While there were several Windows tablets promised at CES this year, the only one we've seen to date has been tablet that felt like it lacked a bit of polish., a 10.1-inch
Asus is the next to play the game with the Eee Slate EP121, and as one would expect of the company, the product has excellent build quality.
A 12.1-inch screen is the main attraction, with a disappointingly low resolution of 1280x800. Still, the touch is quite sensitive and, thanks to the Core i5 470um processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD, the machine's performance is rather snappy too.
To get around some of Windows' touch difficulties, Asus has opted to increase the OS' default DPI to 125 per cent, making elements larger and easier to interact with. While this works well for the most part, it has the unfortunate side effect of making non-DPI scaling enabled programs, like Adobe Acrobat, look blurred. You can always scale it back down to 100 per cent, but at the cost of ease of use.
125 per cent DPI scaling in action. Background text: sharp. Foreground text: blurry.
(Screenshot by CBS Interactive)
Mitigating this somewhat is the included stylus, a Wacom pressure sensitive one at that. The Eee Slate is also bundled with Art Rage 3, a wonderful inclusion that should keep the creative types rather enthralled. While we managed decent results through Art Rage, what won't captivate is the perceptible lag between pen stroke and what's rendered on the screen. There's definitely a delay between pen press and the registered effect on-screen.
Sound is surprisingly good for a machine this thin; while it lacks in bass as would be expected, clarity and volume is decent. It also packs in the connectors, with two USB ports, one mini HDMI and an SD card reader.
Buttons are limited, with only a power button, rotation lock, Flip 3D button and virtual keyboard button on the device. You'll likely only ever use one, though, due to poor execution on behalf of Asus.