Much like the famous Old El Paso saying \u201cWhy not have both?\u201d, when ASUS dreamed up the Transformer Book T300 Chi, they built in all the benefits of both a laptop AND a tablet. But what\u2019s obvious from the get-go is that this isn\u2019t an ordinary hybrid. With a high-end yet lightweight feel, ASUS have managed to deliver one of the best combinations of performance and portability we have seen to date.\r\n\r\n \r\nFeatures\r\n\r\n\r\nThe main highlight of the Chi is the magnetic hinge (or latch, or dock, or whatever you may want to call it). Unlike other hybrids where you had to battle with twisting and turning the keyboard to an uncomfortable position, with the Chi you can simply take the screen straight off. Give it a firm tug and it will detach from the keyboard to reveal what is a slim and very usable stand-alone tablet.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe connection feels solid and is capable of supporting up to 2kg, utilising "the world\u2019s most powerful magnetic material in a carefully-designed pattern". This means with the keyboard attached we could still hold the computer up by the screen and not have to worry about bottom falling off.\r\n\r\n \r\nDesign\r\n\r\n\r\nPicking up the machine, the first two things you\u2019ll notice is that it\u2019s incredibly light at just 720g and incredibly thin at just 7.6mm at its thickest point. This is achieved through its fanless design to save on space with the added benefit of making it whisper quiet to use.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe precision crafted all-aluminium casing that gives the machine a very high-end feel compared with some of the cheaper plastics you\u2019ll find in other devices. You\u2019ll notice there\u2019s not too many ugly screws or seams sticking out as well with the edges of the device having been diamond cut.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWe didn\u2019t find this a problem, but some of the feedback we\u2019ve read from other users is that the power button could be placed in a better spot as people would accidentally knock it when they tried to adjust the angle of the screen.\r\n\r\n \r\nPerformance\r\n\r\n\r\nThe ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi utilises the all-new Intel Core M processor which is the same chip used in the new Macbook. It\u2019s very much designed for the ultrabook\/hybrid market and while it\u2019s perfectly suitable for all of your every-day tasks, it doesn\u2019t exactly deliver what other slim hybrids or laptops can for power-users with a much better i5 or i7 chip. That said, we didn\u2019t notice any lag when scrolling through Windows 8.1 on the device. It\u2019s also assisted in the speed department by its solid-state disk (SSD) of up to 128GB, perfect for an \u2018on-the-go\u2019 device.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nASUS claim that the device has up to eight hours of battery life but in our tests and from extended use we still had to charge it throughout the day. While the keyboard has a separate battery (for reasons which we\u2019ll explain later) it would be handy if the tablet\/screen could also draw some juice from the dock as well.\r\n\r\n \r\nScreen\r\n\r\n\r\nSimply put, the screen is stunning with a 1920x1080 display producing vivid colours and the darkest of blacks in better than HD resolution. The 12.5\u2019\u2019 multi-touch screen has an orientation of 16:9 which very much feels like a \u2018widescreen\u2019 device when you have the tablet docked.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile this is absolutely perfect for watching Netflix or Youtube, the aspect ratio doesn\u2019t quite feel right when you are holding the device in portrait as a tablet. Under the hood the graphics are driven by an integrated Intel\u00ae HD Graphics card.\r\n\r\n \r\nKeyboard & Accessories\r\n\r\n\r\nAs mentioned, they keyboard (or dock) has its own battery built in. Why? So that you can flick the switch in the top left corner and use it in Bluetooth mode with the screen detached. For what purpose someone would want to do this however, who knows?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe good news is that the keyboard is full size and an absolute joy to type on. It\u2019s very tactile with 1.55mm of travel and perfect if you needed to put in a few hours of typing for work or even gaming. There\u2019s also ample space to wrest your wrists comfortably next to the track-pad.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nASUS has managed to pack in plenty of connectivity with a Micro SD card reader, fast 802.11a\/c WiFi, built-in Bluetooth\u2122 V4.0, stereo speakers, an audio jack, HDMI Output and a microUSB slot. There\u2019s also a 1.2 Mega Pixel webcam which is a nice feature from the 420px potato you might see in other competing devices.\r\n\r\n \r\nSpecs\r\nProcessor: Intel Core M 5Y71 1.2 GHz Processor (Turbo to 2.9GHz)\r\n\r\nMemory: 4GB DDR3 Memory\r\n\r\nOperating System: Windows 8.1\r\n\r\nDisplay: 12.5" 16:9 IPS HD (1920x1080) with Multi-Touch Screen\r\n\r\nGraphic:\u00a0 Integrated Intel\u00ae HD Graphics\r\n\r\nStorage: 128GB SSD\r\n\r\nCard Reader: Card reader (Micro SD )\r\n\r\nCamera: 1.2 Mega Pixel web camera\r\n\r\nNetworking: Wi-Fi 802.11a\/c, Built-in Bluetooth\u2122 V4.0\r\n\r\nInterface: 1 x audio jack, 1 x microUSB\r\n\r\nAudio: Stereo speakers\r\n\r\nBattery: Up to 8 hours of battery life\r\n\r\nDimensions Tablet: 241mm x 137.5mm x 7.6mm\r\n\r\nDimensions with Dock: 241mm x 137.5mm x 16.5mm\r\n\r\nWeight: 0.40kg (tablet) 0.75kg (docked)\r\n\r\n \r\nConclusion\r\n\r\n\r\nThe ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi delivers what is a perfect on-the-go device for work or play. Whether you\u2019re lazing on the couch with the tablet or need to get some serious work done, the Chi won\u2019t disappoint with a premium feel and plenty of performance to back it up. The magnetic hinge is by far the stand-out feature in what is one of the best hybrids we\u2019ve seen on the market.\r\n\r\n \r\nGiveaway\r\nIn partnership with ASUS Australia, we're giving away an ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi to one lucky reader. To enter, simply sign up to Man of Many's newsletter in the form below:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSubscribe to Man of Many's Newsletter\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCompetition Terms & Conditions 1. Entries close 11:59:59 PM 30\u00a0May, 2015 (GMT+10). 2. You must be age 16 or over to enter the competition. 3. Entrants may be disqualified from the competition at Man of Many\u2019s sole discretion. 4. Prizes not claimed after 7 days may be forfeited. 5. Employees of Man of Many Pty Ltd or their suppliers are not eligible to enter. 6. Prizes are not transferable. 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