Asus Eee PC T91 Swivel-Screen Tablet Netbook

Introduction and Specifications

If Asus doesn't make a machine you like (or are at least fond of in some way), you aren't looking hard enough. As the company famous for putting the netbook (and thus, the Eee PC) on the map continues to broaden its horizons in the notebook market, it's taking a breather from shipping new "Seashell" machines to introduce a horse of a startlingly different color. The Eee PC T91 is unlike any Eee PC we've seen before, namely because the screen can be spun around and flipped down. tablet PC style.

This so-called "netvertible" sector is still in its earliest stages, making the T91 one of the first netbooks available that also doubles as a full-fledged Tablet PC. Furthermore, it's one of the few netbooks coming out that sports a display smaller than 10 inches. If you'll recall, the first wave of netbooks hovered around the 7" - 9" display range; these days, most netbooks are 10.1" with many of them scaling up to 12" in size. Granted, the internal specifications haven't changed much over the years, but still, the T91 is also one of the few options for buying a new netbook at the sub-10" level.

Asus Eee PC T91 Netbook
Specifications and Features (as tested)

"Anticipating that the Eee PC T91 will spend a sizable amount of its time cradled in users’ arms, Asus’ designers made sure to keep it extremely slim and light. The Eee PC T91 measures just 225cm by 164cm, and weighs a mere 0.96kg—making it one of the smallest and thinnest gadgets with an 8.9" display in the world today.
" - Asus

  • Intel Atom Z520 @ 1.33GHz, 533MHz FSB; 512K Cache
  • Intel US15W chipset
  • 1GB of DDR2 Memory 
  • 8.9 inch LCD (1024x600 resolution); LED backlight, Resistive Touch Panel 
  • Intel GMA 500 integrated graphics
  • 16GB ASUS-JM S41 solid state drive (SSD)
  • 16GB SDHC Card Included
  • 10GB Eee Online Storage
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • No optical drive
  • 0.3 megapixel webcam + Digital Array Microphone
  • VGA Output
  • USB 2.0 x 2
  • RJ-45 (Ethernet 10/100)
  • Headphone / Mic Input Jacks
  • MMC/SD card reader
  • Twin speakers
  • Gesture-enabled trackpad
  • 2.11 Pounds (with battery installed)
  • 0.99 - 1.11 inches thick
  • Non-Removable Li-ion Battery (Up To 5 Claimed Hours of Computing)
  • 8.85” (W) x 6.45” (D) x 0.99 - 1.11” (H)
  • Windows XP Home
  • Color Options: White, Black
  • Protective Sleeve
  • 1-year limited warranty

Unlike the "
Seashell" range, which is largely just a sleeker take on the tried-and-true Eee PC Netbook, the T91 takes a completely different approach to computing. The 8.9" resistive touchscreen literally puts a new spin on the netbook, and it enables a new way of computing. The question we're here to answer is this: is the touchscreen really something anyone should consider? Just because it has a touchscreen doesn't mean that it's something you'll use, so we'll be testing it out and reporting back on just how necessary it really is/isn't.

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