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)
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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
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.33 GHz Around 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1366 x 768 Around 2x higher resolution
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

Reasons to consider the
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
The thicker build quality and lower-resolution screen suggest that I wouldn't use it quite as much as a standalone tablet in most cases.
Transformer Book T100 | by c|net (Nov, 2013)

camera resolution

The 1.3-megapixel Webcam looks good for Skyping.
Transformer Book T100 | by c|net (Nov, 2013)

CPU Cores

Surface 2
Quad core
The keyboard bottom half has its own USB 3.0 port - a benefit of upgrading to a Bay Trail processor - but the rest of the ports (and the headphone jack) are on the tablet top half.
Transformer Book T100 | by c|net (Nov, 2013)

CPU Frequency

Surface 2
1.7 GHz
This is one of the first systems we've seen with this new class of Atom processors: previous Windows 8 systems with Atoms were actually pretty decent machines, if you accepted their limitations: for everyday tasks, they fared quite well, and had good battery life.
Transformer Book T100 | by c|net (Nov, 2013)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

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

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No No

processor

Cores Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.33 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Surface 2  vs
Transformer Book T100 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
microSDXC
microSD
microSDHC
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

ports

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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Comments

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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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