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Promoted 05-12-2016 by Discombobulated at 07:20 AM View Original Post
Update: Offer is available again. Price is now $345 w/ free shipping

refurb4less via eBay.com has ASUS Transformer 2-in-1 Touchscreen Notebook / Tablet (Manufacturer Refurbished, T300CHI-F1-DB(M)) on sale for $358.99. Shipping is free. Thanks DJ3xclusive

Specs:
  • Intel Core M 5Y10 Processor
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory
  • 128GB SSD
  • 12.5" IPS 1920x1080 Touchscreen Display
  • Intel HD Graphics 5300
  • 802.11a/g/n Wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • Detachable Keyboard
  • 2-Cell Battery
  • Windows 8.1

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Written by Discombobulated

Per the description: This is manufacturer refurbished in brown box. Power adapter/charger is included. Office 365 not included. -Corwin

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Edited May 12, 2016 at 07:15 AM by DJ3xclusive
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  • 2 in 1 Notebook / Tablet
  • Intel Core M 5Y10 (0.80GHz)
  • 4GB Memory
  • 128GB SSD Storage
  • 12.5" Touchscreen
  • Intel HD Graphics 5300
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Detachable Keyboard
  • Windows 8.1
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I think I need to chime in here... I had one of these and regretted getting rid of it. I paid around 450 brand new from microsoft and ended up returning it for a surface because I had money to blow. Yes this and the surface are night and day different, but this did all that the surface did for 1/2 the price. I used it for about 20 days. The build quality is really good. It is extremely thin and METAL. The metal keeps it cool even though it is fanless... it dissipates the heat better than plastic like most use. The wonkey part is that the keyboard is bluetooth... so this is good and bad. Means you can seperate the 2 and it still works, but at the same time this means you have to keep the keyboard charged. Also there is no ports on the kb and the tablet only has micro usb. If you aren't a heavy typer, then the keyboard is just a plus. The tablet is very thin and light and has a great screen (good colors and brightness). Either way, this is not some cheapo asus android or asus atom tablet... this was their competition to the macbook and macbook air... it shows.... they went all out with the chi series.
love it when folks have no clue what they're talking about.
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I had one, and it was really nice. Got an SP3 because a deal popped up I couldn't turn down. My wife liked the Asus better.

Thoughts:

You can flip the screen around and lay it flat Top of the keyboard.

Build quality is top notch. Beveled aluminum. Somewhat heavy, feels very substantial.

Fanless is great.

The screen ratio means perfect for working on flights.

A bit cumbersome as a tablet alone.

No performance lagging at all from what I saw. A really nice snappy computer that is inline with an i3 or better in day to day use.

Edit: get the 1080p one. Great battery life for a Windows 10 ultrabook, ran games smoother than the QHD model.

I got used to the keyboard. Very solid. Wakes up in a few seconds, which is far better than most laptops.


Why did I let it go?

SP3 had better accessories, better overall real world battery life, even smaller footprint for flights.

I dial the processor of the i5 SP3 back to max 55-70% in battery saving mode to prevent throttling and keep the fan from turning on. The performance is comparable or better in day to day use to the ASUS.

If you read into the benchmarks for the Core M, they score highly but the CPU will back off significantly if the temps get high. People are having a fair amount of success scaling the Core M's processor to max 80% to prevent this. They are awesome fanless processors with a bad rep. They should have maxed at 1.6ghz for more consistent performance, but the marketing group probably insisted that they benchmark higher than the i3 tablets from 2014.

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Eh. This is a good price but I would personally not bite until $300.
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$100 would be more ideal for a window tablet

especially this is refrb
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decent price, i got this exact one as open box item from Best Buy for $399 just last month.
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Quote from Trolololo View Post :
$100 would be more ideal for a window tablet

especially this is refrb
You can get Windows tablets for sub $100, but this is 12.5" with decent specs. I had durability issues with the T-100 but my friends is still rocking strong after 1.5 years. Not a bad buy if you want to be able to actually use it as a tablet a good chunk of the time. It's sufficient as a full time laptop, but there are better options if that's all you need.
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what good is an 800 mhz cpu these days.. even graphics cards are offering better...
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what good is an 800 mhz cpu these days.. even graphics cards are offering better...
I think it can throttle up in speed and is dual core

but I wouldn't bite knowing asus and their sheetty IMHO tablet build
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I think it can throttle up in speed and is dual core

but I wouldn't bite knowing asus and their sheetty IMHO tablet build
agree, bc my quad core android transformer which is a couple yrs old is crap.. processor gets overloaded often and asus/google abandoned firmware updates quite early on.. new versions of apps are choking older phones ans tablets
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Quote from gbxx69 View Post :
what good is an 800 mhz cpu these days.. even graphics cards are offering better...

I actually have a dell venue with this same processor... it is a great balance of power and efficiency. I don't notice any significant lag while loading web pages or doing most task. Also it does burst up to 2.0ghz but then will settle back down to 800mhz. I also get 8 - 10 hours of use from it. I did not expect the level of performance that this processor delivers, and I am a diy pc builder / gamer for 20+ years.
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I think it can throttle up in speed and is dual core

but I wouldn't bite knowing asus and their sheetty IMHO tablet build
Quote from geniv View Post :
I think it can throttle up in speed and is dual core

but I wouldn't bite knowing asus and their sheetty IMHO tablet build
It is actually quite a capable and efficient processor and it does throttle up to 2.0ghz at times. I can't speak to the Asus build quality, but I have the same processor in a Dell Venue and am more than pleased with it's performance browsing the web, watching Netflix and even some light gaming. Depending on use I get 6 - 10 hours of battery life as well.
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I think I need to chime in here... I had one of these and regretted getting rid of it. I paid around 450 brand new from microsoft and ended up returning it for a surface because I had money to blow. Yes this and the surface are night and day different, but this did all that the surface did for 1/2 the price. I used it for about 20 days. The build quality is really good. It is extremely thin and METAL. The metal keeps it cool even though it is fanless... it dissipates the heat better than plastic like most use. The wonkey part is that the keyboard is bluetooth... so this is good and bad. Means you can seperate the 2 and it still works, but at the same time this means you have to keep the keyboard charged. Also there is no ports on the kb and the tablet only has micro usb. If you aren't a heavy typer, then the keyboard is just a plus. The tablet is very thin and light and has a great screen (good colors and brightness). Either way, this is not some cheapo asus android or asus atom tablet... this was their competition to the macbook and macbook air... it shows.... they went all out with the chi series.
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I've got the original T100 from Microsoft Store's $299 Black Friday sale, and it's still chugging along, although I had to get the battery replaced when it was still under warranty. The Asus Transformers with Windows are great little devices for web browsing/office.
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$100 would be more ideal for a window tablet

especially this is refrb
love it when folks have no clue what they're talking about.
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You can get Windows tablets for sub $100, ----.
$100 for a Windows tablet? Such as???
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