Product Asus Transformer Book T100HA
Specifications 1.44GHz quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor, 2GB of RAM, 10.1in display at 1280x800 resolution and 149ppi, one USB 2.0, one USB Type-C, one mini HDMI and one microSD port, 32GB or 64GB eMMC, Windows 10 Home, 265x175x10.3mm, 1.04kg
Price From £249.99, £299.99 as tested
YES, IT'S ANOTHER sub-£300 2-in-1 to join the likes of the HP Pavilion x2. The surprising quality of that device, however, gave us high hopes that the Transformer Book T100HA might be a similar cut-price success story.
Those hopes haven't been entirely dashed as there's more than a few things to like about Asus' latest convertible, but it's clearly more compromised by its budget nature than the Pavilion x2.
Case in point: the keyboard dock feels remarkably bottom-end. There's a nasty rattling sound on every stroke, and hitting the keys in and around the centre causes the surrounding frame to flex and bend. This, combined with tiny keys, makes it unpleasant to type on for any length of time.
The plasticky build also contrasts with the relatively decent aluminium and glass construction of the tablet. The latter is strong and sturdy, but the white model we tested seems prone to getting dirty, even after merely a couple of trips in a satchel. The almost soot-like markings it picked up took some vigorous cloth-scrubbing to buff out.
The hinge, which combines a physical connector and magnetic grips, lacks the flexibility of many competing devices. It won't allow the tablet to slot in backwards, preventing the keyboard from doubling up as a stand, and it's rather loose and wobbly, which becomes most apparent when jabbing the touchscreen.
It's not all bad news, though. The keyboard dock does add a full-size USB 2.0 port to the tablet's already reasonable range of connectors, which includes one microUSB, microHDMI and first-generation USB Type-C port apiece. USB Type-C is a nice addition to such a low-cost convertible, although it's a shame that only a standard microUSB cable is included in the box.
The Transformer Book T100HA is also pleasantly portable, thanks to modest dimensions of 265x175x10.3mm - the tablet section by itself is just 8.5mm thick - and a manageable total weight of 1.04kg, or just 580g for the tablet. True, that's not on a par with the absolute slimmest and lightest 10.1in tablets, but we found it easy to take on the move regardless.
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