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Breaking our deeply rooted habits, tablets have seemingly transformed the way we do personal computing, and rightfully so, we’ve been treated to a broad range of models – though, there’s still very little innovation between them when it comes to form factor. In its bid to make a name for itself in this highly competitive market, Asus was able to capture our attention with the Eee Pad Transformer from last year not only for its inexpensive cost, but for its innovative keyboard dock as well.Fortunately for us, the time has come to check out another interesting design by the company – the Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101. With this tablet, the manufacturer has forgone the keyboard dock and has simply incorporated a physical keyboard to reduce the amount of items you need to lug around. However, when it comes down to it, will it be a practical thing without making too many compromises?Staring at it head on, the Eee Pad Slider has a slight resemblance to the original Transformer, but upon closer inspection, they’re actually very different from one another. Overall, the Asus Eee Pad Slider is essentially thicker (0.68”/17.2mm thick), heavier (33.86 oz/960 grams), and by golly a whole lot larger in every way imaginable, compared to both the Transformer and the Prime.
This is one unique tablet - stands out in a crowd like no other. The Slider may just be the perfect solution for someone who wants to replace the laptop/netbook with a tablet. The integrated keypad helps achieve that. Depends on how comfortable you find it though. But is this the first in a new genre of tablets, aimed at the business user. What the Asus Eee Pad Slider attempts to offer is the tablet based alternative to someone who wants to shift from a netbook or a laptop, but, is driven up the wall at the very mention of typing on a touchscreen. This is the most unique tablet we have seen till date. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer also offers a similar combo - touchscreen with a keypad dock, but admittedly, looks like a netbook unless the display is switched on. The Eee pad Slider, on the other hand, looks very different. When closed, the Slider looks like just any other tablet, a bulky tablet, but nevertheless just another tablet. All the ports and connectivity options are spread around the side spines of the tablet. However, the real interesting stiff is hidden behind the screen! You need to pull the display upwards, from the top, and wait for it to lift up and sit at an angle. And there is the keypad! Common colour combo of black and silver is what you see around the display. The keypad however is chocolate brown in colour.
Tablets are a really cool device to have, but essentially you'll rarely find anyone who says they would actually replace a laptop or netbook with one. No, they're a very desirable extra, and will generally only be bought by those who have plenty of disposable income and want to add one to their already existing smartphone and laptop combo. Most of us are loath to pay out 300 quid or more on something that will let us check our email from the couch, but won't offer us the same sort of experience our desktop or laptop offers, with a keyboard that lets us input text directly. So, how about if someone came along and offered you a tablet that not only had the touchscreen that makes using a device such fun, but also had a ‘proper' keyboard to allow you to tap tap tap your messages and emails in the ‘correct' manner? Interested? Then allow us to introduce you to the Asus Eee Pad Slider. Yes, it is a tablet, and yes it has a touchscreen. And while some of us have persevered and managed to type out whole documents and lengthy emails using a touchscreen, it's not the best of processes, so behold the tablet that has a slide-out keyboard.
We were totally taken by the Eee Pad Transformer when it came out because it did something different to the iPad, and so gave itself room to breathe away from the tablet big guns.Now its brother, the Asus Eee Pad Slider has arrived, and manages to stand out in much the same way.The specs are fairly typical for tablets these days. The Eee Pad Slider features a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip, offering dual-core power and good graphics performance, which powers Android 3.1 out of the box (though you can upgrade to 3.2 as soon as you get it connected to the internet, and an Android 4.0 update is on its way).There's 1GB of RAM to keep multitasking smooth, along with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, though a microSD card slot means you can boost this. Wi-Fi is present up to 802.11n, as is Bluetooth.The screen is a generous 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS affair, so there's plenty of space for Android 3.2 to show us what it's got. We'll go into full details about the screen's quality on the Performance page.Of course, behind the screen is where things get interesting. By grabbing the top of it, you can pull it up, so it slides back and sits up at an angle to reveal the built-in keyboard.
Tablets took ASUS by surprise this year. The company revealed its two models, the Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Pad Slider, back at CES 2011 in January, and went on to see the Transformer become a sell-out success. The Slider SL101, meanwhile, failed to appear on schedule, and it's only now - ten months after we saw it first - that units are finally reaching store shelves. Has time been kind, or is this Android tablet just a netbook with pretensions? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. Accommodating a sliding mechanism means the Eee Pad Slider isn't going to be as compact as some slate-only tablets we've seen. The ASUS measures in at 10.7 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches and 2.1 pounds (when closed), making it larger and heavier than most rivals. In contrast, the Eee Pad Transformer is thinner and lighter when slate-only, but bigger than the Eee Pad Slider when the battery-toting keyboard dock is attached. Of course, in doing so you also get a boost to runtime. In comparison to a more traditional slate, however, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the ASUS is positively porky. Samsung's 9.7 x 6.7 x 0.3 inch tablet is less than half as thick and almost half the weight, and far easier to hold single-handed.
