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ASUS Eee Slate EP121-1A010M 12.1-Inch Tablet PC

by Asus
3.7 out of 5 stars 276 customer reviews
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64GB
  • 12.1" WSVGA (1280x800) Capacitive LED Touchscreen; Pen or Finger Touch; Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System
  • Intel Core i5-470UM CPU; 4GB of DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM, 1x4GB; 1 slot, 4GB Max; Intel HD Graphics
  • 64GB Solid State Drive; Wireless 802.11bgn; Bluetooth 3.0; 2.0MP Webcam; Internal Speaker; Internal Microphone
  • Mini HDMI Port; 2 USB 2.0 ports; 2-in-1 Card Reader (SD & MMC); 4 Cell 34W/h Battery (Up to 3 Hours Battery Life)
  • Includes Digitizer Pen; Folio Case; Bluetooth Keyboard
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Product Description

Size: 64GB

Product Description

The ASUS Eee Slate EP121 keeps you productive, entertained, and connected. Experience crisp, clear high definition entertainment on the 12.1-inch capacitive LED-backlit touchscreen display with finger or pen touch capabilities. Featuring a powerful Intel Core i5 processor and a solid state drive, experience snappy and smooth multitasking performance whether working on a PowerPoint presentation or viewing Flash content. With Windows 7 Home Premium, you can do all the same things as on your laptop or desktop with the added benefit of multi-touch and pen input. If you are at a desk, the included folio allows the EP121 to stand up and act as your display while you type on the included Bluetooth keyboard. You can also connect the EP121 to an external LED monitor via the mini HDMI port.

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Product Information

Size:64GB

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 12.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Max Screen Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Processor 1.86 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 4 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 32 GB SSD
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD 3000
Chipset Brand Intel
Wireless Type 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 4.5 hours
Brand Name Asus
Series Eee Slate
Item model number EP121-1A010M
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7 Home
Item Weight 2.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 12.3 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.28 x 8.16 x 0.67 inches
Color White
Rear Webcam Resolution 3 MP
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size 64 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Power Source AC
Voltage 19.5 volts

Additional Information

ASIN B004HKIIFI
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 276 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #19,348 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#2,460 in Computers & Accessories > Tablets
Shipping Weight 6.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available January 4, 2011

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Customer Reviews

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Size: 64GB
I've had the Asus Slate for about a week now, and I've put it through its paces. Overall, I'm really impressed.

Summary:

Pros
+ It's like it was was made for OneNote - stylus input and handwriting recognition are incredible
+ Screen is very bright and crisp, great viewing angles
+ Touch input experience is good as well, supports pinch zoom, etc
+ Fast, responsive, boots quick, runs Win7 apps well, good experience with office suite
+ Email and Web browsing is surprisingly easy with either touch or stylus input
+ Can handle some higher end games, though not a gaming machine

Neutral
= Was expecting it to be too heavy but was pleasantly surprised that is was not
= Was expecting the Win7 touch experience to be terrible, but it wasn't bad
= Is expensive but not bad if you compare it to a laptop with a core i5 and active digitizer

Cons
- Battery life is dismal
- Password entry is not fun, wish it had a fingerprint reader

Important tip - make sure to install the optional firmware update to the digitizer from Windows Update.

Details:

I've been keeping an eye out for a machine like this for years to use at work. I don't like using laptops to take notes. The flipped up screen and noise of typing is distracting to a conversation. This machine offers an experience like using pen and paper with all the advantages of electronic notes.

The combination of a good digitizer, the great handwriting recognition and palm reject of OneNote, and the general design of the tablet itself help make it the best machine I've seen for taking notes. The tablet is relatively heavy but still quite comfortable to hold in the palm of my hand or crook of my arm.
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Size: 64GB
I think the EP121 is the best windows tablet to date. It's well designed and performs pretty well. I plan to use these devices at work during client meetings and presentations.

What I liked:

- It's Windows 7 so we will be able to use it in a corp environment. Clients want us to use iPads but compatibility, security, and flash support just isn't there yet.
- It already comes with the keyboard and stand. Please factor that in with the price.
- Has bluetooth and many of the ports I expect to use.
- The screen is a nice size so you can demo applications or slide desks on it to a small group.
- The unit isn't heavy so you can hand it around to people.

What I don't like:

- Windows 7 touch interface isn't as good as other touch interfaces. Hopefully this will improve over time
- The cost of the ep121 will probably make it a non-mainstream device.
- If they sold this without the keyboard, I could use one I already have and save money
- Like the other reviewer said, a finger print reader would rock.

Who should buy it:

- Those that want a tablet experience AND the ability to run windows 7 applications.
- Those that want to use a tablet in a corporate environment, as this tablet should meet security requirements.

Who shouldn't buy it:

People that want to mostly surf the web, consume media files, play games, etc., should consider cheaper options available (ipads, android tablets, etc.).

Eee Slate vs iPad:

I wouldn't say that these devices compete with each other. The iPad is great for consuming content while I see the Eee Slate being more of a productivity tool. Coupled with a keyboard, the Eee Slate is basically a laptop. When Asus releases some android tablets, we'll see how well they stack up.
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Size: 64GB
Overall:
The EP121 has definitely exceeded my expectations so far.

It is fast! I have tested Office 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 professional and they have worked without a hiccup.

Inking is excellent and gets better as you use it. This is the tablet to have if you want to do more than surf the web!

BTW, you have to use Onenote with this tablet.
If your into gadgets, you will feel a little tingle the 1st time you use Onenote to jot down some ideas. This is how tablets should be!

As far as video:
Flash, Youtube and Netflix all work flawlessly in HD.
I had no issues using the HDMI to hookup to my Panasonic 50". It looked great and there was no screen clipping.

Battery life:
I am currently getting between 3.5 - 4.5 hours under normal use (Screen at 30%). Not great, but not bad for a tablet with these specs.

Screen:
The screen is excellent, in fact at full brightness, it will burn your eyes!
Touch input is accurate and the wacom digitizer is spot on. I'm not an artist, but to me the stylus is awesome.
Since using a 12.1" screen, I don't know how anyone could go smaller.

Some final notes, unlike other ipad and ipad like like devices out there, this is a full featured tablet PC with all the capabilities and power of a notebook. If you don't like something, change it. Windows 7 is fully customizable for tablet use (see below for some tips). Don't believe the tech blogs out there panning windows for a poor touch experience. It will do whatever you want it to... And use the stylus! This, by far, is the way to go for tablet input. Trust me, once you do, you will realize that simple finger touch is not the answer for everything.

If your into games, check out Intel AppUp.
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