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ASUS Eee Slate Review

Each time I log on to the Internet and type the word ‘tablet’ I seem to find a new tablet being launched by a company somewhere in the world. Yes, ‘tablet’ is the buzz word for consumer electronics these days. And taking the pole position in terms of speed and performance is the ASUS Eee Slate.

Boasting an Intel i5 chip, a 64 Gb solid-state drive (SSD), the standard connections you would find in a notebook (Wifi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 and HDMI) and a 12.1 inch screen, the ASUS Eee Slate is by far the most loaded in terms of hardware. While the iPad still reigns as the King of Tablets in terms of units sold, this ASUS tablet trumps in the speed department and handles multitasking and most programs with ease.

One of the ways the ASUS Eee Slate is different from the many tablets out there is in the area of OS because it runs Windows 7 instead of Android or iOS. The benefits of running Windows 7 is that the interface is one that is familiar for PC users and at the same time, you won’t have to buy new programmes or applications to run on the tablet – you would just need to install what you already have on your PC (assuming you are an existing PC user).

The downside of running Windows 7 though is that it requires a lot more resources and applications are not quite as quick to open or close as with iOS or Android. This is probably why the ASUS Eee Slate requires an Intel i5 chip. This also means that if you multi-task and push the chip, it will heat up which in turn is the major reason for the heft and thickness of the ASUS Eee Slate since more cooling is required.

Moving from the hardware and software, the ASUS Eee Slate does one thing that many of its peers don’t – accommodate multiple input devices. Many tablets require fingers to do the ‘work’ but this slate allows for multi-touch input as well as a digitizer stylus from Wacom. This is great news for the designers who require a lot more control and accuracy when interacting with design software. While Steve Jobs would vehemently disagree, I believe that this is a fantastic design move.

So if you are a fan of Windows 7, do a lot of graphics or detailed work on the go, need a great machine for presentations or just want a tablet you can show off, the ASUS Eee Slate is probably the best choice for you.

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