Asus T200: Transforming for the better

The word 'transformer' always rings a bell. Especially after the series of Hollywood flicks which feature fancy aliens who transform into bulky robotic creatures from high-end automobiles. When this particular device landed at our workplace, the name drew attention right away. Why the name 'Transformer'? Well, the answer was right there. This one appears to be a laptop at first, but the two panels can be separated to transform it into a tab with ease. Interesting design element this is. But is this low-cost convertible notebook all about design or does the hardware hold enough ground to make it a good buy? Let's find out.

Design

The Asus Transformer Book T200 boasts of an 11.6-inch screen, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3795 Bay Trail processor running at 2.39 GHz burst frequency with 2GB RAM. This 2-in-1 also has an ethernet port and an extra USB 2.0 port in the included keyboard dock. The silver plastic surrounding the keyboard itself feels thinner and less durable, but then it isn't exposed to the same amount of wear and tear as the back of the tablet. On the outside, it looks similar to most of the other budget segment laptops.

Features

The Transformer Book T200 works like a regular notebook except for the fact that its display doesn't tilt back far enough. Also, the keyboard is a full-sized one. It comes with all of the keys that you will find in a regular Windows laptop. We did not find any issues with the keyboard; however, it has a plasticky feel. The touch pad is appropriately sized and is highly responsive. The Transformer T200 comes with an integerated camera at the top and it also houses speakers in the middle of the left and right edges. We would say the speakers provide decent sound quality and work well if you use them in quiet surroundings. The absence of a cooling fan ensures that the device runs silently. And, interestingly, there were no issues of it getting heated up on average usage.

The device did not offer a great skyping experience as the T200 comes with a two-megapixel front camera, which renders too much noise in images. The videos turned out grainy despite good light conditions. The rear camera, however, is of better quality; it produced relatively sharper pictures.

Performance

Asus is known for its hardware and they have not disappointed with this device. The Transformer T200 is not outrageously good , but at this price, the device is designed for everyday tasks such as office productivity, Web browsing, watching movies, etc. The Intel Atom Z3795 (a 1.59GHz quad-core "Bay Trail" processor) and 2GB RAM ensure that the gadget runs smoothly. But, if you are one who wants to indulge in high-end gaming, this might not be the one for you.

The device also has 64GB of solid-state storage, which is a let-down. Only about 30GB of the drive is available for the user, once the WindowsOS is installed.

In terms of software, several minor utilities and Windows apps come preloaded become functional once your operating system is up and running. We managed to watch two movies back to back on this one and the device stilll had enough power to last for another two hours. Hence, battery life did not appear to be an issue.

Verdict

Good build quality, connectivity, the handy storage upgrade bay in the keyboard dock, decent display quality, good battery life - all these make the 2-in-1 The Asus Transformer T200 an interesting device. the drawbacks include poor viewing angles, an average front camera and absence of a backlit keyboard. However, at Rs 35,999, we can say that it is a good buy for someone looking for a laptop and tab experience in one product.

ASUS TRANSFORMER T2O0
  • Display: 11.60-inch

     
  • Processor: 2.39GHz

     
  • Front camera: 2MP

     
  • Rear camera: 5MP

     
  • OS: Windows 8.1

     
  • RAM: 2GB

     
  • Resolution: 768x1366 pixels

     
  • Price: Rs 35,999


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