It seemed, just a couple of years back, that almost every week was topped off by the introduction of a new netbook. Remember those things? We haven't seen much in the way of new netbook technology lately, but we have seen plenty of tablets. The iPad started a modern-day revitalization of the slate PC market, and while Apple has dominated the market, rival companies have been pushing out tablet after tablet in an effort to grab their piece of the pie. One thing we've noticed is the great variety in form factors. Whereas the iPad basically just comes in two flavors, those content with Android can have their pick when it comes to design. There's the standard, flat slate (like the Galaxy Tab 10.1), slates with docking stations, and now, a slate with a built-in, slide-out keyboard. That's right, a keyboard that's built right in, no Bluetooth or accessory cases necessary. Asus' Eee Pad Slider was actually introduced as a concept product back at CES, nearly three seasons ago. That's an eternity in computing years, but it takes time to get a radical design like this just right.
Tablets can be great companions for lots of things, but if you want to use one for work, you'll probably need a case that props up the screen on an angle, plus an external keyboard for efficient typing. The Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 eliminates the need for both of those accessories, while retaining the portability that tablet buyers crave. The Slider ($479 for 16GB, $579 for 32GB; prices as of September 27, 2011) is notable for its sturdily hinged slide-out keyboard. That innovation comes at the cost of increased thickness and weight, however. At a time when many tablets are becoming thinner, the 10.1-inch Eee Pad Slider is 0.72 inch thick in its tablet state (closed up, with a normal slate profile). That's more than double the thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Likewise, the Slider weighs 2.1 pounds, versus 1.24 pounds for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and an average weight of 1.5 to 1.6 pounds for first-generation Honeycomb tablets. But the trade-off is worth making if you value productivity and efficiency. In landscape mode, a small lip along the top of the Eee Pad Slider, just above the front-facing camera, provides a grab space to catch the top half of the tablet; pulling it up and out reveals the keyboard beneath. The design is very effective.
Thanks to their slim designs, touch screens, and light weights, tablets have taken off in the last few years as a popular alternative to Netbooks and, in some cases, even laptops. However, a tablet screen isn't the most ideal environment for typing. By including a built-in keyboard, the Asus Eee Pad Slider attempts to offer a solution to this problem, but does the very inclusion of a keyboard defeat the purpose of owning a thin, light, and cool-looking media device? Even more than the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which offers an optional $120 keyboard attachment, the Asus Eee Pad Slider is more or less Asus' admission that typing on a tablet screen sucks. This is made apparent by the Slider's inclusion of a built-in keyboard. It's not an attachment or an accessory; the tablet and keyboard are one and the same. Think of it as an oversize smartphone like the Samsung Epic 4G that allows you to snap a QWERTY keyboard out when needed. From the front, the Slider looks like a typical tablet, but conceals all the really cool stuff underneath. Right above the 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, on the top bezel edge, is an arrow pointing up. Investigating further you'll find a groove on the top side of the tablet, just wide enough to fit a couple of fingertips in.
While most Android tablets make due with a touch keyboard, for many typists a set of virtual keys just doesn't cut it. It's for these users that ASUS has designed the Eee Pad Slider SL101, the first 10-inch Android tablet with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The $479 Eee Pad Slider also features a bright IPS screen, a full-size USB port (for attaching a storage drive or mouse), and a sleek soft-touch chassis. But do these goodies justify the 2.1-pound weight? And just how good is the typing experience?The Eee Pad Slider is one of the more attractive Android tablets we've tested, but it's also the bulkiest. At 10.7 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches (with the keyboard retracted) and 2.1 pounds, the Slider is significantly larger and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (9.7 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches, 1.2 pounds) and the Eee Pad Transformer (10.7 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches, 1.4 pounds). However, with its keyboard dock attached, the Transformer is a much heavier 2.8 pounds.The Eee Pad Slider's top surface houses its glossy touchscreen and an extraordinarily thick black bezel with curved gray sides. The bezel, which measures 1 inch on each side and 0.9 inches on the top and bottom of the screen, looks especially fat next to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (0.6-inch bezel).
When Asus first announced its plans to launch a range of tablets, it promised that it would go off the beaten track. The EeePad Transformer set the scene, adding an optional keyboard which doubled the existing battery life. With a touch-sensitive IPS display, it was more of a netbook-tablet hybrid than anything else. Asus has taken that hybridisation even further with the EeePad Slider, a touchscreen tablet running Android Honeycomb with a full-size slide-out keyboard. Most of the other details are the same, and in many ways it's just a 10.1'' Transformer with a keyboard already attached. Like Asus' earlier tablet, the new Slider has a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The capacitative touchscreen uses an IPS display, which should mean it can boast wide viewing angles. The lower half, with the keyboard, has all the circuitry as well as the inputs and outputs, which include a mini-HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port a microSD card slot allowing you to add up to 32 GB of memory, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a proprietary connector for recharging and connecting to your computer. When we got the tablet and the attached keyboard—which you can't actually remove—out of the packaging, our first reaction was that mobility is going to suffer with 950 g of hardware.
|ASUS SL101-B1-WT 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet (White)||$389||See it|
|ASUS SL101-B1-WT 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet (White)||$392.95||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad SL101-B1-WT 32 GB Tablet - 10.1 - NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz - White - 1 GB RAM - Android 3.2 Honeycomb - LED Backlight - Slider - Multi-touch Screen 1280 x 800 WXGA Display - Bluetooth||$549.99||See it|