ASUS Transformer Book T101HA 

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Having recently covered a couple of Notebook/Tablet offerings this item from ASUS is different in that the keyboard is detachable so without it it’s a true Windows Tablet and with it then you have a small touch enabled Notebook

ASUS Transformer Book T101HA
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The viewable screen is 21.6x13.8cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 10.1inches; the default screen resolution is 1280x800 there is a webcam in the centre of the top of the 2cm strip above the screen.

It is 1089 grams in weigh made up of 506 grams for the detachable keyboard and 583grams for the screen unit. It feels a little back heavy but it is not unstable, the screen has a positive fit into the back of the keyboard unit at around 100 degrees. It is 18x26x2cm at the back when closed and 1cm at the front.

As a conventional notebook you may have to modify your working style slightly as there is only that small 10% of tilt beyond vertical and the keyboard is necessarily a little smaller than standard.

I am sure the keyboard could have been made lighter but then it would be unstable, it has 86 keys with a 2cm strip behind the keys there is only .4cm clear either side. The 8.5x4.5cm trackpad is mounted 7cm from the left and 9.5cm from the right in a 6cm strip.

When you disconnect the keyboard the onscreen keyboard becomes active and by default a prompt asks if you want to change to Tablet mode the reverse happens when you switch back but in my tests no data is lost and any open document just allows you to continue typing.

All connections are on the screen part of the unit. The left side has USB, 3.5mm socket for headphones, micro USB, micro HDMI and micro SD Card. The top has twin pin hole microphones and the on/off button. The right side has a volume rocker, finally the back has twin speakers.

The processor is an Intel Atom Z8350 running at 1.44GHz. It has 2GB of RAM and the SSD is 29GB and around half of that is available but as there is a full size USB port as well as the micro SD card slot there are plenty of expansion to available memory options with both USB sticks and even portable hard drives as well as a micro SD card (it worked with the largest I have 64GB) slot.

Apart from the normal raft of trials and other items you may or may not want available there is 25GB of free Dropbox storage available for six months it has Windows 10 64bit. 

Remember as this is Remember as this has a screen of 10.1 inches then Word, Excel and PowerPoint are free once you register.

While most of my use was in the office where it works fine on Wi-Fi I did take it out and about and while it can be linked to your phone to give you access to the outside world this is a little fiddly to setup. Of course hotspots are easy to find and with the right ISP not a problem but using say a café hotspot it will not be secure.

My unit was silver all over apart from the screen surround which being shiny black shows all the fingermarks. However the second link shows a raft of metallic colours that it can be purchased in.

The ASUS Transformer Book T101HA is available from Currys £249.99.

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