Asus Eee Slate EP121 review

Can this Windows tablet get Microsoft back in the touchscreen game?

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The most obvious distinction of the Asus Slate EP121 is its size; at 12.1-inch visible diagonal, it's notably larger than the vast majority of consumer tablets available. The native resolution of 1,280 x 800 works well, and the IPS panel makes for great viewing angles and excellent colour representation too.

Its sober styling and chunky dimensions may not appeal to those won over by the likes of the iPad 2, but there's a good reason for the relatively large 312 x 207 x 17mm chassis, and that's the specification of the machine's core components.

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While manufacturers may be fighting over what kind of low-power ARM processor to squeeze inside their machines, for the Slate EP121, Asus has gone straight for the big guns and picked Intel's dual-core Core i5-470 processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

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This processor, paired up with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, makes for an impressive core that can handle everything most desktop machines can. Combined with the installation of Windows 7 Home Premium, it means that you can run the applications you know and love with the minimum of fuss.

The 32GB SSD gives enough space for a few applications, and more storage can be easily added in the form of a MMC/SD card.

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A stylus is stored in top right-hand corner of the machine, which affords more accurate input and drawing, but this isn't needed since the capacitive screen is accurate enough for normal tasks without it.

Stereo speakers can be found in the lower bezel of the machine, and are surprisingly capable when it comes watching movies. There is of course a headphone socket if you'd prefer a slightly more personal experience.

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You'll find a pair of USB ports on the edges of the machine, as well as a mini-HDMI port for watching back HD video on the big screen.

There's only a front facing camera on the EP121, and at 2MP it isn't going to set the world alight, but it does mean you can partake in a little video conferencing.

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The main pack also includes a protective sleeve, which doubles as a stand that can be used in portrait and landscape modes, and a wonderfully designed power brick that boasts a USB port so you can recharge other devices at the same time. Asus has also included a Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000, which makes typing a lot easier and looks great, too.


Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4.50 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity64 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee Slate EP121
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor Modeli5-470UM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.33 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size30.7 cm (12.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.16 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height17 mm
Width312 mm
Depth207.2 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesEP121
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelEP121-1A019M
Product NameEee Slate EP121-1A019M Tablet PC
Product LineEee Slate
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberEP121-1A019M
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationA Tablet That Packs a Punch

A tablet device shouldn't have to skimp on powerful hardware just because of its size. Accept no compromises on performance and portability with the ASUS Eee Slate EP121, the world's most powerful tablet device featuring an Intel Core i5 processor. While most tablet devices have lesser processors, the EP121 i5 processor takes productivity to a whole new level -meeting all your needs and more, giving you the power to run Office applications or view videos on sites like YouTube and Hulu.

Package Contents
  • Eee Slate EP121-1A019M Tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus