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With the advent of the Intel Broadwell platform (or rather, Core M processors), serious changes have occurred in the mobile device market. Its relatively high performance combined with very low heat dissipation and, as a result, the lack of the need for an active cooling system allowed, on the one hand, to reduce the dimensions of laptops, and on the other – to significantly expand the capabilities of tablet computers and other mobile equipment, simultaneously erasing the already fuzzy boundaries between these devices. A bright representative of this currently gaining trend is the device ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi, with which we will get acquainted today. It is difficult to say which type of mobile device it is, but the manufacturer calls it a laptop-transformer, emphasizing that by its technical characteristics it is a laptop with the ability to convert to a tablet, and not vice versa.

In the spring of this year, in our test lab, a similar device was already visited – Dell Venue 11 Pro with a diagonal display of 10.8 inches and an Intel Core processor M. The manufacturer modestly referred it to the tablet computers, although the design and the possibilities this transformer is very close to the model ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi. Testing showed that from other Windows-tablets Dell Venue 11 Pro favorably differs better performance. Well, how good is the novelty from ASUS and whether it really is more a laptop than a tablet, we'll find out right now.

# Package Contents

The device comes in a fairly compact box matte-
black color of very dense cardboard, inside which, along with the laptop, the following accessories are neatly packed:

  • power adapter with a non-removable power cable;
  • Micro-USB cable ↔ Micro-USB for charging the keyboard battery;
  • Micro-USB adapter – USB Type A;
  • napkin for wiping the screen;
  • Screed with Velcro for power cable;
  • a short guide to working in Russian.

# Technical specifications

Approximate price *, rub. Approximate price *, rubles

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi (FH011H)
The processor Intel Core M-5Y71 1.2 GHz
The graphic controller Intel HD Graphics 5300 (GT2)
The display The information on the enterprise IPS, 12.5 inches, WQHD (2560 × 1440), 16: 9
Operational memory 2 × 4 GB, LPDDR3-1600 (800 MHz)
The data storage system 1 × SSD (on board), 128 GB, SanDisk SSD i110, SATA 6 Gbps
Optical drive Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description. is absent
The connector of flash cards microSD
Interfaces 1 × Micro-USB 3.0

1 × Micro-HDMI

1 × jack 3.5 mm (audio output / audio input)
Wi-Fi There are no translations available. 802.11a / g / n
Bluetooth 4.0
The network adapter Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description. is absent
The sound of the Realtek ALC233 High Definition Audio
Additionally Webcam (2 MP)


The sensor of illumination
The food Non-removable lithium polymer
the battery 32 Wh · h (4210 mAh, 7.6 V)

External power adapter, 33 W (1.75 A, 19 V)
The size, mm 318 × 192 × 8..17
Weight, kg 1.43 (with keyboard)
Operating system software Windows 8.1 SL
The official manufacturer's warranty 24 months 68,900

* The average price of the "Yandex.Market" at the time of writing.

The ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi is available in several versions, depending on the processor, the amount of disk storage and RAM, and the display.

The information on the processor and a set of microcircuits

As we said, the transformer is based on the Intel Broadwell-Y platform with a dual core Intel Core M-5Y71 processor running at a base clock speed of 1.2 GHz, which in Turbo Boost mode increases to a maximum of 2.9 GHz. Perhaps its most important feature is the record low thermal packet TDP, which is only 4.5 W, thanks to which the device has a passive cooling system and is absolutely noiseless in operation. According to the specification, the notebook is also manufactured with a less efficient Intel Core M-5Y10 processor with a base clock frequency of 0.8 GHz, and in Turbo Boost mode it can reach 2.0 GHz.

Memory Information

The Intel Core M-5Y71 processor has a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The laptop has two Low-Power DDR3-1600 modules with a capacity of 4 GB each. According to the specifications, the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi can also be supplied with one 4 GB memory module.

Information about the video adapter

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi uses an integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300 (GT2) solution, whose clock speed can reach 900 MHz (the base value is 300 MHz) as the graphic adapter. The adapter works with OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 11.2 technologies. Separately it is worth noting the possibility of H.265 hardware decoding and simultaneous work with three displays – the maximum resolution of each of them can reach 3840 at the same time
× 2160 pixels. The matrix of the notebook itself has a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels (WQHD), which is quite a lot for the 12.5-inch display – you will have to use scaling. Also, the laptop is also available with a display that has a smaller resolution – 1920

× 1080 pixels (Full HD). In either case, a video output of Micro-HDMI is provided for displaying the image on an external monitor on the transformer board.

