Core-M ASUS Transformer Book T300FA gets a detailed review

Updated on 07 November 2014 by

An early sample of the 12.5-inch Asus Transformer Book T300FA 2-in-1 has been reviewed by Ultrabookreview. The 812 gram fanless tablet  (1.79 pounds) is not as light as the ASUS Chi but at around 600 Euro (based on one online pre-order price)  it looks like a good value and yet powerful 2-in-1. A 1366×768 screen might put off those thinking about replacing a laptop for productive use but there’s a nice feature in the docking-keyboard drive-bay.

ASUS Transformer Book T300FA runs on Core M

ASUS Transformer Book T300FA runs on Core M

A few noteworthy take-aways from the review include the relatively slow eMMC disk speeds. They’re no faster than a $200 PC and should have been better. Having said that there’s a disk bay that can be used. It’s a USB-connected SATA interface and speeds, with the right SSD, should be better than the eMMC. Unfortunately that wasn’t tested in the review. The other slightly disappointing thing is the battery which, at 30Wh is small for a 1.6KG total weight. ASUS haven’t put a battery in the dock so you’re looking at around 5 hours of browsing on the tablet and less if you’re docked to the hard drive.

Core M performance is as we would expect with Ultrabook-level 3D performance and sub-Ultrabook CPU performance which is impressive on a fanless device. Weight still needs to come down though so for the best ultra-mobile PC experience on a 12.5-inch 2-in-1 you’ll have to wait for the ASUS Transformer Book Chi.

The detailed review can be found at Ultrabookreview here.

All the Core M mobile PCs in our database can be found here.


10 Comments For This Post

  1. boop says:

    1366×768 on a >12″, 600 euro device is just crazy. The drive bay in the keyboard is nice, but the t200 has that too and is a better balanced device IMO. It doesn’t really offset the slow EMMC either as the OS will need to be on that. There is also the new Dell Venue 11 (why no posts about that??) which provides the full HD screen at a similar price.

  2. Aden says:

    At least on paper, the Core M based Dell Venue 11 Pro is much more impressive. It packs quite a bit in a 10.8″ screened device with seemingly small bezels. I can’t wait for reviews. Especially how much it throttles under load. I hear the current Haswell Venue 11 Pro noticeably that throttles though among other build and functional issues. Let’s hope they don’t transfer to the next generation.

    Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro throttled heavily despite its large size (13.3″ screen and huge bezels) and fan. It looks like this 12.5“ Tansformer Book doesn’t throttle as much. Although it does have a slower Core M like the Dell which might not go as far above its 4.5 W TDP during turbo boost.

  3. DavidC1 says:

    “sub-Ultrabook CPU performance which is impressive on a fanless device.”

    I really isn’t impressed by this. I don’t know how anyone can. Runs hotter than Atom, and its more expensive and less portable too. It’s supposed to be a next generation CORE device. I think this would be acceptable on next generation Atom, not Core!

  4. DavidC1 says:

    Should be.

    “I really am not”

    The Llama Mountain device supposedly achieves 8 hours on a 32WHr battery. 6 hours on idle is horrible.

    Atom Z3795:

    Cinebench R11.5-1.64

    Asus TB T300FA: 1.6

  5. zviera says:

    I have a Fujitsu Q584 for about a 5 month and I am very pleased so far. Semi rugged, water resistant, 2560×1600 at 10″ screen is great, digitizer, USB 3, pen silo inside the tablet, huge battery 38Wh, finfer print sensor , compass, Gyroscope ,roughly same price 1000 Cad = 689Euro.
    I inserted 128Gb micro SDXC. Fast enough.

  6. tiku says:

    Seeing the early benchmarks of Core M, I would not buy a Core M device that has a screen larger than 11.6″. Beyond that, I expect standard voltage CPUs and upgradeable RAM, storage and WiFi.

  7. Mark says:

    These first crop of Core M devices really do seem sub-par. I didn’t expect this much throttling. It seems Intel just been changing their binning of these Core chips. It’s like Intel just changed what they’re calling the “base” frequency to a lower one than normal then measured the power dissipation for that as the TDP. Kind of matches why these Core M chips have such a big gap between the “base” and max turbo frequencies than other previous Core chips. It’s somewhat similar to the Y and U series chips.

    They’re playing with what TDP means like when they introduced SDP.

  8. Andy says:

    What are the performance per Watt numbers for Core CPUs over the last few years? It feels like it hasn’t changed much since Ivy Bridge or even Sandy Bridge. I’m mostly seeing underclocking and redefining power consumption/heat dissipation metrics to get these more “efficient” CPUs. It’d be nice to see real numbers though. Maybe I’ll search through Anandtech. There might be some numbers spread across multiple articles.

  9. Chippy says:

    I have been trying to find a way to do this but after seeking expert advice it appears that I need a lot of specialised equipment and a lot of time! Performance per watt went up with the new Haswell power design but in general it’s always been 10-20% per process change. Integrated GPU performance did well though over the last 5 years IMO

  10. yadlo says:

    I disagree with you chippy, implementation is better than on the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 but the result isn’t impressive at all. At that time it’s like Intel core M were just little refreshed awful Haswell Y series.
    A lot of people would buy Bay Trail M devices with better screen/keyboard/touchpad and long battery life at 500-550 $ but we’ll never see any.

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