PROS / This tablet PC has a solid-state hard drive and a removable Bluetooth keyboard.
CONS / The processor is dated and the keyboard isn't comfortable for extended periods of typing.
VERDICT / It's a good option for on-the-go users who plan to use it primarily as a tablet.
ASUS is a technology manufacturer that has a large global presence but isn't as prominent as other competitors in the United States. The company has a growing arsenal of modern tablet PCs designed for both corporate professionals and mainstream consumers, including the ASUS Eee Slate B121. The device is a tablet PC with some appealing and unique features, although you may find it difficult to look past a few befuddling design flaws.
When it comes to design, the Eee Slate B121 is equal parts convenient and utterly confusing. Tablet PCs are all about portability, and this one misses the mark with its lightweight but large and bulky display screen. The device also has an unattached Bluetooth keyboard, which may be a pro or a con depending on your needs. While it can be ideal if you plan to use it primarily in tablet mode, it's a little inconvenient if you want to use the actual keyboard on the go. Its lack of a trackpad may further irritate keyboard-inclined users. However, the keyboard is ergonomically designed to conveniently and comfortably fit with the display screen, though it isn't very comfortable to type on for long.
Despite these design flaws, the device is one of the better-looking Windows tablet PC we've come across, with a sleek bezel edge and glossy glass screen (though this tends to really attract fingerprints).
The device has a 2nd gen Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. The tablet PC also comes with a 64GB solid-state hard drive (SSD). More hard drive memory would be a bonus, but SSDs are always preferable to conventional hard-disk drives (HDD). Though more expensive, SSDs are typically faster, quieter and less susceptible to physical shock than HDDs are.
The Eee Slate B121 is equipped with multiple input and output ports. It has two USB 2.0 ports, but not even one USB 3.0, a memory card reader, an audio jack and a mini HDMI port.
ASUS has fairly good customer service and support. You can contact the company by phone, email, snail mail and live chat. The Asus website features resources that will help educate you on your tablet, as well. We found the FAQs and the live chat to be most helpful. You may have a long wait in the live chat queue, but once a representative is available, the help that is provided is efficient and useful.
The ASUS Eee Slate B121 has some inconvenient design flaws that will be most apparent to those who prefer to use a physical keyboard with their tablet PCs. However, if you plan to use the device mainly in tablet mode, you'll enjoy the performance this tablet PC provides.