Laptops and tablets, tablets and laptops. Are they the future? We’ve seen plenty of convertible devices over the years, and none is more familiar with this market than Asus. The company has been transforming for years. This newest member to its lineup, the T300 Chi, further explores the growing world with a full-on PC/tablet hybrid. And it starts at just $700.
The 12.5-inch Windows 8.1 device can dock right into a keyboard, giving users the flexibility to attach and detach depending on the situation. Getting work done? Attach. Watching Netflix? Detach. Either way, you’re getting a device that comes packing the Intel Core M processor, 64GB or 128GB of storage, and 4GB or 8GB options. Some of the ports include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD, micro-USB 3.0 and micro-HDMI.
While the bezels are thick-is, the tablet itself looks quite nice, which is typical in the Asus camp; the company has consistently produced some attractive kit, and the T300 Chi is among its best. And the mechanism for attaching the keyboard is as easy as magnets. Just align the two connectors and everything will snap into place. And they’re strong, too, so you should have no worries about either accidentally attaching from the other.
We haven’t yet really put the Chi through its paces, but it did handle some older PC games with aplomb. To be clear, this is by no means a gaming machine, and it’ll likely be slow for video and photo editing, but it can (maybe) run more intensive tasks if you’re in a pinch. This is by no means on the level of a Core i5, but there’s seemingly enough muscle to push it out of its comfort zone every so often.
That said, we’ve found that the Chi’s battery is just decent so far, though we’ll have to spend more time with it to really get an idea of how long it’ll last. There’s that $700 model, as I mentioned, and also a model for $900. Check out our review in the video above.
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