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ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA 2-in-1 PC with Stylus (Signature Edition) $249

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This is a decent 2-in-1 10" tablet with a magnetic attachable keyboard and a powered stylus included. Not the fastest, but good for some light work. Unlike the older T101 series (which I have), this has 4GB of RAM and runs 64-bit Windows (instead of 2GB and 32-bit Windows). This 2-in-1 is on sale at Amazon for $281. This is the Signature Edition sold through the Microsoft Store without bloatware. From some reviews, it seems you can also use the well-regarded Surface Pro 4 stylus with this as well.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/s...f7rv5/2K5S


Display: 10.1 in LED-backlit touchscreen (1280 x 800), 10-finger multi-touch support
Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8350 1.44 GHz with Burst Technology up to 1.92 GHz
Memory: 4GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Hard drive: 64GB eMMC
Operating system: Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
PC type: 2 in 1
Optical drive: None
Media drive: Micro SD card reader
Audio: ICEPower Audio Wizard, Realtek Audio Manager
Video: Intel HD Graphics with shared graphics memory
Ports: 1 USB 3.0 • 1 Micro USB • 1 Micro HDMI • Headphone output/Microphone input combo
Battery: 2-cell polymer (up to 11 hours movie playback)*
Camera: 2MP webcam
Wireless: 802.11ac (Miracast enabled)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Dimensions: Tablet: 10.43 x 6.89 x 0.32 in (264.92 x 175.00 x 8.20 mm) • Tablet + keyboard: 10.43 x 6.89 x 0.54 in (264.92 x 175.00 x 13.90 mm)

Weight: 1.80 lbs (0.81 kg)
Color: Gray
Other: Model number: T102HA-C4-GR • Instant ID sign-in • TPM 2.0 • Includes keyboard and pen • Precision touchpad • Touchpad dimensions: 93 x 51 mm
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Guess i'll be the first to say it, but ugh the screen on this guy.
The price (especially after tax) should be standard for this device considering that resolution + the disappointing CPU.

Might be a sufficient starter tablet for HS/college kids since you do get the kb + stylus included.
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Guess i'll be the first to say it, but ugh the screen on this guy.
The price (especially after tax) should be standard for this device considering that resolution + the disappointing CPU.

Might be a sufficient starter tablet for HS/college kids since you do get the kb + stylus included.
Same boat. Want to like it but depressingly insufficient..
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the hard drive sucks
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This is a great deal!

for people above, here are facts:

x5 series atom cpu are actually very power efficient and should provide enough cpu power for web surfing, email, word etc etc

having owned a surface pro for 3-4 years, I'd say 1080p on a 10" screen is pointless. 100% of time I end up making text 150% just to make text readable. If i had a choice, i'd pick up a 720p (this display) and save battery life.
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should be $180 tops..
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wish it has 1080p and 256gig
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wish it has 1080p and 256gig
sure,throw in a M5y processor too
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im weary of the 'atom' processor from NAS devices of yesteryear, granted these atom surely being next gen, but is this device more bad ass over one of those amazon firepads?
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64Gb was a little bit too short for me on the T100. And I couldn't really use the uSD card as there were plenty of auto dismount. At the current price of the storage, it shouldn't cost them too much to add more.

The T100 served me well otherwise as a slow but tiny real PC with real full software and a long battery autonomy. I wish I could find a better model in the same package with more memory and processor for the same price. The T102 is not there yet for me. I still use the T100 occasionally.
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not a deal at all.
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I bought this device about 2 weeks ago. The price has been $250 for at least a few weeks now, this is not a sudden fire sale.

You need to understand what you are buying here. The device is perfect for me, I needed something with full mouse/keyboard support that is as light as possible, since I carry it with me on my commute every day, so every ounce counts. For that purpose, it's perfect, I can use it to do remote desktop to my work, and I can also pop off the keyboard and use it as a tablet.

However, the device is no speed king. The Atom X5 has about the performance of a Snapdragon 810. So you essentially have a 2 year old cellphone processor running a full version of Windows. It's pretty snappy now that I disabled some unnecessary services, uninstalled most of Asus's bloatware (most of the tools Asus offers are really unnecessary), got rid of Windows Defender (I never download anything from questionable sources), optimized Windows settings for performance, etc. The hard drive is pretty slow, it's not an SSD, but once you got it all set it up it's pretty fast. But installing Creator's Update took several hours (probably a combination of slow hard disk and CPU), and cleaning up the setup restore files afterwards took an entire night. But you really don't do something like all too often, during regular usage it's fine. It boots up in just a few seconds.

