For a hybrid has to be good and successful, first it has to be a good tablet, else it is destined to fail as a hybrid. Slapping a keyboard on a tablet that is not good does not compensate for its deficiency.
Asus recently launched its Transformer Book T100 and on the surface it looks really good and even has a reasonable price of $299.
The Transformer Book T100 sports a 10.1 inches IPS display and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It is powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor and has 2GB of RAM. The hybrid runs the Windows 8.1 OS and has a 1.2 megapixel camera.
It has an internal memory of 32GB SSD and has 1 USB 3.0 port, audio combo, micro HDMI, microSD card reader and a micro USB port as well.
It has a battery backup of up to 11 hours and has Wi-Fi b/g/n as well as Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Coming to the dimensions of the hybrid, the notebook measures at 10.4” x 6.7” x 0.93” while the tablet only version measures 10.4” x 6.7” x 0.41” and has a weight of 2.4lbs as a notebook and 1.2lbs as a tablet.
The Bay Trail technology by Asus drives the T100 amazingly, and even with 9 10 applications simultaneously opened there is no lag.
The Intel Integrated graphics hardware runs the display smoothly. For such an inexpensive tablet, the T100 provides a really pleasing experience.
A keyboard dock comes out of the box with the Transformer Book T100 which converts the tablet in to a notebook. We all thought that the era of netbooks had passed away, but hybrids like T100 are surely to get it back.
– Good performance with Bay Trail technology
– Battery life (11 hours)
– All plastic
– Ships completely discharged
– Erratic touchpad (until settings changed)
– 3-foot charging cable is too short