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Review Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 Tablet/MID

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/22/2011

Swiss pocketknife. Just like the pocketknife can conjure up a nail file, saw and Allen key, the Slider can transform itself into a kind of all-in-one tablet with a real keyboard. More work efficiency under Android?

Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 32 GB: A real added value due to the built-in keyboard?
Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 32 GB: A real added value due to the built-in keyboard?

The tablet market is on the move. Android has established itself beside iOS. 5, 7, 9 and 10 inch devices as well as low priced models start at €200. Manufacturers who want to attract attention or sell high quantities have to either offer a product with unique features or an appealing price. Sony does the former with its Tablet P with two 5 inch TFTs and that can be folded. The second strategy is used by manufacturers like ViewSonic (ViewPad 10s, starts at €195), Lenovo (IdeaPad A1 16GB, starts at €200), Hannspree (10.1" HannsPad, starts at €230) or Prestigio (MultiPad PMP5080B, starts at €195).

Where is Asus positioned? The manufacturer doesn't have a low-cost tablet in its range; the cheapest product is the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 32 GB (starts at €400). The strategy used right from the start was to furnish the tablet with a special advantage. The Transformer, for example, mutates to a netbook with keyboard and touchpad when the KeyBoardDock is connected. 

The present Eee Pad Slider SL101 goes even a step further by hiding the keyboard underneath the tablet and expanding it by a hinge. A real benefit for typing-eager Android users? Which drawbacks does the built-in keyboard have in view of size, weight, stability and battery life? The answers can be found in this review.

Case

Stable, but heavy case
Stable, but heavy case
Non-slip, rubberized bottom
Non-slip, rubberized bottom
Metal lock hook and hinge
Metal lock hook and hinge

Asus uses plastic and a hard magnesium alloy for its 10.1 inch tablet. The weight of 976 grams is relatively high for tablet relations, but this has to be expected in view of the built-in keyboard. Comparisons: The 10 inch Sony S only weighs 591 grams; an iPad 2 (9.7 inch) achieves 601 grams and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v (10.1 inch) only weighs 574 grams. Thus, the Slider is a real heavy-weight.

However, this is unavoidable because the SL101's case has to cope with a much higher mechanical load than a standard tablet. Both the bottom and the top have to be stable. The hinge and its corresponding sliding mechanism not only have to hold the screen, they also keep it sufficiently taut in both an opened and closed state together with magnets and bolts. In order to deal with this burden, Asus had to build in rigid metal, which is found on the TFT's back and the hinge. The long battery life also has to come from somewhere: The lithium polymer battery contributes its part to the weight. It's integrated on the same level as the device's keyboard. 

We didn't find any reason for complaint in the workmanship and we believe that the sliding mechanism will last for a long time when used normally and with a bit of care. The SL101's feel can't completely hide the plastic sensation, but the rubber coated bottom compensates that. It provides the Slider with a non-slip grip.

Connectivity

The Slider is generously equipped with interfaces for a tablet. The 40 pin charging cable, which is also a USB cable for data transfer with the PC, is located on the case's rear. We can't say what options the manufacturer keeps open with so many pins. There aren't any accessories, such as a docking station. It is the same port that the Eee Pad Transformer has for connecting its keyboard dock. However, the Slider doesn't need it.

mini HDMI and a big USB port almost convey a subnotebook experience. Most tablet use mini USB and micro HDMI for space reasons. In practical use, these connectors/ports are very delicate and can break when pulled out with a jerk. The internal 32 GB memory can be expanded with an additional 32 GB (maximum, SDHC) via a microSD card. Positive: Media files, such as movies or music, can be played directly from the SD card. This is not a matter of course, as the Sony Tablet S proved (depending on the player).