Information on the disk subsystem

According to the official specification, the disk subsystem ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi can be represented by SSD modules with a capacity of 64 or 128 GB. In our copy was installed a non-removable module SanDisk SSD i110 with a capacity of 128 GB (available 117 GB) produced by the company SanDisk Corporation which is a soldered on the motherboard chip. By default, disk space is represented by one working partition.

The laptop is equipped with a reader for flash cards format microSD – under the full-size reader there was no place. The audio subsystem is represented by the widespread Realtek ALC233 module, which works with HD Audio. To connect to the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi headphones and a microphone, a 3.5 mm mini jack is used. There is no optical S / P-DIF output. On the tablet part of the transformer there are built-in stereo speakers, located on thin side faces. Connect the device to a wired gigabit network with standard means will not work – there is no necessary adapter for the organization of the RJ-45 port. But on board there is a dual-band module Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7265, which includes controllers Wi-Fi 802.11a / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0. But what's on board the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi is not, so it's inherent in many tablet computers modules GPS, 3G and LTE.

The device has two rechargeable batteries. The first, the main, is built into the tablet part. This is a lithium-ion module with two cells, having a passport capacity of 32 Wh / h (4210 mAh, 7.6 V). The actual capacity at full charge was 31.1 Wh / h. The second battery powers the keyboard – its
the capacity of is only 2.5 Wh (650 mAh, 3.8 V), but nothing but a Bluetooth module can feed it and so it takes a long time to charge the battery. The battery of the keyboard is charged from the battery of the tablet part, to which, in turn, a power adapter with an output power of 33 W (1.75 A, 19 V) is connected.

# External appearance

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Tablet part ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi

Due to the wide tablets around the display with a 16: 9 aspect ratio
ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi seems very wide . In this case, the thickness of the transformer together with the keyboard does not exceed 17 mm, and after conversion into a tablet it decreases to 7.6 mm. The weight of the device is not a record low, but also not very large, especially for the transformer, 1.4 kg together with the keyboard or 0.72 kg without it. This laptop is easy to carry in any bag with documents or even under your arm. It is a pity that for the second variant of transportation there is not any thin cover in the delivery set.

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Metal and plastic in the case of ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi

The lid of the laptop is made of metal alloy, and the lower part is made of plastic. Both differ strongly pronounced roughness and have a dark blue color. At the same time, along the perimeter of the cover there passes a narrow sparkling strip – the result of polishing the metal, made for decorative purposes. In general, the novelty looks very bright and expressive, but I would like to note one shortcoming. The fact is that both metal and plastic, from which the case of ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi is made, are extremely marquee. On the speed of this, as they say, does not affect, but we can not not tell about it.

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Tablet part ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi

All main ports and interfaces of the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi are located not on the bottom of the case, but on the side ends of the cover. By design, the novelty is not closer to the laptop, but to the tablet, so the entire filling is placed directly in the lid, which, being separated from the keyboard, represents this very tablet. On the keyboard itself, there is only a Micro-USB connector for charging the built-in battery. And this battery is charged from the battery of the tablet part of the transformer, for which the two Micro-USB ports must be connected with a short cable from the delivery set.

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<p> Naturally, on a thin case of the tablet manufacturer could not accommodate all the usual connectors for owners of conventional laptops. A full-fledged docking station could be organized from a module with a keyboard, but, firstly, the keyboard of the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi is thin and almost weightless, and secondly, it connects exclusively via Bluetooth. </p>
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Left and right view

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<p> On the left side of the case there is a standard [Win] button and a swing key for controlling the volume. There is also a socket for connecting the power adapter. The right side of the tablet part carries a Micro-USB 3.0 port, a Micro-HDMI port and a combined 3.5mm microphone and headphone jack. The microSD card slot is located on the back of the case, and the power button is on the front panel. </p>
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# Interior and input devices

Open a laptop-transformer was not as simple as conventional models. It's all about the thin (almost sharp) front edge of the keyboard and the absence of any hook on the tablet part, which allows you to grab the cover with a finger pad. As a result, you have to open the laptop with your fingernail, clinging to the narrow gap between the keyboard and the lid.

