With a bigger display, a comfier keyboard and more ports, the Asus Transformer Book T200 improves upon its predecessor and stands out as one of the best 2-in-1 hybrids for business. The device combines a solid tablet with an excellent snap-on keyboard dock right out of the box, making it more versatile than a traditional laptop computer. Perhaps its most interesting feature is a swappable hard drive, so you can expand its onboard storage at any time. And at $459, the T200 is pretty affordable.
However, it has a few drawbacks — including below-average battery life, a heavier build and a slightly higher price tag — than its smaller predecessor, the Transformer Book T100, which costs $329. We'll put the T200 through its paces in a full review soon. For now, read on for three features that make it good for business.
The biggest difference between the T200 and the T100 is that Asus' new machine is, well, bigger. The device has an 11.6-inch display, compared to the 10.1-inch screen on last year's model. That gives you a lot more real space to work on. The obvious trade-off is that the T200 is larger and heavier than the T100, so it's not quite as easy to carry on your daily commute.
Keyboard dock included
You can pick up a Bluetooth keyboard for just about any tablet, but not many machines come with one out of the box. The Transformer Book T200's included keyboard dock snaps onto the display with a sturdy hinge, so you can use it like a laptop, or detach the keyboard to use it like a tablet. The keyboard dock itself is improved over the T100's dock, in several ways. Its larger size makes typing comfortable; the T100's dock was slightly smaller than a standard keyboard's, so it felt cramped. The T200 also comes with a bigger touchpad for more comfortable pointing.
The Transformer Book T200 includes one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port, compared to just one USB port on the T100. That means you can connect multiple accessories, like a mouse or external hard drive. It also has an Ethernet port for wired Internet, which the T100 lacks. Both devices have an HDMI port, which could come in handy for sharing business presentations.