The ASUS Transformer T100 Chi will be available in Singapore next week (15 April onwards) at $599. Following last week’s announcement of the Microsoft Surface 3 which will be available in May 15, I had forgotten about the other tablet / laptop combos in the 10″ category. It looks to be a gross oversight as the Asus Transformer T100 Chi looks like the more compelling choice.
The ASUS Transformer T100 Chi is the smaller sibling to the Transformer T300 Chi which was released in Singapore earlier last month. I hope to cover that in a review soon. It sports similar design elements, such as the neodymium magnetic hinge, chamfered diamond edges, and a chic all-aluminium unibody.
This is a tablet / laptop combo, and at 7.2 mm in tablet mode, it is one of the thinnest in the market. When docked with the provided keyboard, you can consider the Asus T100 Chi to be similar to other ultraportable laptop. When docked, it is still slim at only 12.7mm. Battery life is excellent at an estimated 11 hours.
The internals for the Asus Transformer T100 Chi is a little underwhelming, powered by an Intel® Bay Trail-T Z3775 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It runs full Windows, so it can handle all your typical Windows applications, just don’t think about gaming on it and you would be fine. From the tablet perspective, the 10.1″ full HD display and dual side-mounted stereo speakers would offer an excellent media consumption experience. There’s also an Array microphone which enhances voice clarity by eliminating surrounding noise for your Skype and video conferencing needs.
Pricing and Availability Details for ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi
The Transformer Book T100 Chi is available from 15th April onwards at $599 from all ASUS authorised dealers and resellers.
ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi Vs Microsoft Surface 3
As mentioned earlier, the other recently launched 10″ tablet / laptop combo is the Microsoft Surface 3. These 2 are rather similar in many ways so here’s a quick comparison between the two.
|Specs||T100 Chi||Surface 3|
|Processor||Intel Z3775||Intel Z8700|
|Ram||2gb||2gb | 4gb|
|Dimensions||265mm x 174.5mm||267mm x 187mm|
|Screen||10.1″ 1920 x 1200||10.8″ 1920 x 1280|
|Connectivity||HDMI (Micro), MicroSD, micro-USB, micro-USB 3.0||Mini Display Port, micro SD, micro USB, USB 3.0|
|Price||From $599||From $748|
In terms of specs, the T100 Chi is quite competitive with the reduced thickness and weight. While the Surface 3 sports a newer processor, the difference is really more marginal. The Z3770 base clock speed is lower at 1467 MHz compared to the Z8700 1600 MHz. It does have a slightly faster graphics core. Full comparison over at CPU World. More importantly, the bigger screen and smaller bezels on the Surface 3 make for more pleasing aesthetics. I also do prefer the connectivity options on the Surface 3. A full-sized USB port is always more convenient compared to the micro alternative. Specifications-aside, other considerations from the Microsoft camp would be the Surface unique kick stand as well as the compatibility with the Surface Pen (additional purchase required). On that same vein, the Microsoft Surface 3 pricing at $748 does NOT include the keyboard.