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love it love it,
This review is from: Asus Eee Slate EP121-1A019M 12.1 Inch Tablet PC (Intel Core i5-470um,4GB, 64GB SSD,Bluetooth, 2.0 Mega Pixel Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium) + Bluetooth Keyboard and Case. (Personal Computers)
I love my eee slate - and that's an understatement.
Toyed with the idea of an ipad for a long time but was put off by the lack of compatibility with my core software and the lack of a digital pen.
Sure, the eee slate is a bit bigger and twice as heavy but who cares when you've got quadruple the productivity potential! I've already had about 4 colleagues trying to steal it from me in meetings (only had it in work for 2 days).
The digital pen is lovely and responsive; that together with autocorrection writing directly to Word etc is scarily accurate and efficient. People have .doc copies of my meeting notes before they've even got back to their desks.
Yeah, the battery life isn't as great as others but again, the possibilities with this tablet make up for that for me. The keyboard is nice and responsive and the screeen is crips and clear.
I wish it wasn't as expensive as it was but blimey it's earned it's keep for me already!
If you want the convenience of a tablet but the power and scope of a PC this is definitely the one for you. It's much more than a glorified media player - can't recommend it enough.
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Initial post: 5 May 2011 03:53:40 BDT
Baby H says:
How did you get one when there doesn't seem to be anywhere to buy one? Don't you think it's outrageous that Amazon.co.uk is asking nearly £1,000 for this when Amazon.com in the US is asking $1,000 for exactly the same machine? We in the UK are being systematically robbed.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2011 09:21:31 BDT
I agree completely. I emailed Amazon (UK) too, since the Eee Slate on Amazon.co.uk is shown in the main description as having a 64Gb SSD but in the detailed spec it is shown as 32Gb.
I believe some of the comments I often read are put there by the importers or retailers
but have no way of knowing this, of course.
May buy the Asus Epad or get the Eee Slate from the States. Have read elsewhere of one negative re Android 3 (Honeycomb). Have you any knowledge of Android tablets OSs? Cheers
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2011 16:19:49 BDT
I'm typing this on my Eee Slate, bought from and dispatched by Amazon UK. I can tell you it is the 4gb ram/64gb SSD version that they are selling. Also, the pricing isn't down to Amazon, and I doubt you'll be able to find it cheaper elsewhere - I went to Currys when it became obvious that Amazon were going to be having stock issues, and was told they may not have it until late June, and that it would be £999.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2011 17:04:27 BDT
How did you manage to get it from Amazon.co.uk, I haven't seen it on sale there yet! Did it come via Amazon.com? What did Currys have to say about the Slate? Cheers
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2011 23:19:14 BDT
Johnny, UK says:
there is a waiting list which Amazon appear to fulfil on a first come first served basis.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2011 16:45:40 BDT
It is indeed from Amazon UK, I pre-ordered on April 4th, back when they had the release listed as April 10th. When that passed, I got an email from Amazon saying that it would be dispatched between April 25 - May 21st (which is why I went to Currys to enquire about the machine). The guy I spoke to at Currys had no idea what I was talking about and had to check on the system. All he could find was a price (£999), and no info on when they'd be getting them in, though he did say they were expecting a lot of new tablets in towards the end of June. I find it hard to believe they'd be that late in getting the EP121, but it still isn't listed on their site, so who knows.
I received a dispatch notice on May 1st (it had sat at "dispatching soon" for about three days at that point, which was frustrating to say the least!), with a delivery estimate of the 10th. It took about 2-3 days though, and was delivered by HDNL. As Johnny says, I guess they're still working through pre-orders at this point, as there does seem to be a general shortage with these tablets worldwide.
I know you can register your interest on the PC World website, so it may be worth putting an order in here, registering there, and checking with Currys. Then, whoever can get you one first can get your hard-earned.
Hope this helps. It really is a fantastic pc!
In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2011 18:23:26 BDT
Very many thanks for that, Khroma - for taking the time for such a detailed reply.
The dilemma I have is whether I should order from Amazon.com at a, more-or-less, 'dollars for pounds' price with the inherent risks, or bite the bullet and pay the UK price!
In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2011 19:51:56 BDT
Johnny, UK says:
I've been stung before when ordering things from the US due to import duty. Another option would-be to order from The Continent and re-install the os. I did pre -register with PCworld but have had no response yet.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2011 20:14:07 BDT
No worries at all. I understand your current dilemma, as before the slate was dated on Amazon UK, I was all set to import from the States. I was just waiting for it to come in stock, but it appeared here first. I did add it my basket on Amazon.com, and it looks like they actually cover import costs for you (from what I could understand, at any rate - I'm not a big importer!). With that and international delivery added, it came in at under £900, though as I say, it was out of stock, and I don't know if you would still get stung for import duty upon arrival. I'd spent so long waiting for and reading about the pc (the tablet pc review forums are a great resource for this - http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/ep121-sla
Johnny - I also registered and heard nothing. You'd think they would know something by now, considering it was supposed to launch on May 1st!
In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2011 21:11:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 May 2011 21:12:24 BDT
Thanks again KHROMA!
I did buy a couple of things on Amazon.com not long ago - and yes they did add a surcharge to
negate any import duties at this end. I couldn't remember the percentage but with your experience, (£900), it's not worth my saving £100 and risking faulty goods/returns etc to the States.
Again, thanks for your experiences/comment - I too will bite the bullet.