Front: No interfaces (no speakers)
Front: No interfaces (no speakers)
Left: Micro SD, reset, speakers, power on, internal microphone opening
Left: Micro SD, reset, speakers, power on, internal microphone opening
Rear: Mini HDMI, 40 pin connector for USB charging & data cable
Rear: Mini HDMI, 40 pin connector for USB charging & data cable
Right: USB, headphone
Right: USB, headphone

Communication

The Eee Pad Slider is only equipped with draft-n WLAN and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR. A wifi+3G version doesn't exist. The device has A-GPS (Assisted GPS) that falls back on the mobile telecommunication network in addition to Satellite (interferences). The electronic compass that adapts the map's alignment in the Google Maps app, depending on the tablet's position, is great. Now no one can get lost in the city.

Software

Asus has installed Android 3.2.1 (Honeycomb update). The free OS is better customized to the requirements of tablets than the 2.x version, which is often sold in cheap tablets. It gets even better: According to Asus, the Slider is ready to update to the next Android 4.0 generation, Ice Cream Sandwich. Among other things, the camera app, speech recognition and the browser have been improved. As for preinstalled apps, we find Google Mail (email client), MyLibrary (eBook reader) and the multi-player, MyNet. The latter not only renders music, videos and pictures, it can also be used as a media server in the home network.

Asus lives up to the Office claim made with the built-in keyboard with Polaris Office 3.0. The software creates documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The program is a complete changeover for Word users - just alone because the navigation has been optimized for finger inputs. Though it's not bad, novices should expect more basic than complex solutions. At least "CTRL+C" and "CTRL+V" work and spreadsheets and pictures can be pasted easily. Polaris shows us how pleasant it can be when the sight isn't impaired by a virtual keyboard when writing a document. More applications are available on the well-known Android Market.

Accessories

Besides the handy power adapter, a stable pouch made of a sturdy, synthetic leather material is found in the high quality box. The case is adorned with an Asus branding.

Warranty

Asus grants a 24 month manufacturer warranty. It includes a pick-up & return service within Germany and Austria. Warranty extensions up to 24 months (€65) and 12 months (€35) are available.

Sturdy case, partly artificial leather
Sturdy case, partly artificial leather
Mini PSU incl. USB cable
Mini PSU incl. USB cable
Polaris Office Suite (free)
Polaris Office Suite (free)

Webcam

Asus relies on a high-end rear camera and a low resolution front camera (1.2 MP, 1024x768). The rear cam, however, takes pictures in 5 megapixels with up to 2592 x 1944 pixels (4:3). We can set a digital zoom of up to 8x in the webcam app. The picture quality when shooting with this zoom is very poor, even in sunshine. 

The pictures have realistic colors and are focused without the zoom. Three effects delight the photographer: Sepia, mono and negative effects are ultimately a gimmick that could be accomplished with any image editor in retrospect. The colors are also natural with the front, so face camera, but the faded pictures make a poor impression.

Rear: 5 MP without opt. zoom
Rear: 5 MP without opt. zoom
Rear: 5 MP history effect
Rear: 5 MP history effect
Rear 5 MP B/W effect
Rear 5 MP B/W effect
Rear: 5 MP, 4x opt. zoom (med)
Rear: 5 MP, 4x opt. zoom (med)
Rear: 5 MP, 8x opt. zoom (max)
Rear: 5 MP, 8x opt. zoom (max)
Front 1.2 MP VGA
Front 1.2 MP VGA

Input Devices

The Slider's feature is the QWERTY keyboard. Pull the latch at the upper edge and the screen pushes itself into the final position. So that nothing wobbles or shakes, the screen's bottom locks into two hooks and is kept in place by the tension of a spring mechanism. Thus, the screen can't close on its own when handling the device.

The keys are comparable with those of a netbook. The key drop is short, but the pressure point is sufficiently clear. We experience the stroke as firm, but not hard and loud. The typing noise is sooner subtle and muffled. The marks for touch-typists on F and J are available.

