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You could argue that the end of the netbook has already happened. Despite a flurry of small, cheap, and generally sluggish notebook computers shipping between 2008 and 2010, very few companies have kept the ball rolling in 2011 and 2012. In fact, these things used to be so popular that U.S. wireless carriers were offering them in subsidized form, but now, you'll be hard pressed to find them on shelves anywhere. As tablets have rolled in and consumer expectations of speed, portability and battery life have changed, netbooks have been pushed aside. Now, according to a DigiTimes report, Asus' recent intentions to end its EeePC line could mark the beginning of the true end to the netbook. Asus has... Read more...
If the “Eee” line of ASUS products evokes an “Eee!” of delight from you, then ASUS has some treats for you at CES this year. Photos of the upcoming ASUS Eee PC Flare netbook and some specifications and details on the 7-inch ASUS Eee Memo Pad have leaked on NotebookItalia a few days ahead of the big show. The site grabbed a few photos of the new netbook and revealed some details, including a chiclet-style keyboard, discreet hinges, and at least a few different color options. It also appears that the Eee PC Flare will be available in 10- and 12-inch versions. As for the Eee Memo Pad, the Android-based device appears to be a 7-inch tablet and likely sports a 1280x800 capactive... Read more...
The Asus Eee Pad Slider is a break-out device, much in the way the Asus Eee Pad Transformer broke the mold not so long ago when it was announced.  Though it's built on the same base NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform that many 10.1 Android Honeycomb slates are these days, the Slider offers a netbook-like slide-out keyboard solution that takes the standard tablet experience to a whole new level. For not a lot more size and weight (or cost for that matter), you also get a full-sized USB port and HDMI output with Slider.  We stepped through the device in detail in our full review recently, but today we thought we'd update our coverage with a quick video demo of the Slider in action.  Enjoy and... Read more...
It seemed, just a couple of years back, that almost every week was topped off by the introduction of a new netbook. Remember those things? We haven't seen much in the way of new netbook technology lately, but we have seen plenty of tablets. The iPad started a modern-day revitalization of the slate PC market, and while Apple has dominated the market, rival companies have been pushing out tablet after tablet in an effort to grab their piece of the pie. One thing we've noticed is the great variety in form factors. Whereas the iPad basically just comes in two flavors, those content with Android can have their pick when it comes to design. There's the standard, flat slate (like the Galaxy Tab 10.1),... Read more...
It seemed, just a couple of years back, that almost every week was topped off by the introduction of a new netbook. Remember those things? We haven't seen much in the way of new netbook technology lately, but we have seen plenty of tablets. The iPad started a modern-day revitalization of the slate PC market, and while Apple has dominated the market, rival companies have been pushing out tablet after tablet in an effort to grab their piece of the pie. One thing we've noticed is the great variety in form factors. Whereas the iPad basically just comes in two flavors, those content with Android can have their pick when it comes to design. There's the standard, flat slate (like the... Read more...
Computex 2011 has officially started off with a major bang, and it's largely thanks to Asus. The company has led the way with a slew of announcements, with the Padfone being the one that'll have people talking and gawking for months. But this one ain't bad, either. The Eee Pad Memo 3D hops onto two bandwagons at once: slate, and 3D. But can you really blame Asus? LG's G-Slate is already offering 3D support in a tablet, so Asus is already having to play catch-up. The Eee Pad Memo 3D is a 7" tablet, which comes as somewhat of a surprise. Lots of newer tablets are using the larger 8.9" or 10" form factors, and it's refreshing to see yet another 7" option thrown into the mix. The company claims that... Read more...
Wondering why it's so hard to find an Eee Transformer these days? It's not because there's not enough parts to make things, or that there's a problem with the quality. According to Netbook News, who contacted Asus spokesperson David Chang, it's just because the device is a great deal, and people love it. He stated that around 100,000 of the units would be made in May, and 200,000 or more would come in June, but that there's significant demand for each and every one of them. And with a price + performance combo like it has, we can't say that we're surprised. He stated that the company will have to continue ramping up demand if demand remains high, and honestly, they never expected demand to be... Read more...
