The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet that launched in 2013, and of all the devices I’ve reviewed in the past year or two, it’s one of my favorites thanks to its combination of long battery life, acceptable performance, and a low price tag (you can pick one up for under $300).
Now Asus is updating its Transformer Book family and the new 10 inch model seems like an improvement in just about every possible way. The Transformer Book Chi T100 is more compact, has a better screen and improved build quality and doesn’t cost much more money.
The tablet has a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display and weighs about 1.4 pounds. Add the keyboard dock and you’ve got a 2.4 pound laptop. The Transformer Book Chi T100 tablet measures 0.3 inches thick, or 0.5 inches thick when used in laptop mode.
Asus has improved the touchpad. While the original T100 had a rather cramped touch surface, the new model keyboard dock has a reasonably large touchpad which feels pretty responsive.
The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z3775 Bay Trail processor, supports up to 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of solid state storage, and features 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth. Asus says the tablet should get up to 10 hours of battery life.
Like many other small Windows tablets, the Transformer Book Chi T100 will come with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.
A model with 32GB of storage will sell for $399. Asus expects to ship the new 2-in-1 tablet in the first quarter of 2015, probably sometime in February.