Typing on the keys needs getting used to compared to a notebook (or even a desktop). The keys are completely level. A concavity would have improved the finger's accuracy. The two tiny shift keys (right + left) are a bit irritating as they frequently lead to misentries. There are no escape key or F keys. Though ESC would still have been useful, Android simply doesn't need the F1 to F12 keys from the obsolete Windows tradition. Basically, the drawbacks are just a matter of getting used to. 

We quite like the function keys that have been marked clearly in orange. They enable/disable the wireless connections (WLAN/BT) and adjust the brightness. A real drawback of the keyboard is the protruding lower edge, which is especially annoying when using the space bar. The lack of a wrist rest can be compensated by placing a thin book or two magazines in front of the device. However, hovering the hands in the air when the Slider is used on the lap gets tiring over a longer period.

The virtual keyboard only appears in tablet mode, the default setting ex-factory. As soon as the Slider is opened, it's faded out. This is practical since that provides more visibility in an Office window or the web browser. Depending on preferences, the virtual and the physical keyboard can be used simultaneously. But we use voice inputting for entering web URLs. The microphone button (upper right) is available in the browser for this. Even longer web addresses are recognized correctly.

Sensors

The Slider is, like all tablets, equipped with sensors. One sensor detects the tablets alignment in three directions. The OS requires this for aligning the screen content (landscape/portrait). The realignment is fast. Games can use the sensor for controlling a character or a vehicle (race games, snowboard).

The compass is handy. It shows the user the direction of sight on maps (Google Maps), for example. The light sensor (via front webcam) measures the ambient light and sets the screen brightness automatically. This function can of course be disabled.

Keyboard without wrist rest
Keyboard without wrist rest
with special tablet keys
with special tablet keys
A virtual keyboard in Polaris Office
A virtual keyboard in Polaris Office

Display

Asus relies on an IPS screen (in plane switching) with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. This is a typical resolution for 10.1 inch tablets: Iconia Tab W500 (TN, 1280x800), Galaxy Tab 10.1v (IPS, 1280x800) and Motorola Xoom (IPS, 1280x800). The exception: iPad2 (IPS, 1024x768). The surface is made of scratch-resistant gorilla glass.

We measure the black value in the highest brightness setting in the center and determine 0.47 cd/m2. This results in a good, but not perfect contrast of 626:1. Black doesn't look as extremely dark and crisp as, for example, in the BlackBerry Playbook (780:1), iPad 2 (843:1), Iconia Tab W500 (881:1), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (805:1) or the Motorola Xoom (1491:1) with extremely vivid colors.

253
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 294 cd/m²
Average: 270.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 294 cd/m²
Black: 0.47 cd/m²
Contrast: 626:1
IPS TFT with good, but not the best contrast
IPS TFT with good, but not the best contrast

The average brightness is lower than in the Playbook (491 cd/m²), iPad 2 (368), LG V900 (381), Sony Tablet S (334), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (305), Motorola Xoom (304) or Acer Iconia Tab W500 (306). But it is especially the contrast that is below the average of high-end tablets.

The brightness suffices to read the display well indoors. However, it gets difficult outdoors, particularly in sunlight. The desktop isn't just simply too dark, but the intensely reflective surface is also extremely disturbing. This negative quality is, more or less pronounced, common for all consumer tablets.

The brightness is sufficient to see enough on the screen both indoors and out. The reflective surface however upsets any plans. More or less intense reflections develop in sunlight. All consumer tablets have this negative trait, without exception.

Intense reflections (shade)
Intense reflections (shade)
The low maximum brightness
The low maximum brightness
causes impairments in the sun
causes impairments in the sun
The reflections are very intense
The reflections are very intense

The very wide viewing angles are typical for an IPS screen. We see an undistorted image from every angle. Ghosting created by color inverting as known from notebooks (and low-cost tablets) doesn't arise. However, an IPS screen isn't anything special among high-end tablets. Lateral viewing on the iPad 2BlackBerry PlaybookGalaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom is perfect from all directions. 

