My impressions of the Asus Eee Slate EP121
The Asus Eee Slate EP121 is the most powerful Tablet on the market (as of 10/2011) with an Intel Dual Core i5 processor (x64), 64GB Solid State Drive, and 4GB Ram.
You can get the full specifications (here).
I have always loved the concept of the Tablet PC. I like the idea of being to use the computer and also the ability to use it as a Tablet with the stylus pen to write/ink.
My first introduction to the Tablet PC world was the HP TC1100 Tablet PC. This came out around 2003 era with Windows XP Tablet Edition. The Wacom digitizer and inking was fantastic. I still own and use this Tablet to this day and even have Windows 7 rocking on it. This definitely gave it new life. I always thought if this basic design was updated with today’s technology it would be the best Tablet PC ever. Still waiting.
When I heard that HP was releasing the HP Slate 500 I couldn’t wait, I thought this was the update to the TC1100 that I was waiting for. I was quickly disappointed with the inking. The N-trig digitizer and pen wasn’t a fluid as my old HP TC1100 and it was noisy to boot. Then I heard about the Asus Eee Slate EP121 having the Wacom digitizer and I thought that maybe this is the one.
I have had the Asus Eee Slate EP121 device for just over two months now.
The Wacom Digitizer and Pen. The fluid inking with the Wacom pen make it a real pleasant writing experience. It is really like a hot knife cutting through butter. It is that smooth.
The CPU power (Intel Dual Core i5 processor, x64), Ram (4GB), and Solid State Drive (64GB) that really make this a workhorse. This is more powerful than my Dell Latitude E6400 that I am running at work.
Touch screen and brightness are really outstanding. The wide viewing angles are great.
I like the included Bluetooth keyboard. It is a great addition to make this very nice to use at your desk. The included case also allows you stand the Tablet upright.
Includes 2 USB ports, Full SD Card slot, and mini HDMI port.
The pen silo. This is huge having a slot where the pen can go in. Very nice and really under rated in my opinion.
The wireless card seems to be a little weak in reception. I am not getting great connectivity or speed.
I may get a little heat on this but the size of the display is too big (12.1”). I wish this was more around the 10” range. Fitting more of a page in portrait without the blank edges and wasted space. Might be just me.
The noise coming from the fan being constantly on. I understand that this is a Dual Core i5 processor, but the fan is annoying. I feel like I need to tape up the exhaust fan cover when I go into a meeting. It is very noticeable.
The battery life states 4.5hrs, but I am getting around 3hrs of use and that is mostly notes, and web browsing. Using a better power mode setting like balanced mode would definitely increase this time. Again I can understand some of that with the power that this has. Just a little disappointed.
No rear facing camera.
Missing TPM Security.
Windows 7 Home Premium.
Update: I see that Asus has released a refresh model BP121 which looks to be more Business related and includes the TPM Security and Windows 7 Ultimate edition.
I would give this an overall score of a C+. It is definitely on the right track, but at the price of this unit I would find something else. It is missing some key components for me to really recommend.