Asus has been steadily expanding its lineup with a slew of devices, including its Transformer family. The Transformer series has been somewhat special as it opened new avenues for the company and gave users the liberty to use their devices as a standalone tablet or a laptop.
Today, we’re taking a look at Transformer Book T200, their latest Windows-powered tablet for the Indian market.
The Transformer Book T200 boasts Asus’ concentric-circle pattern, which looks really premium. The physical Windows key, volume and power buttons are placed at the back of the device whereas the sides sport the charging slot, microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card slot and a mini-HDMI port. The 5 megapixel camera is placed at the back with the loudspeaker while the 2 megapixel is placed on the front, just above the display.
Speaking of display, the Transformer Book T200 features a 11.6-inch display supporting a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Asus uses an IPS display panel that gives a 178-degree viewing angle. The display quality is decent and though we would have liked Asus to go for a full HD panel, the HD panel is acceptable.
Under the hood, the laptop-tablet hybrid is powered by Intel’s Z3775 Bay Trail quad-core processor, Intel HD graphics and 2GB of RAM. The device runs Windows 8.1 and quite frankly, the combination is powerful enough to handle the OS and day-to-day operations. However, if you’re looking to do some serious work that includes video editing or using Photoshop most of the work hours, you will have to look elsewhere.
In simple words, the Transformer Book T200 is made to act as an on-the-go laptop for emails, editing documents or spreadsheets, web surfing or for leisurely tasks like watching videos or listening to music.
Understandably, the RAM is non-expandable and storage needs are fulfilled by a 32GB eMMC and 500GB HDD, offering ample space to store data.
Moving on to the mobile dock, the dock complements the T200’s design and features a metallic finish. It features a full-size keyboard and multi-touch trackpad and slew of other ports that adds utility to the hybrid device like an Ethernet RJ45, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports.
The dock’s hinge is made of one-piece stainless steel and though the mechanism is sturdy enough, the keyboard won’t work unless you dock it with the T200. The hinge also restricts the display to tilt up to a certain angle, which is less than you would find in a regular notebook.
All said and done, the Transformer Book T200 is an interesting device. Although similarly priced laptops are generally powerful, they lack T200’s liberty to transform into a tablet at will. The Transformer Book T200 also offers up to 10 hours of battery life.
The Transformer Book T200 currently retails around Rs. 34,000 on Flipkart.
Pros: Battery Life, Hybrid design
Cons: Limited tilt-able display angle, Less powerful