The first rate viewing angles can hardly ever be compared with notebooks because only some workstations, expensive professional subnotebooks or a few gaming and multimedia machines play in this league. Examples would be the recently reviewed MSI GT780DX-i71691BLW7H or the Samsung Series 7 Gamer 700G7A. The only compact candidate: Lenovo Thinkpad X220.

Viewing angles: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101
Viewing angles: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101

Performance

Alike so many tablets, the Slider SL101 is equipped with Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor (2 x 1 GHz). Asus already used this platform in the Eee Pad TransformerTegra 2 is a system on a chip (SoC). That means a dual core Cortex A9 CPU, a GeForce GPU (ultra low power), RAM and video processor are bundled on one chip.

32 GB eMMC is used as the memory. This so-called "embedded multimedia card" incorporates an MMC interface, the flash memory and the controller in a BGA package. Short: The memory isn't inserted, it's soldered. It can be expanded via a microSD with up to 32 GB (SDHC).

DeviceInfo: CPU, OS
CurveFish DeviceInfo: Sensors
CurveFish DeviceInfo: GPU
CurveFish DeviceInfo: System, TFT, cam
Android System Info: OS
Android System Info: Memory, telephone
Android System Info: CPU, TFT
AndroSensor
DeviceInfo: Device information
CurveFish DeviceInfo: Sensors
System information: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101
CPU load, RAM usage
CPU load, RAM usage
CPU Spy: Usually 216 MHz idle
CPU Spy: Usually 216 MHz idle

The system has a nominal clock of 2 x 1000 MHz. However, depending on the application, it can clock with eight other phases: 912 MHz, 816, 760, 608, 456, 312, 216 or deep sleep. Since we disabled standby for the test, the Slider never fell into deep sleep. Instead, it frequently clocked with 216 MHz in idle. The advantage of such a variable clock is known: Like in notebooks that have Turbo Boost, energy is saved and that results in long battery runtimes.

We determine the processing performance of tablet PCs with tools that are executed as an app or Web application. The Slider SL 101 finishes the Google V8 benchmark (JavaScript, Web browser speed) with a very good rate. The Eee Pad TransformerLG Optimus V900 and Motorola Xoom were a bit faster. Linpack Pro (floating point operations per second) tests the pure CPU speed of the dual core Cortex A9. The Tegra 2 systems, with exception of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, are all more or less on a par.

The Quadrant benchmark (CPU, GPU test) couldn't be executed. The Slider is in a good midfield in Smartbench 2011 (CPU, GPU test). This applies to both the productivity and the game index. The latter lags slightly behind the Tegra 2 comparison systems when looked at closer. Samsung's Galaxy S2 smartphone with a 2 x 1.2 GHz Exynos 4210 GPU currently achieves about 3600 game index points. The LG Star manages about 3115. So, the development doesn't stand still; Tegra 2 has been on the market for almost a year and Nvidia is tinkering on the successor Kal-El.

The Browsermark result isn't quite as perfect (JavaScript / HTML capabilities, for smartphones). Nevertheless, the score of 84710 points is very close to the top scores of Tegra 2 contenders. Our test device finishes the Sunspider test quite well. The majority of Tegra 2 systems are left slightly behind. The benchmarks confirm that the Slider SL101 has a good performance on the level of Tegra 250.

Google V8 (Version 6)
Google V8 (Version 6)
Linpack Pro
Linpack Pro
SmartBench 2011
SmartBench 2011
SmartBench Game Index
SmartBench Game Index
Browsermark
Browsermark
Sunspider 0.9.1
Sunspider 0.9.1

Game Apps

The Android market and the Nvidia Tegra Zone have quite a vast collection of games in the meantime (fee-based/free). Games for tablets aren't comparable with PC games in their circumference and 3D representation. Nevertheless, there have been leaps in development within a short time. Nvidia's Tegra 250 chip is equipped with a mini graphics that calculates on 8 cores (4 pixels, 4 Vertex Shaders).

