Asus Eee Pad Slider Honeycomb Tablet Review

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Asus Eee Pad Slider Honeycomb Tablet ReviewIt 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...

Asus Eee Pad Slider Honeycomb Tablet Review

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omegadraco replied on Thu, Sep 29 2011 11:43 AM

I have been waiting for this review thanks. This looks like a beautiful tablet and like you I am not surprised that it hit many of the same marks as the transformer but it is a lot smaller and you don't have to buy an extra docking station for that keyboard functionality :)

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"Asus has another hit with the Eee Pad Slider along with the Transformer. This tablet is very sleek and Slick and its surprisingly thin for a form factor that includes a keyboard. I think that the Eee slider is the ultimate tablet, especially for students because of the the slide out keyboard. The Tegra 2 processor also helps a lot. Now, I don't agree that not having a trackpad is a minus, on the contrary, thats why you have the touchscreen and can quickly hit a link faster than it would take with a trackpad or trackball and mouse, but the option to connect to a mouse is there anyway. "

"Anyhow, great review, and the beauty shots in "Design and Build Quality" and in the Conclusion pages are awesome. Asus should contract you to sell the Eee Pad Slider or any other products."

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Inspector replied on Thu, Sep 29 2011 2:25 PM

Thanks for the review, it was great. Love the keyboard, makes doing man things so much easier.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Sep 29 2011 3:25 PM

Nice review. While I still stand by the fact that the PC experience cannot be fully replaced, this comes close to justifying certain people's decisions that the tablet is replacing laptop PC's everywhere; I mean it's got a keyboard (that's difficult to open) and that keyboard helps students/other people to create documents on their tablets and do other stuff...

I agree with the trackpad as a minus thing. I mean it'd be awkward if I took my hands off the keyboards just to reach out to the tablet to touch something, and doing it like a few minutes at a time it would definately be awkward. At least ASUS should of included a small mouse in the package...

Otherwise, this is a good tablet. If only they can iron the flaws out in later iterations and include the new Kal-El processor in the tablet then I'm guessing it might provide an even stronger argument for tablet adoption.

 

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TaylorKarras:
I agree with the trackpad as a minus thing. I mean it'd be awkward if I took my hands off the keyboards just to reach out to the tablet to touch something, and doing it like a few minutes at a time it would definately be awkward.

"Putting in a trackpad would totally defeat the purpose of it being a Tablet, which is what it is first a foremost and which is why its not Awkward if you are already used to it. Also, Its only 10 inches of real estate and its a short keyboard , tapping a link is no hassle with a finger.  Besides, I hate trackpads, all that it is good for is, to erase your fingerprints"

TaylorKarras:
At least ASUS should of included a small mouse in the package

"What, dude, get your own, LOL, just because they added a keyboard doesn't mean it has to bring a mouse too, again, totally defeat its purpose as a tablet. Might as well just get a netbook or a laptop ."

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 3:34 AM

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"Putting in a trackpad would totally defeat the purpose of it being a Tablet, which is what it is first a foremost and which is why its not Awkward if you are already used to it. Also, Its only 10 inches of real estate and its a short keyboard , tapping a link is no hassle with a finger."

Dude, have you ever tried to use a keyboard and press something with a tablet, I think you'd find it more awkward than you think.

For one, you have to constantly switch from typing to touching a tablet to typing to touching a tablet, no matter how much you do it it's awkward. At least with a mouse you have it next to your keyboard and you can switch to it effortlessly.

Wheatley:
just because they added a keyboard doesn't mean it has to bring a mouse too, again, totally defeat its purpose as a tablet.

which is something that's portable, eats less battery life and you can touch with a touchscreen (because what tablet isn't complete without a touchscreen.) Look, we type on these things; a mouse would of make it easier to done both things because tablets are not specifically devices with touchscreens.

 

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thebitdnd replied on Fri, Sep 30 2011 11:34 AM

I like having the option of a mouse, touch or trackpad (like on my Transformer). When typing a document, I typically turn the trackpad off since my big, dumb, meathooks end up accidentally hitting the trackpad, but I love the trackpad for browsing. I would agree that reaching up to touch the screen was an adjustment, but it was a quick adjustment. I do it almost without thinking now, and I don't think it costs me much, if any, time over using the trackpad.

Sure, a keyboard might defeat the purpose of a tablet, but having a tablet with the features of a netbook is a great option, IMO.

I'm not sure I'd purchase this over the Transformer though. I like the ability to detach the keyboard entirely. Add the fact that the Tranformer's keyboard adds 5-7 hours of battery life, and I'm left wondering about the need for the slider.

