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ASUS Transformer Book T100 Unboxing and Initial Review

Unboxing the ASUS Transformer Book T100!

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Unboxed!

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 debuted in the Philippines two weeks ago. According to our sources from ASUS Philippines it’s been selling very well and we’re really not surprised. It’s the most affordable hybrid full featured Windows 8 machine that’s bundled with Microsoft Office. At Php23,995, it’s a really good deal already.

We finally were able to get our hands on a review unit and rest assured we will be abusing this heavily so we can see how far this can take an everyday worker. Expect the full review in two weeks but for now allow us to share with you guys our initial review and unboxing.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Spec Sheet

  • Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad-core Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 64GB Internal Storage Options, expandable via MicroSD
  • 10.1-inch IPS Panel, 1366×768 Display Resolution
  • HDMI, USB 3.0, Micro USB Ports
  • 11 Hours Battery LIfe
  • Pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013

Specs definitely respectable. Can’t wait to put this through the paces!

Packaging and Unboxing

ASUS Transformer Book T100 officially Unboxed!

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 came in a big nice dark box. It definitely smacks of “coolness” as the photo and font makes the product look very sleek, classy, and smooth. We did not feel that it was just Php23,995. It actually felt like it was much more expensive! That said we have to give ASUS props for their packaging.

We peeled off the tape and popped open the lid of the box. As expected the first thing that greeted us was the tablet and the keyboard dock of the Transformer Book T100. Both components were wrapped in transparent plastic. We set both of them aside and dug deeper into the box. We found a USB to micro USB cable, the wall charger, a quick start guide manual, and the access codes for Microsoft Office (don’t throw this away).

The tablet and the keyboard monitor! USB to micro USB cable, Wall Charger, and the Access Code for Microsoft Office!

We removed the plastic from the keyboard and the tablet and started playing around with it.

Initial Impressions

Here’s one of the nicest things about the ASUS Transformer Book T100: it doesn’t look cheap. The patterned finish used by ASUS makes it look much more premium than it actually is. The natural innovation brought about by being a hybrid even enhances the perceived value even more. Note though that the plastic material is fairly evident once touched, especially the back of the tablet.

The Keyboard Docking Station has a brushed metal finish. Keys are laid out like netbook which might be cramped for people with big hands. There was a slight adjustment period to it but after an hour or two we were comfortably typing long messages and documents (and even blog posts) on it.

Keyboard is pretty good.

Along the sides of the tablet you’ll find a variety of ports: micro HDMI, microSD card reader, headphone/mic jack, and micro USB. There’s a USB 3.0 port located on the side of the Keyboard Docking Station.

You can dock the tablet!

For the tablet we have a 10.0-inch IPS display with wide viewing angles. We actually don’t have any complaints with the quality but the thick black bezels can be a turn off for some especially since bezels are shrinking across different product categories (even mobile phones) lately.

When docked the ASUS Transformer Book T100 truly does look like a portable 10-inch Windows notebook and probably the only way people will be able to see that it’s not is if you pull out the monitor and use it as a tablet. Definitely still amazing value for money given the price tag.

Full Review Coming Soon

Two thumbs up so far!

So far we believe that ASUS has completely reinvented what budget-friendly Windows machines should be. The hybrid proposition is very compelling since there are valid use cases for both form factors (tablets and laptops). We’ll be putting this through a more rigorous test though so expect lots more of details once we publish the full review.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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20 Comments

  1. Awesome..!they still used the chicklet type keyboard..!which is crap..!sir carlo..i posted in one of your reviews na yan ang ayaw ko sa asus..yung keyboard nila..it breaks super easily..lalo na yung chicklet type, it is cheap yeah..pag nasira na yung keyboard good luck in buying one..unless i offer kayo ng extended warranty ng binilhan nyo na store at you got it..its the same keyboard as their seashell series..

