Asus Transformer Book TP200SA-DH04T Review

November 12, 2015
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An affordable laptop that also doubles as a tablet, what could be more convenient? Asus Transformer Book TP200SA-DH04T is this kind of 2-in-1 device, boasting a flipping 11.6 inch screen seasoned with Intel Celeron processor and 4GB memory. Not very powerful components to be honest, but they might be everything you need…

General performance

Asus Transformer Book TP200SA-DH04T is able to run web browser including all related applications such as YouTube without lagging. Problems might occur if you try to multitask or fire up professional-grade programs, because the dual-core Intel Celeron N3050 is far from a top-notch processor. In fact, the clock speed is just 1.6GHz with up to 2.2GHz turbo, and in CPU Mark the Celeron gets a very, very low score, just 800. That’s indeed not bad for basic use, but power users might want to stay away from a Celeron-based computer for good.

The laptop includes 4GB memory, according to ASUS that can’t be upgraded – however if that memory is installed on a stick, you should be able to replace it even though ASUS doesn’t say so. Storage drive offers you 64GB space for your files. It’s eMMC (embedded MultiMediaCard) type, sort of slower version of an SSD. You can’t remove it and there is no space for extra drives inside.

Does this laptop work for gaming?

Asus Transformer Book TP200SA-DH04T isn’t good for gaming. There is nothing special in the graphics section, just Intel HD integrated unit. Most games from 2015 are sadly not playable, amongst those are titles like Metal Gear Solid 5, GTA 5 and The Witcher 3. On the other hand, browser games work fine here – so do some installable ones such as Sims 4, Counter-Strike: Go and World of Warcraft on low settings.

Comments about the screen

The display size is 11.6 inches so you’re getting a really small laptop. Technical specifications reveal support for maximum 1366×768 resolution which should suffice considering the screen is indeed tiny. The touch display flips full 360 degrees, giving you the opportunity to use this thing in a tablet mode as well.

Connections and ports

Asus Transformer Book TP200SA-DH04T has small local storage, but it also includes microSD(XC/HC) card reader which happily accepts at least 64GB (probably even 128GB) cards. That way, you can increase the storage size locally. DVD drive isn’t available, but an external one can be plugged to one of the laptop’s USB ports.

Speaking about USBs, the Asus features three of them: one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0 and one new USB-C port. There’s also micro-HDMI output for hooking up a monitor or HDTV. You need a special cable for that but it’s certainly doable.

Networking is limited to the integrated 802.11AC WiFi (& Bluetooth 4.0) adapter. If you have CAT6 cables and want to use them, you could get a cheap RJ-45 to USB adapter and utilize that.

The front-facing webcam can be used to shoot videos or pictures or chat on Skype. Bear in mind it only supports VGA resolution so quality isn’t going to be excellent.

Other noteworthy things

Asus Transformer Book TP200SA-DH04T doesn’t have backlit keyboard feature, the price isn’t high enough for that :)

The total weight of this unit is 2.6 pounds, it’s a breeze to carry and travel with. The battery will last up to 8 hours, and real world user reports also seem to confirm this.

The laptop material seems to be plastic although it has been made to look like brushed aluminum.

Wrapping it up

I can’t see too many bad things about Asus Transformer Book TP200SA-DH04T. Disadvantages would mostly concern connections and devices as there is no DVD drive or RJ-45 port at your disposal. But luckily those things can be bought separately, and not everybody needs DVDs or network cable to begin with. Performance-wise, this little laptop can run all daily programs and browser-games, but heavier installable games are best left for beefier notebooks. If that sounds like your cup of tea, this affordable Asus should put a smile on your face.

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