I recently got an ASUS T100, something to upgrade from my Android based ASUS TF700 (Transformer Infinity). And I must say that Intel's Atom has gone a pretty long way from what it was. Windows runs fairly smooth all the time, and what I found really strange is that memory usage is kept pretty low.
For example, here's my Task Manager, with Firefox and about five tabs open, Pidigin, and Skype open.
If I do the same thing with my desktop, Firefox will happily eat 500MB-600MB right away. The total system memory usage does spike up when I use YouTube, but for the most part I don't run into problems with performance. Of course it won't make strides in gaming, and running it on 3DMark 03 pitted it around the GeForce FX 5600 I used to have way back when. But I heard you can at least run WoW or FIFA on low settings. But less demanding games like emulators and such run just fine.
The real kicker though? For $350 starting you also get a copy of Office 2013 Home and Student, which MSRP is $140. Not too shabby.
The specs of my tablet are as follows:
- CPU: Intel Atom Z3740, Quad core, 1.33GHz to 1.86GHz.
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics (HD4000 based, 4 execution units, 667MHz tops)
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: eMMC based 32GB or 64GB (about 20GB is used up). Storage can be expanded via MicroSD card
- Screen: 10" 1366x768 IPS
- Peripherals and Ports: Keyboard and track pad dock with 1 USB3.0 port (included, but not battery), 1 mini HDMI, 1 MicroUSB based charging port (I think it only charges with the charger), 1 Mic, 1 front facing camera, stereo speakers
- Battery life: ASUS claims 10+, most publications have gotten that with mixed usage and watching movies
So if you're looking for a Windows 8.1 tablet or convertible, I think this is a wonderful little gizmo.