What a bookish week it’s been. Not only did we get to review the mighty (and pricy) MacBook Pro with Retina Display for 2013, we tested out the ASUS Transformer Book T100 (a Windows 8.1 Pro-equipped slate) and the Western Digital My Book external hard drive. To round it all out, we critiqued the Dell Inspiron 14 7000 along with the OLPC XO Tablet and Sony MDR-10RNC noise canceling headphones. Get caught up with all of LAPTOP’s reviews for the week of Oct. 21 in the slides below.
Up until now, if you wanted a Windows tablet, you had two imperfect choices: You could buyan expensive, Intel Core Series-powered slate that offered solid performance but weak battery life, or a cheaper (but still overpriced) Atom-powered tablet with long battery life but slow speeds. Enter the ASUS Transformer Book T100, the first tablet with Intel's new low-power, quad-core Atom "Bay Trail" platform. Starting at just $349 ($399 as reviewed), the 10.1-inch T100 combines an attractive IPS screen, a responsive keyboard dock, a free copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student on top of Windows 8.1. That's quite a bargain, but is the Transformer Book T100 the best Windows tablet for your money?