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Asus Transformer Book T100

Asus Transformer Book T100

Verdict

Thanks to Intel’s new Atom CPU, the Transformer Book T100 delivers full Windows 8.1 in a tiny, affordable package – the netbook is back

Review Date: 22 Nov 2013

Price when reviewed: £291

Full review

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

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Asus VivoBook S200E

A delectable 11.6in touchscreen Windows 8 laptop at an unbelievably low price

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Comparison

Product

Ativ Book 9 Lite

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

Transformer Book T100

Asus Transformer Book T100

VivoBook S200

Asus VivoBook S200E

IdeaPad Flex 15

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15
Details
Part Code Ativ Book 9 Lite Transformer Book T100 S200E-C158H IdeaPad Flex 15
Review Date 24 Aug 2013 22 Nov 2013 9 Nov 2012 10 Dec 2013
Price ex VAT £500 £291 £375 £458
Price inc VAT £600 £349 £450 £550
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Value for Money 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Performance 3 stars out of 6 3 stars out of 6 3 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 1yr collect and return 1 yr return to base 2 yr return to base 1yr collect and return
Physical specifications
Dimensions 324 x 224 x 19mm (WDH) 263 x 178 (tablet, 171) x 24 (tablet,11mm) (WDH) 303 x 200 x 22mm (WDH) 332 x 273 x 27mm (WDH)
Weight 1.550kg 1.070kg 1.410kg 2.190kg
Travelling weight 1.9kg 1.6kg 2.5kg
Processor and memory
Processor AMD A6-1450 Intel Atom Z7340 Intel Core i3-3217U Intel Core i5-4200U
Motherboard chipset AMD Intel HM76 Express
RAM capacity 4.00GB 2.00GB 4.00GB 4.00GB
Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0 0 0
SODIMM sockets total 0 2
Screen and video
Screen size 13.3in 10.1in 11.6in 15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366 1,366 1,366 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768 768 768 768
Resolution 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD8250 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4400
Graphics card RAM N/A
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1 0 1 0
HDMI outputs 1 1 1 1
S-Video outputs 0 0
DVI-I outputs 0 0
DVI-D outputs 0 0
DisplayPort outputs 0 0
Drives
Capacity 128GB 32GB 500GB
Hard disk usable capacity 466GB
Spindle speed N/A 5,400RPM 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk Samsung PM841 Hitachi HTS545050A7E380
Optical disc technology N/A N/A
Optical drive none None
Battery capacity 5,136mAh 3,500mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0 £0 £0 £0
Networking
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec 100Mbits/sec 100Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes no no
802.11b support yes yes yes yes
802.11g support yes yes yes yes
802.11 draft-n support yes yes yes yes
Integrated 3G adapter no no no
Bluetooth support yes yes yes yes
Other Features
Wireless hardware on/off switch no no no
Wireless key-combination switch yes yes yes
Modem no no no no
ExpressCard34 slots 0 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0 0
PC Card slots 0 0
USB ports (downstream) 1 2 2
FireWire ports 0 0
PS/2 mouse port no no
9-pin serial ports 0 0
Parallel ports 0 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0 0
3.5mm audio jacks 1 1 1 1
SD card reader yes yes yes yes
Memory Stick reader no no yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader no no no
Smart Media reader no no no
Compact Flash reader no no no
xD-card reader no no no
Pointing device type Touchpad, touchscreen touchpad, touchscreen Touchpad Touchpad, touchscreen
Audio chipset Realtek I2S Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location tablet, bottom edge Underside
Hardware volume control? yes no
Integrated microphone? yes yes yes yes
Integrated webcam? yes yes yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.9mp 1.2mp 1.0mp 0.9mp
TPM yes no
Fingerprint reader no no
Smartcard reader no no
Carry case no no
Operating system and software
Operating system Windows 8 64-bit Windows 8.1 32-bit Windows 8 64-bit
OS family Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8
Recovery method Recovery partition
Software supplied Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student
Battery and performance tests
Battery life, light use 7hr 52min 8hr 49min 5hr 27min 9hr 59min
Battery life, heavy use 3hr 33min 3hr 50min
3D performance (crysis) low settings 24fps 20fps 20fps 52fps
3D performance setting Low Low Low Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.35 0.32 0.48 0.63
Responsiveness score 0.49 0.44 0.57 0.71
Media score 0.33 0.35 0.53 0.69
Multitasking score 0.24 0.18 0.35 0.49
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