ASUS Eee Pad Slider

ASUS hit a bit of a home run earlier this year with the Eee Pad Transformer, a relatively typical Android Honeycomb tablet with an excellent detachable keyboard dock. But what if you take the keyboard and attach it to the Transformer? That's basically what you've got with the ASUS Eee Pad Slider.

At it's heart, it's a 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet with the usual Tegra 2 innards. Nothing surprising there, and overall experience, software-wise is the same as the Transformer. Lightly skinned, fast. Honeycomb, right?

So the big differentiator here is in the keyboard. The slider mechanism is excellent. Just stiff enough. The chicklet keys are decent enough, with just enough travel. But the overall size of the keyboard is pretty cramped. And one of the best parts of Transformer that really turned nit into an Android laptop -- the trackpad -- is missing. But you do have a full-size USB port, so you can plug in a mouse and use it if you want.

Will this replace a latop? Not if you need a full Windows or Mac laptop. And you can get the Transformer and keyboard dock for about the same price, and have a connected trackpad while keeping the portability of a thinner and lighter tablet when that's all you need.

But it's great to see ASUS continuing to do something different. And with the upcoming Transformer Prime and the likelihood of more to come in 2012, more's in store.

We've got more pics and video after the break.


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There are 10 comments

84guy says:

was thinking about one of those.... till i heard about the transformer 2

carlosrey23 says:

Phil...I wan your job man!!! if you need any help testing devices give me a call...

HAAS599 says:

just needs to be a little thinner and lighter. I think the ASUS Slider 2 will be a homerun.

Wicell says:

Only problem is there needs to be people that want this and not number 2 lol, cause if everyone says "Oh I'll wait til the second one comes out," then there won't be a second one because the first one bombed

crxssi says:

"Will this replace a latop? Not if you need a full Windows or Mac laptop."

Or Linux laptop.

so why do you need to trackpad when you have a touchscreen monitor? do you actually see a mouse cursor with the trackpad?

ravenuse says:

Yes, on a regular transformer a cursor appears when you use the trackpad.

chronophilos says:

Did anybody else get confused with the title and thought that Asus had released a "slider mini"? I took me a second to place the hyphen correctly in my mind.

likwidsoul says:

Transformer Prime with a tegra 3 quad core is set to drop next month. Think I will wait to see what that is all about before I go out and grade one of these.

droidexter says:

I bought a slider and its the best pc ive ever used. Its fast lite and functional. Having a pop out keyboard is the best. I hardly use my Windows PC now. If asus bring out another slider with higher spec it would need to be good value for money like my 101