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everybody has lawn Simon and we're back at venturing into the world of Windows tablets once again this time at the asus t100 transformer let's take a look at this little guy here what's nice about these Windows tablets is that the processors are getting better and better and these things are running real Windows it's not running you know this the RT version or some scaled-down tablet thing it is running actual Windows if you have Windows software that will run on a desktop or a larger notebook PC it will also run on here maybe not as well but for a lot of applications you may not need more than that so this is it it looks like a laptop when you first take a look at it but it's got this little latch here and you can slow somehow coax it out of there's a little hard to get out so you want to probably grab it with two hands and not do a demo when you do it but this is the tablet component this is where most of the the hardware is located and then this is a keyboard dock and we'll cover this hardware in a little bit let's take a look though on the front here it's got a beautiful screen I mean it really impressed with the the color quality and just the overall resolution of the screen it is not a Retina screen like you'd have on the iPad or one of those really high resolution screens we're seeing on some other tablets but it is really nice and I've been very happy with how it looks this is it running the desktop right now on Windows 8.1 on the side here you've got the home button so when you push that button you get brought back to the Start menu which is a point of consternation for some but that's how you get to it on a lot of other Windows tablets the button is here in the center however when you're in the dock it's hard to get at that so I think they put it on the side here it's a little hard to see just because of the contrast but there's also a volume rocker up and down here the sleep button is on the top so you push that when you want to put the tablet to sleep there's a little microphone over here on this side you've got a card slot so you can use those little micro SD cards you can pop one of those in there to expand your storage this particular model has 64 gigabytes of storage and 2 gigabytes of memory so it's about on par with what I've seen for other windows 8.1 tablets out there down here you've got 2 3 ports HDMI right here so you can plug that into your television and it can pump out 1080 I was able to do that earlier and it works really well you have a USB port here for charging and a headphone jack and I should say that when you charge it it does take a while there's a pretty big battery in here I found the battery life to be really good I haven't charged it at all today it's we're probably looking at about 9:30 p.m. now I'm using it off and on all day lightly not really all that heavily but I still have about five sixty five percent or so left in the tank and actually seventy three percent and I've been playing with it actually plugging it into my TV and whatnot it's pretty impressive that it's been able to stay alive as long as it has so so that's the hardware it's got a camera on board here as well so if you want to do a web you know web call with somebody Skype call or whatever you can do that the camera is right there the only thing I noticed is that the little light that lights up when you're on a call isn't that bright so you know I know there's been some issues with people concerned that you know they'd be somebody broke into their computer and started activating the webcam you really got to look to see if that light is on so it was you know it would be nice if it was a little bit brighter but that's a minor a minor gripe um so this is the the dock section and this is the keyboard thing and you get a couple more ports are actually one more port on here you get a USB 3.0 port so you have a high-speed USB on there and you can plug in a hub and get a little bit more connectivity out of that which is nice but that's it for ports so most of the ports are on here but you do get that full-blown USB port when the tablets connected it makes a nice sound to when it connects you can hear it clicks right in there it stays some in there really well so it really feels it feels nice I mean doesn't feel as good as perhaps a laptop that is built to have this hinge on it but it's really close it hinges it latches on really securely on the you know because most of the hardware guts are in the screen it is a little back heavy you know normally on a notebook computer your hardware is in here and the screen is just the screen this is the opposite so it's a little back heavy but it's not bad it stays pretty firm on the desk I actually like the way it feels on the desk better when it's locked down because the all four feet grab when the thing is open the hinge here kind of props up the keyboard a little bit which does make it a little bit more comfortable to type on but it does slide around a little bit more than it would otherwise I'm not crazy about the keyboard the keyboard is that has the chiclet style keys that we saw on netbooks back in the day so a little disappointed with that it would have liked to have seen larger keys maybe move the keyboard up a little bit or something so that we could get a normal-sized keyboard so that's some that's a disappointments a little hard to type I always get angry and aggravated when there's a small shift on this side it's because I'm typically hitting the shift key with my with my right hand and a lot of times I hit the arrow here because I'm used to having larger shift keys so I'm a little a little bit upset about that the trackpad is decent it's not perfect but it works well I disabled a lot of the gestures that it has on it on by default you know like the if you just tap it without pushing it down it would actually do a mouse click so I disabled that and got going there so I'm pretty good though I mean I've found it's it's passable it's usable but I'm not very comfortably typing on it so I was not too happy about the keyboard and that's one of the problems with this is they really don't have a choice you could of course get a Bluetooth keyboard but it would be nice to have maybe a couple different keyboard layouts to choose from but I'm getting picky here so so that is that part now what I've really been impressed with is the performance on this thing now this is not running you know an i7 processor or something higher-end but you can run portal on it um which is a great game from valve I did try to run some other games on it as well we for this thing to