We tried the games depicted below and all worked properly and smoothly with exception of World War. The screenshots are to provide an impression of the extensive possibilities for passing time with the Slider.

Galaxy on Fire 2
Galaxy on Fire 2
Galaxy on Fire 2
Galaxy on Fire 2
Snowboard
Snowboard
Defender
Defender
Paradise Island
Paradise Island
Inotia3
Inotia3
CK Zombies
CK Zombies
Diversion
Diversion
World War (crashed)
World War (crashed)
 

Emissions

System Noise

The Slider SL101 works absolutely without noise. This is the case for all Tegra 2 tablets. Due to the low thermal dissipation of only one watt, the waste heat can be discharged over the case.

Temperature

The lower case doesn't even get lukewarm in idle and Internet surfing. 21 degrees Celsius is the maximum rate. The lower case heats up more than the upper part during constant load induced by a HD trailer. We measured 33 degrees selectively. The Tegra 2 chip is located here in the lower case. The screen area always stays cool. The Slider proves to be exemplary in waste heat issues. The measurements were executed in the closed tablet mode. A low waste heat temperature isn't always a matter of course. We experienced much higher temperatures in the Sony Tablet S (up to 38°C) and the BlackBerry Playbook (up to 37°C).

Max. Load
 25.2 °C23.8 °C22.6 °C 
 24.4 °C26.3 °C24 °C 
 26.8 °C27.5 °C26 °C 
Maximum: 27.5 °C
Average: 25.2 °C
23.7 °C27 °C33.3 °C
22.6 °C26.6 °C26.1 °C
22.3 °C26.7 °C24.8 °C
Maximum: 33.3 °C
Average: 25.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44 °C | Room Temperature 19.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The mono speaker is located directly underneath the foldable screen beside the hinge. Thus, the sound is afflicted when the screen is closed. The thin sound already doesn't have any basses and is unbalanced in keyboard mode (opened) (no stereo), but only a very flat sound remains in tablet mode. The volume can be controlled via a rocker on the left. An analog, 3.5 mm plug fits into the headphone jack. The volume at this outlet and for the internal speaker can be set independent of each other. Thus, the speaker doesn't inevitably explode when the plug is disconnected.

Battery Life

Power Consumption

We measure the Slider SL101's power consumption in front of the power supply unit, which can deliver a variable voltage of 5 or 15 volts and a current of 10 to 18 watts. The charger, as a USB connector, can be disconnected and used as a data cable to the PC. Recharging isn't possible with the PC though (USB 2.0/3.0). The battery was fully charged for the assessments. 

The Slider pulled 2.6 to 4.9 watts out of the outlet in idle. That's not much for a Tegra 2 system: Sony Tablet S (3.1-6 watts), LG V900 (2.2-5.6 watts), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (3.3-6.7 watts). The load consumption of 6.4 watts is a lot higher, e.g. while playing Galaxy on Fire 2. 5.6 watts suffice for a 720p movie.

The high standby consumption of 1.3 watts strikes us. The Motorola Xoom (0.1 watts), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (0.6 watts) and LG V900 (0.15 watts) are more energy efficient here. This could result in a quickly drained battery in standby mode.

This little PSU delights us (5-15 volts)
This little PSU delights us (5-15 volts)
It only weighs 99 grams. The USB data cable can be removed
It only weighs 99 grams. The USB data cable can be removed
Unfortunately, it's not possible to recharge via the PC
Unfortunately, it's not possible to recharge via the PC

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.25 / 1.3 Watt
Idle 2.6 / 4.6 / 4.9 Watt
Load 6.4 / 5.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960
Recharging: 2:15 hours in standby
Recharging: 2:15 hours in standby
Discharging: 13:19 hours in idle
Discharging: 13:19 hours in idle

Battery Life 

The low power consumption indicates a good battery life. However, we didn't expect the battery runtime in the WLAN test to turn out as good as it did with 9:30 hours. The 18 Wh lithium polymer battery (3 cells, 3700 mAh) is on one level with the device's keyboard. The capacity is a bit lower than other tablets: iPad 2 (25 Wh) or Motorola Xoom (24.5 Wh). 

