It isn’t the review of the Eee Pad Slider SL101 itself that really makes the news. It’s the further indication that the netbook is on the verge of being officially dead.
In their latest hardware review, HotHardware gave good marks to the “hot” SL101. While most of the attention is going to the iPad and recently-revealed Amazon Kindle Fire, neither appeals to the demographic of buyers who really want a keyboard. There are, of course, workarounds, but most who must have the keys to push rely on notebooks and netbooks.
The Eee Slider and other similar devices represent a market that will eventually replace the netbook altogether. We are relatively far away from having a tablet that can completely replace a notebook, but netbooks, the in-between contenders for our portable attentions just a couple of years ago, are quickly fading away thanks to devices like these.
Will they be missed?
Here’s HotHardware’s video review.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kv_2bk4BoM[/youtube]