The ASUS Zenbook UX3410UA. Ultrabook, subnotebook, whatever you want to call it, if it’s under 1.3 KG / 3 pounds and it’s got a screen as good as this, I’m interested. I’ve just completed a video review for Notebookcheck (video below) and now I’m torn between three great ultrabook options. The Dell XPS 13 is a recommendation; That goes without saying. The Lenovo Ideapad 710S Plus that I did a video review for yesterday, also worth considering. This ASUS Zenbook though has such a great screen and such good battery life…and such a good keyboard…
I’ve just ordered a Windows 10 2-in-1 with Atom X5-Z8500, 4 GB RAM, USB 3.1 / USB C and 64 GB storage for 379 Euro. (Amazon Germany.) That’s just under $350 in pre-tax USA pricing and having had some hands-on with the Transformer Book T100HA last week I’m confident that it’s a bargain 2-in-1 and that it will be very popular this quarter, unless I find some gotchas. The entry-level model with 32 GB storage and 2 GB RAM is being offered at just €309 – $280 (pre-19% tax conversion.) My T100HA will be here in 5-6 days and yes, there will be plenty of coverage here at UMPCPortal.
Update: The delivery estimate went from 5-6 days to infinity and I haven’t found an alternative retailer yet.
The ASUS Transformer Book T100 gets a good upgrade with the T100HA. Atom X5 and a 4GB RAM option move it into more serious territory and USB-C is going to be helpful but there’s little change in the working fascia. Will ASUS be able to get away with a 1280 x 800 screen in 2016? Check out the video below.
If you like your laptops casual, mobile and flexible but don’t want to shell out a ton of money for one, the ASUS Transformer Flip TP200 might be for you. Based on the Braswell platform (2015 entry-level) these home-targeted convertibles come with a good size battery, Windows 10 and silence! There’s a hands-on video for you below but first lets take a look at the specifications.
Asus Flip TP200
The specifications look very much like the 2014 Transformer Book T200TA but the Flip TP200 isn’t a detachable it’s a Yoga-style fold-back design. For some, that could be better because having a fold-back stand is worth gold when you need a connected screen while watching TV. Note the USB-C and USB 3.0 ports. Miracast and other Windows 10 casting features should be supported.
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200 Specifications
CPU: Braswell Celeron or Pentium.
Screen: 11.6-inches 1366 x 768 IPS
RAM: 4 GB
Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB (probably eMMC)
WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0
USB 3.0, USB 2.0, USB-C, Micro-HDMI, Headset jack
Battery: 38 Wh
Size: 297 x 201.3 x 18.45
Weight: 1.2 KG
Availability: Q3 2015
Asus Flip TP200
Mobilegeeks highlight the ‘huge’ trackpad and a thin aluminum cover. It’s confirmed to be fanless. As with all the new generation Windows laptops and tablets we’re talking about full 64-bit operating system compatibility.
Pricing hasn’t been given but given that the T200TA started at about $350, expect the Asus Trnasformer Book Flip TP200 to be about the same (32 GB / 2 GB) and going to $450 for the 64 GB / 4GB RAM version. Those pricing estimates are yet to be confirmed though.
Competing in this sector are the Toshiba Satellite Radius 11, the Lenovo Flex 3 11 and the Lenovo Yoga 2 11. (Comparison link.)
The review scentists at Notebookcheck finished their ASUS T100 Chi review last month and I’ve just read through it and compared it, virtually, with the Surface 3 and the Dell Venue 10 Pro I reviewed last week. Other reviews are out too and in summary it looks very good indeed for the T100 Chi despite it not having an Atom X7 CPU. There are a few issues to think about though.
I have a feeling we’ll see an updated T90 Chi at Computex next week so if you’re looking for the ultimate in portable productivity you might want to wait but consider this: With a 1.1KG total weight and a great Full HD screen, a digitizer layer, USB 3.0, high-end Z3775 CPU and a lot of style – for just $399 – the T100 Chi is a leading option in the ultra-mobile PC space.
It’s lighter and cheaper than any other touch-enabled Chromebook and it even has a 360-degree rotating screen. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C100 is unique and almost a Chrome OS tablet. At a price of $249 there aren’t many questions that consumers really need to ask.
