ASUS Transformer Book Chi T300 CHI-F1-DB

ASUS have gathered some great user reviews with their 2-in-1 detachable series, the Transformer Book Chi, a sleek and rather versatile slim convertible notebook that will work great as an ultraportable device for those who don’t need a lot of computing power.

Review

The model we’re reviewing today is the T300CHI-F1-DB, the more affordable one from the two versions currently available. We think this is the one to go for, since it offers a balanced mix of processing power and battery life. Also, the price is very attractive for a 2-in-1 detachable. The ASUS Transformer Book Chi will work in 4 different modes: standard notebook, detached tablet, attached tablet and tent.

With a weight of just 3 pounds and a thickness of a sixth of an inch, the T300 Chi is a great travel mate to carry around wherever you go. Furthermore, the battery life is sufficient for a full day of usage without needing to charge it.

The Asus Transformer Book Chi 300The battery stats are even more impressive considering it has a brilliant, Full HD display on a 12.5″ screen built with Zero Air Gap technology and scratch and shock resistant Corning Concore Glass.

The hardware it comes with is standing out as powerful enough to run many programs and apps simultaneously without a real thirst for energy. The processor is an Intel Core M-5Y10, which is specifically produced for ultraportable and lightweight devices. It has a cache size of 4 megabytes, a thermal design power of just 4.5 watts and a surprisingly high benchmark score of just under 2900 points. This detail alone makes the ASUS Transformer Book Chi T300CHI-F1-DB worthy of serious consideration when searching for a detachable 2-in-1.

Acer Transformer Book Chi 300 Back View The Acer has 4 gigabytes of system memory available. It’s not impressive, but it’s an adequate amount for the tasks it was designed for, such as browsing the internet, writing emails, moderate multitasking, media playing and other low to medium resource draining activities.

Check prices and read user reviews about the Transformer Chi on Amazon

Storage space may be insufficient for some users, since it has a 128 gigabytes iSSD. However, considering the advantages a small factor M.2 solid state drive comes with like decreased latency, improved access times and increased energy efficiency, I’d say the trade-off is equitable, especially since it supports SD cards up to 128 gigabytes. If you want to learn more about the small sized iSSD, check out a presentation brochure published by Sandisk.

Other interesting features we’ll find on the ASUS Transformer Book Chi are: Miracast (HDMI over WiFi) support, Stylus Pen support, machined aluminum chassis and a good looking backlit keyboard.

Technical Specifications


Product ASUS Transformer Book Chi (T300CHI-F1-DB)
PROCESSOR
CPU Name Intel Core M-5Y10
CPU Type Dual Core
CPU Speed 0.8 GHz up to 2.0 GHz
CPU Cache 4 MB
SYSTEM MEMORY
Installed Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 4 GB
Memory Type LPDDR3 @ 1600 MHz
Total Memory Slots unknown
STORAGE
Storage Capacity 128 GB
Storage Type iSSD
Storage Technology SATA
DISPLAY
Screen Size 12.5″
Screen Type Touchscreen LCD
Screen Technology IPS, Corning Concore Glass
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen Yes
GRAPHICS
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Graphics 5300
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
AUDIO & VIDEO
Audio Technology ASUS SonicMaster
Speakers 2 x 2 W stereo speakers
Webcam Yes, 2 MP
NETWORK AND COMMUNICATION
Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet No
INTERFACE
USB Ports 1 x USB 3.0
HDMI Yes, Micro HDMI
VGA No
Headphone/Mic Audio Combo Jack
Multi Card Slot Micro SD card slot up to 128 GB
LAN (RJ45) No
INPUT DEVICES
Touch Pad / Track Pad Precision Track Pad
Keyboard Standard Notebook (84 keys)
Backlit Keyboard No
BATTERY
Battery Type Li-Polymer
Battery Capacity 31 Wh
Maximum Battery Life Up to 8 hours
Other Features Active Stylus Pen support
Miracast support
Operating System Windows 8.1
Dimensions (W x D x H) 12.5″ x 7.5″ x 0.6″
Weight 3.2 lbs

Scores, Pros and Cons

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  • Pros
  • Good processing power via Intel M Series
  • M.2 Solid State Drive
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Full HD display
  • Above average battery life
  • Great build quality
  • Cons
  • System memory size
  • No 802.11ac support
  • Just one USB port

Final Thoughts

Considering the pros and cons mentioned earlier, I’d say the ASUS Transformer Book Chi T300CHI-F1-DB is a great device capable of surprising even the most demanding users when it comes to portability, features and hardware package.

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