Asus' Eee Slate EP121: A Windows 7-Based Tablet PC

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I think thats the worst idea in tablet world; putting windows 7 on a tablet... dealing with sidebars even makes me sick on 24" screen with a hi-res mouse... I cant think of it on 12" screen with fingers... and thats already tried and failed a few years ago; tablet PC's... Will somebody take any lesson from failed ideas? or even from Ipad's success? Grow-up and see what's happening... or leave it all to Apple...
 

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All this tells me is that the inevitable rise of Fusion or Sandybridge with integrated graphics, or ION based tablets, Windows 8 will steal the show.

When the hardware gets to a good enough standard then the peoiple will flock to a REAL operating system.

 

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... w[citation][nom]hardcore_gamer[/nom]Intel HD graphics..that ruined everything[/citation]
... AMD's Fusion would be a better choice...
 

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I'd like a W8 tablet that could simply change interfaces between the WP7-esque look in tablet mode and a W7-like interface with the addition of a keyboard dock (basically a W8 Transformer).
 
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I current own a ASUS slate. For those who are interested in this tablet. Here is my suggestion. Get the 2G ram/32G SDD one. and upgrade the ram to 4G and intel X310 series 80G. the final price will be abour $50 more than 4G/64G one; however, u gain better SSD performace as well as more storage. I have been using this one for 3 monthes now, I would say, compare to wacom's other drawing table, this one still a little beyond, however, when u compare with Wacom's Cintiq12WX, Slate does provide the same function, without an extra computer. I would say 256 level vs 1024 level is a little trade off for convenience and price. As a graphic designer (not illustrator), i dont really find the 256 level is a huge issue. Tho if ASUS intend to relseae 2nd Gen of this product' i will be really interested in seeing them switch to AMD fusion. intel's HD chip is simply a joke. I would trade off some CPU power for more powerful graphic. Anyway, final thought.. this is the only table with pen function that can run Adobe CS5. I only hope it wont be hard to find the replacement battery...
 

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Why is there no page for battery life? Was this thing such a poor performer you were to embarrassed for it to post the info Tom?
 

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Why wasnt the acer icona w500 included? It uses the AMD Fusion cpu. I think that would have been better than using the acer icona a500 for comparison.
 

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A very profitable software company needs to take the lead and design / build the hardware and release it as a loss, regaining revenue from the software. Taken from the current line-up of console game systems. That may be the only way to capture the market. In a case like this, price is everything, and this product won't survive.

I just bought an Asus Transformer 16gb for $394. It's a gift to my mother. It'll do everything necessary while on the go or while on the couch. Printing will be done through Google's cloud printing. Anything she can't do, can be done on a pc.

You can buy an Asus Transformer (substitute with most tablets / netbooks / some notebooks), and build a custom desktop PC for less than the cost of a single Asus Tablet PC. I think it's a no brainer.
 

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I was actually really interested in this tablet- but for $1300 (there's no way with 20GB Windows 7 that you can buy a 32GB) there are simply too many problems with it. I love the idea with the tablet but it looks like I'll be waiting for the Eee Slate 2.
 

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I would have prefered a write up of the Acer w500 or MSI 110W. Both of these systems are around $500 and use fusion based processors. The Eee Slate is just to over priced.
 

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Want one similar, but want to be able to do signature capure, so my question is all about quality of the digitizer- how does the w500, the MSI, others, compare to this one with that in question? CPU horsepower is not really relevant as long as it runs win7 pro "good enough" as you can just RDP back to a more powerful machine or VM.
Ideas?
 

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This review is about six months late - the EP121 debuted early this year. Back then, there was no Fusion option (though I will grant, that might be a solid choice now). In fact, the Slate was out before ultra-mobile Sandy Bridge processors hit the market.

The only real complaint I have about the one my wife uses is that the SSD performance is poor compared to what was available at the time. It has also been a little buggy in places, relating to the touch input, but hasn't acted up for a while at this point.
 

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I don´t see how a slow-performing, extremely overpriced flat piece of cheap plastic without the proper OS can be sold to anyone, that have heard of the thing called "a laptop".

This is a real good example of how the industry is constantly trying - with a fair success - to create new "needs" and launch products, that are miles away from being good enough.

People must be very bored and have way to much money these days...:)

Good thorough review though.
 

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To those who do not see the need.. how about a service tech going out to estimate/quote/service jobs? being able to pull real time inventory and capture signatures electronicly is great. without having to dind a place to put the thing down so you can type. touch screen option and inventory selection rules.
 

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[citation][nom]suha67[/nom]I think thats the worst idea in tablet world; putting windows 7 on a tablet... dealing with sidebars even makes me sick on 24" screen with a hi-res mouse... I cant think of it on 12" screen with fingers... [/citation]

ZzzZzzz.

Something tells me that you haven't used a Windows 7 touch based tablet at all otherwise you'd know that you have gestures or can even touch 'hold' then move up or down, side to side.
 

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"To those who do not see the need.. how about a service tech going out to estimate/quote/service jobs? being able to pull real time inventory and capture signatures electronicly is great. without having to dind a place to put the thing down so you can type. touch screen option and inventory selection rules."

My mailman/GLS-driver have hed a little hand-held thing for that for years:)
 

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Thank you Toms for a balance review or the Asus EP121 which I owned earlier this year after importing from the U.S.

http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/ep121-slate/39778-ep121-out-box-tweak-clean-services-applications.html

With an Intel 310 SSD the Asus EP121 can boot to desktop in... 16 seconds.

Thanks.

P.s. Windows 7 is fantastic and easy to use with touch and once you enter a web browser it's neither better or worse than an Android or Apple device. Try not to keep your mind closed after listening to the people that haven't spent more than 5 minutes in a store or messing with Windows XP on a touch device
 

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[citation][nom]damianrobertjones[/nom]ZzzZzzz.Something tells me that you haven't used a Windows 7 touch based tablet at all otherwise you'd know that you have gestures or can even touch 'hold' then move up or down, side to side.[/citation]

And before that we had something called "paper".
 

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I own an Asus EEE Slate and love it. A tablet, for me, has never been anything more than an additional tool. My dual-monitor workstation is still my primary.

As an engineer, I use the tablet for written meeting notes (staring at a laptop screen during a meeting can apear very rude to clients), reviewing documents, taking large CAD drawings into the field, etc. It has the horsepower to run the software that I need. Also great for surfing and media consumption around the house.

BikeAR
 

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Even though TH is a global site, we're based in the US. Second, products are always announced before they actually ship. And while the EP121 was announced earlier this year, it really didn't start shipping until April (pre-orders don't count). But even then, the quantities were low. It wasn't until the past month and a half that the EP121 became widely available to anyone who wanted one. (It popped up in Canada early for some reason.)

http://www.eeeslate.net/2011/06/eee-slate-ep121/

That's why serious tablet PC users like damianrobertjones had to smuggle one in to the country. The good thing is that Asus honors global warranties.



I continue to believe that tablet PCs are facing extinction or at least a much smaller market given their price premiums. It doesn't help that x86 hardware continues to be a power hog compared to ARM, but that's another story. :) For those of us that love tablet PCs, it only means that the selection is getting slimmer. I'm glad at least Asus had the sense to introduce a tablet PC cheaper than Motion (which is still awesome stuff btw).

But my god, this slate could have used a better SSD. Almost anything would have been better. I'm glad to hear that a SSD 310 is working for you.

Cheers,
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