Another great device from the ASUS that delivers a great usage experience, becoming one of the most desirable laptops you can get right now.
- Stunning Display
- Lack of connectivity options
- Relatively short battery life
The Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi looks and feels great. It has an extremely slim profile (to quote ASUS, slimmer than then MacBook Air in laptop mode and is the world’s slimmest Windows tablet in tablet mode) and is reasonably light at 1.45 kg. The Transformer book is constructed from anodized aluminium and it looks and feels great.
The model I received was equipped with a 2,560×1440 display. (The Transformer Book also comes in a standard HD display) The display is crystal clear, provides great, rich colours and has good viewing angles. With its small profile as a tablet, and a great display, the Asus Transformer book provides a truly great device to explore multimedia content when lounging on the couch or when one the move. Personally, I have used it countless time to watch videos and have brought it along in my travels for a portable, pleasurable movie watching experience.
The Transformer Book uses the Intel Core M processor and day to day usage was extremely smooth. Below is it’s benchmark score
The battery life however was on the low side amongst its competitors, with my day to day usage only clocking in at around 5 hours.
Unlike some 2-in-1 systems, the Transformer Book’s keyboard is actually quite good with large keys and reasonable travel distance making typing on it acceptable, however, the touchpad is too small for my liking and is extremely difficult to use.
The connection between the keyboard and the tablet portions of the Transformer Book is extremely secure, allowing you to safely hold up the display without ever worrying about the keyboard portion breaking off. Meanwhile, removing the tablet portion takes some effort, requiring one to hold down the keyboard and wiggle the tablet portion off
Connectivity wise, the computer is lacking due to its slim form factor. The Transformer Book only has a USB 3.0 micro-b connector and a micro HDMI port, requiring you to lug around dongles to use. Although for some, the slimmer form factor is more important, in my testing where I used the transformer book as my daily driver, the lack of a built in USB port was extremely frustrating.
An interesting thing about the Transformer Book is that the keyboard is connected to the tablet via Bluetooth instead of a physical connection. While this allows you to use the keyboard when the tablet is not docked on the keyboard, the negative effects far outweigh this minor benefit.
Firstly, a Bluetooth keyboard means that the keyboard has to be separately charged and this is frequently a hassle and I have on a few occasions forgot entirely about charging the keyboard and ended up bringing around an unusable keyboard.
Next, a lack of a physical connection between the keyboard and the display also means that the keyboard is unable to add any addition battery to the entire computer and limits the usage of the keyboard to merely a tool of typing, not adding battery life to the sub-par 5 hours as compared to competitors like the MacBook air.
All in all the Transformer book is a great device, although not suitable for everyone, it has its place in the spectrum of devices out there. Personally, I would only get the transformer Book T300 Chi if I wanted a device mainly for portable web browsing and multimedia viewing, only using the keyboard attachment for the few times that I really needed it. This is because the Transformer Book truly shines in its tablet state, with great form factor and display.