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32GB Asus 10.1" Transformer Book Tablet w/ Keyboard Dock (Refurbished) EXPIRED

mvic10 23 July 29, 2014 at 08:56 PM in Laptops (6) More TigerDirect Deals
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Promoted 07-30-2014 at 04:10 PM View Original Post
TigerDirect has ASUS Transformer Book Tablet w/ Keyboard Dock (Refurbished T100TA) on sale for $249.97 - $50 Rebate = $199.97. Shipping starts around $5 and is based on location. Thanks mvic10

Specs:
  • Intel Atom Quad Core 1.86GHz Burst-TZ3740
  • 2GB DDR3 Memory
  • 32GB Solid State Drive
  • 10.1" 1366x768 Touch Display
  • Intel GMA HD Display
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2-cell Battery
  • Windows 8.1 (32-Bit)

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Edited July 30, 2014 at 09:46 AM by mlacey3
Tiger Direct

ASUS 10.1" Transformer = 349.99
Instant rebate - $100.02
Less $50 MIB - 50.00
Total--------------------------------199.97
slow shipping 5.09
total cost ===================== $205.06 shipped


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...CatId=4015

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Please note : This item does not include Microsoft Office

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This is a touchscreen notebook

Mail in rebate link is here:

http://static.highspeedbackbone.n...-16342.PDF
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Note that Office is *not* included. Typical for refurb offerings of this model -
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love my t100, but it's weak processing power (might actually be a lack RAM issue instead) and broken WiFi will be a turn off for many ppl

pros: it's a tablet / laptop, can run diablo 3 at somewhat playable framerates (unplayable to my standards), plays hearthstone ok, HDMI out, USB 3.0, amazing battery life, microsd expandable, bluetooth, wireless hdmi/video/whatever

cons: small hard drive, broken wifi drivers (.168 is your answer), lack of multitasking processing power, the most horrible touchpad I ever used

I couldnt get backtrack to dual boot, so i have VM
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Quote from jd254 View Post :
love my t100, but it's weak processing power (might actually be a lack RAM issue instead) and broken WiFi will be a turn off for many ppl

pros: it's a tablet / laptop, can run diablo 3 at somewhat playable framerates (unplayable to my standards), plays hearthstone ok, HDMI out, USB 3.0, amazing battery life, microsd expandable, bluetooth, wireless hdmi/video/whatever

cons: small hard drive, broken wifi drivers (.168 is your answer), lack of multitasking processing power, the most horrible touchpad I ever used

I couldnt get backtrack to dual boot, so i have VM
Couldn't agree more, many things I love about the device, I use it daily and have for a long time not.

However, lack of processor/memory is brutal. Forget multitasking, two internet windows open and this thing is at a crawl. I am dying to upgrade, but am having trouble finding something with similar battery life and NIT rating.
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Quote from jd254 View Post :
love my t100, but it's weak processing power (might actually be a lack RAM issue instead) and broken WiFi will be a turn off for many ppl

pros: it's a tablet / laptop, can run diablo 3 at somewhat playable framerates (unplayable to my standards), plays hearthstone ok, HDMI out, USB 3.0, amazing battery life, microsd expandable, bluetooth, wireless hdmi/video/whatever

cons: small hard drive, broken wifi drivers (.168 is your answer), lack of multitasking processing power, the most horrible touchpad I ever used

I couldnt get backtrack to dual boot, so i have VM
I recently bought two of these (with 500GB hard drive in the keyboard). Can you give some detail about .168 driver? TIA
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is this a good deal for a presentation laptop? it will be used just for work
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Couldn't agree more, many things I love about the device, I use it daily and have for a long time not.

However, lack of processor/memory is brutal. Forget multitasking, two internet windows open and this thing is at a crawl. I am dying to upgrade, but am having trouble finding something with similar battery life and NIT rating.
Lol, I remember when this first came out people were claiming it runs 12 browser tabs, office, and at least another program just fine with no lag.
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I have one of these, and here are a couple tips to make it more usable, if it helps anyone:

Firefox or Chrome with a flash blocking extension and ad-blocking extension do wonders for browsing performance

If you google "T100 Wimboot" you can find a method to install a compressed version of Windows, leaving you about 25GB free on the main 32GB drive.

Use the Microsoft-made driver for the Broadcom wifi chip, NOT broadcom's (google "t100 wifi broadcom" for more info)

Use Sysinternals' Autoruns tool (run as admin) and disable Asus' utilities, especially reading mode, which for some reason can crash and drain your battery with eye-watering speed

hope this helps!
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Couldn't agree more, many things I love about the device, I use it daily and have for a long time not.

