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Asus Transformer Book T100 hands-on: A £349 Windows 8.1 laptop!

After creating the seminal folding dual-form tablet, the Android powered Asus Transformer, Asus has pelted full steam ahead with over five iterations of foldable Android or Windows RT type tabs. Now, two and a half years on they’ve finally served up a full blown Windows 8 laptop packing the same ingenious ergonomics, but surprisingly, an rock bottom price of £349.


What does that £349 get you? An Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor with 2GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB internal memory, not to mention a 10.1-inch 768p screen. Good start eh?

The tablet measures 10.5mm and comes loaded up with all the physical ports you’d expect from a self respecting slate. These include a micro HDMI port on the right hand side along with a micro USB port for data and charging, not to mention a micro SD card slot.


Up top is a power button and microphone while to the left is a volume rocker and a physical Windows button. The base is where you’ll find the connector points to dock the tablet into its dock.

As for the dock itself, there’s no additional battery as found in the Transformer line – likely to keep costs down, though there is a micro USB 3 port. Naturally, you also have all the utility that comes along with the keyboard and trackpad.


Windows 8.1 also means you have the full version of Microsoft Office, as well as support for legacy apps, giving you access to things like Photoshop, advanced networking options like VPNs  not to mention any file out there with a “.exe” on its tail-end.


So that pretty much sums it up, the Asus T100, probably one the best value laptops on the scene and the screen pops off too. If you have any questions shoot them in the comments section below and if you want to pick one up for yourself, it’s available right now from all major retailers for £349.


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