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ASUS Eee Slate EP121 review

8.1/10 AVG.
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8.1/10
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The ASUS Eee Slate EP121 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.33 GHz
Screen Size
12.1"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


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 feedback 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,...

- Ardjuna Seghers , TrustedReviews
Techradar

- Alan Dexter, Techradar
PC Pro

Asus’ biggest problem isn’t its design: it’s Windows. In the consumer space, and as a tablet OS, Windows 7 still doesn’t cut the mustard. And, furthermore, the other question is whether graphics professionals wouldn’t be better served by pairing an Apple Macbook Pro 13...

- David Bayon, PC Pro
Mobile Tech Review

This is one of the best Windows 7 tablets we’ve seen in years, and one of the few slate designs that targets not just artists and verticals but consumers. The $999 to $1,099 price tag might sound high relative to consumer notebooks, but it’s much cheaper than 12” Windows slates tha...

- Lisa Gade, Mobile Tech Review
Notebookcheck

Asus has designed a great device with the Eee Slate. Operating system, display and connectivity open many possibilities. It's even imaginable to occasionally use the tablet PC as a desktop replacement. In any case, the system performance is sufficient for many tasks and outshines everything that oth...

- Tobias Winkler , Notebookcheck


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Screen Size
12.1"

The ASUS Eee Slate EP121's screen size is 12.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.33 GHz

There is a Core i5-470UM 1.33 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, SD, MMC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
34WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 34 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 3 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

ASUS Eee Slate EP121 Specs

Overview
Release date April 20, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Core i5-470UM 1.33 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Carrying case, Manual, Software CD, Stylus, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 34 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 3 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 3 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 31.2 x 20.7 x 1.7 cm (12.3 x 8.2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 1157 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 12.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen, Gorilla Glass Display
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD, MMC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, GIF, HTML, JPG, TIFF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


TrustedReviews

Poor battery life and incredibly high price limits the Slate's appeal

from 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 feedback 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....

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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 feedback 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, poor battery life and its incredibly high price limits 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

It doesn't quite do enough to make it worth considering outside of its intended niche

from 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...

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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

from PC Pro

Asus’ biggest problem isn’t its design: it’s Windows. In the consumer space, and as a tablet OS, Windows 7 still doesn’t cut the mustard. And, furthermore, the other question is whether graphics professionals wouldn’t be better served by pairing an Apple Macbook Pro...More

Asus’ biggest problem isn’t its design: it’s Windows. In the consumer space, and as a tablet OS, Windows 7 still doesn’t cut the mustard. And, furthermore, the other question is whether graphics professionals wouldn’t be better served by pairing an Apple Macbook Pro 13 with a Wacom graphics tablet. The Eee Slate EP121 remains as desirable as Windows 7 tablets come, but ultimately it’s held back by Windows’ lacklustre touch experience.

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Mobile Tech Review

Fast for a tablet with enough horsepower to handle business and art applications, but battery life isn't stellar

from Mobile Tech Review

This is one of the best Windows 7 tablets we’ve seen in years, and one of the few slate designs that targets not just artists and verticals but consumers. The $999 to $1,099 price tag might sound high relative to consumer notebooks, but it’s much cheaper than 12” Windows slates...More

This is one of the best Windows 7 tablets we’ve seen in years, and one of the few slate designs that targets not just artists and verticals but consumers. The $999 to $1,099 price tag might sound high relative to consumer notebooks, but it’s much cheaper than 12” Windows slates that target business users in healthcare, real estate and the like.  We love the no-compromise Core i5 ULV CPU that can easily handle Photoshop, Alias Sketch Book, Painter, MS Office and coding applications. The display is simply wonderful, and graphic artists should be pleased despite the glossy glass. The tablet runs cool and quiet, but we do wish battery life were better (though we find 3 hours acceptable). Build quality, design, ergonomics and looks are top notch, and Asus includes useful accessories like the portfolio case, Microsoft 6000 Bluetooth keyboard and a microfiber cleaning cloth. If you need the power of Windows and all the applications that go with that OS, but want a tablet form factor with touch and pen, it’s hard to beat the Asus Eee Slate EP121.

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Notebookcheck

System performance is sufficient for many tasks and outshines everything that other tablets currently have to offer

from Notebookcheck

Asus has designed a great device with the Eee Slate. Operating system, display and connectivity open many possibilities. It's even imaginable to occasionally use the tablet PC as a desktop replacement.
In any case, the system performance is sufficient for many tasks and outshines everything...More

Asus has designed a great device with the Eee Slate. Operating system, display and connectivity open many possibilities. It's even imaginable to occasionally use the tablet PC as a desktop replacement.
In any case, the system performance is sufficient for many tasks and outshines everything that other tablets currently have to offer. Windows 7 can be used very efficiently, FullHD videos are rendered smoothly and even gaming is possible with restrictions.
The flipside of the coin is the comparatively high power consumption that limits the maximum battery life to a bit over 4 hours. Additionally, there is the tablets high weight and the large dimensions that oppose mobility. In return, the system noise is present, but is usually on a very restrained level and thus stays discreetly in the background.
The connectivity is basically good, but suffers under the omission of a 3G modem and the extremely stiff USB port.
Beyond that, the Eee Slate's display is awesome due to its size and high resolution. Even controlling via fingers and stylus works well and the especially the latter option opens additional application fields.
The vast amount of application fields is ultimately also made possible by Windows 7 that is used as the operating system. The entire bandwidth of programs and peripherals are available and don't leave anything to be desired.

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User Reviews


amazon

Unusual loud color but very very good

from amazon
I have already gone through 3 of these and they all breake really easy. This one has been very solid and sturdy.

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