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Mounting the tablet part to the keyboard

The tablet part on the keyboard is held by a not very long loop with two built-in magnets, which are inserted into the corresponding grooves under the display. Magnets are strong enough, so the tablet is taken out of them with a decent effort. Nevertheless, it is noticeably swinging when working in transport. The reason for this is the too small distance between the magnetic locks and the short length of the loop itself. But there are no any connectors on the keyboard loop – the keyboard works exclusively on Bluetooth. This, on the one hand, increases reliability, and on the other – a little uncomfortable, especially when the keyboard finally has to be recharged. True, the charge of the built-in battery lasts for a month, so this should not be a serious problem.

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ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi in the open state

The hinge on the keyboard allows to open the screen of the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi by approximately 130 degrees, which is quite enough for comfortable operation in almost all operating conditions. In this case, the front edge of the laptop rests on the rubber feet of the bottom surface of the keyboard, and the rear – on additional legs, placed on the loop. Thus, the rear edge of the keyboard rises slightly above the surface of the table, which is insignificant, but still positively affects the comfort when printing.

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The design of the keyboard deserves special attention. It is quite simple, but at the same time so subtle and elegant that it immediately attracts attention. The case consists of two halves: the bottom is made of plastic with Soft-Touch coating, and the upper surface is made of an aluminum sheet with exactly the same coating and the same color as the cover of the transformer. This surface has received the same sparkling faceting around the perimeter, as well as around the touch panel, which ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi slightly –
approximately 30 mm – is shifted to the left relative to the center. Dimensions of the touch panel are 87 × 46 mm, including the main buttons, which have a single surface with the panel.

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<p> In the upper left corner there are indicators for charging the built-in battery and the active mode of the Bluetooth-module, as well as a miniature switch that enables or disables the Bluetooth-module. He has three positions of work: "off"<br />
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<p> Thanks to its wide screen and wide body<br />
<span> ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi </span> the manufacturer managed to equip it with a full-fledged convenient keyboard, combining the functions of only a few keys. So, the cursors with the keys [PgUp][PgDn][Home] and [End] turned out to be combined, but this can be seen on other larger laptops. The remaining keys are not combined with each other, and the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi keyboard layout will not be a surprise for anyone who has ever seen a modern laptop. </p>
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<p> The keys have a low profile and are distinguished by an average stroke and very precise tactile feedback. The keyboard itself does not bend at all. The main keys have dimensions of 16 × 14.5 mm and are removed from each other by 3 mm, which is quite enough for comfortable and fast typing. The upper row of the keyboard consists of function keys. There, in the right corner, are the keys [Pause][Prt Scr][Insert] and [Delete]. </p>
<p>Подсветки у клавиатуры ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi нет, но тому есть вполне логичное объяснение: питание у неё автономное, а корпус очень тонкий — организация подсветки негативно сказалась бы как на первом, так и на втором. Да и сам трансформер не всегда будет работать вместе с клавиатурой, иначе такой компьютер вряд ли есть смысл приобретать.</p>
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#Внутреннее строение

Несмотря на то, что производитель позиционирует ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi именно как ноутбук-трансформер, а не как планшетный компьютер с дополнительными возможностями, конструкция основного блока у него всё-таки соответствует конструкции планшета. А планшеты, как правило, имеют неразъёмный корпус без возможности самостоятельной замены комплектующих. Не стал исключением и герой нашего обзора. Вероятно, в официальном гарантийном центре смогут вскрыть корпус этого планшета, но сделать это в домашних условиях, не повредив его, не представляется возможным. Так что заменить аккумулятор у ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi будет совсем не так просто, как у ультрабука.

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Внутреннее строение клавиатуры

Что касается клавиатуры, то разобрать её корпус не сложнее, чем корпус любого ноутбука. Для этого достаточно выкрутить с нижней панели все винты, после чего половинки корпуса можно будет разъединить. В центральной части размещена аккумуляторная батарея, которая легко поддаётся замене. Больше ничего заменить или добавить здесь не получится.

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