If you like the convenience of the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3, especially the keyboard and mouse, then you might want to check out the ASUS Transformer Book T100. It’s a lower-end device in terms of hardware, but it has enough power to get you through the day with Microsoft Office, basic apps and even a little video streaming with apps like Netflix or Hulu. It comes with Windows 8.1, but you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
For the road warrior, it’s a great option because it also offers a full day of battery, around 10 to 11 hours with average use, eight hours if you watch a movie. That means you can get by on one charge from your morning to evening commute most days, without hunting for a plug mid-day.
In addition to its already low price of $260 on Amazon for the 64GB version, it comes with Microsoft Office for free, so you won’t have to shell out extra money for the full office suite. It’s expandable too, with a microHDMI, microSD and microUSB ports located directly on the tablet, both of which can be easily converted to full HDMI and USB with a simple converter. The keyboard has only one port, but it’s a useful USB 3.0 port. This tablet’s ports are mostly located on the 10.1-inch display because it undocks from the keyboard, giving you a full tablet experience.
Bottom line: If you don’t need high performance and tend to stick to the Microsoft Office Suite, basic apps and some casual streaming, the Asus Transformer Book T100 is an affordable option for business users who don’t want to pay for the Surface lineup.
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