ASUS Expands Eee PC Line ... Again. This Time With Tablets!

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  1. Jerry Jackson

    Jerry Jackson Managing Editor, TechnologyGuide Staff Member

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    ASUS unveiled the company's latest innovations and concepts at a keynote speech two days before the official opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. During the presentation, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih praised the Eee PC brand which established the industry trend for netbooks. Keeping that success in mind, ASUS introduced the new Eee PC T91 and T101H.

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    The Eee PC T91 and T101H are the latest models of Eee PC and feature 8.9-inch and 10-inch screens respectively. However, the key feature most people will care about is that the new T91 and T101H are touch-based tablets. The T91 is a two-pound, one-inch thick tablet featuring the Intel Z520 Atom processor. It also features built-in GPS and apparently will also have an optional TV-tuner. We'll have more details on these new netbook tablets (including price) soon.

    ASUS is projecting to ship 7 million Eee PCs by the end of 2009 and WiMax-embedded Eee PCs are to become available in North American by the end of Q1 2009. Bottom line, the Eee PC family of netbooks looks like it's here to stay.

     
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    leaftye Old timer Super Moderator

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    There was a good time when this would've been good news, but Asus has expanded their eee pc line way too much, and raised their prices so much that these eee pc's aren't really a good bargain anymore. Unless it's $500 or less, I'd rather get a real tablet.
     
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    leaftye: the little one is supposed to go on sale sometime around March for $499. No idea how much the big one is going to cost.

    Dig around youtube: there are a few CES videos there with people having a poke at them. I think there's one with a female rep from stuffmag.com or something similar that had that information.

    Apparently it's going to cost substantially more than the equivalent of $499 in the UK. Grr. Import costs are fine, anything above that is just annoying.
     
  4. Kyle Porter

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    quite frankly i agree w/ leftye. These things need to be darn cheap in order for it to be considered worthy of peoples attention. Personally, i think i will wait a year or so until i find a deal on ebay to pick one of these up. Then i will try to see how seriously i can mod it.
     
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    $500? I'll bite. :)
     
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    Hmm, depending on how they do this, I could be interested. But it'll be a hard sell if I can get something like a HP tz2 for $200-$300 more. I'd like to see more on their included specs.
     
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    I'd much rather get a used 12" with active digitizer at that price. The slight difference in portability is worth the lower cost and more powerful machine. I've found my X61 tablet fits just fine in my murse and is no worse to carry around than my 7" EEE was.
     
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    I was not impressed with the hinge's quality at the show. I was more impressed with Classmate PC convertible tablet. It's already on sale, and it felt more durable. Comes with 6 cell battery to boot for $550.
     
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    Actually, I think it makes things worse. These netbooks offer less power at the same price as the cheapest laptops. I believe this is pushing up the price of the cheapest laptops, even though those laptops haven't improved.
     
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    I personally wished they would move away from the atom processor, then i would consider going for one of these. They are alright for the occasional use, but i am still going to wait for them to go on ebay so i can find on dirt cheap.
     
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