The Asus Transformer T100TA was released in 2014 as part of the popular Transformer range, but this hybrid 2-in-1 notebook was a lot more serious than others from the brand. We’re here to review the T100TA to see what it offers, but also check out the other notebooks that make up the T100 family to investigate what features they have.
The Asus Transformer T100TA is a powerful notebook that finally achieves what these hybrids seem to have been reaching for all of these years. Not only is it compact and lightweight, it’s priced within most people’s budgets, and it’s actually powerful enough to do more than just typing some work emails or browsing on Facebook.
The T100TA is part of a larger family of notebook hybrids released by Asus in the T100 range. From there, the Transformer series spans even more tablets, notebooks, and hybrids so it seems they know a thing or two about these products.
We’re going to delve more specifically into the Asus Transformer T100TA to see what features and specs it has to offer, and more specifically whether it’s up to the task of gaming. We’ll also look at the other products in the T100 family to see what they bring to the table so we can decide if any of them are worth investing in for your portable gaming needs.
The History Of The Asus Transformer
Although we use them regularly today, tablets and hybrids weren’t always around in the world of computers and personal devices. When Asus released the very first Transformer in 2011, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, it set to change the world with its compact size but serious capabilities.
Of course, by today’s standards, the Eee Pad Transformer wouldn’t be considered that great, however, the T100 products released under this same range are still quite impressive. The brand moved away from smaller tablets into fully functioning notebooks that could also convert into tablets, so they managed to capture the needs or more than just one type of user.
The Asus Transformer T100TA was released in 2014 and it couldn’t have come at a better time. There were many tablets out there that were offering a chance for portability and a bit of power, but because many of them were powered by a mobile OS, they just didn’t have the functionality of a desktop PC.
When the T100TA came out, it changed that all. This device was fully functional and ran on Windows 8.1 with the added bonus of being able to use it as a tablet or a netbook. There were other hybrids around that could do this to a degree, but usually, they were three times the price of the Asus Transformer models, and so this one quickly rose to the top.
Design and Details
The Transformer Book T100TA is compact in size, measuring in at about 10.5 x 6.75 inches and .41 inches thick when it’s a table compared to just 0.93 inches with the keyboard attached. In terms of size, it’s pretty much the same as others on the market with semi-comparable specs, but those don’t come with a keyboard standard.
The T100TA isn’t the nicest to look at, and that’s thanks to the hard plastic casing, but they have made an effort to round the edges and try to improve it somewhat. Although it doesn’t look the nicest, it certainly feels it, and whether you’re working on it or carrying it around, you’ll surely notice the effort they’ve gone to in this area.
When using just the tablet alone, it’s incredibly light at 1.23lbs and you’ll barely notice it in your bag or hand. If you want to use the keyboard, which comes included at no extra cost, this will only add another couple pounds so overall it’s lightweight. Detaching and reattaching is easy as well with a simple push-button latch.
The T100TA is a pretty versatile machine and it wasn’t made just to suit one group of users. Check out the top features and specs that this Asus Transformer model offers and what good they might be able to do you.
16:9 ratio and 1366 x 768 resolution;
10.1 inch screen;
IPS display for viewing at all angles;
1.2MP camera built in;
Intel Bay Trail Quad Core Processor;
SonicMaster audio and stereo speakers;
Dual Band Wi-Fi and superfast USB 3.0 ports;
Micro USB port for fast charging;
Hard plastic case and metallic finish;
Three colors to choose from in grey, red, and white;
Micro HDMI port and MicroSD card reader;
Multi-touch screen and touchpad;
The key thing that any gamer wants to know about is performance, and the Asus Transformer T100TA does a lot better than you’d think. This hybrid features an Intel Atom Z3740 processor and Intel HD Graphics card as standard. The memory is somewhat lacking at just 2GB system memory but there’s also 64GB SSD.
This was just one of the first few devices to use the Bay Trail Architecture so it was also one of the first times that Windows users were able to experience it. All of these features put together means you can do some gaming on the T100TA, depending on the era of games and what resolution you’re playing it on.
Another notable point about its performance is the seriously long battery life, meaning you’ll get just over 11 hours of play time without needing to recharge. Because it’s light and convertible, you can also take it wherever you go. For gamers who want to travel with their system, this could definitely be a good option.
