ASUS, Why do you bother? I mean, the screen is low resolution, the drive is small, the proc is great, the ram is great, and the battery life is a joke - who's gonna use this? In a tablet form factor, the one thing that the iPad carries is long life - 8 hours. I'd easily give up the power and some ram just to see battery life improve... this is just more off the shelf tech in a new package - nothing new to see here... move on..
I wouldn't say it's "horribly slow", Ben. This CPU is comparable to Core 2 Duos (which are still commonplace) and blows the Atom series out of the water. For a 12" I'd say that's pretty good (for comparison purposes, the Air has a Core 2 Duo). The Intel HD graphics are definitely... well, not good, at all.
Secondly, for those of you complaining about price: this baby has gorilla-tier glass (that's the stuff they use in the army, kids) and an active digitizer for pen input. It's not meant to be cheap.
Final words (and this is a suggestion to Asus): drop the i5 and put AMD Fusion in there. It has a comparable TDP for a lot better performance, or half the TDP for the lower end (which would double that battery life to 6 hours and provide comparable performance). Considering how small the Fusion is, you could probably make that screen smaller too (although some people may prefer 12", I feel it's too big). All in all, it would help with those laughable 3 hours of battery.
I will be looking at some alternatives, but might drop my cash on this if nothing worthy appears (the HP Slate is too slow, now). Cheers!
There is a market for this "slate". Computing power. I have no need for an Ipad or it's contemporarys. I want something other than a laptop that I can use with software that can't be run on Android. Yep, battery life is short but 90% of the time I'll be near an outlet. The ability to browse the web, watch movies, listen to music that is all secondary to the computing power for me. For now I'll take it.
This certainly has a business purpose. My family's roofing and home services company is going to invest in these for field bidding and initial design layouts. Will we need a charger in our vehicles? - Yes. However, the iPad simply can't do the same business work for us and allow to move information quickly and easily to our servers at the office. Windows environment slates are going to have a place in construction, medical, and military applications throughout the world. This may be an early entry, but it is a step in the right direction for this businessman. Climbing a ladder and then trying to wield an unbalance laptop is just not as easy. We have loved our Toshiba Toughbooks for outdoor work, but with Gorilla glass and less emphasis on pleasing the eye-candy focused Apple crowd, this is going in the cart at Amazon!
There are other markets for this tablet. As a developer for tablet based devices, this is a great way to start developing for tablets (I do User Interface and Business Intelligence development - there is absolutely a HUGE market for these tablets in the business world). As a digital musician, I can think of many reasons I would want this over the Jazz Mutant Lemur. As an avid technical reader (technical books don't tend to read so well, at least in my opinion, on any of the e-readers I've owned...it will be nice to finally read my books the way I want....or really do anything the way I want, for that matter). This does come at the expense of less portability due to battery power, but it makes sense for some people. For others, at least it is paving the way and setting a bold standard.
I agree the processor may be a little slow....this will be no comparison to my desktop, but my previous laptop had a comparable core 2 duo processor with only 2 gigs of DDR2 ram and it ran Visual Studio 2010 no sweat.
Pretty sure that's what Mac's been doing. Since their software is the only reason they can have to justify their pricing otherwise the same hardware can be found in other PC, which of course you can reformat for other operating systems, at a fraction of the cost.
Totally agreed. iPad is just a toy. This Asus (and many other Windows 7-based tablets) machine is for people with need to create content. That means using real applications, with real ways to put the content in (keyboard, pen, etc.). The iPad's advantages on touch UI are pretty much gone this Asus and all others can do that too PLUS other tasks that are needed for grownups.