    1. Depende parin yan sa gumagamit, I’ve used chicklet type keyboard for 3 years now, wala man akong naging problem, I even dropped my asus 14″ laptop once, light scratches pero wala naman naging problem. Nasa paggamit lang yan. Still Asus is quality,, ayaw ko lang sa mga bagong modelo nila puro U-series na intel processors, di tulad ng M-series performance talaga khit mejo malaks sa battery…

    1. Asus repair, service and warranty is notoriously unpopular. Defeats the purpose of having service centers. It’s like watching a train collision in slow motion. RMA process takes forever and most of the time they replace it with refurbished items, if not, similar lower priced models. There were several cases that sending the faulty merchandise to the service center made the situation worse – the unit inexplicably sustained more damage in the hands of their technicians. What’s worse is that they pin the blame to the end users, even ridiculing the clients – adding insult to injury.

      Innovista, Banbros and Axis Global along with Asus PH – Shame on you!

    1. Not really eMMC is still faster than HDD so technically loading applications is still faster than a regular laptop. Its in-between a HDD and SSD. Plus putting an SSD on that kind mo maching will jump up the price, which is obviously won’t make it cheap.

      1. Winchester drives IDE/SATA < hybrid drives < eMMC < SSD.

        So eMMC is still slower than SSD, therefore the statement is correct.

        Not even Samsung XE700 can score higher than 4.5 with an SSD in WEI.

      2. However you are correct: Asus T100 indeed is a cheaply built device. A far cry to what Asus products used to be. Something you can expect from the founders and executives of Asus: 5 ex Acer (Acer-ra-in) engineers and employees.

  2. Dell Inspiron 11 3000 vs Asus Transformer Book T100 comparison please. Which is the better budget device? Which is faster? Intel Celeron 2955U vs Intel Atom Z3740

      1. So the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 with an Intel Celeron 2955U with 2GB of RAM is faster than an Asus T100 with an Intel Atom Z3740. Smh on Dell not producing the one with Intel Pentium

  3. The free Microsoft office really makes me want to buy, I know it can be pirated buy as a peace of mind it really makes me want to buy. Probably if I see one personally to judge, but everything else I’m sold to the Idea.

    Nice one asus, finally time to replace my EEE netbook

  4. Got mine 4 weeks ago and overall, I’m very happy with it. A few things to note tho,
    1. Battery takes a long time to charge. You av to leave it overnight just to fully charge.
    2. The trackpad’s physical clicker is a bit annoying due to extremely loud clicks.
    3. When you insert a MicroSD card, it looks like its gonna pop out anytime. MicroSD card is protruding out even tho it is properly inserted.
    4. Back panel is 100% finger print magnet coz of its glossy finish but not much of a big deal coz I bought a separate kickstand case.

    The 2nd time I used it, I came across Windows Blue-Screen-Of-Death. It has a OS error that unables it to boot to desktop. I had to perform hard reset to restore it to factory default and go thru Windows setup.

    Since then, I’ve been using it without any problems so far. Heck, it could even run Diablo III with low settings. I used it most of the time at work whenever I’m mobile to view and edit drawings thru TrueView 2014 & AutoCAD 2013 LT, do markups on Photoshop CS5 and some sketches thru Sketchbook Express.

    1. It means Intel Atom can support AutoCAD? I was also thinking of buying a machine with intel atom quad core processor and wondering if I can use this to make small changes in drawings when I am at home. If there is any specific requirement for installing AutoCAD lite or AutoCAD please let me know as I have not bought it et.

      Thank you

  5. I forgot to mention, trackpad’s auto sleep delay is annoying. It likes to sleep alot! tendency is, you’ll have a lagged mouse pointer. you hafta tap twice to wake it up before it goes to action. Anyone who knows how to set the delay longer? Furthermore, I’d like to turn off auto reading mode…screen lux level adjust by itself. I can’t figure out the settings…

    1. That’s enough issues for me to stay away :)) sabi nga ni Lisa Gade of MobileTechReview, daming quality control issues because of it’s low cost

    2. FYI, I actually liked this T100 when it came out in October and it was getting praised from all tech reviews internationally. But the build quality was really questioned and how Asus shipped the one without the Windows button-capability in the bezel.

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