Asus' Transformer Book T100 sounds too good to be true. The Bay Trail convertible has a quad-core CPU, a 10" IPS display, 10-12 hours of battery life, an included keyboard dock, and the full version of Windows 8.1, yet it starts at just $350. No wonder we gave the thing a TR recommended award. There's just one problem: no one seems to have the thing in stock, at least at the suggested price.
Newegg was the first to sell the T100, but the 64GB version is sold out with no ETA. The online vendor still doesn't have a listing for the 32GB, entry level model.
A couple of Amazon partners have stock, but they're gouging. Eclipse Express is charging $496 for the 64GB variant and only has one of them. Meanwhile, Asus and Panasonic Specialists claim to have eleven 32GB models at $390 a pop. Amazon doesn't seem to have the device in stock itself.
What about other outlets? Rakuten lists the 64GB version as sold out, while TigerDirect has it available for pre-order only. At least those vendors aren't jacking the price. Neither is Best Buy, which has the 32GB version coming soon for $350.
Unfortunately, it looks like folks north of the border will have to pay more for the device. Best Buy's Canadian site has the same 32GB model priced at $400 with a November 15 ETA, and Future Shop concurs. NCIX has been selling the 32GB model with a 32GB microSD card for $400, but it's on backorder already.
The few visitors to the Benchmarking Sweatshop who have played with our T100 sample have wanted to buy one for themselves, so I'm not surprised to see the device scarce online. The presence of user reviews at Amazon, Newegg, and NCIX suggests that a fair number of devices have shipped. Some of our own readers have been lucky enough to get their hands on the T100, as well. The demand has clearly outstripped the supply, though. We've asked Asus about the holdup and when the Transformer Book will be in stock at major US vendors. It would be a shame if the most appealing budget convertible on the market was difficult to find during the holiday shopping season.