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Asus Eee Slate EP121 review

Can this Windows tablet get Microsoft back in the touchscreen game?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Incredible specification
  • Windows 7 compatibility
  • Excellent 12.1-inch screen
  • Wacom digitizer

Against

  • Woeful battery life
  • Weighty companion
  • Windows 7 isn't great on tablets
  • Not the cheapest option

There are two kinds of tablet in the world.

The first is a new breed of consumer playthings, typified by the Apple iPad 2 and the likes of the Motorola Xoom.

These tablets are designed for watching movies, playing games, browsing websites, creating music, taking photos and generally doing a lot of the more entertaining things laptops can do, but in a more-natural way.

They're tactile, fun, light, affordable and thanks to the challenge offered by their limited input method, far more intriguing devices than their laptop brethren.

Anyone that hasn't had chance to play with the likes of the iPad is missing out. A quick few moments with a copy of GarageBand should have most wondering how they can squeeze such a device into their lives.

asus eee slate ep121

The Asus Eee Slate EP121 is not one of these machines. It belongs to another group. An older, smaller group.

The other type of tablet isn't aimed at consumers. It's been tried, but ultimately it failed to make an impact with the general masses. The last big push to get such machines in the hands of users was back when Windows XP was all the rage, and while some swore by their versatility and natural inputs, most simply swore at them and walked away.

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THICKNESS: The Eee Slate is enormous compared with the iPad 2

This traditional Windows tablet is still alive, although only as a niche for those industries that need the machine's compatibility and also require the tablets natural input methods. These machines are used for showing PowerPoint presentations, for using in the field where a keyboard wouldn't be practical.

They're also used by artists and designers, where the combination of a stylus and a touchscreen combine to make for a far more intuitive working experience.

Can the Eee Slate EP121 bridge the gap between these two usage types, or is it simply a new version for this existing tight niche? Time to find out...

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4.50 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity64 GB
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee Slate EP121
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor Modeli5-470UM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.33 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size30.7 cm (12.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.16 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
DigitizerYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height17 mm
Width312 mm
Depth207.2 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesEP121
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelEP121-1A019M
Product NameEee Slate EP121-1A019M Tablet PC
Product LineEee Slate
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberEP121-1A019M
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationA Tablet That Packs a Punch

A tablet device shouldn't have to skimp on powerful hardware just because of its size. Accept no compromises on performance and portability with the ASUS Eee Slate EP121, the world's most powerful tablet device featuring an Intel Core i5 processor. While most tablet devices have lesser processors, the EP121 i5 processor takes productivity to a whole new level -meeting all your needs and more, giving you the power to run Office applications or view videos on sites like YouTube and Hulu.

Package Contents
  • Eee Slate EP121-1A019M Tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus