6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101D

About Video Transcript

First Look: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101D

2:58 /

Though not a "pure" tablet experience, the Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101's built-in keyboard is a welcome feature for those who break into cold sweats whenever typing on a tablet is mentioned.

-Hey guys, Eric Franklin here, and today I'm taking a first look at the Asus Eee Pad Slider. This is called slider because it slides easily down you throat because of all the grease is cooked in. No, I'm kidding of course. No, actually called the slider because the tablet portion slides back revealing actual full QWERTY keyboard, grease, silly. The mechanism works smoothly. It's simple to implement and has a nice satisfying shank when put in place and closes just as easily. While typing on the keyboard is much, much preferred than typing on a tablet screen the way the edge of the keyboard curls up makes it difficult to accurately hit the space bar and the keyboard feels cramp overall. Also, there is not track pad. So, while editing documents on slider is a lot less frustrating than editing on a normal tablet. You may still find yourself getting closer and closer to that eventual aneurysm when trying to get the cursor into specific places. The slider is more of twice as thick and nearly twice as heavy as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2. Carrying it around feels pretty bulky and slightly unwieldy compared to other tablets. Compared to an ultimate laptop however at 2.14 pounds, the slider is the lightest device you'll carry. However, the MacBook Air is still thinner. The slider includes a full USB 2.0 slot, headphone jack, mini HDMI, 40-pin connector or connecting to a PC, a micro SD slot, a reset button, volume racker, power button, and a mic pinhole to run things out. There's a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front and a 5-pixel camera on the back, but unfortunately no LED flash. The 10.1-inch screen uses an IPS panel, so it has wide viewing angles, and the screens really bright and vibrant. The slider includes the usual honeycomb hardware features like gyroscope, accelerometer, Dual-core Tegra CPU, GPS, you know the deal. As a bonus, ASUS gives you a year's worth of unlimited cloud storage through ASUS web storage. The slider is available for $480 for 16 gigabyte version and 580 for the 32 gigabyte version. It's a tablet with a unique and useful keyboard feature that because of that varied features inclusion gives the device the girth of a small laptop. If you're looking for a pure tablet experience, this isn't it, but if you're looking to take advantage of tablet features while not driving yourself crazy trying to type in a tablet screen, I think and the slider should probably meet. For more information, check my full review at cnet.com. Once again, I'm Eric Franklin and this has been the first look at the ASUS Eee Pad Slider.

New releases

A time machine for your kitchen? We take it for a test drive
1:57 November 26, 2014
The "Tim3 Machin3" makes one-pot meals a cinch -- no flux capacitor necessary.
Play video
Wii U is a good game system for kids, thanks to its games
2:00 November 26, 2014
A collection of fantastic Nintendo games make the Wii U game console better than it was two years ago, and if you can buy the right...
Play video
Sony STR-DN850 offers performance and great value
1:29 November 26, 2014
The Sony STR-DN850 has it all: sleek styling, bountiful features, and a beguiling mix of home theater brawn and musical refinement...
Play video
Your holiday packages: One app to track them all
1:02 November 26, 2014
There are already a handful of good apps out there, like ones from UPS and FedEx, to track packages. But there are also apps that can...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 092: Mistletoe drones, Europa in HD, real-life bacon meme, and more
24:11 November 25, 2014
On today's show, we debate the usefulness of drones inside restaurants (especially drones carrying mistletoe), check out Europa in...
Play video
Amazon Echo: a wireless speaker you can talk to
3:11 November 25, 2014
We go hands-on with Amazon's new Echo smart speaker and its Alexa voice assistant, who might just be Siri's better-sounding twin s...
Play video
2015 Mercedes Benz C400 4MATIC
4:58 November 25, 2014
The C Class is all-new and it's time to stop looking down your nose.
Play video
Can anything save Google Glass?
3:16 November 25, 2014
Google's first wearable platform has lost its edge with users and developers. You won't have a Cartier Android watch anytime soon,...
Play video