This was the very first of the T100 family to be released in 2013 and by today’s standards, it’s a little dated. However, at the time it was legendary stuff, and for those looking for a budget-friendly PC that can go between the office, it’s probably still a decent find. For those looking for a gaming device though, you’ll need to keep shopping around.
The Asus Transformer T100 was an absolute steal when it was first released at around $350, with this price only coming down in recent years. The only real issue was the keyboard which users found to be a bit cramped, but other than that it ran like a dream.
With a 10 inch screen, Windows 8.1 as standard, 32GB Intel HD Graphics, and Bay Trail Atom Processor, so for something so small it was pretty impressive. This device was designed for basic home and office use, so don’t go expecting to do serious gaming with it.
Asus Transformer Book T200
In 2015, Asus released their second addition to the T100 family, the aptly named T200. This device was great for basic use but because of the lacking resolution, it just couldn’t cut it as a gaming machine. Compared to other tablets of its era that offered HD display, the Asus simply wasn’t as good.
With an 11.6-inch touchscreen IPS display and 1366 x 768 resolution, it wouldn’t be good for much more than watching some movies and working on documents. A lack of pixel density at 135ppi made this pretty underwhelming in the grand scheme of things.
That doesn’t mean it was a total failure though, as it still ticked all of the boxes for what most people look for in a PC. It was affordable, compact, came with all of the features at no extra cost, and had a comfortable touchpad and keyboard. For those using it at the home and office, there’s nothing missing that you’d need.
As an added bonus, you get a hard drive storage bay included with this device. A lack of storage is what set many of the others back so it’s good to see that Asus still knows about their customer base. Although not really achieving everything performance-wise for gaming and multimedia, everything else about the T200 is great for the price.
The Asus Transformer Book T300 was also known as the Chi T300 and cost around $600 when first released. It’s evident that Asus was starting to charge more for their hybrids due to the improvements they were making, and these devices were still a lot cheaper than others on the market at the same time.
The T300 had an updated resolution from the last one, and now it offers HD display. This means for gaming and multimedia, things have certainly improved. The base model has a 128GB SSD and with upgrades, you can get the RAM to 8GB and the resolution to 2560 x 1440, compared to the standard 1920 x 1080.
Paying the extra money for upgrades is a smart decision for gamers, but if you’re not interested in using this for fun then don’t bother. The design is a little awkward due to the seemingly wrongly placed power button and it’s pretty easy to turn it to sleep without even realizing. However, Asus managed to keep the keyboard attachment easy to use just like their other models, and a lot better than many other competitors have ever done.
The battery life was another area that lacked, which was a shame to see given how well it performed on other members of the T100 family. With a 12.5 inch screen, it’s gotten a little bigger and had an improved HD display as well. Wireless, Bluetooth, and Windows 8.1 are all standard in the base model, so it’s got the basics of what you’d need.
The Trio was released in 2014 and was the attempt to fuse an Android tablet with a Windows 8 notebook. While it definitely managed to do that, there were some design details that made this one of the least popular devices in the T100 range.
They didn’t manage to give the lightweight feel that the others had and the keyboard dock even weighed more than the tablet itself. For an 11.6 inch device it’s quite heavy, however, this is because they’ve managed to put all of the hardware into the keyboard, including CPU and RAM.
The Trio makes it very easy to switch between either notebook or tablet and this continues to be a strong point for the Asus Transformer T100 family. For the gamers, this is one of the better choices in the range thanks to a Z2560 CPU, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and Atom CPU.
It performed well in benchmark tests and could even run some demanding games from the era as well as browse busy pages and watching HD movies. This is definitely a better option for those who want the compactness of the T100 with a little more power (and weight) built into it.
An Innovative And Powerful Range
When Asus launched their Transformer range of hybrids, they were doing to so to create an affordable, compact, but innovative device. The T100 took off where the earlier models left off and still offers this, including the Asus Transformer T100TO which is a great choice for those shopping around for a PC on a budget.
While these ones might not be the first choice for gaming, they can do a pretty solid job of supporting your medium end gaming applications. The Transformer range also features a number of other netbooks that were more designed for gaming, including ROG systems that are mirrored from their very popular line of gaming desktops and laptops.
Asus continues to impress the tech world with their innovations and there’s no denying that the first Transformer changed things forever. These netbooks represent a time when the compromise was finally met between portability and compactness and running a full and powerful system, and they do so at a fraction of the cost.