The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA is the company’s new offering in the ultra-compact hybrid laptop market. This device is designed to serve as a portable secondary computer. It can be used as both an ultra-compact Windows 10 laptop and a tablet when the keyboard is detached. It comes in two colors: silver and white.
Asus Transformer Mini T102HA – Performance and Specifications:
The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA uses the 1.44-Ghz Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail CPU. It also comes with 2GB or 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of flash storage. Note that whichever specification you choose is not upgradeable. The performance is in line with other stripped down hybrid offerings in the ultra-compact market. The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA can handle most types of tasks well (including email, web surfing and video streaming). However, like most ultra-compact laptops, it is not designed for intensive multitasking.
It comes with a 10-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Although the color accuracy is on the weaker side, colors are quite bright and vivid.
Keyboard and Trackpad:
The new model has a magnetic keyboard that is attached to the bottom of the tablet. The four keyboard colors are available: orange, mint green, gray and icicle gold. As with most 10-inch devices, the keyboard has quite tiny keys which can make it a bit awkward to use at first if you have large hands. Also, the keyboard is not backlit. The trackpad itself feels mostly smooth although some button stiffness and jerky cursor movement was noticed.
Weight and Dimensions:
The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA is incredibly light at only 1.76 pounds. The tablet without the keyboard attached weighs 1.2 pounds. This is lighter than either the Lenovo (2.4 pounds) and Acer’s Aspire Switch (2.8 pounds).
Asus Transformer Mini T102HA – Unique Features, Ports, and Battery Life:
A fingerprint reader is on the back of the Mini T102HA. While this is a nifty idea, its location can take getting used to as you will have to feel around behind the screen to locate it at first. This model also includes the Asus Pen which can be used as an eraser and right click with two preset buttons on the stylus. A fully adjustable kickstand is also provided at the back of the screen.
The new Transformer Mini T102HA comes with a basic 2MP front camera which works quite well for Skype or Hangout calls. While it can serve for taking photos in a pinch, pictures can look a bit washed out or grainy indoors. The standard port offerings are all here in the Asus Transformer Mini T102HA. A headphone jack, USB 3.0 port, micro USB port, micro HDMI and micro SD card slots are included
The new model has the solid battery life of around 10 to 12 hours. This is one of the better compact laptops in this category as it could go without a charge all day depending on usage. The stylus pen is advertised to have up to 10 months of battery life before it needs to be replaced.
Asus Transformer Mini T102HA – Pricing and Conclusion:
The model starts at $349.00 with the top end model priced at $399.00. The Asus Transformer Mini provides a decent package for a 10-inch ultra-compact Windows computer. It is best suited to those looking for a secondary computer with excellent battery life for light processing tasks.