It’s not that easy for tablet manufacturers to come up with a product different from what’s already on the tablets market. There are some devices that stand out and that have created history in this matter. It’s useless pointing them out as you probably know what we’re talking about. Given all this, Asus has come out with a new tablet known as Eee Pad Slider.
Just like its brother, Asus Eee Transformer, Eee Slider brings features that are worth of being paid attention to. Slider packs a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chipsetproviding users with notable graphics performance. Though it runs Android 3.2, the tablet can be updated to newer versions of the operating system.
Eee Pad Slider comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage. Use the microSD card slot to expand it. The device features Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11n. What makes the Eee Pad Slider interesting is what you find beyond the 10.1-inch screen. Just grab the top of the device and pull it up. This part will then slide back revealing the physical keyboard.
The device measures in at 10.7 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches and weighs 2.1 pounds. If you’re more into slate-only tablets, then you’ll find Asus Eee Pad Slider heavier and larger than most of its rivals. But what can you get from a tablet that comes with a built-in keyboard? In fact, the Eee Pad Slider is more of a small laptop or a netbook replacement than of a tablet.
The front side of the Slider is similar to many other tablets on the market being black and having a silver rim. For the rear case and the keyboard, Asus opted for a matte finish of chocolate colour that is quite good at disguising fingerprints.You’ll find an 1.3MP camera on the front and a 5MP one on the back.
The tablet does feel solid. The only downside in this matter is the fact that the screen is connected to the keyboard through a ribbon and you know what would happen if your Eee Pad Slider fell on the ground.
The sides of the device come with a full-sized USB port for external peripherals (so a USB mouse/USB drive can be plugged in), a micro-SD card slot, the volume rocker, the mini-HDMI port. The Lock key, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a reset button. You will also get a proprietary docking connector.
As you can tell already, the most outstanding feature of Slider is its built-in keyboard. This comes with a wide range of keys and you even get Home, Back and Menu keys. You can reduce the battery drain by using certain keys to turn Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on/off as well as to adjust the brightness.There’s a nice gap between the keys and this only makes it easy to find them without concentrating.
Still, you won’t find media control shortcuts. There’s no trackpad or palm-rest either. You won’t reach the sort of speeds you would expect to for a physical layout. Even so, it’s better than the onscreen keyboard but it’s not like the one you get with a laptop.
As other tablet manufacturers, Asus has customised Android including a picked selection of applications as well as an original widget.
Among the preloaded applications, we find Asus WebStore, MyCloud, MyNet, Polaris Office, Zinio Reader, Movie Studio, MyLibrary and TegraZone. Use the MyDesktop application and you’ll be able to remotely control your home computer. You’ll get information related to the weather, the music that you’re currently playing and so on by using the Asus Launcher.
In matters of performance, Asus Eee Pad Slider is one of the smoothest Android tablets. HD playback is not only brilliant but also solid and the applications load quickly. For general use, this tablet provides you with a good performance.
Still, there are some weak points regarding the performance. For instance, you’ll deal with lag when you type in the browser bar and this can only get frustrating when using the tablet for a longer period of time. The browser responsiveness will be reduced considerably if you browse a webpage with Flash content.
The viewing angles are quite good and the text is easy to read. At a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, the colors are vivid and vibrant, Asus Eee Pad Slider being also brighter than many other Android tablets.
In matters of battery life, Asus Eee Pad Slider is rated to last for 8 hours. Still, when streaming video over Wi-Fi, the battery managed to last less than 5 hours. If you use the device just for typing documents, emailing, browsing over Wi-Fi, you’ll probably get more than 6 hours.
The two cameras proved to be quite good especially the 5MP one. The tablet comes with 720p HD video recording capabilities.
Compared to iPad or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, Eee Pad Slider feels heavy and too thick. Compared with small laptops, Asus’ tablet no longer feels like that but rather light, small and quite fast. The screen proved to be brilliant and this is among the most important things when it comes to a tablet . In matters of performance, the tablet is a good option and regarding the keyboard, you get the best from a keyboard of this size. You can get the Eee Pad Slider for $479 (the 32GB version).