Among the many devices ASUS is showing off here at IFA 2013 in Berlin is its new 13.3-inch Transformer Book T300 laptop-tablet hybrid. The T300 features a slick brushed aluminum chassis that’s pleasing to touch. In laptop mode, the T300 measures 13.5 x 8.5 x 0.88 inches and weighs in at roughly 4.8 pounds, making it relatively thin and though hefty for a hybrid device.
In tablet mode, the T300 measures 13.6 x 8.5 x 0.45 inches and weighs 2.4 pounds. We don’t expect to see people carrying the T300 around as a tablet that often, however.
We were especially impressed with the Transformer Book T300’s 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel IPS touch screen display. Colors looked bright and vibrant both indoors and out. The display was also extremely responsive to our inputs, thanks to its 10-point multi-touch capacitive sensors.
Under the hood, the Transformer Book T300 packs up to an Intel Core i7-4500 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. At the other end of the spectrum the T300 can be had with an Intel Core i3-4010 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. We found the T300’s system performance strong during our brief hands-on, though we’ll have to wait until we can benchmark the hybrid before we make any final judgments.
The slate’s I/O ports include a USB 3.0 port, microSD card slot, micro-HDMI port, a headphone jack and optional Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The 0.43-inch thick keyboard dock, includes a microUSB port used for charging its internal battery. Speaking of batteries, ASUS says the Transformer Book T300 should last up to 8 hours when connected to the keyboard dock.
So far, we are impressed with what ASUS has to offer from the Transformer Book T300. We’ll bring you a full rundown on its performance and other final impressions when we perform out full review.