Described as the world's most powerful tablet, the ASUS EP121 has been described as being such. Wow! That's a bold proclamation. I say bold because who can say for sure what technological advances tomorrow will bring? In either case, this unit looks like a beautiful package. You know the old adage; good things come in small packages? Well this just might be one of them. I was quite impressed and pleasantly surprised when I first spied this product. Who can go wrong investing in such a petite package with behemoth features? Let us examine the details.
The ASUS EEE EP 121 serves as a multimedia player, e-book reader, compact PC and internet device. It offers two convenient modes of character input-an embedded virtual keyboard and a special docking station-cum-keyboard and provides over 10 hours of use. It also comes equipped with a low voltage Intel Core i5 processor and a 12.1 inch capacitive touch screen display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. It is arrayed with a 2 mega pixel camera with LED Flash, 2GB or 4GB RAM, inbuilt 32GB or 64GB solid state disk storage, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, USB 2.0, mini HDMI port and flash card reader. Make use of the Wacom Digitizer pen to draw paintings.
Using Photoshop on this powerful machine is a snap. You can easily modify photos. This package includes the Windows 7 Home Premium OS software, an Intel Core i5-470UM, which runs at 1.33GHz clock speed, an Inbuilt Stereo Speakers, Microphone and on-screen keyboard, a mini HDMI port, SDXC card reader, Flash card reader, 3.5mm Audio jack. The battery life is purported to be 4.5 hours and 1080p video playback is 2.4 hours. Dimensions are 312 x 207.2 x 16.95 mm and it weighs in at 1.16 kg. All I can say about that is sleek and petite. This is the most practical tablet I've seen so far. It can run Outlook, Excel, Word and many other software packages seamlessly.
Again I must express my reservations regarding long term battery life. As expected, as engineers improve their innovation on powerful little dream machines such as the ASUS EEE EP121, it seems as though the technological advances, and battery life improvement takes a back seat. This unit by far is advanced. But I must question; to what degree must we continually sacrifice the time we spend charging up our investments. It is my wish that engineers spent more time in research and development and expand the battery life of these wonderful gadgets. Let's face it. It's the battery life that really makes the difference. Is 4.5 hours enough?