Please note one major issue with the device is the Wifi. I had huge problems initially with the Wifi, pages would take forever to load, downloads took forever, and ping times were all over the place. I finally found a workaround by installing some old Windows 8.1 drivers (yes, Windows 8.1!). And even now, Wifi reception is not super strong, and it won't connect to my router using 802.11ac, just 802.11n. But that's the level of refinement to expect from this device, Asus/Microsoft don't have their stuff together like Apple for example. More details on how to fix the Wifi if you have trouble are here: http://www.transformerforums.com/...sts-3.html

The screen resolution is actually fine. When using it as a laptop or tablet, you won't hold it very close to your face (it's a pretty heavy for a tablet, so will probably rest it on your hip or something). As such, the resolution is perfect for a 10 inch screen, anything higher and it wouldn't be very useful. The screen has actually great brightness, even in bright environments it's easy readable. Overall the screen is great, just the bezels could be a little smaller.

Some more observations:
- It's great it comes with a pen, but I haven't really found too much use for it
- Battery life is fantastic, you can get 10 hours easily. Mini USB means you can pretty much charge it anywhere.
- Processor supports AES-NI, which means disk encryption or VPN is really no problem, even though the CPU is not very fast
- The only major browser that works great on the device is really Microsoft Edge, everything else is a little too slow for my liking
- Build quality is pretty good, no complaints. The body and hinge appears to the made from metal and seem very sturdy
- The MicroSD slot is great to add storage, since there is only about 30 GB available on the hard drive after installing and updating Windows.
- Finger print reader works great and is really useful, no more entering Windows password all the time.
- The overall value of the device is fantastic. For $250 you pretty much get a mini surface, keyboard cover and pen included. Great to take on the road with you, at that price you don't mind if it gets banged around a bit.


Like someone else said, this device to me with a Core m3 and a real SSD would be perfect, but it's workable for me for my requirements.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Can it be set up to run Android? Would it run better if so?
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Can it be set up to run Android? Would it run better if so?
Doesn't really seem to be an option for this device: http://www.transformerforums.com/...et-pc.html

I doubt it would run much better. And this to me is really laptop with occasional tablet functionality, not the other way around.
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I bought this device about 2 weeks ago. The price has been $250 for at least a few weeks now, this is not a sudden fire sale.

You need to understand what you are buying here. The device is perfect for me, I needed something with full mouse/keyboard support that is as light as possible, since I carry it with me on my commute every day, so every ounce counts. For that purpose, it's perfect, I can use it to do remote desktop to my work, and I can also pop off the keyboard and use it as a tablet.

However, the device is no speed king. The Atom X5 has about the performance of a Snapdragon 810. So you essentially have a 2 year old cellphone processor running a full version of Windows. It's pretty snappy now that I disabled some unnecessary services, uninstalled most of Asus's bloatware (most of the tools Asus offers are really unnecessary), got rid of Windows Defender (I never download anything from questionable sources), optimized Windows settings for performance, etc. The hard drive is pretty slow, it's not an SSD, but once you got it all set it up it's pretty fast. But installing Creator's Update took several hours (probably a combination of slow hard disk and CPU), and cleaning up the setup restore files afterwards took an entire night. But you really don't do something like all too often, during regular usage it's fine. It boots up in just a few seconds.

Please note one major issue with the device is the Wifi. I had huge problems initially with the Wifi, pages would take forever to load, downloads took forever, and ping times were all over the place. I finally found a workaround by installing some old Windows 8.1 drivers (yes, Windows 8.1!). And even now, Wifi reception is not super strong, and it won't connect to my router using 802.11ac, just 802.11n. But that's the level of refinement to expect from this device, Asus/Microsoft don't have their stuff together like Apple for example. More details on how to fix the Wifi if you have trouble are here: http://www.transformerforums.com/...sts-3.html

The screen resolution is actually fine. When using it as a laptop or tablet, you won't hold it very close to your face (it's a pretty heavy for a tablet, so will probably rest it on your hip or something). As such, the resolution is perfect for a 10 inch screen, anything higher and it wouldn't be very useful. The screen has actually great brightness, even in bright environments it's easy readable. Overall the screen is great, just the bezels could be a little smaller.

Some more observations:
- It's great it comes with a pen, but I haven't really found too much use for it
- Battery life is fantastic, you can get 10 hours easily. Mini USB means you can pretty much charge it anywhere.
- Processor supports AES-NI, which means disk encryption or VPN is really no problem, even though the CPU is not very fast
- The only major browser that works great on the device is really Microsoft Edge, everything else is a little too slow for my liking
- Build quality is pretty good, no complaints. The body and hinge appears to the made from metal and seem very sturdy
- The MicroSD slot is great to add storage, since there is only about 30 GB available on the hard drive after installing and updating Windows.
- Finger print reader works great and is really useful, no more entering Windows password all the time.
- The overall value of the device is fantastic. For $250 you pretty much get a mini surface, keyboard cover and pen included. Great to take on the road with you, at that price you don't mind if it gets banged around a bit.


Like someone else said, this device to me with a Core m3 and a real SSD would be perfect, but it's workable for me for my requirements.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
wanna like this deal. wifi issues is a big pain, exp cuz this who can use a lan cable as the alternate means to connect to internet?
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