T100HA arrives with two webcams – one is placed on the reverse of the screen and is 5 MegaPixels in specification and the other is 2 Mega Pixels and is situated off-centre on the actual display. Both can be used for either taking pictures or for conference call settings such as Skype.
Merging both the keyboard and tablet is a robust plastic hinge which, when the tablet is attached, allows it to be folded back to approximately 120°.
To detach the tablet/screen a soft upwards pulling motion gently separates the two components. After removing the tablet/screen we can clearly see the mounting mechanism and screen connector; at either end there are two metal brackets which position and support the screen while the connectivity for the screen is directly in the centre.
Separating both parts can be performed while T100HA is powered up.
ASUS are using a 10.1” display for T100HA. This screen offers up to 1280x800 resolution (16:10 WXGA) and offers an extremely clear, precise and vibrant view. If being using with the keyboard the screen operates in landscape mode but if T100HA is being used solely as a tablet the view can be snapped to either landscape or portrait by simply shifting/twisting the display as you would with any tablet.
The option to use the keyboard in a combo configuration with the tablet is a useful thing. Sometimes inputting details into a tablet can be cumbersome but if you’re on-the-go and need to type up emails, documents or just generally want to input more than just a few characters it makes the entire process much more hassle-free.
The keyboard which ASUS has used follows a condensed QWERTY design. All of the required keys have been included but are obviously smaller in size and if you’re used to using a standard keyboard for typing, some alterations are needed. Upon initial use, we found ourselves incorrectly typing certain words due to the slightly different arrangement.
It should be noted that when typing, the keyboard has a certain amount of give in it due to a lack of rigidity in its baseplate. We should stress that this isn't a quality issue, but can make for a typing experience that isn't ideal in extended sessions.
Below the keyboard area there is a small touchpad which lacks any independent left/right buttons – the touchpad can be pressed on either side to perform this type of command.