- I installed all pending Windows Updates;
- Disabled System Restore;
- Selected “Optimize for performance” by disabling all the optional user interface features;
- Started using metro apps instead of the Desktop ones;
- Restarted a couple of times
After that, the tablet seemed much more responsive and exhibited no lag at all. YouTube videos played pretty well even at 720p. The overall experience was (as expected) much better than the one of my Acer Aspire One 751h (1,3GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, GMA500 GPU, 160GB HD). I should note here that the T100 came only with a basic setup (not many apps installed), so I guess that if resources-hungry processes run in the background (e.g. Skype & Dropbox, a common scenario of my Linux-powered netbook), performance might be a challenging factor.
4. Final notes
Getting my hands on a T100 was a long-term wish that came true. I usually travel quite often and I carry with me either my Linux-powered (Peppermint OS 5) netbook (portable but still has compatibility issues when it comes to MS Office documents, which I use a lot for my work), or my Windows 8-powered 17-inch Toshiba Satellite, which is really bulky and heavy; not the most portable laptop available. I was looking for a portable device (probably an ultrabook) which would allow me to be fully productive during my trips and at the same time would not hurt my back (nor my pocket!).
After my short experience, I would say that the Asus T100 would fulfill my requirements and would allow me to perform basic tasks and be fully compatible with my work laptop. It has the advantage of being a tablet (e.g. for checking emails and open documents during a meeting) and can become a small laptop when keyboard is attached (when e.g. one needs to write long documents/deliverables, respond to several emails, prepare slides etc.). It is highly portable and versatile and at about 330 euros for the 32GB version, it is also rather budget-friendly. However, a microSD card of at least 32GB for increasing the storage as well as a micro to normal USB adapter (for using e.g. a mouse and an external hard disk, USB flash drive etc.) is required.
I would probably be more happy in terms of performance with an ultrabook which might provide better specs and a similar battery life for a premium but I guess that I would miss the versatility and portability of the Asus T100. With the limited storage space I would have to make some sacrifices (e.g. I wouldn’t be able to sync my full Dropbox set of folders and the ones from OneDrive (as I do now) and I might face some performance issues when trying to multitask as I am used in my laptop but If I had to select between these two I guess that I would go for a T100 😉