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TaylorKarras:

Dude, have you ever tried to use a keyboard and press something with a tablet, I think you'd find it more awkward than you think.

For one, you have to constantly switch from typing to touching a tablet to typing to touching a tablet, no matter how much you do it it's awkward. At least with a mouse you have it next to your keyboard and you can switch to it effortlessly.

"Yes, my girlfriend has the keyboard dock, I admit it was awkward at first, but you'll get use to it. "

TaylorKarras:
which is something that's portable, eats less battery life and you can touch with a touchscreen (because what tablet isn't complete without a touchscreen.) Look, we type on these things; a mouse would of make it easier to done both things because tablets are not specifically devices with touchscreens.

"Ok, ok, but I what I really meant was, if Asus had included a mouse than the aspect of what the Eee Slider is, which is a Tablet, will get lost. Its has to first and foremost be marketed as a tablet, just saying. Them cheap little mouses are cheap enough though."

thebitdnd:
I would agree that reaching up to touch the screen was an adjustment, but it was a quick adjustment. I do it almost without thinking now, and I don't think it costs me much, if any, time over using the trackpad

"You see"

thebitdnd:
Sure, a keyboard might defeat the purpose of a tablet, but having a tablet with the features of a netbook is a great option, IMO.

@thebitdnd

"Actually , we did not put it as a negative, but you make great points with your other comments about the Transformer. At the end of the day, The Eee Pad serves its purpose and appeals to the Tablet crowd as well people looking for laptop functionality with the slide out keyboard and the ability to plug in a mouse without a dock." 

 

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Oct 1 2011 4:25 AM

Wheatley:
"Yes, my girlfriend has the keyboard dock, I admit it was awkward at first, but you'll get use to it. "

What does a keyboard dock have anything to do with what I was saying, and I did mention the usability function of it. No matter how many times you use that method, it's still awkward. I mean a finger doesn't have the precision of a mouse when it comes to web browsing or selecting text.

Wheatley:
"Ok, ok, but I what I really meant was, if Asus had included a mouse than the aspect of what the Eee Slider is, which is a Tablet, will get lost.

How will it get lost, obviously people are going to think that the mouse needs to be plugged in in order for the tablet to be used but obviously it can be put in a manual that the mouse is optional, it can be shown that the tablet can be used without a mouse and it's pretty obvious that the purpose of the tablet will not get lost because they're promoting it as a "take it anywhere you go tablet' not a computer.

Yes I'm aware that mice are cheap but that's not a reason to not include one. If anything I don't mind having to pay extra for a small mouse, it's just that it would of been nice if it was included because it would make web browsing/text selection easier.

 

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TaylorKarras:
What does a keyboard dock have anything to do with what I was saying,

"Cause you asked-

TaylorKarras:
Dude, have you ever tried to use a keyboard and press something with a tablet

"the fact that its a dock and the Eee Pad's keyboard slides out, doesn't make that much difference when in comes to typing on the context of our discussion  , so my answer is relevant." 

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Oct 1 2011 7:36 PM

Wheatley:
"Cause you asked-

What? I asked you "have you ever tried to use a keyboard and press something with a tablet?" not "does your girlfriend have the keyboard dock".

Wheatley:
"the fact that its a dock and the Eee Pad's keyboard slides out, doesn't make that much difference when in comes to typing on the context of our discussion  , so my answer is relevant." 

Nice strawman argument; I did not mention that it's a dock nor that the Eee Pad's keyboard slides out, and I was not thinking that when I was replying, I was thinking of any keyboard with any tablet, with situations like web browsing and text editing; which you did not catch, since it was in my last reply.

You bring in stuff like docks (review says it's built-in) when I was mentioning using a touchscreen and a keyboard and the methods for using it... Ugh...

 

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I like the slider simply because its the first and only tablet of its kind.

ASUS have a rather cool app on their FB page which guesses your dream destination (and reccomends the slider as a travel companion, obviously).

http://www.facebook.com/ASUS?sk=app_285068464836940

The travel aspect is another reason I like the slider. It's not supposed to be compared directly to an ipad or any other tablet. serious travellers will love something like this.

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JKehoe replied on Thu, Oct 6 2011 11:11 AM

great competiton!!! i got australia as my dream destination

fingers crossed on winning the Eee pad!

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I think you're right Arthur it's much more of a travelling desktop really, as tablet computers aren't really computers at all!!

Loved the facebook app btw. I got Scotland, which is just right for me!

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