I buy a lot of gadgets. Far too many of them. My desk is literally covered with all the gadgets I own, there's not a clear spot for another. So why on earth would I be considering purchasing the Asus Transformer T100 hybrid?
First of all, it is a hybrid. The T100 is a nice 10.1-inch tablet that weighs only 1.2lbs. It's a good form for a tablet and I'm pretty sure I'd like using it. It has a keyboard dock that turns it into a real laptop. Pop the tablet in and you're good to go.
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I'm familiar with the Transformer style of hybrid, I really liked the original model running Android. It worked well for my writing work and as a tablet, too. The T100 should be even better as it runs Windows 8.1. I've come to like Windows 8.1 on tablets, and I suspect I'd like it a lot on the T100.
Then there's the hardware specs of the Transformer T100, especially that Bay Trail processor. It's reported to get 11 hours on a charge with that CPU, and that meets my criteria for the minimum required battery life.
Transformer T100 hardware specs:
As if these hardware specs weren't enough to entice me, even though it's full Windows 8.1 Asus has included Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013. That's additional value to the overall package.
I like my ThinkPad Tablet 2 but its pre-Bay Trail processor is looking a bit old next to the Transformer. Plus, the ThinkPad's keyboard is a separate unit, unlike the laptop dock of the T100. It's a good keyboard but not as convenient as the dock model.
OK, I'm offering excuses to justify why I should buy this Transformer. To be fair, I've been using Windows 8.1 for a while and I've tested lots of tablets so I know it would serve me well. I wouldn't be taking a risk buying one so I might as well. If I can find one in stock somewhere.
I admit what set me off wanting a T100 was running into a young lady in the coffee shop this week who had one. I got a chance to see it up close and I liked it, plus she loved it. That got my gadget lust running in full gear, even though I certainly don't need one. But that never stopped me before.
If you own a Transformer T100, tell me how you like it in the comments. I'm particularly interested in your thoughts on performance, and if there's something you wish was better.
UPDATE: Uh oh, just found the 32GB model on Best Buy for just $299. They throw in a $25 gift card for the Microsoft Store, too. I like to think of myself as the gadget whisperer, but this hybrid from Asus has turned the tables and is calling my name.