Asus EEE Pad Slider: Plenty of playtime

Business notebook purists, who sneer balefully at early corporate adopters of tablets, often argue that without a keyboard, a tablet has no real value as a part of the mobile corporate armoury. Well, those purists might now be eating their words, as clearly, this tablet means business in both senses of the word.


Coming hot on the heels of its well received Eee Pad Transformer, the super slim, super light dockable tablet that bridged the gap between notebooks and tablets, Asus has announced an EeePad  Slider version that conceals a full QWERTY keyboard about its very person.

Not content with hiding a keyboard under its skirt, the EeePad Slider also features ten finger multi touch support including pinching and sliding, a 10.1” toughened scratch resistant display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor and Android 3.1 upgradable to 3.2 (available through FOTA). And, like its older sister, the Eee Pad Slider features a mini HDMI output, pre loaded Polaris Office 3 (a suite of office tools that support reading and editing PowerPoint, Word and Excel) and a 178 degree wide viewing angle so it’s quite capable of holding its own for a desk based presentation.

But it’s not all about work, there’s plenty of playtime built in too; two cameras, a 5 MP in the rear and 1.2 MP in the front, Adobe Flash, a Micro SD reader and the use of Asus’ Waveface interface. This incorporates MyNET for streaming media to wifi devices around the house, MyLibrary A clever way to consolidate your books and magazines. Supporting PDF and ePub formats, it offers a set of handy utilities including a dictionary, translator, bookmarker, notes and text-to-speech and finally MyCloud for web storage and downloadable music and video.

The Eee Pad Slider is available with 16g at £429.99 or 32g at £479.99