ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 Review

ASUS is one of the most known computer brands. They have been developing not only computers and laptops, but also motherboards, tablets and much more for over a decade now. They even have their own peripheral series for serious gamers! But that’s not what I’m going to review today. Today I’m going to be taking a look at the brand new ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100! It’s designed to be an affordable tablet for today’s students. So let’s see if that’s true.

Technical Specification

  • Dimension: 239×172×10 mm / 9.4×6.8×0.4″
  • Weight: 580 g / 1.3 lbs
  • Screen size: 9.7″
  • Screen type: LCD
  • Resolution: 2048×1536
  • Pixel density: 264 PPI
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz Cortex-A72 + Cortex-A53
  • Memory: 4 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Ports: USB 3.1 Type C, Audio Jack, Micro SD
  • Sensors: G-Sensor, Gyro
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Battery: 35WHr Li-Po

In The Box

  • ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100
  • Wacom EMR Pen
  • USB-C cable
  • AC adapter

Design

The ASUS CT100 is anything but a normal tablet. It has a beautiful rugged design which also includes stronger military grade plastic. In addition to that, they have given it a micro-dimple texture finish, which prevents the case from getting fingerprints and scratches. Plus all of the corners and edges have a tough rubber bumper to protect the tablet from drops. All of these design features make sense as this is a tablet that’s designed for education. And we all know that kids can be quite careless.

According to ASUS, the Chromebook Tablet is so durable that it even surpasses the MIL-STD-810G durability standards. Plus of course stress tests that the ASUS quality department requires. Those include tests in different conditions. Such as using the tablet in extreme altitudes, high temperature and even in a high humidity environment. Not to mention the standard vibration and shock tests that mimic the everyday usage.

ASUS CT100 Design

What also adds extra strength to the tablet is the size of the bezel that surrounds the screen. It’s also one of the main reasons why the CT100’s overall dimensions are a bit larger (239×172×10 mm / 9.4×6.8×0.4″) than any other standard 9.7″ tablet. The plus side is that it’s easier to hold onto it and you don’t need to worry about accidental taps.

ASUS CT100 Design 2

The ASUS CT100 also includes plenty of ports. The sides have a single USB-C port, an audio jack (microphone + headphone) and a micro SD slot. Plus two physical buttons for changing the volume and one button to turn it on.

The overall build quality is obviously fantastic. I wouldn’t expect anything less from the ASUS Chromebook series. It’s basically built like a tank, which is definitely helpful if you are buying this for a child.

Accessories

Besides all of the ports and buttons, the side of the tablet has also got a slot for the Wacom EMR stylus! This is already included in the package so you don’t have to buy it separately. The stylus is also incredibly basic, it doesn’t have any buttons or features that would make it interactive. It’s simply a well designed pen that’s comfortable to use. And I really like this simplicity.

Wacom EMR Pen

I’m also a huge fan of how ASUS has solved the problem of storing it. Most brands have it attached to the side, which is one of the reasons why people tend to lose them. Plus it adds an ugly attachment to the tablet. With the CT100 you don’t need to worry about losing it as it sits inside the tablet. Simple but effective. And maybe it does add some size to the tablet, but it’s definitely worth it if you are going to include a stylus.

Performance

The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 runs on the Hexa-Core dual 1.6 GHz Cortex-A72 + Cortex-A53 processor. It has 4 GB of DDR3 ram and 32 GB of built-in storage. This is most definitely not the weakest tablets on the market. On the contrary, it’s powerful enough to comfortably run any gaming app. You also won’t experience any problems with having multiple apps open at the same time. It can easily handle all the apps that you throw at it.

Since this tablet is part of the Chromebook series, it comes with the Chrome OS. The main difference between the Chrome OS and Android is that it runs the full Chrome web browser. You can pretty much dock this tablet to a monitor and get the feel like you are actually using a computer. The latest Chrome OS also comes with the Google Play store, so you have access to all of the Android apps as well. So it’s really not a downside in my opinion. Google has been pushing the Chrome OS for a while now, especially on devices that are designed for education.

I’m also quite happy with the display. It has a decent resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The colors aren’t bad either. Obviously you can’t compare them to Retina screens but they are definitely better than average. All of the videos and photos I have watched with it are clear, sharp and vibrant. It also mostly depends how bright you set the screen. Mine is on auto and I haven’t once felt like the screen was letting me down. Also the screen works really well with the stylus. You can use it to doodle or sketch anything you want.

I haven’t mentioned it before but the CT100 also has two cameras. A 2 MP front camera and a 5 MP rear camera. Neither of these cameras are designed to take high quality photos or videos. Don’t even try to compare them to the ones on your phone. That said, the cameras are good enough to use for Skype video calls. I don’t think anyone expects to use a tablet camera for photography anyways.

If you have owned tablets before, then you are most probably already aware that the battery life largely depends on what you do with the tablet. Obviously you won’t get the same battery life with watching videos all day as you would by just browsing Reddit. According to ASUS, you can expect to get up to 10 hours of battery life. But on average, I’d say around 7 to 8 hours. Enough to last a full school day.

Conclusion

The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 is a durable device that’s perfect for classrooms. Not only is it made out of premium materials and confirms to military grade standards, but it also has a high quality hardware as well. The screen is simply fantastic for the price and the resolution is more than enough. Plus the included stylus, which can turn the tablet into a drawing pad. Another fantastic way to get children to be creative. The overall package is just so well put together that it would be difficult for me not to recommend it.

8.2 Total Score
Excellent

Design
8.5
Build Quality
10
Performance
8
Camera
6
Value
8.5