ASUS Transformer Book T300FA-FE008H review

ASUS Transformer Book T300FA-FE008H review

Slowly but surely, more and more products on the market that are equipped with an Intel Core M processor. ASUS Transformer Book T300FA we had some time ago as a prototype in hands. For this article, we went to work on the final version.

599 euros it costs at the time of writing and for that money you get a nice tablet / laptop or 2-in-1 as it is called at this time. The tablet weighs 795 grams and if you click the dock with keyboard, you have a total weight of 1.53 pounds in hands. For a tablet / laptop with a 12.5 inch screen is an acceptable weight. He has a Full HD resolution and runs on Windows 8.1.

The tablet has the back of a line pattern that he is not too smooth and fits comfortably in your hand. The Windows button is on the side of the screen. By that placement can occasionally sometimes mistakenly pressing the on / off switch or volume control. The tablet itself does not have many connections: micro USB 2.0, micro HDMI and micro-version of SD.

Slow SSD entry Core M

The dock adds a full 2.0 and USB 3.0 connection to it. It is a pity that the tablet is equipped with a standard, in practice it’s like always the dock needed to connect on a USB stick, or you have to stop an adapter in your bag.

ASUS Transformer Book T300FA-FE008H review

The dock provides no extra battery, but the bottom you’ll find a hatch that you have after removing two screws you lost access to a compartment in which you have a 2.5-inch disk. You can choose a hard drive or SSD. That is not a luxury because ASUS has only 64 GB of SanDisk i110 built into the tablet. Which is not only small, but also not very fast.

The processor is the passively cooled Intel Core M 5Y10, the entry level model of the new Broadwell-based energy-efficient range of Intel. The processor is not a racing monster, more or less similar to a mobile Intel Core i3 from the U-class of the previous generation. This works with 4 GB RAM. Naturally, ASUS has also built Wi-Fi. The Atheros AR956X little special: a 150 Mbit WiFi adapter is only suitable for 2.4GHz networks.

ASUS Transformer Book T300FA-FE008H review

Screen

First brief characteristics: the screen of the ASUS Transformer Book T300FA-FE008H is one of the IPS types. The diagonal is 12.5 inches and the resolution is 1920×1200 pixels, which the pixel density is equivalent to a fine 181PPI. That’s a nice ratio of screen size and resolution. Here is beeld element nm without scaling or smaller, which distinguish these less well.

The three basic colors run proportional to each other and close to each other, so there is almost no color cast is present. The joint range of values we see small differences at 20 and 90 percent white, not a major problem in practice. The common gamma value is 2.16. The ideal value is 2.2.

ASUS Transformer Book T300FA-FE008H review

The color temperature of 6519 Kelvin does not far from the ideal value for most applications of 6500 Kelvin. This eliminates unwanted color cast present. The maximum screen brightness is 320 cd / m² fine. In addition, the contrast is very good with 1000: 1, also used for the IPS panel type. A contrast of 500: 1 for a laptop with a TN panel is normal.

The screen on the ASUS Transformer Book T300FA-FE008H performs for color critical work is clearly not good enough. For general use, however, is fine to use it, especially considering the fine gamma values.

Conclusion

Let’s start posting. For 599 euros, you get a nice tablet / laptop in hands, especially when you combine it with an SSD or HDD in the dock may well be a practical addition to yours.

ASUS Transformer Book T300FA-FE008H review

Unfortunately, ASUS has in our opinion on a few issues that cuts make the product less interesting. For the WiFi was chosen a simple adapter, the SSD is not so fast, only 64 GB, and the Core M 5Y10 is slow. The advantage is that he is passively cooled and, therefore, makes no noise.

ASUS Transformer Book T300FA-FE008H review updated: February 26, 2015 author: John Malkovich