In late 2007 Asus kicked off a new segment of personal computers called netbooks with their Eee PC line. The devices initially ran Linux, but later brought Windows into the mix. They were, for a time, wildly successful. They fit the computing needs of 90% of the population. You could easily browse the web, check email, compose Word documents, and more for a relatively inexpensive product with solid battery life. Other PC manufacturers jump into the craze, but that all about ended when the iPad and other tablets came into prominence. Now Asus is hoping to regain that netbook market with the T100, but don’t call this a netbook.
Earlier this evening at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Asus took the wraps of their upcoming Transformer Book T100. The device runs Windows 8.1 and gives you 11 hours of battery life for just $349. No, that’s not a typo.
The specs might not blow you away, but for the price you should have a hard time complaining. Here’s what three-and-a-half Benjamins will get you.
- 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 IPS display with touch
- 31Wh battery with 11 hours of battery life
- Quad-core Bay Trail T (Z3740) Atom CPU
- Windows 8.1
- 32GB or 64GB of internal storage
- microSD card slot
- 2GB of RAM
- microUSB port
- micro-HDMI port
- 1 USB 3.0 port (on detachable dock)
The Transformer Book T100 transforms from tablet to ultrabook with the included dock. All of the above might not sound appealing to you, but it’s hard to ignore this device as an excellent option for the average PC user.
What do you guys think of the T100? Be sure to hit up the source for some hands on images.