Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi Review
This good-looking fanless hybrid works as a slim Windows tablet or an ultra-portable laptop, but still suffers from the same awkward marriage of base and screen as many hybrids.
Sitting at a casual dining table and attempting to adjust the screen on the Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi hybrid for a better viewing angle, a funny thing happened. As soon as I grabbed the slim, metallic top half of the hybrid by the upper left corner and pulled it forward a bit, the screen went dead.
Running a finger along the top edge of the 12.5-inch display, a small ridge about an inch long brushed against my finger. That was the culprit. When the display and keyboard base of the T300 Chi are assembled into its clamshell laptop form, the system’s main power button ends up sticking out from the top left edge of the lid.
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More than once, even after committing this fact to memory, I accidentally put the system to sleep merely by grabbing the top left corner to tweak the viewing angle, because the button was placed exactly where one might grab the screen, and because it triggered with even the lightest accidental touch.
That minor but maddening design quirk is unfortunate, because it mars an otherwise impressive effort from Asus to marry high-end parts and design with a low starting price.
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