ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-PK Laptop Review

April 28, 2016
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The heyday of Chromebooks is gone, but the interest in ultrabooks stays. ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-PK is one of those very compact laptop-tablets, offering a tiny 10.1 inches display and lightweight Intel processor for home users and travelers. Let’s see what more there is, and if such a small wonder would be a good choice at all…

Does it have enough performance for program X?

ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-PK is, obviously, a very lightweight machine in terms of performance. It’s equipped with the quad-core Intel Cherry Trail x5-Z8500 processor which runs at 1.44GHz and has turbo up to 2.24GHz. It’s one of those CPUs for tablets and ultraportables, so it’s not really on par with real laptop processors like i3. Expect suitability for Internet browsing or using programs from MS Office stack – however things like Photoshop would run too slow on this.

4GB memory is soldered on board, and it can not be upgraded.

A sort of a solid-state drive, an embedded MultiMediacard (eMMC), acts as the storage. It has 64GB size with about 40GB left for your files after Windows. If that is not enough for you, you can increase the local storage with MicroSD or MicroSDXC (no regular SD) card, there is a reader for that – 64GB is the maximum tested card capacity.

How about gaming?

Don’t try gaming on ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-PK, it’s not going to work. At least if we’re talking about installable games like GTA 5 or Battlefield 4. The graphics unit is an integrated one called Intel HD, and it’s a slow chip. You can play some games that don’t require so much from the system, such as Counter-Strike: Go or Minecraft on low settings. No dedicated graphics can be installed here.

What ports and connections does it have?

ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-PK offers you one USB-C Gen 1 (on tablet) and one USB 2.0 (on keyboard) port for plugging in peripherals such as a printer or external hard drive. One Micro USB 2.0 on tablet is used for charging. You can also plug in an extra monitor (like television), micro-HDMI connector is available.

For Internet, you can use the built-in wireless (802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0) card. The system does not have RJ-45 port, however you can use USB to RJ-45 adapter if you like. There is no slot for SIM card.

Because the unit is so small, no optical drive is installed.

There are two webcams: a 2MP front-facing one and 5MP camera in the back.

Are there other benefits and features?

ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-PK is indeed a small unit, the touch screen’s diagonal is 10.1 inches and the resolution is 1280×800. Not good for graphics editing, but for general use for sure. The screen part detaches from the keyboard part, meaning the machine works as a tablet and a laptop. It will not work in a tent mode. You don’t need to charge the keyboard separately, the tablet part has the only battery to charge.

Battery life is around 9 hours when browsing the web. The battery is an integrated model.

This laptop should work with capacitive stylus. Keyboard is not backlit.

Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is the operating system here.

Summing it up

ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-PK surely is an inexpensive laptop, you can’t get one cheaper than this. Of course the flip side is slow performance: say goodbye to using resource-intensive software such as Photoshop or god forbid, games, on this system (the only games that run are browser-based titles or very low-level ones like League of Legends and Minecraft). But for browsing the web and YouTube videos, and for traveling and on-the-go people in general, this system is an advisable choice. Check it out if such a small package is your cup of tea!

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