The Asus Eee Pad Slider is basically the highly regarded Asus Eee Pad Transformer (Discontinued) , but with the Transformer's optional keyboard attached in slide-out form. Most of the pluses and minuses from that slate also apply to this one: The 1,280-by-800 IPS touchscreen is responsive and snappy, although things can falter when using the on-screen virtual keyboard. The dual-core Tegra 2 processor doesn't match the raw power found in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime's (Discontinued) quad-core Tegra 3 processor, but overall performance is very good and exceeds the majority of Android tablets. The slide-out keyboard is a huge plus for on-the-go users who frequently need to pound out emails or documents, experts report. Asus offers several online support documents, and you can contact customer support using several different methods if you run into a problem.
That keyboard adds a few drawbacks, however. Critics say that the Eee Pad Slider is considerably bulkier than the Eee Pad Transformer and most other tablets, though if you need the keyboard, they note that the extra heft is a bearable flaw. The tablet also lacks a touchpad, so you'll need to rely on the touchscreen or a USB/Bluetooth mouse for navigation even while using the keyboard, and its battery life is lower than the base Eee Pad Transformer. Several reviewers say they think the Eee Pad Slider is priced a tad too high at $480.
The best reviews come from AnandTech.com, CNET, PC World, TheVerge.com and Laptop Magazine, all of whom conduct extensive testing and hands-on analysis. Pocket-Lint.com, TrustedReviews.com, Gizmodo.com, and TechRadar.com also review the convertible tablet.
1. Laptop Magazine
Avram Piltch says the Asus Eee Pad Slider is a solid performer with a slide-out keyboard that adds value during productivity tasks, but the tablet's size, weight and smallish keyboard make him drop some points off of its rating.
Review: ASUS Eee Pad Slider SL101 Review, Avram Piltch, Sept. 22, 2011
The inclusion of SD, USB and HDMI ports combined with the slide-out keyboard makes the Eee Pad Slider a great option for the more productive amongst us, Eric Franklin says. It isn't perfect, though: Franklin finds the tablet overly large and the keyboard slightly too small.
Review: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 (16GB, white), Eric Franklin, Sept. 22, 2011
While Joanna Stern finds the Eee Pad Slider intriguing, she says a better option would be to buy the basic Eee Pad Transformer and add its optional keyboard dock. That's because the Transformer has a better battery life and slightly larger physical keys.
Review: Asus Eee Pad Slider Review, Joanna Stern, Sept. 30, 2011
Most people will probably be better off with a standard slate like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Anand Lal Shimpi says, but if you're more into producing content than consuming it, he reports that the solid-performing Eee Pad Slider is the tablet to beat. "The Slider is the best marriage of tablet and keyboard that I've seen to date," he writes.
Review: Asus Eee Pad Slider Review, Anand Lal Shimpi, Oct. 4, 2011
5. PC World
Melissa J. Perenson's opinion echoes Anand Lal Shimpi's: Most people would be better off sticking to a thinner, lighter tablet, she writes. "But if you value portability and productivity in an Android tablet, the Eee Pad Slider could be a great companion," she adds.
Review: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101, Melissa J. Perenson, Nov. 21, 2011
The Eee Pad Slider earns a Recommended Award at Britain's TrustedReviews.com for its responsive and beautiful screen, fast performance and productivity chops, but the reviewer notes that the size and weight of the tablet limits its potential audience.
Review: Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 review, Editors of TrustedReviews.com
If you can work around the bulk of the Eee Pad Slider, Ian Morris says you'll be more than happy with the tablet. "There's almost nothing wrong with the Asus Eee Pad Slider," he reports, giving it a 4.5 rating.
Review: Asus Eee Pad Slider Review, Ian Morris, Oct. 26, 2011
Brent Rose's review of the Eee Pad Slider is more of a list of bullet points than any deep or thoughtful discussion. However, the list has a lot of value. Rose advises skipping the Eee Pad Slider and picking up an Eee Pad Transformer with a keyboard dock, instead.
Review: Asus Eee Pad Slider Lightning Review: Fat Tablet for Clickity-Clackers, Brent Rose, Nov. 11, 2011
The Eee Pad Slider garners a 4.5 out of 5 rating on the weight of its keyboard, preloaded apps and "glorious" screen at this U.K.-based site. However, it may be better suited as a small laptop replacement than a straightforward tablet, reviewer Matthew Bolton notes. The poor battery life is the sole major negative found with the tablet.
Review: Asus Eee Pad Slider review, Matthew Bolton, Oct. 25, 2011