Summary: The hãng asus Transformer Pad T200TA is one of the most interesting affordable 2-in-1s of the moment. It starts at $400 & for that kind of money you"re getting a Bay
Trail platform machine with a 11.6 inch IPS display, a 37 Wh battery and a docking unit that bundles a full-size keyboard, wide trackpad & more ports. They all địa chỉ cửa hàng up and the entire thing is rather bulky và heavy, but that"s a compromise you can probably learn to lớn live with.

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The good

nicely build, decent chất lượng IPS screen, handle daily tasks well, packs a dock with a good keyboard và a good selection of ports, charges fast & lasts for 8+ hours on a go, excellent price

A while ago I’ve reviewed the asus Transformer Book T100TA, which quickly became one of the best-selling 2-in-1s of the last year. Now it’s time khổng lồ have a look at a similar, yet different in a few important ways device, the Transformer Book T200TA.

This one is mostly an oversized version of the T100, as it is still designed as a stand-alone Windows 8.1 tablet bundled with a matching docking station, included in the pack. In other words, the T200 is something you can use as a regular slate, or a mini-laptop if you need the extra productivity provide by a keyboard và peripherals.

Compared khổng lồ the T100 though, the T200 is larger, heavier, và packs an 11.6 inch touchscreen. The dock is more complex, with extra ports, a full-size keyboard, & a wider trackpad. Price-wise though, the T200 is expected to lớn start at $399 (follow this links for an updated price tag at the time you’re reading this), which is more or less on par with what hãng asus charged for the T100 at launch.

Keep in mind that I’ve used the T200 extensively for the last two weeks and my review is based on my impressions gathered during this time. The tablet came from Asus’s truyền bá department và went back after I published the article & the video.

Later update: The Transformer Book T200TA has grown old in the meantime, but if you’re still interested in this kind of highly-portable devices, then you should definitely kiểm tra out our guides on the best 10 and 11-inch mini-laptops available in stores these days, as well as our more recent reviews of hãng asus ultraportable devices.


The hãng asus Transformer Book T200 is one of the most affordable 11.6 inch 2-in-1s available right now

 Asus Transformer Book T200TA spec sheet
Screen11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 px, IPS
HardwareIntel Atom Bay
Trail-T Z3775 CPU 1.46 GHz CPU & Intel HD graphics
Memory2 GB RAM
Storage64 GB e
MMC inside the slate and 500 GB HDD in the dock
Connectivity Wireless N, Bluetooth
Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, gyroscope, light sensor
Portsmicro-HDMI, micro-USB, micro
SD card reader (up to 64 GB cards), proprietary docking port, tai nghe jack
Cameras5 MPx back camera without Flash, 1.2 MPx front camera
Battery37 Wh
OSWindows 8.1
SizeTablet: 305 x 194 x 11.95 milimet (12” x 7.6” x 0.47”) With dock: 305 x 200 x 26 milimet (12” x 7.7” x 1”)
WeightTablet: 780 g (1.71 lbs) With dock (and HDD): 1625 g (3.58 lbs)
Othersdocking station included, with keyboard, trackpad, USB 2.0 và USB 3.0 slots, LAN port & HDD

The video Review

Design, exterior và first look

Like I said above, on a first look the T200 seems just like a larger version of the popular T100. That was expected, since there’s an 11.6 inch screen on this Transformer Book, while the T100 only packed a 10.1 inch display. However, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of bezel around the screen, at this has a major impact on this slate’s footprint as well.

On vị trí cao nhất of that, the T200 is rather heavy, as it tips the scales at 1.7 pounds. Have it connected lớn the dock & you’ll kết thúc up with a 3.6 pounds device, while most standard 11 inch mini laptops weigh less than 3, which means that asus somewhat sacrificed portability on this device in order to lớn implement the form-factor with reduced costs.

Weight aside though, the T200 feels & looks good enough. In fact, it’s fairly sturdy và nicely finished, again, for something that only sells for $400. Xanh textured plastic is used for the slate’s back & sides, with a rubbery feel that makes it grippy in hand, but will catch dirt easily. The sides are a bit sharp & covered in some sort of glossy plastic, while the front is occupied by the screen (and bezel).

It’s worth noticing here that all the ports and connectors were placed on the left-edge, which leads khổng lồ an uncluttered right-side, ideal for most users when having this on a flat surface, in máy vi tính mode.


Docking station

The dock is made from a mix of silver plastic on the interior và black, rugged plastic on its belly. But if you were looking for premium materials, you won’t find them on the T200.

In fact, this is what makes the Transformer Book T200 as versatile as it is, enhancing your experience with the slate. It offers a full-sized keyboard, with proper spaced keys, good tactile feedback & decent travel. In fact, this feels a lot lượt thích the keyboards on the hãng asus Chromebook C200 và the asus Vivobook X202.

There’s also a large, smooth trackpad và most-of-the-time accurate trackpad, with gestures support, and a roomy palm-rest.


