Asus had a huge success with its Eee Pad Transformer, the Android tablet with a docking keyboard. Now the Eee Pad Slider takes a different approach, building a keyboard in to an Android tablet.
The idea behind the Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 is that you can work in normal tablet mode with the screen outermost most of the time, and when you want a keyboard you just slide the screen up to reveal one. It's great in principle, but there are some issues.
The first is the sliding mechanism itself. To get to the keyboard you pull the back of the screen upwards. This then lifts, resting on a solid hinge at an angle of about 45 degrees. The problem is that we needed two hands to pull the screen upwards - one on the screen and one anchoring the front of the Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 to our desk. It's not an elegant system.
We're impressed with the specifications of the Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 and found it good to use in Tablet mode. The keyboard is welcome too, but we think Asus should have put a bit more thought into the physical design.
Our rating: 4/5
Best point: Good specs; built in keyboard can be handy
Worst point: large and heavy; keyboard has some faults