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Asus has outed its Android tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including one that cannily solves the problem of typing quickly on a touchscreen: it has a drop-down physical Qwerty deck. Asus Eee Pad Slider That's the Eee Pad Slider, and it's joined by the Eee Pad Transformer and MeMO. Transformer and Slider both …

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Finally

A Psion 7 replacement. Count me in.

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Chiclet KB?

How's the keyboard?

Real, hard-surfaced keycaps? Or rubbery, gooey, chiclet-style caps?

A chiclet keyboard could have some comfort advantages, especially with the limited keystroke distance, but could be a right pain to keep clean.

Otherwise, the Slider and Transformer both look like pretty cool kit...

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Battery life...

This looks lovely.. and the addition of a hardware keyboard makes turns it into something other than a device for media consumption (which is basically all what the ipad is). However, if the battery life is rubbish then I doubt it'll get decent sales.

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Elementary my dear Register.

The strange mix of capitals is obviously used to highlight the "me" part of MeMO.

Not exactly up there with Sherlock Holmes eh ?

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just a title

Looks to me like they're highlighting the "MO" part

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My thoughts

exactly.

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I already invented this

I spilt coffee on my laptop keyboard, which means I have to use the on screen one or a plug-in usb keyboard to run win7.

Does this mean I invented the win7 tablet?

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hmmm

Won't it be a bit heavy - seems like a netbook might be better? But then I guess you really have to use one in the flesh to know if it's any good.

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Sometimes you want it. Sometimes you don't.

Sometimes a keyboard can get in the way. Other times, it's pretty indispensible.

Carting around another device for the minority use case is annoying.

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Finally

A keyboard without all the extra wasted space under the spacebar, and a touchscreen instead of the stupid irritating touchpad. *and* it's an ASUS... if it's got decent battery, I'll take one!

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titsup

Surely a tablet is a netbook without a keyboard. Therefore, a tablet-with-a-keyboard is a... netbook?

Mine's the coat that has no power pack in the pocket.

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Oh noes it's the crazy label game!

Since it's not an Atom-based ("Netbook") or other x86/x64 processor ("Laptop") my vote would be for "SmartBook"

But then again it can be run with the screen only on top, which would make it a "Convertible"?

But it's also running a tweaked mobile phone OS so would that make it a "Tablet"/"Pad"?

Anybody know WTF a "Slate" means?

/Mine's the one with the 3D glasses and other associated buzzworthy items in the pockets

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Difference between a tabler and netbook

Is that on a tablet, the keyboard can be concealed (usually by means of swiveling the screen 180° and then folding said screen down onto the keyboard) and still be used, while on the netbook, concealing the keyboard renders the device unusable.

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Has somebody finally built...

... an electronic day-book for the office?

"7in Android 3.0 tablet that comes with both a capacitive touchscreen and a stylus "for taking handwritten notes"."

Yes please. Techies everywhere are trying to use iPads, iPhones, Android phones, variations on Evernote and paper scanned in using the office photocopier to get an electronic notepad that organises your scribblings and makes them emailable. It's about time somebody just built one.

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These look...

rather enticing. Hopefully they have prices and screens to match.

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It just struck me...

... WTF is that under the keys on the "Transformer"? A glide pad? What do you need that for if you've got a touch screen? Why not dispense with the glide pad and have a bigger keyboard?

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Having

read many Taiwanese manuals of the years I can only assume MeMO is a misspelling of MeToo.

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How much?

If the price is right, then I might stop carrying around my eeepc701. One thing you have to say about Apple, they certainly get these other companies motivated. There are more tablets than in a packet of paracetamol.

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ACER? Just make sure you get an extended warranty

It's not only me, but Acer has a really lousy track record with some things like rubber feet falling off.

Need a new foot - buy half of a new case. In any event, Acer claims rubber feet aren't covered ny warranty.

Creative people will realise the demo's found in Acer repair waiting rooms have feet. 'Nuff said.

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Read the article again..

..and this time pay close attention to the company mentioned.

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ASUS?

Since it it's an entirely different company as pointed out why can't you just buy some off the shelf cheap rubber feet? Or even cut to size pads?

I'm with Acer on this one. For all they know the pad fell off because you slid it over a rough surface.

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