t100

I have an ASUS Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 tablet I purchased for work purposes. I was in need of a something small and cheap that runs Windows that I was able to toss into a backpack. I looked around quite a bit and chose the T100 because of the price and how well reviewed it is. After turning off its touchpad gesture software and using Classic Shell to ditch the new Windows 8 interface its a really good laptop. Pop off the keyboard and it makes a good tablet too.

The T100 has a 1.3GHZ CPU and 2GB of memory, while I never have a problem running my day to day apps, I quickly became curious about what games it would run.

On a cool note, its a tablet running Windows. Getting a controller to work was a breeze. I’ve been using a XBOX 360 controller, just plugged it in and it was all good.

On another note, most games need to have the tablet in the keyboard dock or they have a bit of a freak out. This isn’t too bad as the dock makes for a nice lap or desk stand. For instance, Halo crashes on startup without the keyboard docked, once started it plays fine undocked.

Emulators 

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 runs NES, Gameboy, SNES, Genesis, and Gameboy Advances games well. Any newer systems don’t work out to well.

Old Games

All of the games I have from Good Old Games work fine. Duke Nukem 3d, Roller Coaster Tycoon 1&2, Dungeon Keeper 1&2, Populous, Sim City 2000, Tryian 2000, Stronghold HD, Stronghold Crusader, The Incredible Machine, Ultima 7, Wing Commander 3, and Wing Commander 4 all run well.

Other random games I have that work well,  Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, Quake 1, Quake 2, Halo, and Torchlight. I can’t find my copy of Diablo 1&2, but I don’t see any reason why they won’t run.

I tried The Ultimate Doom. It wouldn’t run, from reading around this is a Windows 8 thing and not specific to the T100. I would bet prBoom or something similar would work.

Here I am playing Halo: Combat Evolved.

Recent Games

The Steam client runs well. These Steam games run, FTL, Starbound, Magicka, and Age of Empires II HD.

Defender’s Quest and Rogue Legacy also run (as non Steam games).

DOTA and League of Legends run. Problem is it takes so long to load everyone hates you by the time the game starts.

I have World of Warcraft but didn’t try it. Spec wise it should run at the lowest settings, problem is WoW would take up about 1/4 of the space the 64GB the T100 Transformer has.

The only other games I have require a decent graphics card to run, I didn’t bother to try them.

Final Thoughts

All in all I’m impressed with my ASUS Transformer Book T100. Don’t let the specs fool you, it’ll do a lot.