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Asus Eee Pad Slider Review

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Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
Introduction:

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?

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Start Guide
  • Product and Safety Information

Design:


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. Not afraid to hide its girth, our hands tire very easily after holding the hefty tablet for a little bit of time, but then again, that’s the compromise made to pack a keyboard. It’s soundly solid feeling thanks to its sturdy plastic body that’s accentuated by its contrasting soft touch surfaces. Instead of boasting an in your face look, it plays it safe by sticking to a conventional design that doesn’t take away from its secret surprise.

Our hands tire very easily after holding the Asus Eee Pad Slider - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
Our hands tire very easily after holding the Asus Eee Pad Slider - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
Our hands tire very easily after holding the Asus Eee Pad Slider - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review

Our hands tire very easily after holding the Asus Eee Pad Slider


Asus Eee Pad Slider Review

Very much acting like a netbook, we find an abundance of ports and buttons around its sides,  positioned in places that we would normally find then on a laptop. These include its power button, volume rocker, manual reset button, microSD card slot, proprietary charging/data port, miniHDMI port, 3.5mm headset jack, and full-sized USB port. Finally, its lonesome 5-megapixel auto-focus camera sits squarely in the rear, but it’s lacking a flash.

The sides of the Asus Eee Pad Slider - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
The sides of the Asus Eee Pad Slider - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
The sides of the Asus Eee Pad Slider - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
The sides of the Asus Eee Pad Slider - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review

The sides of the Asus Eee Pad Slider


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Rear camera - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
Front-facing camera - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review

Back

Rear camera

Front-facing camera


Honestly, it’s so great to find a manufacturer taking the bull by its horn when it comes to variety amongst tablets. Asus is doing it again! Unlike the mechanics used by most QWERTY based smartphones, accessing its keyboard is accomplished by pulling the top edge of the tablet. Once the mechanism starts going, it locks firmly into a fixed position thanks to the stainless steel part holding it up, which is actually one of the gripes we find since it’s only comfortable to use in a seated position with the tablet placed on a level table – as opposed to placing it on our lap.

Accessing the keyboard is accomplished by pulling the top edge of the tablet - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
Accessing the keyboard is accomplished by pulling the top edge of the tablet - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
Accessing the keyboard is accomplished by pulling the top edge of the tablet - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
Accessing the keyboard is accomplished by pulling the top edge of the tablet - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review

Accessing the keyboard is accomplished by pulling the top edge of the tablet


Nevertheless, its chicklet style buttons are raised enough to offer distinction between them, though, the response is a tad bit soft. At first, we struggled to use it, but after some practice, our accuracy progressively became better. Eventually, we find it practical to use, but people with larger fingers will find it rather challenging.

The chicklet style buttons are raised enough to offer distinction between them - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
The chicklet style buttons are raised enough to offer distinction between them - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
The chicklet style buttons are raised enough to offer distinction between them - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
The chicklet style buttons are raised enough to offer distinction between them - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review

The chicklet style buttons are raised enough to offer distinction between them



Display:

The Slider features the same display found on the original Transformer, which is none other than a 10.1” WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS display. Just like before, we’re content with its quality thanks to its pleasant looking details, wide viewing angles, high-contrast appearance, and realistic color production. Testing it out further in outdoor conditions, we’re still able to visibly make out items on screen with almost no issues at all – and it simply goes to show why we’re very pleased once again by it.

The Asus Eee Pad Slider has a 10.1” WXGA IPS display - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
The Asus Eee Pad Slider has a 10.1” WXGA IPS display - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
The Asus Eee Pad Slider has a 10.1” WXGA IPS display - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review

The Asus Eee Pad Slider has a 10.1” WXGA IPS display



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posted on 08 Feb 2012, 08:42

1. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Hmmm nice try. Maybe the next gen will be slimmer

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 08:48

2. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Error report in pictures: in comparison with the other tablets that is not the TF201 Prime but the old TF101

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 14:11

3. AndresJ (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


If i want a keyboard tablet i would rather use a laptop, the hole point of tablet is it slimness.

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 14:29 1

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Drop the price 150 dollars and maybe but just spend the extra to get the prime.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 07:00 1

5. MTSMega (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Good tablet but the best ipad 2!!!!!!!!!!!

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Asus Eee Pad Slider

Asus Eee Pad Slider

OS: Android 4.0 3.1 3.0
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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size10.75 x 7.10 x 0.68 inches
(273 x 180.3 x 17.3 mm)
33.86 oz  (960 g)

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