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4 Things Asus Can Do To Improve The EEE Slate EP121

Asus launched the EEE Pad Transformer a few days ago but also another Windows-based tablet, the EEE Slate EP121 which one reviewer is the antithesis of the former. Rather than merely slam it though, we'd prefer to offer some words of advice.

(a) Cut the price; £999 for a tablet however good it is, is very 2004. Especially when the other tablet Asus has in store costs nearly a third (£379) and has an optional keyboard docking station.

(b) Cut the dimensions and the weight; a 12.1-inch screen, a thickness of 16.8mm with a weight of 1.15Kg is simply too much for a modern-day tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in comparison comes with at 8.6mm and weighs only 595g while having a 10.1-inch screen and the same screen resolution (1280x800 pixels).

(c) Swap the platform; Microsoft Windows 7 and the Intel Core i5 CPU that power the EEE Slate might be great on the desktop but the combination don't fare well when it comes to a tablet device.

(d) Increase the battery life; At three hours, the battery life of the EP121 is a fraction of that of the Apple iPad or that of the Samsung N150 Plus netbook (which last up to 10 hours).

In a nutshell, the EEE Slate EP121 is far too expensive, far too big, doesn't have the autonomy to match a proper tablet and has a rather capable rival in the EEE Pad Transformer.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.