Microsoft Surface 2  vs Asus Transformer Book T100 

Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2

  • 10.6"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface 2
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by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Released October, 2013

Asus Transformer Book T100

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1
Front view of Asus Transformer Book T100
Full Windows 8 PCs running newer Intel Atom processors and costing around $400 have been here for the last year, but here's why the T100 is special: it has a newer Bay Trail Atom processor that's faster and offers far better battery life, and the overall shape and design is a lot like the Asus Transformer Android keyboarded tablets, which we've always been fond of.
by c|net (Nov, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Microsoft Surface 2

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface 2

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Has a rear camera 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (microSDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
Higher resolution front camera 3.5 MP vs 1.2 MP Around 3x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1366 x 768 Around 2x higher resolution
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.33 GHz Around 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Sharper screen 207 ppi vs 155 ppi Around 35% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen
Thinner 8.9 mm vs 10.1 mm More than 10% thinner
Front view of Asus Transformer Book T100

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Asus Transformer Book T100

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Lighter 550 g vs 675 g Around 20% lighter
Supports voice commands Yes (Windows 8.1) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Slightly longer battery life 11 hour vs 10 hour 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in

Features Key features of the Surface 2  vs Transformer Book T100 

screen resolution

Surface 2
1920 x 1080


camera resolution

CPU Cores

Surface 2
Quad core

CPU Frequency

Surface 2
1.7 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface 2  vs Transformer Book T100 

The tablet's 1,366x768-pixel touch display is effective, but not particularly bright.
Transformer Book T100



7.6 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface 2  vs
Transformer Book T100 
Size 10.6" 10.1"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1366 x 768
PPI 207 ppi 155 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No No


Cores Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.33 GHz


Has a GPS No No
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


Surface 2  vs
Transformer Book T100 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 3.5 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP None


USB support 1 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Hdmi support 1 Micro HDMI Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 675 g 550 g
Size 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm 171 x 263 x 10.1 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 10.1 mm
Battery life 10 hour 11 hour
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Showing 3 comments.
As a student is RT enough? Or should I sacrifice the nice specs of surface 2 and have full windows?
Reason to buy ASUS would have to include full Windows 8.1 instead of Win 8RT and real keyboard.
Can you confirm a few things? Is GPS really in these tablets? I do not think so? I have never seen anything about 3G support for the ASUS --can you show a reference??
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