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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value!....but with some caveats, November 9, 2013
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This review is from: ASUS T100 10-Inch Laptop [2014],(gray) (Personal Computers)
This has got to be one of the best tech values besides the Nexus 5 and Nokia 520. Fro $350-400, you get a FULL FEATURED 10 inch Windows 8 tablet that comes with a keyboard dock! Tablet one second, netbook the other! Its a fantastic device that gets 5 stars for its superb value alone!

+ Great screen! People online may gripe on the 720p display, but you'll never notice using it
+ Battery life: Took it off the charger 7am this morning, and been using it straight since browsing the internet, viewing several Youtube videos both on Flash and Metrotube app, reading PDFs with Bluetooth and Webcam on. Now at 4pm, and still have 40% on the tank! Definetly liberating from netbooks where under clocking underpowered devices was a necessity to get that battery life. About as good as my iPad.
+The Speakers! As an iPad owner, I'm impressed. Very clear and very loud. definitely betrays their size. I've never had reason to crank it up past 50% so far.
+ FULL WINDOWS 8.1! This can't be said enough. I think almost everyone who has bought a Netbook did so to get a full Windows experience in a relatively portable format, where I do not feel afraid to use the device on a subway, and doesn't require me to bring a charger.
+ This things a BEAST for its size. Wana watch a flash Youtube video while browsing the net on the same screen? No problem! Wana do some photo editing while watching said video? No sweat! Everything is buttery smooth on Bay Trail. Hell, it seems faster than my Core2Duo 2009 White Macbook that I've been using as my primary computer (very happily especially with Mavericks) for 4 years now.
+ FREE DOCK!!!!
+ MicroSD card slot: Format it so NTFS, and you have an additional 32-64GB Hard Drive, so space no longer becomes a big issue.

However.......

- The Dock: I REALLY want to like this thing. Truly. But its pretty terrible. The keyboard has the same configuration and size as my 1000HE, which I've been using regularly until recently (broken fan). But its for some reason a pain in the ___ to type on. I think its because the keys are recessed in to the case too far, and the boarders around the keyboard are too high. Makes it very awkward to type on. Keys are also a bit stiff, but I personally don't mind that too much. Also, like others are reporting, there's still Q/A issues with these: Bought it from BestBuy yesterday (32GB) so its a brand new batch. The space bar is already squeaking after just a days use. Now very difficult to type on. Gonna send it in for return.

The Touchpad is also pretty bad. However, there's a way to make it pretty decent:

1- realize that Asus put some stupid power saving feature to turn off the touchpad after 10 seconds or so. When you wana use it, just tap on it and use it. Small 6/10 second thing, but it makes it much more bearable.

2- On the Desktop, double click "Asus Smart Gesture" on the bottom right where the Dock is (where you see your Battery indicator). Go to "Edge Gesture" and TURN THAT SHAITE OFF!!! Whoever thought that was a good idea in the first place should be fired! This thing already has the ability to do gestures with the touch screen. What's the point in adding all these unusable gestures to such a small touchpad? Leave it alone! The only gesture it needs is 2 finger scrolling. The rest is pointless.

3- After that, go to Mouse Settings on the Control Panel and crank up both touch sensitivity and scrolling speed.

So in conclusion, if you want a FULL 10 inch Windows Tablet that has a dock to use as a stand, case, and occasional keyboard, then get the Asus T100 without hesitation. Its perfect.

If, like me, you are looking to get one as a netbook replacement, then wait a bit longer. Either until Asus fixes their Q/A issues, for competitor models that WILL be coming, or ditch the Tablet part and wait for the eventual touch screen Bay Trail netbooks.

In my 1 day use, the tablet part adds to the Netbook experience. Complementing it with the fast processing and amazing battery life, this machine should be the Ultimate Computational Device.

However, it isn't right now. My thumb is tired from hitting this squeaky space bar, so signing off!

Edit: Just got back from Bestbuy to exchange the keyboard, and the overall response is much better. Think the keyboard was defective all around. If it holds up after the next few weeks, I'll bump it up to 4 stars. Still, be wary of the quality control issues on this product, and make sure you buy it from somewhere that has a very flexible return policy.

Edit 2: Well, it's been a month and so far, so good! The new dock has shown no wear and is now holding up well. after about a month, it's staring to replace my iPad as a tablet. Not entirely, but it's getting there. 4:3 aspect ratio is still ideal for tablet browsing, and Windows store is sorely lacking apps...but considering that I never intended this little thing to replace my MacBook OR iPad, I gotta say Tablet internet Explorer has grown on me! And I haven't really touched my MacBook since getting this, as I am able to do all my editing fine with the T100.

Another thing to be wary of: The plastics in the tablet are cheap. No joke. I put it in my book bag with the dock snug in a relatively safe compartment. Never banged it, or dropped it, etc. took it out, and found a very small crack on the side of the tablet. It's very small and everything works perfect, but considering the amount of drops and damage I've done with my old Asus Netbook, it's a bit disappointing it's that brittle. When in use, get a case for the whole thing. AmazonBasics has a cheap $9 case for 10 inch tablets that fits well and gives good enough protection.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2013 7:08:05 PM PST
RockBoy says:
Hello, I see no setting to adjust either touch pad setting. I can not find any setting like this in control panel or basic settings.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2013 1:53:19 AM PST
Jon says:
Not on the Control Panel. Its hidden in the Dock where the Battery Icon is, and other Desktop background apps (such as Chrome Apps, Skype, etc). Click Customize and under Asus Smart Gesture, click Show Icon and Notifications. You should now see the an icon on the dock that looks like the Touĉpad. It'll turn green a bit when tapping on it. Double click/tap it, and turn off the unnecessary gestures.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2013 6:18:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2013 6:19:14 AM PST
RockBoy says:
Yep. W8 is annoying in this regard. Hides everything from pre W8 style settings!

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 7:44:02 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 25, 2013 1:48:57 PM PST
FLORDIA says:
You can always hook up another key broad to your USB port if you really hate the one that comes with it. I haven't had any problems with mine yet but like you I don't care much for the key broad that comes with it. Thanks for some if the great tips on finding things to reset saved me some time looking for the settings.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 4:27:05 PM PST
Sarah says:
i'm 83 yrs young and in the market for a computer.... my grandkids know much more than us old geezers and this looks easy by the comments... however will try it shortly and the best part of the recommendation is to buy it in a store with very flexible return policy...thanks to the people who take the time to give advice.... they are probably over 70 with patience (;-) ...harold

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2013 4:29:57 AM PST
Jon,
You said " 3- After that, go to Mouse Settings on the Control Panel and crank up both touch sensitivity and scrolling speed. " at least on my tablet in the control panel area, under mouse settings...I fail to see any settings for touch sensitivity or scrolling speed. As far as the scrolling speed goes, I see how many lines to scroll a a time...is that what you are referring to ? And as far as touch sensitivity, could you be referring a setting in the 'pen and touch' area ?
Thanks,
David

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2013 7:41:01 PM PST
RockBoy says:
It is a very good device! I bought the 64GB version from WalMart due to the return policy refer to.

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 5:03:40 PM PST
hp1480 says:
is this a 32bit or 64 bit

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2013 11:16:40 PM PST
It comes with a Windows 8.1 32-bit, however it is 64-bit compatible according to Intel's site so it should support a 64-bit operating system.
http://ark.intel.com/products/76759
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