Windows 8 on the RM Slate
I've been running the consumer preview on the RM Slate (Pegatron Masterpad) for the past week or so (will try the RTM as soon as I can), and I must say I've been quite impressed, especially given that it is running on an Atom processor and 2GB DDRII 667 RAM, so if any of you out there have one of these I suggest you give it a try, but there are a few niggles that (almost) spoil the experience. I'll list these in a pro's and con's list below:
- Surprisingly responsive and fast
- The on-screen KB is lovely to use. In the earlier beta's it was a bit flaky on the Slate
- Metro (Modern UI) looks and behaves great
- All of the UI effects work fine (as far as I've seen)
- IE works well and browsing the net in Metro is painless
- (Almost) all required hardware drivers are installed by default (see cons for more details of what didn't go in)
- W8 ties in great with Office 365 email out of the box with minimal setup time
- Pinch-and-zoom works fine
- Excellent battery life (4hrs+ with web browsing)
- Very easy to use
- Bluetooth - It only installs some base BT drivers by default and the RM W7 BT drivers don't work + you have to really faff around to get them installed in the first place. I've disabled BT now as I wouldn't use it anyway
- Waking up from sleep is hit and miss. I suspect this is down to RM drivers I've installed. I shall post more once I've done a re-install and checked the stock drivers
- It can get overwhelmed if you have tried to repeatedly press an area of the screen and hang for a bit
- No screen rotation even with the drivers installed.
- It complains about some drivers if you try and install the RM (W7) ones
- The screen auto brightness seems to operate constantly even though I've disabled it in the advanced power options
I have a suspicion that many of the issues I have encountered are down to the W7 drivers I put on there after the initial install, so I shall wipe it and try again with stock drivers this afternoon. My advice would be not to install any of these yet, and disable BT if you do decide to give it a go. Oh, and getting Skype on there is a challenge! For some reason it does not want to download via IE. I had to install Chrome to do it.
I shall keep you posted as to how I get on with it with stock drivers and the RTM version once I get a hold of it.