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This review is from: ASUS Transformer Book T100TA 10.1” MultiTouch 2-in-1 Notebook / Tablet with Intel Bay Trail-T Quad Core Z3740 1.33Ghz (1.86Ghz Burst), 2GB Memory, 32GB SSD Storage, Detachable Keyboard, Windows 8.1
Pros: Full 8.1 not RT. Performs well with most applications. Hardware is above average for price (USB3, mini-HDMI, MicroSD all work flawlessly). Retail versions come with licensed version of Office, refurbs do not. Liked mine so much I bought one for my parents.
Cons: As others have mentioned, updates are incredibly painful and if not done in the right order lead to issues that require recovery. I own two (a refurb and retail) and managed to get one of them updated and working, the other will not start Windows after applying ASUS Live Updates. I had to send the one I'd been using in for service after many months of happy and trouble free use and it came back reset to out of the box status. That one is still a brick. The one for my parents is working now.
Other Thoughts: Here is what I did to get one working.
1) Download the latest BIOS, BIOS Flash Utility, V196 and V112 of the Chipset SOC Driver, Audio Driver, Smart Gesture, Live Update, AC Reminder, Version V22.214.171.124.1 and Version V126.96.36.199 of wireless, Bluetooth driver, Intel(R) Trusted Execution Engine Interface...
2) Install utility and flash BIOS,
3) Install Windows updates for .NET only,
4) install SOC,
5) Install all ASUS updates,
6) Install all updates but the 8.1 update,
7) install 8.1 update.
I think that is what I did however I've been so frustrated with the thing for the past 3 weeks my mind may have slipped.
Also, the retail version comes with Office standard which in my opinion is worth the extra cash unless you are a student and can get Office for free or low cost through school.
Pros: Nice, compact tablet with full Windows 8. If you can activate it.
Cons: Unit was not sysprep'ed, ran the final sysprep step, trying to activate windows and it says product code is blocked at server. Tried live chat at web site but all pages for all products end up at a WHOOPS, OUR BAD... page. Product support button has no code behind it; useless. Will attempt to contact vendor by phone and email
Other Thoughts: Will update if contact made with support otherwise avoid.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Perfect concept; USB3 speeds, 3 ports, plus card reader, AC adapter. Worked with Windows 8.1 Stable and loved it until ...
Cons: The product died and took a 2TB Seagate portable drive with it. Device no longer shows up on PC and also tried without luck on different a PC (used a PCI USB3 card - didn't want mobo to get fried). Disk drive is useless and heading back for RMA. Hub not worth time/effort/cost to RMA
Other Thoughts: Giving 3/5 because it is a great product and benefit of doubt because it could have been the drive that caused the failure (was doing backups, ironically, so no data lost). But more than likely, unit failed an damaged an expensive device too.READ FULL REVIEW
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