LG brought to the Brazilian market SlidePad, its notebook and tablet hybrid with Windows 8. The appliance is one of the company’s main betting to gain space in the niche of the “2-in-1”, following the latest trends in the market
The device, with 11.6-inch screen, switches between the two modes by means of a button on its side. By pressing it, the screen slides to a position of about 45 degrees relative to the base to reveal the device’s keyboard. To return to the tablet position, simply slide the screen back and use the fittings to secure it.
There’s one of the most troublesome problems in the device. When in a laptop position, the plug does not work properly and the screen appears loose and loose. And in time to lock it back in the tablet position, an almost-surgical precision is required so that the screen stays in the desired position.
Speaking of performance: it works well, despite some limitations. With an Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.8 GHz and 2GB of RAM, its specs are only median relative to a tip laptop but are excellent for a tablet. In this way, SlidePad allows good quality in everyday tasks and will not leave the user in hand, as long as he does not intend to run heavy games or programs that require a little more of the machine.
The SlidePad comes with 64 GB of SSD storage, which allows greater agility of access to data stored on the device than a conventional HD, but it is very little space, since Windows 8 takes practically half the disk. It serves as consolation the fact that the appliance comes with a MicroSD card slot, to increase the free space.
Speaking of which, although it takes a big space, the fact of coming with Windows 8 complete instead of RT is a big point in favor of LG hybrid. The system is more versatile and runs common desktop applications, besides the Windows Store apps, which still exist in limited number. Just recently been hit the brand of 100,000 apps in the store, and that super popular apps, like Facebook, for example, haven’t arrived yet. This makes the user need to navigate the web version of the social network, which is fairly uncomfortable for touch screens. It is worth remembering that the appliance does not count on a touchpad to assist in these cases, forcing the use of a USB mouse.
The screen has a good resolution, with HD images support. With 11.6 inches, the density is about 135 pixels per inch. The screen is capacitive and, during our tests, the response to the touch commands was excellent and extremely fluid.
The SlidePad weighs just over 1 kg, which guarantees it good mobility in backpacks and purses, for example. The weight is fairly low compared to common notebooks, but-excusing the pun-its versatility weighs against it at this point: it is big and too heavy for a comfortable use as tablet.
Ultimately, SlidePad is an interesting device, but with some flaws. Before you acquire it, it is important to weigh your needs. Mobility is your strongest point, making it great to take you with you wherever you go. But it has performance restrictions that transform it into a median notebook and design limitations that make it uncomfortable as a tablet. And for the suggested price of R $2,500, price of cutting-edge laptops, it might be good to weigh heavily on these issues before purchasing it.