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New Asus T100TA Transformer (with Office 2013 license) - same price as old T100 model £249 @ Currys
New Asus T100TA Transformer (with Office 2013 license) - same price as old T100 model £249 @ Currys

New Asus T100TA Transformer (with Office 2013 license) - same price as old T100 model £249 @ Currys

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Not sure if PC World/currys realise there's more than just a difference in colour in the two models of the T100 they're selling... as they've priced them the same.

£249 is the going price for the original T100 (sometimes drops a bit lower), BUT they are also offering the newer model for the same price.

The newer model (T100TA) has an Intel Z3775 processor, as opposed to the Z3740 in the original T100. On Amazon, the T100TA models go for £290-300. Or more on other sites.

So this is a pretty good at £249 -- same price the old version still sells for, and you get the snappier processor.

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For people who maybe in tesco any time soon can check if they have these on clearance in their store for £219..

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waaqii

For people who maybe in tesco any time soon can check if they have these … For people who maybe in tesco any time soon can check if they have these on clearance in their store for £219..



They may have the older model, but I would doubt they are trying to clear the new one. In terms of performance, the forums mention it's roughly 25% faster CPU-wise, and 15% faster in terms of the GPU. With these little hybrids/netbooks, performance is quite important.
Edited by: "MSPreacher" 8th Dec 2014

I'm not convinced they haven't got confused here. I've been researching these devices recently (as my Mum wants one) and the old model came with a full Office 2013 license while the newer models have a (inferior, imho) 1-year subscription to Office365.

If this really is a T100TA and it comes with a "proper" Office 2013 license then it's a very good deal, imho.

*edit*

Also, the T100TA has USB3, whereas that Currys product page only mentions USB2
Edited by: "WiteWulf" 8th Dec 2014

MSPreacher

They may have the older model, but I would doubt they are trying to clear … They may have the older model, but I would doubt they are trying to clear the new one. In terms of performance, the forums mention it's roughly 25% faster CPU-wise, and 15% faster in terms of the GPU. With these little hybrids/netbooks, performance is quite important.



I shall double check for people if i pop in any time soon

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WiteWulf

I'm not convinced they haven't got confused here. I've been researching … I'm not convinced they haven't got confused here. I've been researching these devices recently (as my Mum wants one) and the old model came with a full Office 2013 license while the newer models have a (inferior, imho) 1-year subscription to Office365.If this really is a T100TA and it comes with a "proper" Office 2013 license then it's a very good deal, imho.*edit*Also, the T100TA has USB3, whereas that Currys product page only mentions USB2



I picked one up and I can confirm you get the full license, and it has USB3! Currys isn't always that accurate with their descriptions, and may well be why they are selling this for the same price as the old one...

There is no T100 and T100TA versions, it's always been the T100TA, this one is a T100TA Signature Edition. I believe there's a white backed version as well.

There is also a red version, bought one in the states in September 14. And no I don't have a time machine or trans dimensional door way or any type.

netjock

There is also a red version, bought one in the states in September 14. … There is also a red version, bought one in the states in September 14. And no I don't have a time machine or trans dimensional door way or any type.



my bad it is red.... my pointless post. can co firm there is a white version in the US. There is 4 colours (grey, blue, red and white) I believe.

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roycom

There is no T100 and T100TA versions, it's always been the T100TA, this … There is no T100 and T100TA versions, it's always been the T100TA, this one is a T100TA Signature Edition. I believe there's a white backed version as well.



Actually your wrong as well the old model is a T100TA-DK002H and the newer model is a T100TA-DK023H.

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roycom

There is no T100 and T100TA versions, it's always been the T100TA, this … There is no T100 and T100TA versions, it's always been the T100TA, this one is a T100TA Signature Edition. I believe there's a white backed version as well.



I've always seen the old one simply referred to as T100, but fine. Regardless of the exact nomenclature, this is still a newer model with a faster processor.
Edited by: "MSPreacher" 8th Dec 2014

The grey model says Z3740 while the red one shows the newer Z3775 CPU.. Amazon are currently price matching but for the old one:
amazon.co.uk/Tra…100

Good deal for the new version and this model so hot ...but I am still undecided if this is actually a good option to go for cmpared to the alternatives...anyone got one and comment

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bilginbaldji

The grey model says Z3740 while the red one shows the newer Z3775 CPU.. … The grey model says Z3740 while the red one shows the newer Z3775 CPU.. Amazon are currently price matching but for the old one:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transformer-10-1-inch-Convertible-Processor-Touchscreen/dp/B00G4E60UA/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1418078756&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+t100



Yes, the red model is the new one. Ignore the grey one on Amazon/Currys. The red model is newer and has a faster processor, yet it's the same price as the older grey one. This might be a misprice, as the cheapest I could find one with the new processor on Amazon is now at £300. That or this is just a very good deal. Either way, hot!

