Enter the Asus Transformer T100T, retailing for Rs 64,900 (EPSI) and a little bit more elsewhere (laptop.lk lists it for Rs 79,000). This ultra-portable laptop also acts as a tablet PC with a fully operational touch screen. It also, according to Asus, lasts a ridiculously long while on battery – 11 hours is the quoted figure. If it does, this would be the first such hybrid we’ve seen with such epic battery life – so let’s get right down to the review. (photos courtesy of Kaushalya Prabuddha).
Firstly, it boasts a 10.1″ screen with an screen resolution of 1366*768. It’s quite clear and quite easy on the eye so prolonged usage is not an issue. It measures 6.7 by 10.4 by 0.41 inches – with docking increasing the system thickness to 0.93 inch. Even then the full thickness is barely noticeable in a briefcase or slim case.
The key feature when it comes to ultra-portables of this nature is the “transform” in the transformer. Essentially, with the press of a button the top half of the notebook detaches from the keyboard and the user is left with a full touch tablet complete with 5 touch points.
Under the hood, this little device is powered by the latest Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3775 quad core processor (yes it’s a proper quad core) with a clock speed of 1.46 GHz, backed up by 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Generally the Atom CPU is not recommended for laptops or ultra-portables, since Atoms notoriously lack the performance and cache to handle day to day activities. But as with every rule, there is an exception: these new Bay Trail chips pack quite a bit of horsepower.
Storage wise, a 32GB SSD is included for your Operating System (which in case you’re wondering, is genuine Windows 8.1 32-bit on this). For additional storage, Asus has incorporated a 500GB HDD into the base (it acts as a removable storage device or a hot swap drive).
On the sides, you’ll find a Micro HDMI port – which Asus claims can support a resolution for up to 2560*1600; a bold claim indeed – and a USB 3.0 port is included on the base for usage of a keyboard or mouse. The drawback to this is that if you want to use the tablet alone you cannot access the USB 3.0 port. To counter this, a Micro SD slot is included in the tablet. Charging is done via a micro USB port – by far the norm when it comes to smart phones and tables nowadays. The charger is a220V/3A charger which does a decent job of charging the tablet from near empty to a full charge in around 4-5 hours.
All this sounds good on paper. But does it walk the walk, or just simply talk the talk?
The tablet is powered on via a small button located on the top of the screen. Once powered on, a tiny LED next to the button indicates whether the device has enough power to start up or if recharging is required. Once powered on, the user is greeted with the familiar Windows 8/8.1 loading screen interface. Loading the operating system and applications is super-fast thanks to the SSD.
Also impressive is the Bay Trail CPU, which keeps everything surprisingly nimble – none of the usual laptop lags: it works as advertised. Scrolling is quick, videos are stutter-free (as long as you stick to playing one at a time), and opening a handful of Google Chrome tabs is no problem. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint felt sprightly, if not instantaneous.
As with most laptop/tablet hybrids, the usual headphone jack and stereo speakers are inbuilt into the tablet itself. The speakers were surprisingly good; not in terms of loudness but in terms of audio quality and clarity. Of course for best results, it is recommended to use either a separate audio system or headphones. The tablet also has an inbuilt camera with a native resolution of 1280*720 (essentially a 720p camera) for those who wish to Skype a bit.
A volume rocker and Windows button is located on the left side of the device. The volume key is a nifty feature for those who are simply too lazy to adjust the system volume via Windows. The Windows button on the other hand provided a “meh” experience as users can just simply swipe left on the touch screen to access the start menu or press the Start key on the keyboard.
The real beauty of the device is seen when you press the somewhat large button located on the keyboard that allows the user to snap out the top half of the laptop essentially transforming (pun intended) the laptop into a tablet PC with full touch screen and onscreen keyboard support. Having a x86 architecture means that unlike the Surface RT, the user actually gets a full Windows 8.1 experience. Essentially think of it as having your desktop PC, in a touchscreen format, that you can carry around like a book. Of course, running Photoshop is a bit of a tall order – but you get the picture.
