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Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 review and Specification: Android tablet with sliding keyboard test

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Due to the intuitive finger operation Tablets are popular with many users – especially the iPad has set the standard here. However, touch screens are more for pleasure than for work. When writing longer texts one misses a reasonable fast hardware keyboard. The Asus Eee Pad Slider is the best of both worlds. Whether this is successful, the test reveals.

The fingertip input is intuitive and convenient. But very few Tablet fans will deny that touch screens are suitable mainly for browsing the Internet, typing in Daddeln and status updates. Who writes longer texts does, like the keyboard. In a display when the feedback is missing a button. More than a slight vibration is not possible.

Although you can connect to most tablet in slate form factor via USB or Bluetooth keyboard. The disadvantage of this solution is that it carries around with him then just two parts. Who should use the keyboard more often, look for a convertible. Belongs to this category, the Asus Eee Pad SL101 Slider, where you can take off the keyboard as needed. Unlike the Eee Pad Transformer, the keyboard can not be separated completely.

Design

At first sight this looks like a typical slider tablet in slate form factor – albeit a bit clunky. Only on closer inspection one discovers on the longer side adjacent to the 1.2-megapixel FrontCam an arrow. One moves the display of the device in that direction, it will move to a 45-degree angle and provide a view of the keyboard.

Believes to be the postponement was tested with six rounds per minute, a total of 30,000 times. The reference value of the joint was not below it. How does the device suggests in everyday use, must of course seen.

The slider consists of two major parts: the base unit with keyboard and screen with the actual tablet. The frame around the screen is black; three of the edges are painted in silver. This makes a nice contrast to the dark keyboard.

On the left side of the keyboard unit contains a microphone, the power button, volume control, the reset button and a microSD slot. Rear is a 40-pin connector for connecting the tablet placed on a computer next to a mini-HDMI port. Right there is a microphone input and a USB 2.0 slot. On the back of a 5-megapixel camera is found, which unfortunately has no flash. With 970 grams and is 1.8 centimeters, the Slider, the heaviest and thickest Honeycomb Tablet. This shows a conceptual drawback: If you do not need the keyboard, they can be different than the Eee Pad Transformer simply decouple.

The back of the tablet feels like leather and ensures that the device is not getting out of hand. The corners are rounded and pleasant to touch.

Keyboard

Due to its compact footprint, the Touch feels a little crowded on the slider on. Also, the spacebar is not always triggered in the test, although one assumes. This is because the chassis to the right of the spacebar a little lifting. And occasionally you get caught you quickly tap the space bar instead of just the chassis. By the time you get used to it, however, and decreases the frequency of errors. From time to time but it comes from anyway. A different construction would be a significant improvement.

The keyboard keys are small, but the accuracy when typing is no problem. The stroke is large enough for a decent feedback. Unlike classic than a notebook touchpad, the slider does not, what you have to get used to. Especially for the positioning of the cursor is the touch screen, not so well suited. Like the keyboard of the transformer that has the slider buttons for Back Home, and Menu. Overall, one can say that the keyboard on the slider is not perfect, but it makes it so much better than writing on the screen.

Hardware

The Eee Pad Slider with 16 and 32 GB of memory to have. It is powered by an Nvidia Tegra-2 processor with 1 GHz clock frequency and two cores, 1 GB of RAM available to the site. Are also integrated WLAN 802.11 b, g and n, Bluetooth 2.1, a gyroscope, an ambient light sensor, GPS, compass, and a way for memory expansion via SD card.

The built-in speakers deliver a decent sound, but could be louder and have more bass. As he sits on top of the keyboard module, the sound is when operating in tablet mode a little dull. Software

The slider comes with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and therefore offers the improvements made since version 3.0, for example, the smoother scrolling, or the possibility of files directly to the microSD card to load.

As with the Transformer, Asus has the honeycomb interface adapted a little. The background image shows ice water, the water level corresponds to the battery life. Ironically, the manufacturer recommends to turn off the feature because it has a negative effect on battery life.

Also included is Asus myCloud that allows free storage of data on the web for a year to access the desktop of a PC or Mac and use of the @ Vibe Online Music Service. MyNet allows you to stream content to DLNA-compatible devices on the network, and with a librarian, an e-book software, you can buy and read digital books.

Polaris is also pre-installed Office for editing Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. There is also a file manager that shows what is installed on the individual media.

Display and performance

The IPS display of flat slider enables viewing angles even in a color-stable display. It dissolves in 1280 by 800 pixels and comes with a diagonal of 10.1 inches. Like most screens, it has a glossy finish and is therefore suitable only for limited use in the beer garden.

The built-in cameras are OK, but make no such vivid photos such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or such clear pictures of the Sony Tablet S . The lack of Flash also brings restrictions with it in low light conditions.

When playing a video, holding the slider by almost eight hours. With periodic use of the battery is drained after five hours by half.

Conclusion

With the expensive € 499 Asus Eee Pad Slider has a solid tablet placed on the legs, thanks to the integrated keyboard is a much more comfortable than typing with the touch screen. This is accompanied, however, go a higher weight and larger dimensions. Interestingly, the device is only so if you frequently use the keyboard. Otherwise, it’s Asus Prime Transformer is a good alternative: Here can be separated keyboard and tablet unit.

Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 review and Specification: Android tablet with sliding keyboard test
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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