Introduction and Specifications
Asus unveiled its latest addition to the Transformer series at CES in January, the Transformer Book Chi. Available in three sizes, the new Transformer Book Chi Series features a 2-in-1 detachable laptop design. Their flagship Transformer Book T300 Chi offers a 12.5-inch screen, an Intel Core M processor, and a fanless cooling solution. The more compact T100 Chi is a 10.1-inch model that promises all-day battery life. Prices for the Transformer Book Chi Series range from $399 to $899.
Today, we’re going to take a hands-on look at the T300 Chi which is offered in two models starting at $699. We have the high-end T300CHI-FH011H model on hand for testing. This model is priced at $899 and features more RAM, a higher-resolution WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution display, and a faster processor than the other 12.5" T300 Chi model.
The 2-in-1 detachable laptop design employs a magnetic hinge that supports four usage modes: Attached, Detached, Flipped, and Tented. The T300 Chi measures about 0.65 inches when docked, making it slightly thinner than an Apple Macbook Air. And Asus claims the T300 Chi is the world's thinnest Windows tablet, measuring just 0.28 inches. The Transformer Book Chi also features an all-aluminum unibody design to give it a premium look and feel.
You’ll find IPS displays enhanced with ASUS TruVivid technology and support for the sRGB color gamut in all of the Transformer Book Chi Series models. All of the Transformer Book Chi models also feature solid-state drives to improve durability and overall performance.
Before we dive into the full hands-on review, let’s take a closer look at the specifications of our test model:
|Processor||Intel Core M 5Y71 (dual-core, up to 2.9 GHz)|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 5300|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1 64-bit|
|Display||12.5-inch LED Backlit WQHD (2560x1440) IPS multi-touch|
|Camera||Camera 2MP HD Camera|
|Memory & Storage||8GB DDR3L-1600
Micro SDXC (up to 128GB)
|I/O Ports||1 x Micro USB 3.0
1 x micro HDMI
1 x headphone out and mic in
Up to 8 hours
|Size||Tablet: 12.5 x 7.5 x 0.3 inches
Tablet + keyboard: 12.5 x 7.5 x 0.4-0.6 inches
|Weight||Tablet: 1.6 pounds
Tablet + keyboard: 3.2 pounds
|MSRP||USD $899 - Find It @ Amazon|
As its specifications show, the T300 Chi isn’t designed to be a powerhouse. Instead, it’s targeting users who want the flexibility of a 2-in-1 along with adequate power for everyday computing tasks such as browsing the web, checking email, composing documents, watching videos, and the like.