Now, typing on the T100T is solely dependent on the user’s preference. Some may complain that the keyboard is too small and feels cluttered whilst others may find it quiet satisfactory. I find myself somewhere between both – it does feel cramped and cluttered, yet you can type without major issues. The device is also somewhat of a fingerprint magnet due to its somewhat glossy body and screen – I did spend a lot my share of time wiping it to make sure it stayed nice and shiny. There’s nothing much to say about the inbuilt webcam – it does an adequate job for video calls and the display is acceptable for a 10.1” 720p screen.
For some bizarre reason, after a while of use, the touchpad stops responding and/or goes to sleep. This was a quirk I found rather annoying as one has to spend a good minute or two simply trying to get it to wake up. This maybe a battery saving function, but to me was downright annoying.
Overall, the Asus Transformer T100T is a solid machine. For some it may appear bulky but I found it just the right thickness without being a hassle to carry around. It’s not the first of its kind but it gains points solely for being the thinnest and most lightweight device among ultraportables and detachables.
For a device retailing for around Rs 65,000, it has a lot going for it. Genuine Microsoft Windows 8.1 32 bit AND Microsoft Office Home and Student both are included in the package. This was what you would spend on a fairly blocky, low-end laptop by default – and now for the same money, you get a small, sleek device that doubles as a tab. Couple all these facts with a quad-core Atom CPU and 32GB SSD and you have yourself a winner.
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The Asus Transformer T100T: Good Things Come In Small Packages
Mahesh De Andrado
Affordable price includes keyboard and with genuine Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office
Probably the lightest device in its class
Long battery life
Quad core Bay Trail Atom CPU coupled with 32GB SSD makes Windows 8.1 feel fast and snappy.
Has an additional 500GB HDD that acts as removable storage.
Touchpad is unresponsive after a while
Tablet only supports MicroSD cards
No USB port on the tablet for plugging in an external storage device and/or input device
If used as a tablet, the user only has around 20GB of storage to transfer data.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
Come join the sessions on the 19th of December, starting with 2 pm at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The event is free of charge! REGISTRATION is mandatory for this event
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SLIIT, New Kandy Road, Malabe
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount Likuid Members: 20% discount Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount
Likuid Members: 20% discount
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount
Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity to help each other having a more productive digital nomad new year and build better cooperations for teamwork.
During this peer to peer learning session you can share your experiences to help others and learn from other practitioners. Together, dive into the most painful problems and brainstorm on solutions. It’s for you if you resonate with some of these questions:
How do I integrate work, life and travel?
How do I keep motivated to achieve?
How do I keep engaged with a client?
How do I manage my time and energy?
How do I get clients?
How do I find people to collaborate with?
How to deal with time differences?
How can I make human interactions with slack profiles?
How to set realistic goals in constantly changing environment?
What are the best tools & methods for productivity?
What’s the secret of aligned teams?
What are the best skills for a digital nomad?
ABOUT THE METHOD:
“We create space for meaningful conversations, experimental and peer to peer learning. Nothing frontal, no preaching. But space for your very unique questions.”
+ Full-day mentored learning program
+ Breakfast on the roof
+ BBQ lunch on the roof
+ Goodie bags & Take-home handbooks
+ Post-event networking
ABOUT THE HOST:
Kitti is a digital nomad herself and a marketing consultant for innovative companies and early stage startups. She is a conversation ambassador for tedxdanubia, hosted meaningful conversations on ideas worth spreading. In the past years she worked in self organized teams, practiced facilitation, joined peer to peer networks, decentralized teams and cocreated a collective of freelancers. She is a cofounder of a sustainability startup that just secured its first round of investment. Worked as a mentor for many startups, and in the meantime she visited more than 15 countries.
Are you a Sri Lankan female entrepreneur or a local social business? Reach out for your discounted tickets!
PRICE IN SRI LANKAN RUPEES:
Regular: LKR 5000
Early Bird till 16th of Dec: LKR 4000
Likuid Members: LKR 4000
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): LKR 2500
(Saturday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
5 Charles Place 00300 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
2. Business use case with Hyperledger Blockchain Framework
3. Q&A session
This is a Free session. Register here
(Friday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Startup X Foundry
07, Charles Place, Colombo 03, Colombo
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