The use of this Shutterstock image might have just landed ASUS in trouble and it might cost them more than the €79.50 it cost to download the image from Shutterstock. While they’re not in trouble with Shutterstock as far as I can see, they appear to have changed an image such that it misrepresents an Apple product. That’s the last company you want to be doing that with!
Fresh from the ASUS press conference at CES 2015 is this hands-on video of the Transformer Book T90 Chi. This is the Atom-based (Z3775) 8.9-inch tablet and dock that weighs just 850 grams together and starts at $299.
it looks like a tidy combination and the pen (no stowage) is going to make this a really interesting all-round UMPC. We expect the pen to be an additional cost but even if this comes in at $350 it’s not a bad deal. A 64GB SSD might cost you another $50 so budget $400 if you want the full specs. Soeakign of which we’ve found out a few more. Here’s a full specification set.
ASUS have just launched three devices under the Chi brand. The 12.5-inch T300, 10.1-inch T100 and the 8.9-inch T90.
We’ve seen the T300 Chi before through an accidental hands-on. It will launch with a Full HD display, Core M CPU and 128GB SSD for $699 in February. The ASUS T100 Chi is an Atom-based 2-in-1 much the same as the T100 that already exists. A Full HD screen, a year of Office 365, 2GB RAM and 64GB storage will cost you $399. Finally the T90 Chi is an 8.9-inch tablet and bluetooth keyboard with 1280×768 screen, Intel Atom CPU and a year of Office 365 will start at $299. A 64GB SSD option is available on the T90 Chi.
ASUS Press release here. (We’re updating information below as we get it…)
The Transformer Book T90 is the one that will interest many readers here.
ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi Specifications
Windows 8.1 32-bit
8.9in WXGA 1280 x 800 IPS display
Quad-core Intel® Atom™ Z3775 processor
241 x 137.5 x 7.5/16.5mm (tablet/docked)
0.40kg (tablet) 0.75kg (docked)
1 year Office 365
At an entry price of $299 there’s practically no reason that an ultra-mobile PC fan won’t want this. It looks great and weighs just 750 grams in total.
ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi Back
ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi
The ASUS T100 Chi looks just as sweet though. Total weight is 1.06 KG and the price is just $100 more. People are going to have a hard time deciding between the T90 and T100.
ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi Specifications.
Windows 8.1 32-bit
10.1in WUXGA 1920 x 1200 IPS display
Quad-core Intel® Atom™ Z3775 processor
265 x 174.5 x 7.2/13.2mm (tablet/docked)
0.57kg (tablet) 1.06kg (docked)
Pricing for the T300 looks good if you’re not interested in a WQHD screen as long as the SSD is a real one. It’s listed as an iSSD on the ASUS website which could mean ‘integrated’ (which would mean eMMC.) We’ll have to wait for details on that. Here are the official specs we have so far for the T300 Chi.
Processor Intel Core M 5Y71 processor @1.2Ghz / Intel® Core® M 5Y10 processor @0.8Ghz
Display 12.5″ LED backlit WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel / 12.5″ LED backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel
Touch panel: capacitive multi-touch
Main memory LPDDR3 1600MHz 4/8GB
Storage iSSD 64/128GB Storage
Bluetooth 4.0, HS
Camera Front: 2MP HD camera (720p video recording)
Dimensions Pad: 317.8 x 191.6x 7.6mm
Dock: 317.8 x 191.6 x 8.9mm
Pad+Dock: 317.8 x 191.6 x 16.5mm
Weight Pad: 720g
The beautiful ASUS Zenbook Z305, powered with the new Intel Core M CPU, will launch at €799 according to NotebookItalia. This 1.2KG Ultrabook with a 2K display, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD should be available in December.
We always though that ASUS would break into a new price point with this superlight but 799 euro (which is likely to translate to $799 pre-tax in the USA) is better than we expected.
Seconds after I made this video at an IFA press event this ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi was taken away. it shouldn’t have been there but my video camera had already been rolling.
The ASUS Transformer Book Chi has a really lightweight screen but it’s quite wide. The keyboard is great and the hinge and dock seem high quality. The casing too. I’ll jut leave you to enjoy the video…