ASUS Transformer Book (T300 with Haswell) Hands-On

Posted on 15 September 2013, Last updated on 15 September 2013 by


I had hands-on with the new version of the ASUS Transformer Book at IDF13 this week and while it excites me to see Haswell pushing down into this form factor I’m of the opinion that, for now, Baytrail-based 2-in-1’s will better meet the average requirements in this space. Price is one factor but weight of tablet is a huge problem for consumers – the type of customers that should be targeted by 2-in-1’s to help turn round the PC business.

Having said that…

…if you’re looking for occasional lap or table-top tablet use and a huge amount of CPU power, storage speed, security and features then the ASUS Transformer Book T300 beats the consumer-focused Baytrail devices hands-down. The T300 has a Haswell CPU and a slight re-design. This version had no additional storage in the base and it wasn’t possible to confirm any additional battery either. This high-quality 2-in-1 should be available soon and we’re expecting the price to match the existing TX300 which starts at about $1000.

Take a look at the video and see what you think. What’s the target customer here? You?


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