On đứng đầu of that, on the sides hãng asus tucked a LAN port & two USB connectors (USB 3.0 on the right & 2.0 on the left), while on the inside there’s room for a hard-drive. A 500 GB HDD came presintalled on our demo unit, but asus actually made it really simple lớn access this bay, which is only one Philips screw và one plastic cap away from you. So if you’ll buy the T200 without the HDD in the dock, it’s going lớn be very easy to lớn put one in there yourself (or maybe put an SSD instead).

Latching/unlatching the slate và the dock together is another simple process and the hinge is solid enough to keep the screen exactly how you’ll phối it up. However, the connection is not completely firm, as the slate moves in place when attached to the dock. On the other hand, the T200 is not very top-heavy, so it won’t easily fall on its rear when the screen is leaned back as much as the hinge allows.

To sum these up, I overall liked how this Transformer Book T200 feels và looks. The slate itself is large & heavy, thus not that comfortable lớn use, which I wasn’t exactly expecting considering the hardware it packs inside (read down below for details). But that’s the corner hãng asus had to cut in order khổng lồ meet the low price point & it’s just something you’ll have to take as it is.



There’s an 11.6 inch touchscreen on this T200 and hãng asus went with an average-quality IPS panel. It covers 72% of the s
RGB & 55% of Adobe RGB standards, which is not bad, but not impressive either. It has good viewing angles and the average Delta
E for the uncalibrated panel is 1.99, with the Blues & the Reds more aggressively skewed than the others.

More details are available below (I’m using a Datacolor Spyder4 Elite colorimeter for the measurements):

measured gamma: 2.3 ;max brightness in the middle of the screen: 254 cd/m2 on power;contrast at max brightness: 630:1;white point: 7200 K;black on max brightness: 0.40 cd/m2;average Delta
E: 1.99 uncalibrated, 1.55 calibrated .

The white point is rather cold, but the panel is bright enough & offers decent contrast. On vị trí cao nhất of that, the Brightness distribution is really good. The picture included is a bit skewed, as there was just not enough room khổng lồ place the Spyder on the lower third of the screen, which resulted in what I consider inaccurate results for that area of the screen.

Of course, the display is glossy on this device & if you plan lớn use it outside, reflections & glare are going to be a problem.


Hardware & daily use experience

Hardware wise, the T200 shares the same platform as the T100: an hãng intel Atom Bay
Trail-T Z3775 processor with 2 GB of RAM & 64 GB of internal e
MMC storage & a 500 GB HDD in the dock, for this tested version. Roughly 35 GB are available for your own nội dung on that internal flash, with a fresh Windows 8.1 install. In time, this space will diminish.

The Hynix made e
MMC is not a lot faster than a regular HDD, but at least it’s silent. & the fact that this máy tính only comes with 2 GB of RAM will probably disappoint some of you, especially since those cannot be upgraded and the Atom platform supports up to lớn 4 GB of memory. However, if asus went for 4 GB of RAM on this one, they also would have had lớn get the 64bit version of the OS preinstalled, và these two would have once again affected the price.

And as James added in the comments section: “Besides cost, 4GB LP-DDR3 RAM is also still not a common option for mobile range devices và the bay Trail T is using the same smartphone LP-DDR3 RAM used in many ARM based devices. So the increase cost would be greater than it would be for the cất cánh Trail M & D series that support DDR3L RAM that can be readily found in higher capacities.

The hardware is not upgradeable and in fact accessing it is not an easy endeavor, as it requires khổng lồ remove the slate’s back cover. There is however a HDD in the dock, a Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A on our unit, which is a 7 milimet drive . I can’t confirm whether 9 mm drive will work or not, but you can be safe as go with 7 mm ones.

The Atom platform is meant lớn be primarily efficient, so it’s not a power-horse, but is capable of handling well most everyday activities, from browsing lớn chatting, from editing texts to lớn watching all sorts of đoạn clip content, listening to music và even playing older games or the touch-optimized titles in Microsoft’s Store. Just don’t over push it và don’t try khổng lồ multitask between many apps opened at the same time, cause if you do, you’ll over up with a choppy experience.


I had no problems running high-bitrate 1080p mkvs on this T200 or streaming 1080p nội dung from Youtube, in which case the Wireless module proved fast & reliable (a Broadcom 802.11 bgn chip). There’s also a Fast Ethernet Realtek adapter, in case you need khổng lồ go the wired route.

The speakers are not bad either, loud và punchy, & definitely help with the overall multimedia experience, but the slate’s shell tends to vibrate when pumping up the volume, which is not going khổng lồ be a problem when using this T200 in máy vi tính mode, but could be when holding it as a tablet.

The computer also runs cool, as you can see from the pictures below & the case barely gets warm under load. On top of that, this thing is almost completely noiseless, if not for the occasional cranking of the spinning hard-drive. Otherwise, the platform is fan-less, thus dead-quiet.

Battery Life

The T200 is capable of going for up khổng lồ 8 hours of daily use, with Wi-Fi ON và the screen at 50%, while performing a mix of the activities mentioned above, with the dock attached all of the time. And that’s not bad at all.

The tablet can also go for about 11 hours when left idle, with the screen completely dimmed down. At the same time, it will run out of juice in under 5 hours of full-load with the screen at max brightness.

