Recently I picked up a Transformer Book T100HA, it’s got the same Atom X5 Z8500 and 4GB as the X98 Pro. So I thought it would be a good comparison. Often I post reviews and other interesting things just on the YouTube channel. Like this Asus Transformer Book T100HA review video below.
While issues with the touch screen have forced me to have to return this unit. I’m not bothering with a full review of this tablet for various reasons. What is interesting to note is the X5 Z8500 has the exact same thermal throttling at 86 degrees as the Teclast X98 Pro. So it seems the Cherry Trail’s are much hotter due to the graphics power increase over the Bay Trail. What surprised me is the X98 Pro clearly outperformed the T100HA and this was before my heatsink mod. It looks as if ASUS tweaked things back in order to get that great battery life the T100HA has.
While the tablet isn’t all bad, I found the following (To summarize):
- The screen is very bright and fully laminated.
- The keyboard while small is, is very practical
- The speakers are very loud, there is even some hint of bass.
- Battery life is great, around 8-9 hours of web use.
- Nice size the tablet and weight is okay
- Metal rear housing
- Decent performance and multitasking for an Atom.
- Just like the X98 Pro, it reaches 86 degrees and triggers thermal throttling.
- Only 37GB free on the 64GB model
- Full of ASUS bloatware and preinstalled crap
- 1280 x 800 isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. (Low Pixel count)
- Keyboard is a little flimsy and average touchpad
- My unit has a defective touch screen (Ghost touch issues)
- Wifi is slower than most Chinese tablets tested.
- Slow to charge, slower than the X98 Pro
The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA cost me 350 euros from Amazon.fr and the Teclast X98 Pro around 206 Euros from BangGood.com here. So a big difference in price there. Of course they are two very different tablets for different purposes.
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