ASUS EP121 Computer Tablet Review
by Herb Moore (interview)
Let me first state that I really like my ASUS EP121 computer tablet, and thatâ€™s saying a lot coming from a Motion Computing LE1700 tablet that I worked liked a mule and really enjoyed working on.Â If youâ€™re expecting to read a â€œbashingâ€ review of the ASUS EP121 tablet, itâ€™s not going to happen here.Â Thatâ€™s not to say that itâ€™s perfect, but read on and youâ€™ll understand what Iâ€™m getting at.
I use mainly three software programs to create my illustrations and animations: Flash CS6, Photoshop CS6 & Sketchbook Pro 6.Â Flash & Photoshop can tax many good computers but work extremely well on the ASUS tablet.Â I have on occasion used both programs simultaneously and the tablet keeps clicking along just fine.Â I do create artwork in Hi Definition from time to time as the need arises, but if I donâ€™t need to work at that level then I wonâ€™t. I love a lot of color and intensity and I use a lot of layers to capture the effect & look I want, so Iâ€™m not afraid to try to push the computer.
The tablet boots up very quickly with little to no hesitation initially. Once I open any software, though it appears to load very quickly, there does tend to be a slight delay in being able to go ahead and work, as if something still hasnâ€™t completely loaded. I tend to try to be a bit more patient when initially booting up just in case my eagerness is the problem. Even after working for several minutes, there may be a quick pause or two where the computer seems to freeze then it kicks back in, but itâ€™s quite brief and from that point on there are no more problems. The weight is heavy & solid enough for me, (lighter than my Motion Computing LE1700), but doesnâ€™t require me to workout at the gym just so I can hold it.
The pen/stylus that came with the tablet is very light, and at first appearance the tip seemed to be too large for the detail I wanted, but I soon learned that it handled the finest details I threw at it just fine. Admittedly, at first I preferred to use the pen/stylus from the Motion Computing LE1700, (I love that pen), but seldom do I really â€œneedâ€ it. Iâ€™m quite happy that I stayed with the original pen/stylus as it performs very well.
The screen on the EP121 is great to view my artwork, as well as display my art while I work on it, and it displays excellent color & details to any of my highly rendered artwork and animations. Itâ€™s very sharp and impressive.
Since I store everything I create on Dropbox I need to mention that the Wi-Fi works flawlessly. I prefer not to use my tablet for any Internet communications, to avoid any possible contamination, and transfer anything else I may need onto the tablet via flash drives.
Finally, the battery life is fantastic and lasts several hours, whether Iâ€™m illustrating in Sketchbook Pro or Photoshop, as well as when Iâ€™m animating in Flash. Also, the recharge time is excellent even while Iâ€™m using the tablet.
In closing, I tend to latch onto what I truly like to use & then I try to wear it out through intense & laborious work. I push hard and create thousands of illustrations and numerous short Flash animations. I seriously doubt my ASUS EP121 tablet will wear out anytime soon so only time will tell who breaks down first: me or the machine!