However, lack of processor/memory is brutal. Forget multitasking, two internet windows open and this thing is at a crawl. I am dying to upgrade, but am having trouble finding something with similar battery life and NIT rating.
slightly off topic but I just bought a Asus Windows 8 tablet with the Atom Z2760. Considering that this T100's cpu is way faster, will my tablet be essentially useless?
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Couldn't agree more, many things I love about the device, I use it daily and have for a long time not.

However, lack of processor/memory is brutal. Forget multitasking, two internet windows open and this thing is at a crawl. I am dying to upgrade, but am having trouble finding something with similar battery life and NIT rating.
What a surprise t100 performs like a 2010 atom netbook. The t100 quad core atom is ok but 2gb ram, bloat, and slower emmc makes windows 8 slow for tasking. Still a good web surfer,but NOT better than cheap $250 1007u ultrabook.
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Quote from napoleon_jo View Post :
I have one of these, and here are a couple tips to make it more usable, if it helps anyone:

Firefox or Chrome with a flash blocking extension and ad-blocking extension do wonders for browsing performance

If you google "T100 Wimboot" you can find a method to install a compressed version of Windows, leaving you about 25GB free on the main 32GB drive.

Use the Microsoft-made driver for the Broadcom wifi chip, NOT broadcom's (google "t100 wifi broadcom" for more info)

Use Sysinternals' Autoruns tool (run as admin) and disable Asus' utilities, especially reading mode, which for some reason can crash and drain your battery with eye-watering speed

hope this helps!
nice tips, as far as the wimboot does it improve performance/reduce performance or pretty much same same but just gives you some more storage space??
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slightly off topic but I just bought a Asus Windows 8 tablet with the Atom Z2760. Considering that this T100's cpu is way faster, will my tablet be essentially useless?
you talking about the vivotab smart? if so it all depends on your expectations.. but follow the above tips and also google/youtube how to optimize windows 7 for performance and how to optimize windows 8 (both will give you very similar tips but there are prob more articles for windows 7 and both can be applied to windows 8) and you would be surprised at how much more processing power you can squeeze out and reduce overall RAM usage which = a smoother experience... even if you are not a power user all these little things make a difference

they also have gaming turbo booster/optimizer programs that you can customize and those programs do all the work for you after you set it up.. then there are other ones like tuneup utilities that have a turbo boost button that you can turn on and off as needed when you need reduce cpu usage/ram (for example it will turn off aero which frees up RAM and CPU) giving you more available for whatever program you are running - you can do all of the things the program does, but its nice to have a on and off button that makes it easy

also with ASUS there is a general consensus that if you reformat and install windows 8.1 (not windows 8 and then upgrade) that generally people have an overall better faster smoother experience - but this approach does take some effort to boot from USB windows 8.1 iso and takes time and effort... so approach that only if you know what you are doing

hope this helps
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The only thing that I really like about my T100 is the fact that it is bundled with MS Office. Other than that, I find the performance unremarkable. I would not recommend purchasing this refurbished product without MS Office.
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Quote from kris259 View Post :
nice tips, as far as the wimboot does it improve performance/reduce performance or pretty much same same but just gives you some more storage space??


you talking about the vivotab smart? if so it all depends on your expectations.. but follow the above tips and also google/youtube how to optimize windows 7 for performance and how to optimize windows 8 (both will give you very similar tips but there are prob more articles for windows 7 and both can be applied to windows 8) and you would be surprised at how much more processing power you can squeeze out and reduce overall RAM usage which = a smoother experience... even if you are not a power user all these little things make a difference

they also have gaming turbo booster/optimizer programs that you can customize and those programs do all the work for you after you set it up.. then there are other ones like tuneup utilities that have a turbo boost button that you can turn on and off as needed when you need reduce cpu usage/ram (for example it will turn off aero which frees up RAM and CPU) giving you more available for whatever program you are running - you can do all of the things the program does, but its nice to have a on and off button that makes it easy

also with ASUS there is a general consensus that if you reformat and install windows 8.1 (not windows 8 and then upgrade) that generally people have an overall better faster smoother experience - but this approach does take some effort to boot from USB windows 8.1 iso and takes time and effort... so approach that only if you know what you are doing

hope this helps
thanks! This is helpful info. And yes its a Vivotab smart. But after I posted my question I did a little searching here on SD and it seems I paid a bit more than I should have (got it on cowboom) so I'm going to cancel my order and set up an alert for "Windows tablet." I should be able to apply your recommendations to, hopefully, a Baytrail Windows tablet.
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