Asus Eee Pad Slider review

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In testing, the Slider loaded the BBC homepage in an average of three seconds, completed the SunSpider benchmark in 2,227ms (a tad quicker than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, web ID: 369229), and attained a 1,578 in Quadrant.

That’s as expected from the combination of CPU, RAM and Android 3.2 on board, and it means the Slider is as responsive, smooth and snappy in general use as any other Android tablet. We like the physical design, too: with its silver and bronze rear panel, and smart chrome highlights, the Slider is a much more handsome-looking thing than the Transformer.

Asus Eee Pad Slider

A set of rubber feet ensures it sits securely on a desk.
Battery life is good. Playing a low-resolution video on continuous loop with the screen set to just below mid-brightness, the Slider lasted a minute shy of nine hours.

And the screen is drop-dead gorgeous. Thanks to the same IPS technology as the Transformer, colours look sumptuous and images have a real solidity.

At maximum brightness, however, it’s outlasted by the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – and elsewhere there are more serious issues. The main problem is the extra bulk and weight added by the sliding keyboard.

With the keyboard tucked away the Slider is 18.5mm thick, and it tips the scales at 964g. To make matters worse, the bezel surrounding the screen is very wide indeed, adding a huge 44mm to the total width of the screen.

Asus Eee Pad Slider - rear view

The rear 5-megapixel camera (which has no flash) isn’t great either, struggling to focus in low light, and producing over-compressed, smeary stills and video. Finally, the Slider is only offered with 16GB storage and there’s no 3G option.

Given those shortcomings, then, and a price higher than most other 10.1in Android tablets, we wouldn’t recommend it as an everyday tablet. But there’s no denying the Eee Pad Slider offers something unique. The keyboard adds a whole new dimension, and its slick sliding mechanism is a wondrous piece of engineering.


Warranty 1 yr return to base


Dimensions 272 x 18.5 x 180mm (WDH)
Weight 964g


Primary keyboard On-screen
Screen size 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,280
Resolution screen vertical 800
Display type TFT
Panel technology TFT

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz 1,000MHz
Integrated memory 32.0GB
RAM capacity 1,000MB


Camera megapixel rating 5.0mp
Focus type Autofocus
Built-in flash? no
Front-facing camera? yes
Video capture? yes


WiFi standard 802.11n
Bluetooth support yes
Integrated GPS yes
Upstream USB ports 0
HDMI output? yes
Video/TV output? no


Mobile operating system Android 3.2

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