Asus Transformer T300 Chi Review – Convertible with ultrabook allure




Asus Transformer T300 Chi Review – Convertible with ultrabook allure
The T300 Chi is an expensive convertible, but you get what your money. Keyboard and tablet are made of sturdy metal, and are thin and nicely finished. The hardware is relatively fast, so that the tablet can also be used as a laptop. The more expensive model with 2560×1440-pixel screen, unfortunately suffers from backlight bleeding and the battery life is not impressive.

Relatively fast Core M
Solid housing
High screen
Included OTG cable
Backlight bleeding
No impressive battery life
Slow SSD
Tweakers zegt: goed!
Price at time of publication: € 950, –
Available from: € 949, –
Tested Configuration: Asus T300CHI-FH024H (Belgian model)
At CES in January 2015 Asus presented three new convertibles, which habitually part of the Transformer series. T90, T100 and T300, which Asus when presented, given the suffix ‘Chi’ note, which is reserved for the more expensive and luxurious convertibles of the company. The Chi-convertibles are characterized by the use of thinner housings for tablet and keyboard, which are also made of metal. All three of which we can then shortly convertibles try and T100 Chi meanwhile we also expanded tested . The T90 is unfortunately not to the Netherlands, but the cost of EUR 950 flagship T300 Chi, though. That top model, we also tested extensively, which we obviously looked at what ‘Chi’ to the regular T300, which we already in progress names .

Asus Transformer T300 Chi

The Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi, as the device is fully entitled, in two versions available , with 4GB of memory and a full-HD screen, and with 8GB RAM and a screen resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The last version we tested and it may be said that Asus has succeeded the right premium feel associated with the Chi-series and the price of 950 euros, to convey.

The tablet is a lot thinner than the regular T300 and has a body that does not pastic, but sturdy, dark alloy and in the middle is equipped with the Asus logo. At the edges of the tablet is about five millimeters thick and the weight is 729 grams. That’s pretty high for a tablet, but given the size of the device and the screen diagonal of 12.5 “it does not feel heavy.

The front of the tablet is from edge to edge of glass made and the display panel seems to be near the top of the glass. For extra luxury touch the tablet around with a shiny metallic edge that may not will please everyone equally good taste.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Asus Transformer T300 Chi Those shiny metal edges come back to the keyboard dock, which also includes surrounding such edge. The top of the dock is like the tablet made of sturdy dark metal and can therefore not easy impressions. The tablet is firmly in the dock and enthusiastic during the whole typing wobbles and fro, as is the case with the T100 and T300. That’s probably because the hinge where the dock in open position leans on is widened. In addition, the hinge more compact, because keyboard and tablet via bluetooth will communicate. To connect keyboard and touchpad Asus used in cheaper models a special connector and two metal “hooks” that reasonably occupy some space. That system has been replaced on the Chi by magnets and two cams which guide the tablet into the middle of the dock.

Asus Transformer T300 Chi The tablet can dock somewhat wobble forward and backward, but by the strong magnets you do not get the feeling that he will fall off the dock. The tablet allows easy pick himself off the dock and possibly reverse it be placed in the dock, so you can create a kind of tent mode. It is unclear whether this can really be counted as the functionality of the T300, as the power button, which is placed on top of the tablet, put the system into standby mode if you put the whole tent mode on a surface.

The 27.5-inch wide keyboard itself has a pleasant, clear attack, but the feedback was less slack liked. Especially with firmer typing press the buttons a bit too easily through to the deepest point. In addition, there is little travel site, although that given the thinness of the keyboard as no surprise.

Although the keyboard is approximately the same size as that of many 13.3 “-ultrabooks, the touchpad is significantly smaller. That’s why you quickly need to connect an external mouse. Apart from the size, there is little wrong with the touchpad. It is readily responded to multitouch gestures and using the supplied software to configure additional multitouch movements easy. The mouse buttons when pressed produce a clear sound, but the click itself gives a rather ambiguous feedback.

Asus Transformer T300 Chi Keyboard and touch pad, as mentioned, via bluetooth. This results in a more compact hinge and means that you can put the tablet at a distance and still can use the wireless keyboard. The keyboard has, of course, requires energy and, therefore, there is built-in a battery pack. Which is rechargeable using the supplied USB cable that fits right into your tablet and left in the keyboard dock. It had been more elegant when both USB connections had been sitting at the same height.


As with most tablets, the number of connectors available on the T300 Chi small. Fullsize- USB connections are not an option, but Asus does have mounted a micro usb b port. The connection points to USB 3.0 speed, but Asus provides a USB 2.0 OTG cable with. Remarkably, we took our own USB 3.0 OTG cable no higher speeds than 37MB / s, while the Windows driver certainly indicates that a USB 3.0 hub is present. The exact cause remains unknown.

Except usb there are a micro HDMI port and a jack socket on the right side of the tablet there. On the left, only the Windows button and find the volume control. Under placed on the tablet has a micro SD card reader.


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