in-1 computer. It’s a Windows tablet with a 10 inch display, a detachable keyboard dock, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, and a price of $399 or less.
It’s the spiritual successor to the netbook… in a good way. It’s cheap, portable, offers long battery life, and has the kind of performance that’s good enough for most day to day tasks.
But like most cheap Windows tablets, the Transformer Book T100 doesn’t have a lot of storage space: Up until now it’s only been available in the US with 32GB or 64GB of flash storage. Now there’s a new option: You can get a 32GB tablet that has 500GB of extra storage tucked away in the keyboard dock.
This configuration has been available in Europe for a few months. Now Amazon and Newegg are selling the Transformer Book T100 with a 500GB hard drive for $400 in the United States (although for a limited time you can save $25 at Newegg with coupon code: PAXASUS25)
Asus includes a 32GB solid state drive in the tablet and a 500GB hard drive in the keyboard. If you want to be able to run apps whether the keyboard’s attached or not, you’ll want to install them to the SSD. But you can use the hard drive in the keyboard for music, movies, documents, and other large files that you may not always need when using the tablet as a standalone device.
Don’t need that much storage? Amazon is also offering a Transformer Book T100 with a 64GB SSD and no extra hard drive for $350, which is about $50 off the original list price. Newegg has that model for $375 (using the same PAXASUS25 coupon).
The 2-in-1 system features an Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display, and comes with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student 2013 pre-installed.
All of these models could start to look a bit dated soon. Asus is expected to launch a new model with a faster Intel Atom Z3775 processor.