Transformer T100 Review (Bay Trail)

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  1. jhoff80

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    AnandTech | ASUS Transformer Book T100 Review: Redefining the Entry-Level Windows Notebook

    Pretty interesting stuff.

     
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    Anyone heard about more Windows tablets coming soon from Asus?

    The T100 sounds great for its price but I want something like the TF810 but with Bay Trail and a 1080p screen.

    If I don't see anything else from Asus in the next week or two I'll probably get either the Dell Venue 11 Pro, MS Surface 2, or the Fujitsu Stylistic Q584.
     
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    Here is a good channel with several games being played on the T100 which should give an idea of what gaming performance/expectations would be like:

    Kyle Muehl - YouTube
     
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    I have one waiting at home for me once I get back there from work. I'll be testing out various games from my Steam library, first up will probably be Civ V.
     
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    Very tempted by this device, but I also am thinking about the 64 bit Bay Trail tablets that should be out Q1 2014. I would like to get a T100, but in a couple months I would probably regret not waiting for a tablet with 64 bit and more ram.
     
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    I really don't think it will make that much difference unless you must have the extra RAM. I have one on order which will probably arrive Monday. It's cheap enough that I have no qualms ebaying it when something better comes out, even if it's more sooner than later.
     
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    These current Baytrail chips are 64 bit ready (capable). They are just waiting on Intel to develop the drivers for them.

    Specs page:

    Intel® Atom™ Processor Z3740 (2M Cache, up to 1.86 GHz)
     
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    True. While you may be able eventually to upgrade to 64 bit windows you can't upgrade the memory, unfortunately.

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    This is true. It would be nice if some OEM could invent a module like an microSD card slot for computing memory upgrades on these tablets.
     
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    That would be a good idea. But it would eat into sales of newer upgraded devices so few manufacturers will ever do it.

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    Compared to the T100? At least three times as much I'm afraid, but it's aimed at a different market (professionals/specialists). I just wanted to point out that there are 4GB devices on the horizon. Hopefully there will be more, and some aimed at the consumer market.
     
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    Crazy question - how does the Kindle app run on Bay Trail?

    On my Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 (with previous gen Clover Trail Atom z2760), flipping through a book on Kindle is painfully slow. I take M.B.A. classes, and trying to flip from page-to-page during class made me want to chuck the tablet out the window and resort to using my 5" smartphone. :mad:

    Also, are there any Asus T100 competitors that feature a capable Stylus?
    - I know Dell Venue Pro 8 and Venue Pro 11 have a "Synaptics" brand Stylus. Not sure how that compares to Wacom...
    - I know Sony Vaio Tap 11 has an N-Trig Stylus but they only have Haswell on there...no Bay Trail version that I am aware of.

    I'm not an artist, but having a good notetaking capabilities is very welcome for both school and work.
     
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    HP Pavilion 11 x2 may also have 4GB, although it is getting into more hybrid territory... might still be "tablet" enough, though

    HP tablets, detachables hit Intel’s Bay Trail - HP Communities
    "HP Pavilion11 x2
    The most basic way I can think of describing this new Pavilion model is a little reductive, but it gets right to the point: It’s a hard-plastic-shelled version of what you saw in the O.G. ENVY x2 (that had an 11.6-inch screen as well), but this time out, it gets a lot more zip under the hood thanks to Bay Trail. So, trade that metal shell for a nimble little machine that’s available in Pearl White, Flyer Red and Sparkling Black. Under the hood, 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. This will be available starting at $599.99 come November 17th.
    ".
     
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    One often annoying thing to early adopters of a new system like the T100 currently is the limited availability of accessories. At least for the issue of a screen protector the early owners of a T100 get a break. The Zagg screen protector for the Asus ME400 fits the T100 like it was made for it and I suspect that screen protectors for the ME400 from other sources will also work..
     
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    Hey guys, just wanted to give you a heads up. I just purchased this tablet from HSN of all places. It will be here in 3-7 days. I am deciding between this one and the venue pro 11. Dell chat told me the venue will be released on 11/18 then 5-7 days to ship. So I decided to pull the trigger for now on the Asus.

    HSN has a great return policy now. No restocking fees and return till 1/31/2014.

    Anyone that is still on the fence should give HSN a try. I am hoping for 399 that the tablet does what I need it to do because I know if I go for the Dell I probably will end up getting a core I 5 and spending around 900 with the keyboard.

    Quite a big difference in price..
     
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    Micro Center has the 64gb on sale for $349.99. Micro Center - Computers, Electronics, Computer Parts, Networking, Gaming, Software, and more!

    As for my experience with it so far: From a mini-review I gave some other people with a few edits.

    Caveat: First real tablet use, first real Win 8 (8.1 in this case) use.

    For the price ($349 32gb/$399 64gb) I can't really complain much about it.

    No complaints about the screen. Seems good. I'm not a pixel peeper.

    Sound seemed better than my Alienware M11x (might just be because of speaker placement).

    Was able to metro multitask with hbogo playing movies in IE and solitaire (only game app I had installed at the time) pretty smoothly. There may have been a hiccup here or there but I may have had other stuff open on the desktop.

    The weight of the tablet without attached keyboard didn't seem too bad sitting/laying down. It's plastic so you feel that but that didn't bother me. Bezel is actually a good thing as it gives a place to hold it and help prevents any of the left or right swipes of Win8. There's a slight noticeable flex to it. There are ports on the bottom right side when holding it landscape which is noticeable when gripping there which is a minor nuisance. Considering the price the build is ok.

    Didn't use keyboard much. Typing seemed fine, obviously cramped a bit. Touchpad click is tough on the rare times I had to actually click, normally I just use the touch gestures. Keyboard doesn't fold back behind.

    Civ V (DX9 only. DX10/11 and special Win 8 version crashed) is probably the most intensive thing I tested. Takes a decent amount of time to load the game. Haven't gotten around to loading an actual save file yet. Early game play seems good enough but I'm sure it'll slow down eventually as the game progresses. All settings on lowest/off for the sake of battery. Currently somewhere around turn 115 on default map settings (small map? 6 civs?). Time between turns still seem reasonable.

    Overall, especially for the price, it seems good for media consumption and light production. For pure reading/movies the sub 8" is probably better, not sure if Win 8 is worth it for those devices. Dell is coming out with their version in a few weeks.

    If you would like me to test/comment on something specifically let me know, still a bunch of things I haven't tried out such as I installed an Olympus photo editor but I haven't tried editing any Oly raw files yet.
     
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    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

    I just finished my order with HSN and even got $50 off being a new customer as well! $11 shipping + tax - $50 is great. Had some problems with their website, but was able to order by phone.

    Again, thanks so much, should be here in 3 - 7 days!
     
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    I'll make a video og me using the tablet later today, I've allready made a brief unboxing video of the device, I'll link to both videos when i'm done with the one where I actually use the tablet.

    fyi English is not my first language, so I hope you can understand me in the video.
     
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