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Asus Eee Pad Slider review: Not a 'pure' tablet experience

The Asus Eee Pad Slider includes a built-in keyboard, but sacrifices the "pure" tablet experience.

The Slider includes a QWERTY keyboard that snaps out from under the tablet. Josh Miller/CNET

Thanks to their slim designs, touch screens, and light weights, tablets have taken off in the last few years as a popular alternative to Netbooks and, in some cases, even laptops.

Unfortunately, a tablet screen isn't the most ideal environment for typing. By including a built-in keyboard, the Asus Eee Pad Slider attempts to offer a solution to this problem. But does the inclusion of a keyboard defeat the purpose of owning a thin, light, and cool-looking media device?

Obviously, there's more to a tablet than its looks and ergonomics. Available apps, services, and functionality are just as important, if not more; however, one of the key reasons for the iPad's (and especially the iPad 2's) success is the thin design, light weight, and overall sexiness.

With the Slider, Asus bets on functionality over sex appeal. Check out the full review of the Eee Slider.