Windows tabs transformershybridscovertibles are here to stay n grow Asus T100
16 Feb 2014 By Saptarshi On flipkart.com
Was out in the market in search of a replacement for my 3 years old HP Pavillion DM3.nnThe primary usage for my home PC is:nn- Media consumption (YouTube, downloaded mkv/avi movies, music files/internet radio etc.)n- Torrent downloadsn- Some MS office processing (create word, excel, PPTs)n- Casual browsing, mails, social networking, bit of news, blogging and online bankingn- Some photo editing (Picasa, PhotoShop)nnI believe the home usage pattern covers the need of 90% users for 90% of time.nnWas looking for convenience of a tab (light weight, long battery, good touch n display) along with functionality of a PC (moderate multi-tasking, connectivity/ports, ability to run windows desktop applications). So it has to be a windows, creating/editing office files are still the best in good old MS Mr. Gates and had to be a 10 inch one.nnThere came the weekend and I found myself in the hunt already. Lenovo lynx, HP hybrids, Dell Venues - well all in contention. Internet reviews revealed about the 2nd gen of Intel Atom Baytrail CPUs that they made a giant leap towards future and the UI experience is no more limited. Found the Asus transformer T100 being the only one in India released with the configuration, rest aren't.nnOff I went to the Asus store, let the fingers dirty the demo unit and positive, it was not launched @flipkart yet - so 32.5k it was from the store.nnUsing it for more than a month now and here are my takes on it:nn- Even though Not full 1080p, the display is vivid n bright with good viewing angle being a capable IPSn- Touch response is good, no less than android smart phonesn- Surprisingly good sound from speakers, loud toon- Even better when you connect your trusted pair of headphones (paired with my Sony in ear-phones and Bose AE jugs, acoustic!!)n- Handles 1080p videos at ease with nice saturation (plenty of options to control resolution, display properties in Intel graphics SW)n- Multi-tasks pretty efficient, running 6/7 IE/Chrome tabs with one playing a HD video from YouTube, couple of PPT/word processing, Picasa and uTorrent running at the same time - no stutters.n- Very good wireless reception with dual band WiFi, at par with high-end HP/Lenovo laptopsn- Office home 2013 full editionn- Perpetual battery life, lasts whole dayn- Ability to connect USB external HDDs, USB DVD drives with the tiny micro USB using an OTG micro-to-USB female cablen- Micro HDMI can connect to HD TVsn- Bundled keyboard touchpad doc can turn it to a laptop whenever need be, comes with additional full USB 3 portn- Supports all kind of USB hubs for more options (can connect wireless mouse, keyboard, 2 1 TB drives, LAN converter and what not)n- Full Windows 8.1 ensures your favorite legacy windows apps aka Winrar, Winamp, VLC, Photoshop runs finen- Portable 2amp mobile style charger, not brick like laptops which means you can grab any USB to micro charger handy. The charging times are longish though.n- Love the large onscreen keyboard, typing is breeze and using it right nownnDon't asks:nnGaming - I don't play games, but low to mid end games should be oknCamera - The single front cam should be fine for your Skype/Hangout chats but nothing more.nnGives, throws and wish-listsnnMemory - why on earth a 32 gig version in India only, we are ok to pay 2.5k more for a 64gig or even a 128 for that matter. After all my usual installs about 13gb is free. Plus I have added another 32gigs of micros. Thankfully options are there to install apps on SD card.nnBuild - could have been better with an all plastic body, glossy back n front panel that contributes to a very reflective display. Manages to look decent enough though and also solid to hold.nnTouchpad - not the kind of preciseness you look for, the keyboard is fairly alrightnnPorts - one more USB would have been usefulnnWindows app store - Mr. Gate's office has to do a loot of catch up to do with Android and iOS here. nnAccessories - hope this product gets popular enough to get mat finish screen-guards, cases etc.nnIf you are still reading this long write-up thanks for your patience and you are probably seriously thinking of buying the t100, well go ahead it won't disappoint you if your needs are on a similar tone.
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Asus little beauty
29 Jan 2014 By Flipkart Customer On flipkart.com
I did not buy from Flipkart, here are the Pros and Cons (64GB):nnProsn1. Full fledged windows 8.1. Hardware permitting can run any windows application.n2. Ultra Portable, sleek light weight, around 0.5 kgs each.n3. The display is very goodn4. The two in one roles are played very well. It feels completely like a netbook when you clam the Tablet and Keyboard together. Keyboard also contains touchpad.n5. Keyboard has USB 3.0 port, can use to connect to Internet using 2G/3G dongles. This is in addition to the micro USB on the Tablet. n6. Touch experience is pretty good and responsive.n7. Great battery life, much higher than the 3 hours in the specifications above, easily gives 8+ hours.n8. Extendable Memory using Memory Card and External Hard Disk.n9. No issues in streaming HD videos over internetn10. Speakers are very good and loud, upto about 75 percent volume.n11. Licensed Microsoft office 2013 includedn12. Great Value for moneynnCons:n1. Despite being Quad Core not really for multi tasking. Begins to show some resource crunch on opening 4 to 5 windows, otherwise very smooth.n2. Rate of charging while using is very slow.n3. No Ethernet(LAN) connectivityn4. Micro HDMI port and not the normal HDMIn5. 32 GBs is not sufficient, as very less space is left for user, go for 64 GBs.n6. Video camera is a big disappointment, still pictures with web cam are just ok.n7. A little plastic feel, no complains though. Fingerprints though tend to stick.nnHave not used wifi much, but looked good.
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