Keep in mind that this particular version of the T200 comes with the HDD inside the dock và that’s going lớn have an impact on final numbers. If you’ll go for the versions without the HDD, your T200 will last somewhat longer each charge. It’s also worth noting here that there’s no extra battery inside the dock.

There’s supposedly a 37 Wh battery inside the slate, although HWInfo và other similar software only show an 18.5 Wh one on my chạy thử unit, but also abnormally small average consumption, which makes me think the apps are only reporting on half of the battery, but the entire one is actually in use.

The laptop comes with a 33Wh power-brick & a complete charge takes around 2 hours (with light use during this time). It no longer charges via the micro
USB port
, lượt thích the T100 model, but through a dedicated charging pin.

Pricing and conclusions

Now, lớn wrap this up, the T200 sure offers a lot for the money: an interesting hardware platform, long battery life, a nice screen, plenty of ports and a surprisingly good typing experience. It does sacrifice portability, as it is bulky và heavy for an 11 incher.

It’s also not meant for heavy use, but can handle well the daily chores. Last but not least, it’s built entirely out of plastic and some of you might have expected a higher resolution screen và better hardware configurations, with 4 GB of RAM & extra storage space, but those would have driven the prices up.

Asus chose to lớn keep the prices down instead, as the T200 starts at $399 for the 32 GB version (follow this liên kết for the updated price). There will be a couple of different other models available as well, including one with 64 GB of SSD storage, 4 GB of RAM & one with a HDD included in the dock. Personally, I’d buy the 64 GB variant and showroom a storage unit of my own licking in the dock later on, preferably an SSD, in order to lớn keep this thing completely noiseless, as this is after all one of the Atom’s platform selling points.

I’ll update this section with prices and configurations as soon as the T200 becomes available in stores.

Update: the 32 GB model is available in UK at various stores, Including Argos, for £349 (Thanks Alan).

Update2: The $399 model, with 32 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM and no HDD in the dock, seems to be Best
Buy exclusive in the US right now. Other shops, including Amazon or B&H or Newegg các mục a $499 version, which bundles a higher clocked hãng intel Z3795 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage và Windows 8.1 64-bit. There’s not Office license included with this mã sản phẩm (or with the cheaper base version either) from what I can tell, unlike with the smaller T100TA & T100TAM 2-in-1s.

At the over of the day, the Transformer Book T200 hits the sweet-spot và I believe it’s going to lớn be one of the most popular inexpensive 2-in-1s of this year. It’s not the ideal option for everyone và it might not be what you want, in which case you should check out my danh sách of recommended 11 inchers available here on the site, and also some of the other asus Transformer Books, the portable và cheap T100, or the premium looking T300, with a 13 inch screen, Intel core hardware & a sleek metallic body.

Either way, that’s about it for this review. Let me know what you think about the hãng asus Transformer Book T200TA in the comments section below, & if you have any questions, don’t hesitate lớn ask, I & the other readers will be around to lớn reply.

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Asus were among the very first to lớn offer stand alone Windows tablets paired with matching docking stations with their Transformer Books.

In the meantime, this has grown to lớn become one of the most popular 2-in-1 form-factor available these days & while other manufacturers released similar devices, hãng asus did not lie on their back và waited.

As a result, they just recently announced the T100TAM & the T200TA Transformer Books & I’ve spent some time with both of them in the last few weeks.

These are not ultrabooks, but rather affordable hybrids, with a starting price of under $400. For that kind of money you’ll be getting Windows 8.1 slates built on intel Bay
Trail-T low-power hardware, a platform meant lớn be primarily efficient, while coping fine with everyday basic tasks. So performance is not their strong-suite, there are other hybrids lớn look at if you need that.

However, these Transformer Books sure offer a lot for the money & if you’re looking for inexpensive mini-laptops that can handle more than just the fun, you should have them on your shortlist.

The full reviews of these two Transformer Books are available on my other website,, where I cover tablets and affordable ultraportables. You’ll find the exact liên kết below. But first, let me tell you a few things about these two.


One is more portable, the other more practical, but they both start at $400 và have their own place under the sun

Of course, both these Transformer Books have worthy rivals, some better built, better looking or with extra features. But pretty much all them are more expensive than these are. So if you’re on a tight budget và after a compact 2-in-1, the hãng asus machines have to be on your list. I do advise you to kiểm tra out the competition as well, like the Acer Aspire Switch 10, HP Omni 10 or the Dell Venue Pro 11, và also my curated lists of compact ultraportables and more affordable ultrabooks alternatives. Last but not least, if you need a small computer for light activities, then you should also kiểm tra out the available Chromebooks that sell for as low as $199 these days.

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To wrap this up, there are plenty of aspects you’ll lượt thích about the two Transformer Books mentioned in the post, but each has its particularities & each is better suited for certain activities/users. So in the end the choice is entirely yours, as you know better than anyone what you want from your computer và which details matter more khổng lồ you than others. The comments section is xuất hiện though, so if you have any questions or anything to địa chỉ to this comparison, feel free to vì chưng it, I’ll be around lớn reply.

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