Asus Eee Slate B121 + Keyboard 1A010F Review posted on
12.1 inch Productivity Tablet
Asus' Eee Slate EP121 is a unique Windows tablet that has a lot going for it. A beautiful 12.1in IPS screen offers both capacitive and pen touch-sensing with the included Wacom stylus, making it an intriguing artist's and designer's tool. Powerful internals ensure Windows 7 rarely feels less than smooth, while comprehensive connectivity and surprisingly good speakers are the icing on the cake. However, dreadful battery life and its incredibly high price limit the Slate's appeal to a niche audience of well-heeled, productivity-oriented individuals who don't need to stray too far from a power outlet.
Rating: 3.5

Specifications

System

Category: Productivity
Released: December 2011
RRP: £999
Display: 12.1 inch Capacitive (1280x800 px
Processor: 1.33 GHz Intel Core i5 470UM ( dual core )
Memory: 4 GB
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 Professional

Connectivity

USB 3.0: 0
USB 2.0: 2
VGA:
HDMI:

Communications

Ethernet (LAN): None
Wi-Fi (WLAN): B/G/N
Mobile Broadband (WWAN):
Bluetooth: 3.0

Power

Battery Life: 3.5 hours

Input Devices

Pointing Device: Digitizer
Keyboard:
Fingerprint Reader:

Storage

Internal Storage: 64 GB
SD Card Slot: Yes

Cameras

Rear Cam: None
Front Cam: 2.0 MP

Dimensions & Weight

Thickness (Average): 17 mm
Width: 312 mm
Depth: 207 mm
Weight: 1.2 kg

Reviews

TrustedReviews  
Asus' Eee Slate EP121 is a unique Windows tablet that has a lot going for it. A beautiful 12.1in IPS screen offers both capacitive and pen touch-sensing with the included Wacom stylus, making it an intriguing artist's and designer's tool. Powerful internals ensure Windows 7 rarely feels less than smooth, while comprehensive connectivity and surprisingly good speakers are the icing on the cake. However, dreadful battery life and its incredibly high price limit the Slate's appeal to a niche audience of well-heeled, productivity-oriented individuals who don't need to stray too far from a power outlet.
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TechRadar  
Given the current tech love affair with the more consumer-oriented tablets, it's good to see Asus offer something for serious tablet users. For that market there's plenty of good decisions at play here, and as a productive device, it's particularly impressive in the hands of artists and designers. Unfortunately, while there's plenty of poke in this machine, it doesn't quite do enough to make it worth considering outside of its intended niche. Part of this problem is down to how Windows works, and how while it does offer great compatibility, its foibles are too great compared to the latest Android 3.0 and iOS machines.
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PC Pro  
Not without flaws, but as a professional tablet suited to graphical work it has a certain appeal.
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