may be all the rage right now, but there's still the
question of how many people actually want to use a keyboard-less slate.
We're guessing that the novelty may wear off, and that most folks will
end up yearning for an actual keyboard to bang on. For that reason, we
think there is a lot of attractiveness in something like the 10.1" Eee
PC T101MT, which acts like a tablet if you'd like, but flips around and
becomes a netbook when you need a full gamut of keys.
The machine was introduced a couple of months ago, but it has since
been lost under the iPad
and Tegra 2 news that has been seeping from
every corner. Asus has equipped this with a 1024x600 panel
(multi-touch), Windows 7 Home Premium and plenty of other extras, and
now we know that it will ship next month. That's a pretty quick
turnaround for a notebook that first saw daylight at CES, and we're
hearing that it will be available in the U.S. for $499. That's a pretty
competitive price point; the iPad will cost the same, yet it won't come
with a keyboard. This machine also has a full operating system compared
to the iPad's limited iPhone OS. The value proposition seems pretty
clear to us, but we'll let the sales figures speak for themselves when
they come out in just a few months.