The WLAN test, executed at a brightness of 100 cd/m2, is a mix of website surfing and video clips. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v achieves the same runtime (9:35 h). The Sony Tablet S (5:30), LG V900 (7:15), iPad 2 (7:30) and Motorola Xoom (7:26) are defeated. The idle runtime of over 13 hours in minimum brightness and flight mode (wireless off) confirms the WLAN assessment. Recharging the battery during use takes three hours. This time is reduced to 2:15 hours in standby. These charging times are acceptable in view of the long battery life.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 19min
WiFi Surfing
9h 30min

Verdict

Asus take a shot at a tablet all-rounder and almost hits a home run. Apart from the high weight and the mediocre quality of the keyboard, we would consider the main tablet criteria as met. The workmanship is very good and the sliding mechanism works perfectly. Although the screen only has a low maximum brightness (for tablet standards), the viewing angles and colors are on a high level.

The battery life of 9:30 hours in the WLAN test shows the competition how the job is done properly. The charge time of two to three hours is reasonable. We liked the quality of the 5 MP webcam a lot. It supplies noise-free, focused pictures in daylight. The optical zoom shouldn't be used though. Asus doesn't make any mistakes in terms of interfaces. Hardly another tablet can present a mini HDMI and, a total of two USB ports with the charging cable (via 40 pin connector).

Those who count every Euro when buying a tablet won't end up with the Asus Slider. €500 is a lot of money, especially among the low-cost competition of 10 inch devices that start at €200. However, the Slider doesn't have to compare itself with these, but sooner with the high-end devices, such as Motorola Xoom (starts at €500), Apple iPad 2 (starts at €440) or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (starts at €450). In this comparison, and in view of the very good overall rating as well as the unique keyboard feature, we deem €500 as reasonable (market price).

Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 32 GB: All in one Android tablet with high connectivity and strong battery life.
Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 32 GB: All in one Android tablet with high connectivity and strong battery life.
In Review: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101
In Review:  Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101

