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First Look: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101D

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First Look: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101D

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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.

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