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More than a tablet: Opening Asus' Transformer Book T100 (pictures)

The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a Windows 8.1 tablet/laptop hybrid that clips into a keyboard dock.

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Asus' Transformer Book T100 clips in to Windows 8.1

Asus' new Transformer Book T100 may look like a laptop, but pull it apart from the keyboard and you can see it's all Windows 8.1 tablet set snugly into a dock.
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Tablet-only mode

The 10.1-inch IPS screen has a 1,366x768-pixel resolution.
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Asus Transformer Book T100

The Book T100 features Intel's Bay Trail CPU, which was made just for tablets like this one.
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A smattering of specs

You'll also find Intel HD Graphics alongside the quad-core Bay Trail chip. There's a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, but no rear camera on this unit.
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Full keyboard

Clipped in, the Book T100 functions just like a laptop, like most of the Transformer line.
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All about connection

Here's a closer look at the connector mount. Oooh. Ahhhh.
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Ports and more

Seek them and you shall find ports: Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB, a headset jack, and a microSD card reader. The keyboard also musters up a single USB 3.0 port.
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The heft factor

It may look a bit bulky, but then consider that each portion weighs 1.2 pounds alone and less than 2.5 pounds when joining forces. That's almost lighter than a real book (OK, a college text book).
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It gleams

Asus made sure its Book T100 gleams with that shiny new hybrid shine.
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Back at'cha

The usual rubber grips adorn this Transformer's flat-bottom side.
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When you can get it and for how much

The hybrid "Book" goes on sale October 18 for $349, a great price for a tablet that comes with a keyboard dock already bundled in.

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