Specifications

Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2 LP
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, kapazitives Multi-Touch Touchscreen, wide angle IPS, scratch resistant gorilla glass, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
32 GB SSD, 32 GB eMMC
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Card Reader: microSD, mini HDMI, G sensor, light sensor, e-compass, gyroscope
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 2.1+EDR Bluetooth, GPS
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.3 x 273 x 180.3
:: Weight
0.976 kg Power Supply: 0.099 kg
:: Battery
18 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 3 cells, 3.700mAh
:: Price
500 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 3.2
:: Additional features
Webcam: Vorderseite 1.2 MP, Rückseite 5 MP, slim case, update Android 3.2 via firmware Over The Air, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101, a tablet among equals?
The Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101, a tablet among equals?
The card reader reads micro SD memory cards.
The card reader reads micro SD memory cards.
The rubberized, white-silver bottom
The rubberized, white-silver bottom
feels pleasantly non-slip (also silver area).
feels pleasantly non-slip (also silver area).
Both halves of the Slider are first opened by pulling (not pushing) this latch.
Both halves of the Slider are first opened by pulling (not pushing) this latch.
The rear, 5 MP webcam delivers big, clear, undistorted pictures.
The rear, 5 MP webcam delivers big, clear, undistorted pictures.
In return, the HD camera (1.2 MP) on the front shoots a faded picture.
In return, the HD camera (1.2 MP) on the front shoots a faded picture.
The Slider's box at least includes a stable case with branding for the high price.
The Slider's box at least includes a stable case with branding for the high price.
It fits the Slider like a glove, but it can't be used in the case.
It fits the Slider like a glove, but it can't be used in the case.
The software, the quick start guide and the warranty card are all found in this high-end box.
The software, the quick start guide and the warranty card are all found in this high-end box.
Out into the sun.
Out into the sun.
The comparatively low brightness doesn't show any drawbacks outdoors in the shade.
The comparatively low brightness doesn't show any drawbacks outdoors in the shade.
But it gets more difficult in the sun.
But it gets more difficult in the sun.
Reflections are a great ill, as in all tablets.
Reflections are a great ill, as in all tablets.
Until now, not one manufacturer has dared to offer a matt screen.
Until now, not one manufacturer has dared to offer a matt screen.
The Eee Pad Slider SL101 owes its good contrast and
The Eee Pad Slider SL101 owes its good contrast and
the very good lateral viewing angles to the IPS screen.
the very good lateral viewing angles to the IPS screen.
Besides the 40 pin connector for the USB charging/data cable and the mini HDMI port, there is a full-sized USB port.
Besides the 40 pin connector for the USB charging/data cable and the mini HDMI port, there is a full-sized USB port.
Rather a few more than too few, was the motto for the ports.
Rather a few more than too few, was the motto for the ports.
The Android OS and the 10 inch size indicate that.
The Android OS and the 10 inch size indicate that.
At first glance, it looks like a thick,
At first glance, it looks like a thick,
tablet with a weight of nearly 1 kilogram.
tablet with a weight of nearly 1 kilogram.
However, underneath the IPS screen
However, underneath the IPS screen
a sliding mechanism is concealed.
a sliding mechanism is concealed.
It reveals a keyboard.
It reveals a keyboard.
The hinge has a firm grip on the screen.
The hinge has a firm grip on the screen.
The supporting metal sheet is chrome-plated in high quality.
The supporting metal sheet is chrome-plated in high quality.
Together with the sliding mechanism,
Together with the sliding mechanism,
the hinge makes a feasible impression.
the hinge makes a feasible impression.
The sliding mechanism opens five centimeters before
The sliding mechanism opens five centimeters before
the screen pushes itself into the final position.
the screen pushes itself into the final position.
The lid hooks itself in two (metal) claws there.
The lid hooks itself in two (metal) claws there.
So that the keyboard doesn't close by itself,
So that the keyboard doesn't close by itself,
a magnet pulls both sides together.
a magnet pulls both sides together.
There is also a magnetic stop in the front area.
There is also a magnetic stop in the front area.
That's practically standard in high-end screens.
That's practically standard in high-end screens.

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Pro

+Keyboard always at hand
+Standby can be disabled
+Screenshot key
+Wide viewing angles (IPS)
+Good contrast
+Video out
+Full-size USB port
+Long battery life
+Short battery charge time (2-3h)
+Stable hinge, non-slip bottom
 

Cons

-High weight
-Unusual keyboard

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What we like

Timeout can finally be disabled, the Slider is permanently on. The folding mechanism seems well-designed and is stable.

What we'd like to see

Why is there no 3G version of the Slider?

What surprises us

How fast a tablet can mutate to a small tabletop PC - no matter if in the kitchen, living room, bathroom or on the train. Working with the tablet is more efficient. 

The competition

Acer Iconia Tab W500 KeydockSamsung Galaxy Tab 10.1vMotorola XoomApple iPad 2LG V900 Optimus PadSony Tablet P / S2Sony Tablet S1 SGP-T111DE/SBlackBerry Playbook WiFi 16 GBLenovo IdeaPad K1Toshiba AT100-100Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

Rating

Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101
12/19/2011 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
94%
Keyboard
78%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
49%
Weight
95%
Battery
97%
Display
80%
Games Performance
25%
Application Performance
40%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Add Points
90%
Average
78%
88%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2011-12-22 (Update: 2013-06- 6)