Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101
At first glance the Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 might seem a little clunky. It has all the great features you’d expect to find in a tablet. And then it appears that, as an afterthought, they decided to slap a keyboard on it and call it a notepad. Surely they jest, you say? No. They don’t. It’s true. The Asus Ee Pad Slider is a tablet, with a sliding keyboard, but it works. Let’s take a look.
The Slider has a 1Ghz dual-core Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM. It calls up the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS so you know you’ll have a wide array of apps you can use to customize your system. Connect via wifi or bluetooth and you’ve got front and rear cameras for still photos and web chats. And the touch screen is a full 10.1-inch display with 1280 X 800 pixels.
That’s pretty much where the Slider’s similarities to any of the other tablets ends. Now, on to that keyboard, the feature that really sets this thing apart. When you think keyboards and portability you think of laptops. And you think of folding, not sliding. The keyboard on the Asus Eee Pad Slider slides out from the bottom and latches into place with good, sturdy metal latches. And it only has two positions , open or closed.
When you’re using the keyboard the display sits at a comfortable viewing angle, similar to a laptop. When you’re not using the keyboard your Slider sits flat in front of you, just like a tablet. Think of the versatility. One of the things I hate most about a tablet is they always have that crappy touchscreen keyboard. It’s good enough for chatting or sending a Tweet but if you’re trying to take notes in a meeting or create any kind of document you need a real, durable keyboard.
Size And Weight
Now, the one major drawback is that the keyboard understandably adds a lot of extra weight and thickness to the Slider. It’s twice as thick as the iPad 2 at 17.3mm, and at 960g it outweighs all of the other tablets on the market.
Being thicker and heavier means you’re probably not going to be holding you Slider in one hand while you hang on to the strap on the bus with the other. But if that’s what you’re looking for you wouldn’t buy it anyway.
So, if you need a little more umph than the standard tablet has to offer but you don’t want to drag around a full size laptop, then the Asus Eee Pad Slider is your machine. When it’s closed and sitting on your coffee table it sleek design blends right in. But when it’s open and that keyboard is extended, you’ve got a fierce looking tablet that gives you all the functionality of a notepad.
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