ASUS T102HA-D4-GR is marketed as a versatile Windows 10 device which, for most parts, is true. It is such a laptop whose keyboard attaches from the display, which means that by detaching the screen you have a full-blown tablet at your disposal. It sounds cool for sure, but before judging this notebook, let’s examine it more…
For people looking for 2-in-1 device, the screen on ASUS T102HA-D4-GR is very decent. It’s a compact 10.1 incher with unusual 1280×800 maximum resolution with 60hz refresh rate. The touch display seems to be of glossy finish, and you can indeed detach it from the keyboard. Also on top you’ll find 2MP front-facing webcam, you can say hello to friends on Skype video chats.
It’s a silent computer, there are no fans inside (not even on the processor).
Performance is so-so – run a web browser, YouTube or text editor and you will have no problem. But something like Photoshop would be too much. Despite of having four cores, the Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor features a low 1.4GHz clock speed and 1.9GHz turbo. Compared to other processor types, it’s in the same category than newer Intel Celeron processors. The 4GB memory (maxed out) is alright, but the CPU is indeed sort of a bottleneck here.
It is said that ASUS T102HA-D4-GR has a 128GB solid-state drive, but in reality it’s a 128GB eMMC, embedded MultiMediaCard. It’s like a stripped-down version of SSD, not as fast or durable as one. It’s bit sad, but you can’t expect to get all the best components for this price.
There aren’t too many ports on this small device, but still something to get you started. One USB 3.0 and one microUSB are available, although the latter is used for charging. You’re able to hook up another monitor to this thanks to the microHDMI port. Networking happens with the 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1 adapter, no RJ-45 port here.
Obviously, this compact unit doesn’t sport a DVD burner, but microSD card slot is available. It eats cards from digital cameras etc.
Some reports are available on the battery life, most stating six or seven hours on a single charge.
The absolute last thing you’d want to get ASUS T102HA-D4-GR for is gaming. It has integrated graphics engine called Intel HD (Cherry Trail architecture) which, even among the integrated units, is slow. Most new games, including GTA 5 and Battlefield 4, are out of your reach. But if it’s very simple title you like to play, you’re good – for example, World of Warcraft on low settings runs here alright.
If a person cares more about portability, compact size and low price than pure performance, a computer like ASUS T102HA-D4-GR should be money well spent. You need not worry about buying tablet because it’s already included here, but keep in mind the performance isn’t top notch – everyday computing is good, power user software or god forbid games are not. If you accept this division, going for the ASUS is worth it.