ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA 2-in-1 Laptop Review

ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA is stylish and compact 2-in-laptop from ASUS. It belongs to ASUS Transformer Book Detachable series. Transformer Books are thin, stylish and powerful laptops for using as a tablet as well as a laptop.

This model, T102HA has good specifications with amazing design. Lets see the review of ASUS Transformer Book T102HA.

ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA


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Design:

It looks more like a tablet with a keyboard rather like a convertible laptop. Its thin and light weight design lets you to carry easily anywhere. It weighs around 1.7 lbs with keyboard and is only 0.5 inch thin. Tablet case is made up of magnesium-aluminum alloy which is main reason for its light weight. Laptop keyboard is available in many attractive colors too.

Two speakers are placed at left and right side of the tablet with well placed ports. The best part of its design is its hinge. Its Smart Hinge design can be adjusted to get perfect standing angles while working or watching video. Either you place this laptop on a table or on your lap, this hinge can keep the laptop steady. Back side is coated with silver color and has a fingerprint sensor om top.

Its a small keyboard with well spaced keys. Features a small precision trackpad with palm rejection technology and supports smart gestures too. This keyboard is attached to tablet using magnetic strip which is to connect or disconnect. A stylus dock is present at right side of the keyboard for quick access of stylus pen.

Overall, design is completely like a tablet PC with a compact and stylish keyboard attached to it. Looks premium and best suited for business personals and people who like a stylish and compact convertible laptop.

Display:

As we said earlier, this is more like a tablet PC and you get the feel of looking at a tablet PC. Its features a 10.1 inch IPS WXGA (1280 x 800) glossy touchscreen display. WXGA display is good for business personals. It is more than HD display with 1280 by 800 pixels resolution. As it is only 10.1 inch display, this resolution suits the best.

This Transformer Book has wide viewing angles up to 178 degrees. To enhance the display quality, this convertible laptop uses ASUS Tru2Life Technology. ASUS Tru2Life Technology enhances the quality of an image. It boosts Dynamic Range which is an important feature for better color distribution of an image.

Overall, display is more than HD but not a Full HD display. Whether you watch movies or do your office work, this 2-in-1 laptop can handle.

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Performance:

ASUS Transformer Book T102HA is powered by 1.44 GHz Intel Quad-Core Atom Z8350 processor. This processor outputs above-average performance suitable for browsing, less multitasking and for entertainment purposes. Best suited for business people and people who want a compact convertible laptop for mostly entertainment use. This processor can't handle heavy multi-tasking and demanding applications.

This processor is paired with 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM. Keeping the price of device and processor in mind, we can say that this RAM is sufficient for the device. You will get 128 GB of storage but that's an eMMC type storage. eMMC storage is not that fast, but for portable devices like this convertible laptop, this is a best choice. You can also expand storage via SD card. So, there is no problem in storage.

An integrated Intel HD Graphics 400 chip is not that great for gaming. You can play low graphic games but for other games, you may be disappointed. It is best suited for display of this laptop.

This 2-in-1 laptop supports stylus and Windows Ink Workspace. There's no lag while drawing or writing on the screen using the stylus. Draw sketches or write your notes, this amazing laptop gives best performance.

Overall, the performance is above-average. With that stylish and lightweight design, you will be in love with it in less time. If you want a powerful convertible laptop for using processor speed demanding applications, this is not for you. But if you want a portable and compact laptop-cum-tablet for basic computing and entertainment purpose, this is for you.

Webcam and Audio:

Webcam is major spec to see in laptops especially on convertible laptops. This ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA has 2 MP integrated camera. Camera is decent for having video calls. There's no rear camera for this device.

Stereo speakers on both sides of the tablet deliver decent audio with bass. To give best listening experience, this model speakers uses ASUS SonicMaster Technology. This technology is responsible for more detail and rick audio from the speakers.

Overall, you will get a decent integrated webcam for video calls and best audio listening experience through speakers using ASUS SonicMaster technology.

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Connectivity:

Ports are a mix of tablet PC ports and laptop ports. At left side of the tablet, you will find Headphone in/out jack, one USB 3.0 port, one micro-HDMI port and one micro USB 2.0 port. On right side, you will find volume rockers and on top you will find Micro SD card reader and power button. Fingerprint scanner is present at back side of the tablet.

For wireless connectivity, this laptop features 802.11 ac WiFi adapter which is the best to get in a laptop or tablet at the time of writing this review. For wireless transfer via Bluetooth, this laptop comes with a Bluetooth V4.0 adapter.

Overall, connections are perfectible optimized for both laptop and tablet use. But it would have been better if this laptop came with USB Type-C port instead of micro USB. Other than that, connectivity options are good. You can have faster internet connectivity, faster data transfers via USB 3.0 port, expand your storage via Micro SD card, connect to display via micro HDMI port and many more.

Battery:

This model gives an average of 8 hours of battery life and totally depends on the usage. That's a good battery life to get in this compact yet powerful convertible laptop.

Others:

This laptop runs on Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit version OS. With the device, you will get unlimited cloud storage from ASUS, free for one year (at the time of writing this review).

Pros:
  • Compact and stylish design of this laptop. You can choose from various colored keyboards to match your style.
  • A decent performance yet best to get for the price.
  • Smart Hinge design for better angle positioning.
  • Good battery life.
Cons:
  • It would have been better if we get a USB Type C port instead of Micro USB port.
  • Problems with fingerprint login.
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Specifications: 

Technical Specification of ASUS Transformer Mini T102H
Display 10.1 inch (16:10) LED backlit HD (1280 x 800) 60Hz Glare Touchscreen with 60% NTSC, ASUS Splendid Technology and WideView Technology
Processor 1.44 GHz Intel Quad-Core Atom Z8350
RAM 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage 128 GB eMMC
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 400
Webcam 2 MP camera with an Integrated Digital Microphone
Audio Built-in Stereo 1.5 W Speakers And Digital Array Microphone
ASUS SonicMaster Technology
Wireless Connectivity 802.11 ac WiFi
Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
Interface One COMBO audio jack
One USB 3.0 port
One micro USB 2.0 port
One micro-HDMI port
One Micro SD Card Reader
Battery 32WHrs, 2-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery (Up to 8 hours of battery Life)
Dimensions 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.5 inches
Weight Approx. 1.7 lbs

Conclusion:

One of the best portable convertible laptop for people who love 'style'. Best suited for entertainment and basic computing purposes. Not suited for gaming and for running high demanding applications. So, a stylish convertible for browsing, reading, basic computing, for watching and listening to music.

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