The red finish looks really nice, too. Pictures don't really do it justice.
Edited by: "MSPreacher" 8th Dec 2014

T200 seems a better bet IMO, addresses some of the design flaws.

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mgk

Good deal for the new version and this model so hot ...but I am still … Good deal for the new version and this model so hot ...but I am still undecided if this is actually a good option to go for cmpared to the alternatives...anyone got one and comment



It looks great and it's pretty light for a laptop that runs Windows 8.1 really smoothly. The performance on this is much better than a lot of other alternatives I tried.

I think unless you're going to spend £600+ on a Slate Pro, this might be the best one to get in this size/weight category. What alternatives were you thinking of though?

Thanks MSPreacher, just hoping it is not another mishap with the description by Currys (or could the grey one be wrong in specification?). I was looking for the last month for it and being a Birthday present for my sister red hit the bull's eye. Much appreciated.

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Pikiechu

T200 seems a better bet IMO, addresses some of the design flaws.



I considered it, and I don't think the T200 really addresses the same needs. I bought this for someone who wanted something small and light (no heavier than ~1kg) while at the same time offering better performance than old, sluggish netbooks (e.g., Acer Aspire One).

The T200 is a little bigger and about half a kilo heavier. That extra weight would have been a deal-breaker for the person I bought this for, but for other people it might not be -- though it's still £100 more. And when you get into the 1.6kg range, I think there might be some other interesting options. But as far as 1kg laptops go, I think this is possibly one of the best options and a cracking deal for this model with the newer processor.

Any voucher codes working?

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rehydrated

Any voucher codes working?



Not that I could see, but I did get £3 tracked on Quidco, lol...

thanks op just purchased one for sons xmas. dont forget amex £10 cash back if you have a card

hotukdeals.com/dea…194

hope it will last as long as this asus ul30a im using now that i got from a deal on hear 4+ years ago.

Is the Z3775 really noticably faster than the Z3740?

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zaphodbb

Is the Z3775 really noticably faster than the Z3740?



From the Asus Transformer forums: 25% faster CPU-wise, and 15% faster in terms of the GPU. Just a quote I found: "you'd probably see between 10-20% better frame rates in most games. For CPU bound applications, you'd probably notice 15-25% increase in performance."

The base clock is 'only' 10% faster, but the turbo goes higher too. Z3775 = 2.39GHz; Z3740 = 1.86GHz

I'd say it's fairly noticeable for a netbook/hybrid like this, as they aren't powerhouses to begin with. I've tested it a bit this evening, and it's been pretty quick, so I'm quite happy with it. I've also tried the older model in the past, which was ok as well but not as responsive as this one in some applications.

Would I upgrade from the old model to the new one? Not if you're expecting massive gains, but if you can sell your old one for a bit of cash, then why not... it is noticeable.

Edited by: "MSPreacher" 9th Dec 2014

Crawley_Electronics

Actually your wrong as well the old model is a T100TA-DK002H and the … Actually your wrong as well the old model is a T100TA-DK002H and the newer model is a T100TA-DK023H.


Actually I'm right, I'm amazed you missed it...
T100TA-DK002H and T100TA-DK023H
My original point being one isn't a T100 and the other a T100TA, they are both a T100TA. There a several different model numbers but they all start the same.

Cold, I'm going to wait for the T1000 constructed from a liquid poly alloy. Now that's a real transformer.

What's the difference between the old and the new one???

Pikiechu

T200 seems a better bet IMO, addresses some of the design flaws.



What are the design flaws / why is the T200 better? Ta.
Edited by: "Bun_bun_1" 9th Dec 2014

Very tempted. Not sure whether to go for this or a standard laptop...

Would it be fair to say that you should be able to get £60 to £80 on eBay for the PKC?

Looks like a good deal. Can someone please clarify:

Enjoy a one-year subscription to full, unlimited versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and OneNote as this Asus Transformer Book T100TA comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student preinstalled.

Does that mean the preinstalled Home & Student will stop working after one year unless the subscription is renewed or just lose the "full, unlimited" features?

Would go for this but the colour is putting me off..

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androoski

Looks like a good deal. Can someone please clarify:Enjoy a one-year … Looks like a good deal. Can someone please clarify:Enjoy a one-year subscription to full, unlimited versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and OneNote as this Asus Transformer Book T100TA comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student preinstalled.Does that mean the preinstalled Home & Student will stop working after one year unless the subscription is renewed or just lose the "full, unlimited" features?



missleading

^^That's the description for Office 365 and not this version. It states … ^^That's the description for Office 365 and not this version. It states Office 2013 'pre-installed', so it's possible there is no Product Key Card for this. The list price of the Z3775 is $35; Z3740 was $32. There has been a significant price cut in this type of Windows tablet due to the recent influx of Chinese tabs. PiPO were selling a W3 model with keyboard for £225 - Z3775, 2GB, 64GB, 10.1" 1920x1200, but the listing has now been removed.



