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.
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.
|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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.