Asus Transformer T300 Chi

Asus Transformer T300 Chi

Versatile Heavy Magnet

There have been a few interesting shifts in hardware in the last year. From Phablets to Laplets, companies are trying to fill the gab of the most convenient second screen device. The most interesting incarnation of this techno move is the creation of transformer technology.

For the mobile and versatile city entrepreneur or student, the transformer is perfect for presentations to day-to-day operations. It’s Windows 8.1 operating system make’s to usable for most occasion without too much effort, as long as you have an internet connect, you’ll get the best out of this transformer.

There are two parts to this device; the Keyboard and the Tablet. Both need to be charged separately, this was frustrating at first, and I can only imagine this becoming worse as time goes on and their respective batteries decay at different rates. I would have thought some kind of co-charging plate would have made more sense when you consider the strength of the magnets.

Lets talk about those magnets! The ones that keep the tablet firmly attached to the keyboard, they are strong, they’re very strong, so much so, that I felt the Hulk trying to lift Thor’s hammer when trying to open the laptop once closed. It didn’t look pretty.

Once you get past the mega-magnets, you get to decide wether you want to utilise the keyboard or try your hand at full tablet experience. Because I’m finicky like that, I tried both:

The Keyboard

The keyboard is quick and easy to use and feels light when typing,{Add in keyboard weight} but the scroll pad tends to be too small to scroll everywhere and you find yourself using the touch screen to better effect than scrolling to the desired location.

They keyboard device feels too light compared to the screen/tablet, and leaves you feeling like the screen want’s to fall over rather than be a sturdy to type with. Type too much on the laptop version though, you’ll find that they whole thing wobbles a bit too much for my liking.
After a few hours of trying to use they keyboard, the mouse pad ruined most of the initial excitement for me, so I ripped the screen off and used the tablet.

The Tablet

I found the tablet to the be the most fun part about this device. It’s heavy enough to give balance your hand out without feeling like it’s going to fall. And the screen is big enough for your to work on anything from presentations to watching YouTube, and I did.
It’s not too big though to look odd walking around your office, in fact, the tablet version of this device looks perfect for the mobile office and the I found the digital keyboard sensitive and responsive, with very little effort I got used to the touch screen and was able to do everything I wanted with greater ease than if the keyboard was attached. Actually, stop using the keyboard, just use the tablet, it looks sexier anyway.

I ended up using the tablet version of the device for the rest of time I had it. I loved how it felt and it’s versatility really appealed to my inner geek, I didn’t feel like I was running around holding an open laptop, yet felt I was able to do anything I needed to during my day-to-day.

Would I get myself the T300, yes, if there was a version that was slightly cheaper without the silly keyboard attached to the bottom with over powered magnets. Would I get this device over it’s nearest competitor, the Macbook Air? Well I don’t see the two as similar if you consider one is a tablet and the other a laptop, both have a place in the market of the second screen.

The Specs

If you really want to compare, here are the specs for the T300:

Processor: Intel® Core™ M 5Y10/5Y71 Processor
Operating System: Windows 8.1
Chipset: Integrated Intel® CPU
Memory: LPDDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 4GB, up to 8G
Display: 12.5″ Auto WQHD (2560×1440)/Full HD 3D (1920×1080)/Wide View Angle
Graphics: Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 5300
Camera: HD Web Camera
Networking: Integrated or 802.11 ac

Interface:

  • 1 x COMBO audio jack
  • 1 x Micro USB
  • 1 x micro HDMI
  • 1 x Bluetooth On/Off Switch
  • 1 x SD card reader
  • 1X AC adapter plug

Audio: Built-in Speakers And Array Microphone SonicMaster
Battery: 32 Hours (Basically 8 hours when working)
Weight: 0.76 Kg (Feels heavy and off balance)
Price: R3900 – R4500 Depending on supplier

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