Monday, September 12, 2011

[Review] : Eee Pad Slider

Eee Pad Slider SL101 
Changing the Game Once Again

Eee Pad Slider SL101

       The Eee Pad Slider is another CES 2011 launched product of Asus. Where its the 1st tablet to have its own keyboard, they keyboard is opened through sliding thus its name "Slider". What's innovative about the Eee Pad Slider is that it doesn't aim to become a normal tablet, but its designed to capture the tablet prospects but still needing a physical keyboard

As typing in touchscreen is inconvenient in long duration, the Eee Pad Slider solves the problem of having a Physical Keyboard in tablets. Honestly I would like to see this concept into a 14" notebook. The Eee Pad slider is slightly more wider than the Eee Pad Transformer, the fact that in comparing the Transformer to other tablets its the most widest. 

Bottom View

Thicker than most tablets, the Eee Pad Slider is still an worthy tablet as it offers the Physical keyboard for enchanced user experience. Just like the Eee Pad Transformer, the keyboard keys are simillar to the Chiclet keyboards of netbooks but decreased by 1 row to fit into the keyboard all the needs. 

Picture from Yugatech
The specifications of the Eee Pad Slider is standard and same as the Eee Pad Transformer, but this time the Eee Pad Slider has an USB 2.0 Slot due to the keyboard body enables the unit to have more space. At 17mm and 980grams its one of the heaviest tablets in the market, but its the sacrifice of having a physical keyboard. Surprisingly a wireless mouse can work with the Android OS, making productivity even more fun and convenient.

Battery life is up to 8.5 hours, 1 hour less than Eee Pad Transformer's 9.5 declaration of usage mobility. Honestly the Asus Eee Pad Slider is more practical for me as I am not picky in weight and thickness, but others may still consider the Eee Pad Transformer due to its additional battery life. 

Overall the Eee Pad Slider is a worthy tablet in the market today, offering a physical tablet is really a factor to consider as consumers are still not used to touch screen usage in long duration. Given the approach of Asus to tablets, the concept of N+1 really placed Asus to become a worthy tablet manufacturer. Its no doubt that the Eee Pad Slider is one two options from Asus for you not to let go your beloved Physical Keyboard. 

Eee Pad Slider Specs
  • NVDIA Tegra 2 1.0Ghz Dual Core 
  • 8.5 hours of battery life
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB EMMC Storage
  • Chiclet Type Keyboard
  • 1x USB 2.0, 1x Mini HDMI, 40-Pin Connector, Micro SD, Audio Out
  • 980g / 17mm
*Pictures are from and Yugatech


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