I didn't set up Office yet, but there was a card with the license key inside. It's for the full Home 2013 version.

There may also be a trial for Office 365, but that is separate.

RAFAVDV

Would go for this but the colour is putting me off..



It looks nicer in person, if that's any help. I suppose you could always customise the case though, if you don't like red at all.

I'm very interested, I'm after a lightweight device that I can use on the move for document editing and I need full mathematical formulae, which I currently have in the full MS Word on my desktop.

Chrome and Google Docs don't have maths. Full desktop MS Word does. Full OSX Pages does but iOS Pages doesn't.

If this Home and Student version of Word is a local install and can do the Maths Formulae editing and not require me to start paying again in 12 months then I will have to buy it as it is going to save me from shelling out £700 more for an iPad Air.

I do wonder where the Office software installs as it only has 32GB internal storage.

It would also be useful if the screen could go Portrait so I can look at an entire Page layout.

Looks like I need to go into Currys and have a look.



Edited by: "androoski" 9th Dec 2014

Sadly, these don't run Linux perfectly, and it's not trivial to get it to work even usefully.

And no sign of the tf303 (cl or k) models coming to England.

P.s. voted hot, i think the transformers are great devices.

Don't forget £10 off £100 , £30 off £300 and £50 off £50 spend via o2 moments at Currys

Got one a year ago. Great when it lasted. Screen cracked for no reason. When googled it seems quite a common thing and curry/pc world refuse to return due to asus saying its user damage. Asus quote £280 for repair. Cheap parts available on ebay though reports are mixed at success of diy repair. A pity as it was performing really good.

androoski

I'm very interested, I'm after a lightweight device that I can use on the … I'm very interested, I'm after a lightweight device that I can use on the move for document editing and I need full mathematical formulae, which I currently have in the full MS Word on my desktop.



Doesn't Libre Office have a Math extension that works in the word processor?

mgk

Good deal for the new version and this model so hot ...but I am still … Good deal for the new version and this model so hot ...but I am still undecided if this is actually a good option to go for cmpared to the alternatives...anyone got one and comment



I've had the original model since release day. I use it pretty much every day at some point (take it to work) - web browsing, video watching, web development, image manipulation etc. First of all, it's not the fastest machine. In general use it seems pretty nippy because it's running from a solid state drive and if you're only doing fairly light work on it, it's more than fine. The battery lasts ages (easily 5/6 hours, longer if you're not doing any intensive stuff) and it'll last in sleep mode for days.

It suffers when asked to do more demanding stuff - unpacking rar/zip files, compressing audio/video - anything like that is not a job for this machine. It can play some games fairly well (there's plenty of examples on YouTube) - Minecraft runs alright with some settings lowered, Roller Coaster Tycoon runs great in the main - can't say I've bothered with anything more because it's not what I want the machine for, plus of course, it's a tiny screen. The keyboard gets fairly cramped if you're using it for an extended period and the touchpad isn't the best. The entire base is a bit weak and flexes in places.

Overall though it's a great little machine - provided you know it's limitations and are happy with them. There's no way this could be my main machine, even if it was the slightly faster newer model.

Not sure if that helps at all

I have the T100 and its a great little device. I traded down from a Mac Air. Its does feel a bit plasticy, but its as you would expect from a £250 device.

It has an microSD slot, so I have a 32gb card for installing programs and games. 32gb internal storage should really only be used for the OS and small installations otherwise you may find your internal storage filling up.

General browsing is acceptable, its not lightning fast but its as you would expect. With 2gb ram you don't have much room for multitasking, I don't have antivirus on mine, the trade off for the extra performance/memory is ok for me. I work in IT so have a reasonable understanding of malware/viruses etc. Gaming on the T100 is basic, but surprisingly good. Minecraft on basic settings is ok, bit sluggish at times but perfectly playable. The only other thing I have tried is Halo 1 which played fine on basic settings. 2d games should be fine, I wouldn't want to play any modern FPS on this though and expect good performance, but its surprising what the T100 will play.

The best part of this device is the battery life. The processor is very efficient and the battery easily lasts a 10-12 hours powered on with light browsing. I can get a good few hours streaming Sky GO in high quality without the battery dying. One downside is that i can be slow to charge, which is a common complaint. I have an Anker 40w charger which rectifies this but one thing to bear in mind.
Edited by: "craigos" 9th Dec 2014

MSPreacher

I picked one up and I can confirm you get the full license, and it has … I picked one up and I can confirm you get the full license, and it has USB3! Currys isn't always that accurate with their descriptions, and may well be why they are selling this for the same price as the old one...



The old one has USB 3 as well (I know, I've got one sitting in front of me right now !)
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 9th Dec 2014
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