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Asus' Eee Slate EP121/B121: A Windows 7-Based Tablet PC

At The Desk: HDMI Output & Stand

Primary Desktop: External

Primary Desktop: External

HDMI output on the Eee Slate is nearly perfect. There is one small quirk, though. If you set up an extended desktop, only the primary monitor displays the Windows 7 Input Panel. If you make the external monitor the primary desktop, the virtualized keyboard can’t be accessed until you select a window on the Eee Slate. But no matter what you do, the Input Panel always appears small and cannot be resized. As a result, you're pretty much forced to set the external monitor as a secondary desktop.

Since the taskbar/Start menu appears on the primary desktop, the Eee Slate’s 1280x800 resolution limits productivity if you’re trying to switch between multiple windows. Ideally, the external monitor should be the primary desktop, while the Input Panel appears on the tablet PC. Then you just need to attach a mouse.

Primary Desktop: Asus Eee Slate

Leather Case/Stand

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Asus includes a leather case for the EP121, but it also doubles as a stand. The case adds more bulk to the tablet PC's profile. However, it's an easy way to keep the keep the screen at eye-level when you use the included Bluetooth keyboard.

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  • Maziar
    Looks good but IMO,Win7 isn't designed for touch screens.Hopefully Win8 will add a decent touch UI to the OS which makes the Windows tablets more useful
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  • hardcore_gamer
    Intel HD graphics..that ruined everything
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  • I think thats the worst idea in tablet world; putting windows 7 on a tablet... dealing with sidebars even makes me sick on 24" screen with a hi-res mouse... I cant think of it on 12" screen with fingers... and thats already tried and failed a few years ago; tablet PC's... Will somebody take any lesson from failed ideas? or even from Ipad's success? Grow-up and see what's happening... or leave it all to Apple...
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  • back_by_demand
    All this tells me is that the inevitable rise of Fusion or Sandybridge with integrated graphics, or ION based tablets, Windows 8 will steal the show.

    When the hardware gets to a good enough standard then the peoiple will flock to a REAL operating system.

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  • DjEaZy
    ... whardcore_gamerIntel HD graphics..that ruined everything... AMD's Fusion would be a better choice...
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  • boiler1990
    I'd like a W8 tablet that could simply change interfaces between the WP7-esque look in tablet mode and a W7-like interface with the addition of a keyboard dock (basically a W8 Transformer).
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  • I current own a ASUS slate. For those who are interested in this tablet. Here is my suggestion. Get the 2G ram/32G SDD one. and upgrade the ram to 4G and intel X310 series 80G. the final price will be abour $50 more than 4G/64G one; however, u gain better SSD performace as well as more storage. I have been using this one for 3 monthes now, I would say, compare to wacom's other drawing table, this one still a little beyond, however, when u compare with Wacom's Cintiq12WX, Slate does provide the same function, without an extra computer. I would say 256 level vs 1024 level is a little trade off for convenience and price. As a graphic designer (not illustrator), i dont really find the 256 level is a huge issue. Tho if ASUS intend to relseae 2nd Gen of this product' i will be really interested in seeing them switch to AMD fusion. intel's HD chip is simply a joke. I would trade off some CPU power for more powerful graphic. Anyway, final thought.. this is the only table with pen function that can run Adobe CS5. I only hope it wont be hard to find the replacement battery...
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  • Phu5ion
    A tablet with Intel graphics and Windows OS? What a waste.
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  • spsfinest
    Why is there no page for battery life? Was this thing such a poor performer you were to embarrassed for it to post the info Tom?
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  • acku
    @spsfinest -> Page 9
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