ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-GR is a 2-in-1 laptop that has been selling extremely well – even though the model is just a couple of months old. Low price probably makes this unit an interesting choice for many, but is it the only reason why it’s a popular choice? I don’t think so, there are other desirable features but also some bad things I can spot right away…
You must remember this laptop is cheap and it has a performance of a tablet. For example, the processor is very lightweight quad-core Intel x5-Z8500 with 1.44GHz clock speed and 2.24GHz turbo. That chip is meant for tablets and basic laptops, it can surely run a web browser, even YouTube and office applications, but throwing heavier programs or especially games at it would be a bad idea.
There’s 4GB on-board memory installed. That’s a respectable amount and should pose no performance issues. The RAM can’t be upgraded so you’re stuck with four gigabytes, but to reiterate, it won’t become a problem for everyday computing.
The storage is a 64GB embedded MultiMediaCard, not a real solid-state drive. That eMMC is soldered on the mainboard and it can’t be upgraded and no extra drives can be installed (although memory card can be slipped in for extra storage). After Windows installation and system files, you’ll be left around 45 gigabytes here.
It would be unreasonable to call this a gaming laptop, however some games will work. The integrated Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail platform) would be able to play, for example, Counter-Strike: GO on low to medium settings. Also any browser game would work without problems. Most 2014-2015 games such as Grand Theft Auto 5 are not playable.
What ports and connections does it have?
This laptop has three USB ports. On the monitor part, there’s one micro-USB 2.0 (used to charge the unit) and one USB 3.1 C-type port. The keyboard part has a regular USB 2.0 connector available. Micro-HDMI output is included so you can hook up a monitor and use the ASUS through that.
The wireless adapter supports 802.11 a/b/g/n standards and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s no RJ-45 port in the system, but with USB adapter you could get that, too.
Optical drive is missing, instead you can use external one connecting to USB if you want. Another idea would be the microSD(HC/XC) slot that works with at least up to 64GB cards.
The unit has two cameras, a 1280×720 (video resolution) one in front and 1920×1080 (video resolution) one in the rear.
What other things to keep in mind?
This ASUS is very small, sporting a 10.1″ inches touch screen. Resolution is sufficient 1366×768. Remember, the monitor does not flip 360 degrees like some 2-in-1 laptops do. Instead, that part separates from the keyboard dock and you can use the monitor part as a stand-alone tablet. Those two parts connect via physical pins, and when you separate the tablet, a virtual keyboard will appear on the screen.
The weight for the whole unit is 2.28 pounds. The monitor weighs 1.27 pounds while the dock weighs 1.01 pounds.
The 30Whr 2-cell battery is reported to last around 10 hours, even when watching movies with conservative screen brightness. The keyboard is not charged separately, it takes energy from the battery in the tablet part.
Operating system is pre-loaded, it is the Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
The keyboard does not have backlight feature.
Stylus pen in supported.
In case you need both laptop and tablet but don’t require heavyweight performance, ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-GR could work for you. You can browse the web, watch videos, work with MS Office no problem – and when the time comes, just detach the monitor part and you have a full-blown tablet at your disposal. Playing games is not recommended, but if lightweight use is your cup of tea, then this ASUS should be a choice worthy of consideration.