load up real quick I ran a Kerbal space program and a couple other things and and Kerbal actually ran Kerbal is a great great space game and I've really been enjoying playing it's pretty Hardware intensive it's a lot of physics and a lot of you know really large scale graphics that it has to contend with and I turned down a lot of the settings and it actually ran yeah not well it ran at a pretty crappy framerate but it did run so I think we can say that you can do a little bit of gaming on this thing and we can just start a new game real quick here and we'll just pop into this chamber here and you can just see what the gaming performance is this is an older game so it's you know maybe not indicative of newer stuff that might be out there but you can get a sense though it's the frame rates pretty decent I mean it's been getting a little bit of clipping here so yeah I could probably squeak the settings a little bit more but you know I'm really actually impressed that you can you know game with a real PC game on this thing it's really pretty slick so not bad for that so that's a pretty neat little feature there's also the Windows 8 games available for it too so if we pop back into our menu here and we go down you know I'm not going to talk a lot about Windows 8 either like it or you don't like it I am kind of in the middle but it's it's frustrating so I can never find what I'm looking for and it's such a pain to get stuff into the top menu and we could do a whole show on that but I did download somewhere one of the tablet games for this thing let me see if I can find it real quick here I'm sorry ok I don't hunt around for this game but I found it so let's take a look at it real quick here it is asphalt 8 this is a tablet game so you know me not oh it's loud we turn down the volume here real quick but you can see it runs pretty good I mean it's not it's not bad at all and I granted this is written for tablets so let's you can get into a game here I did the demo of it so just to see how it works here so we'll just do a quick race real quick and see how the graphics look on it so we'll do a career here and we'll do this one and we'll go to next and start the race so you know it works quite well in granted this is running an Intel Atom processor so it's not you know it's a little bit more powerful than you'd have on some other things this is also a quad-core processor so it has a little bit more horsepower than you might see in some other things too so you know we're going to do real quick I'm going to plug this in to let me play it here first you can see how it runs so I'm using the keyboard now so it works with this game particular works with keyboard controls but runs pretty smoothly I'm you know it's impressive you know again it's not surprising it this is a game that's running on tablets usually with much slower processors so it's able to do that but I'm going to try real quick this is going to be a real experiment here I'm going to plot plug this into my HDMI and run it through our video switcher here and see how it how it works when we're going out to 1080 so here we are I'm going to try to drive it here and you see the framerate now I just crashed my car so but the frame rates pretty good and this is pumping out at 1080 1080i in this case but you know I would imagine would probably work ok in 1080p as well now the one thing to keep in mind with this and many other windows tablets of this class is that they have these 16 by 9 displays which are very wide displays so it looks nice when you're in the landscape mode but one of the things that I found is that when you do pop it out and go into the portrait mode is that it gets a little bit hard to look at it because you know it becomes very very long and you don't have a lot of width here and you know they try to compensate for it you know it'll shrink the page down so you have to kind of scroll around a little bit but I've often found it just feels just feels a little odd to me just to have this much height but not that much width and you have to do a lot more of this kind of scrolling around on the iPad and other screens with four by three displays you are useful in almost both orientations that you can you know kind of rotate it this way and have a useful screen and also look at it and put in portrait mode pretty usefully also so you know as a matter of taste I suppose I mean I've just often found it hard to use this these tablets in this orientation and I'm finding I get less less text on the screen when I'm in the landscape orientation so that's one thing to keep in mind so you might be wondering you know is this a good replacement for a computer or even a tablet and I get a lot of calls from people who are thinking about dumping their computer completely and going to an iPad with a keyboard and for some people that might work just fine however I found that keyboards on iPads just don't go that well together you know they didn't design the iPad to work with a keyboard or Mouse so things like productivity applications word processing and and the like you know really do better on a computer you know whether it's a Chromebook or a netbook or a small Ultrabook or something or one of these you know this thing was designed to be a Windows computer with a mouse and a keyboard that is somewhat integrated with the operating system and what's nice is that when you want a tablet you can just pop it off and get to tablet functionality doesn't have all the apps that the iPad has I think the iPad does tablet better than Windows does tablet but this thing does computer better than Windows and for a kid in school I think this is a great option I mean if you were looking at this and a an iPad and a Chromebook this might be the best option because it can be used offline without a lot of complications has a decent keyboard it comes with the Asus version of this is one we're reviewing today comes with Microsoft Office it comes with the home and student edition so you get Word Excel and PowerPoint and OneNote so really for under $400 you get a really complete full-blown PC that doubles as a tablet and it's really inexpensive and powerful and good battery life and all that so I think this is a great tablet I think it's a great value and I think if your needs match up what you saw here then this is a good choice it might be a really good thing to especially to get for a child in school so I recommend it if it meets your criteria I'm still you know really have a preference for the iPad on the tablet side but as a computer this is a really nice inexpensive and very functional computer this is LAN siphon thanks for watching you