Asus releases Transformer Book T200 now in US

The refreshed edition of the popular Asus Transformer Book T100 is now available in the US, with a unique feature.

The Asus Transformer Book T100 has been a success for the laptop maker, due to good capability at a good price. The 2-in-1 has been selling well on Amazon and other retailers since its release. Asus hopes the new version, the Transformer Book T200 will carry on with this tradition.

Asus Transformer Book T200
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The T200 is a 2-in-1 (hybrid) like the earlier model, with a Windows 8.1 tablet that can also be used in the included keyboard dock. If it's anything like the T100, once docked the device turns into a full laptop to take advantage of all Windows has to offer.

There are some major differences between the new T200 and the T100, most notably the IPS screen size. Asus has bumped the screen up from 10.1-inch to 11.6-inch. This should make the new hybrid better as a laptop with a bigger screen and keyboard on the dock. Sadly, the OEM kept the same resolution, 1,366 x 768. This is adequate but the bigger screen on the T200 could better handle a higher resolution.

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The T200 has a newer Bay Trail 64-bit processor and 4GB of memory. Based on testing other laptops, this should easily handle Windows 8.1.

While the 64GB of storage should suffice for many, Asus has integrated an empty hard drive bay in the keyboard dock. This is designed to let the user install up to 1TB of HDD storage, unique for a hybrid. This makes the T200 a good fit for those professions needing to store big files locally.

The Transformer Book T200 has lots of ports that Windows can take advantage of. The tablet has a microUSB port and a microSD slot. The keyboard adds ports that turn it into a workhorse: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, audio in/out, RJ-45, microUSB, and a microHDMI.

Battery life on the T200 is claimed to be 8.5 hours, without a user-installed HDD. The unit weighs in at 3.6lbs with the keyboard dock.

The Asus Transformer Book T200 is currently available from Best Buy for $399.99. Note that the Asus site claims the T200TA comes with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage but Best Buy states this unit has 2GB and 32GB.

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