I recently picked up an ASUS EP 121 at the Microsoft Store.  This is a Windows 7 slate PC.  After using it for about a week, I wanted to bring you a review.  Read on for more details!

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Specifications

The EP-121 is a laptop packed into a tablet form factor.  Sporting a Core i5 470 low voltage CPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 64GB SSD, it is a powerful package and is capable of running pretty much anything that you want to throw at it.

From ASUS’ website:

Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium

Display
12.1″ LED Backlight WXGA Screen
Capacitive and Electromagnetic Panel (1280*800) with AFFS

CPU
Intel Dual-Core i5 470um

Memory
DDR3, 1 x SO-DIMM, 2GB/4GB

Storage
32GB/64GB SSD

Wireless Data Network
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
Bluetooth V3.0

Camera
2.0 M Pixel Camera

Audio
Hi-Definition Audio CODEC
Stereo Speakers
Digital Array Mic

Interface
1 x Digitizer pen
2 x USB 2.0 port
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone /Mic-in)
1 x mini HDMI port
1 x Card Reader: MMC/ SD(SDHC/SDXC)
1 x DC-IN

Battery
Battery Life: 4.5hrs
Play 1080p video: 2.4hrs
34W/hr Polymer Battery

Power Adaptor
Output: 19.5V 60W with USB charging port
Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal

Dimensions
312 x 207.2 x 16.95 mm (WxDxH)

Weight
1.16 kg

Accessories
1 x User Manual
1 x Warranty Card
1 x Support DVD
1 x Foil Case (with support function)
1 x Power Adaptor
1 x Bluetooth Keyboard
1 x Cleaning Cloth
5 x Refill Nips
1 x Nip Remover
2 x AAA Battery for KB

Size and Weight

The EP 121 is about double the weight of the iPad2.  And with a 12.1” screen, it is a bit larger than the XOOM and the iPad.  I think any smaller and the Windows 7 touch would not work well enough to be useful.  That being said, the size is easy to travel with and is acceptable.  I generally use this unit on my lap at home and propped up at the office.  The size is fine for this application.

Fan Noise and Heat

With a Core i5 and a fan onboard, I expected a loud sound and lots of heat on my lap.  I was happily surprised to find that the fan is pretty quiet and the heat is exhausted out the top.  I barely notice the heat, and it is very comfortable to use on my lap.

Software Included

Windows 7 Home Premium and starter editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note are included.  I had Microsoft add full Student/Home versions of that software, as well as installing the Live suite for programs such as Live Writer, Live Mail 2011, Live Mesh and Live Photo Gallery.  The stock browser was Internet Explorer 8, which I upgraded to IE9 when it released last week.  This unit is capable of running full Office and runs it well.  I also added Skype and of course the version 1 Windows Home Server Connector.