Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

Summary: Before you can even say "when," the Asus Eee Pad Slider is already in-stock at Amazon, B&H and Newegg.

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Earlier this week, I mentioned the Asus Eee Pad Slider will be coming to America later this month, but it turns out the end of September is now because the Taiwanese company has just announced the laptop-like-tablet is already in stores as I write. Both the 16 GB and 32 GB models in "Mocha" (as above) are in-stock stateside, with the 16 GB retailing for $475 and the 32 GB for $580 -- just a touch cheaper than iPad 2s.

Unlike its better known cousin the Transformer, the Slider has a built-in QWERTY keyboard, runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) out-of-box, and offers a multi-touch 10.1-inch 1280 X 800 screen with a 178-degree viewing angle. In addition to the on-board storage, each slate also includes a year's worth of unlimited cloud storage with ASUS WebStorage, for all your media consumption and backup needs. Or, you could expand its capacity and move photos via the built-in microSD slot, plug in USB 2.0 devices, or even hook the tablet up to your HDTV using the micro-HDMI port. The Slider also comes preloaded with Polaris Office 3.0 so you can make use of that QWERTY keyboard right away.

Unfortunately, only select U.S. online retailers are carrying this slate so you won't be able to walk into a brick-and-mortar store to try-before-you-buy -- at least for now. If you know already that this is the tablet for you, here are your options:

  • Amazon: Only one, third-party company, the Taiwan-based Rinato, is offering the 16 GB Slider but is charging a ridiculous $699.99 for a product that should retail for $475 in America.
  • Newegg: Currently, Newegg only has the 16 GB in-stock but you could sign up to receive updates on the 32 GB. Either the company carried very few 32 GBs or some very determined enthusiasts snapped them all up already because the site seems to suggest it has already moved some units.
  • B&H: This is the only website that has both the 16 GB and 32 GB in-stock at the same time and at the suggested retail prices.

If you do plan on ordering a Slider from one of these sites, I'd suggest double-checking its return policy before handing over your money. Newegg, for example, will only replace defective devices but not offer any refunds.

I hope the Slider will be as yummy as its color, "Mocha," but will reserve judgment until I can get some hands-on time with this slate. I'm especially curious whether the keyboard is comfortable to type on. How about you?

[Source: Asus America press release, Asus website]

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  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    I've been waiting for this since January. I knew when I first saw it, it was the tablet I'd been waiting for. Hopefully it will appear in UK stores too.

    Probably changing the $ to a ??. So being significantly more expensive though.
    bradavon
    • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

      @bradavon

      I'm entering the ASUS comp every day.. they're giving them away to UK users ;)

      http://www.facebook.com/ASUS?sk=app_285068464836940
      kwaters89
      • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

        @kwaters89 .......excellent....so have i been !! such a cool comp....and Pad for that matter
        briansturridge
  • Why don't Android tablet designers get it?

    Here we have an excellent idea. A 10" tablet with great hardware specs, expansion capabilities, reasonable price, and an ingenious solution for people who are so against touchscreen keyboards. However that ingenious solution is a radical design pretty which much guarantees that the user will not buy it unless he fully understands it, and can fully examine it to determine if it adversely affects weight and thickness, and that means hands on experience. And no one is offering hands on experience. So no one will buy it, and it will be used as an example of an Android failure.
    Michael Kelly
    • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

      @Michael Kelly

      Calm down. It's just now hitting the market. I fully expect to see these in Best Buy in a few weeks. I for one can't wait to try one out.
      dsf3g
    • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

      @Michael Kelly

      Ummm its in stores to actually go see and hold.The keyboard added less then a half oz to the weight as advertised and the unit is just a half inch thick as specs have been shown. It has many reviews online already also. Not sure what else your asking for as in regards to seeing, holding,and physical hands on as thats all out there?? Thing that will hurt it is the price. Tablets need to be around $250 to make them worth buying over a full blown hd notebook.
      Fletchguy
      • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

        @Fletchguy
        which stores have it to play with?
        demodoc
    • Not unique

      @Michael Kelly
      What's so radical about the design? I really don't get it.
      It harkens back to a couple HPC tablets I owned in the '90s, and a few Windows tablet PCs I owned ten years ago.

      Those old computers were released when there were no capacitive screens. The keyboard was a good alternative at that time. I for one love my smooth capacitive screen! Without it (and adding a keyboard) you have a watered down netbook. Ho-hum.
      camcost@...
  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    I like it, I think it offers a more compelling reason for the netbook crowd to look at Tablets.
    slickjim
    • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

      @Peter Perry they are running a competition to win several , if you have a fb account, worth a go! https://www.facebook.com/ASUS?sk=app_285068464836940
      maevemachine
  • You know what would impress me?

    If they used something other than the Tegra 2.
    Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    I think I'll keep my transformer. I like being able to disconnect the keyboard and have a lite weight tablet. In addition the transformer keyboard has a battery of its own which charges the tablet, a touchpad, and an extra set of keys above the numbers for quick launching the browser, settings, etc. <br><br>All around the transformer is much better. I can't weight for the Transformer 2, I hope they make it a little thinner, and less heavy.
    ryanmc
    • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

      @ryanmc
      Transformer is nice but this is a great idea also as many people dislike the onscreen keyboard and your set up means one more thing to carry around. This version the keyboard disappears right into the back adss less then half oz of weight and when slide in it is a transformer tablet. The prices have to drop dramatically thought before they are worth it. I have a transformer, 7 and 10 inch tab, Toshiba thrive,Hp Touchpad, and an Xoom but I never paid over $290 for any of them new. Have to love ebay and craigslist for deals. I do want this one and Acer tablet still though.PS windows 8 metro on tablets sucks so do hold your breath on windows tablets with it as windows 7 on tablets is much better metro ui sucks balls lol.
      Fletchguy
  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    This will have to go head to head with the newly released ThinkPad tablet which, looks very promising too. At least some companies are seeing the benefit of building quality into their tablets. Please....no more cheap builds.
    Techyard Dog
  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    Check out the B&H website - they have lots and lots of pics. The device is about a /4" thicker than my xoom - it's about 3/4" thick. Not a deal killer but it's too early to tell how it will work out. I like my tablet but hate typing on it an I hate my notebook, but like typing on it. Maybe this will be the solution?
    ajrmd
  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    what stores have it to play with?
    demodoc
  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    The Right-hand Shift key is in the wrong location!
    seesaw1
  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    That right-hand Shift key is in the wrong location.
    seesaw1
  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    nice promotional video
    gundam_0083
  • RE: Asus Eee Pad Slider lands in America, pricing for the 32 GB revealed

    Amazon now has it at the suggested retail (it may have been added literally in the last few minutes, I had to refresh the page to see it). If you opt for circuitcity as your 'seller' they don't charge the sales tax but they do charge 5 bux shipping.
    mikeurl