When the Department of Justice and Microsoft hammered out the terms of their agreement in 2001, one of the strictures was that the software giant would be subject to official DOJ oversight for a period of five years. In 2006, the DoJ opted to extend the term another five years, but the government body won't be doing the same thing again. On May 12, Microsoft will no longer be subject to special federal oversight. Analysts anticipate we'll see Microsoft making some bolder moves as a result, though no one anticipates a return to the old days. Rob Enderle, principle analyst at Enderle Group, told reports that "Any type of consent decree like the one that was over IBM and the one that is over Microsoft... Read more...
What's the next major step in mobility? Having a tablet to go, and then a snap-on keyboard for situations where you need to input a lot more text than is easily inputable on a tablet. Asus has you covered in that area, with the introduction of the Eee Pad Transformer. It's an interesting name for an interesting product, and it may be the next real revolution of the netbook. The Transformer is based around Android 3.0, and combined with the optional expandable keyboard docking station, you've got an Android 3.0 netbook. The machine is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and features an IPS panel (using Corning's Gorilla Glass), 178 degree viewing angles, a 10.1" display, 1280x800... Read more...
At the annual Asus press conference held a couple of days before CES, Jonney Shih gave us a sneak peek of the company's tablet lineup. We’ve got pics, specs, and information regarding the upcoming Asus Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMO, and the long awaited Eee Slate EP 121... CES 2011: Four New Tablets Coming From Asus... Read more...
At the annual Asus press conference held a couple of days before CES, Jonney Shih gave us a sneak peek of the company's tablet lineup. If you haven't jumped on the tablet bandwagon yet, 2011 might just be the perfect time to do so. Let's take a look at what Asus has to offer.    Is it a tablet? Or a notebook? The Eee Pad Slider is a little of both and features a 10.1” IPS touch-screen, but also a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Powered by a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC, it also sports built-in digital cameras on the front (1.2MP) and rear (5MP) for video chat and digital photography. And mobile users will appreciate the Android 3.0 operating system found on the Slider.  If... Read more...
The 2011 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show is coming soon, and starting next week, a whole bunch of new gear will be introduced to the world. Some of it will make you upset about your holiday purchases, most likely, but some will get you very excited for what's to come. Asus is definitely going to be on-hand at the event, and as they usually do, they'll be introducing at least one major new product. This time, it will be the EP121. So far, Asus has only released a teaser video of the product, but it really makes no bones about what's to come. With a 12" touch screen, this unit will definitely be one of the larger tablets available. Most stop at around 10", but having a 12" tablet makes... Read more...
We seem to be heading into an era where netbooks aren't being positioned as the bargain bin machines that they once were. We can't recall the last time we saw a $199 or $249 netbook arrive.  The vast majority coming our way now are priced at around $399 at least, and Asus' Eee PC 1215N fits the mold here. With a $499 MSRP, this isn't the netbook to get if you're looking to pinch pennies, but it does offer the latest Intel Atom CPU, NVIDIA's next generation Ion GPU with Optimus graphics switching technology. That's solid power in a netbook... Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook Review... Read more...
Is Intel's Pinetrail platform really all its cracked up to be? We recently took an in-depth look at the 1.8GHz processor / platform, but it's a different thing to take a look at the same thing in a shipping product that's available today to consumers. We have been longing for faster Atom processors, and particularly in recent months, we felt as if even the newer Atom chips weren't fast enough compared to their predecessors. That said, the new Atom D525 dual-core chip holds a bit more promise, at least on paper, for the next generation of netbooks. We seem to be heading into an era where netbooks aren't the bargain bin machines that they once were. We can't recall the last time we saw a $199 or... Read more...
Around seven months ago, we were able to review one of the more advanced netbooks out at the time, the Eee PC 1201N. It was one of the first netbooks to integrate a graphics chip known as the NVIDIA Ion.  The Eee PC 1201PN retains many of the same features and nearly the exact same form factor as the original, but it utilizes the next-generation of Ion (we'll call it Ion 2 throughout), which is based on a discrete NVIDIA GeForce 210M GPU. But have the minor hardware upgrades and the Ion 2 chip made this machine powerful enough to warrant an upgrade if you purchased an older netbook with Atom and the first generation Ion under its hood? Or is this yet another marginal upgrade that is probably... Read more...
It's been said for years by industry veterans: a lot can happen in a very short window of time when you're dealing with technology. As soon as one piece of cutting-edge tech makes it to market, the next big thing is just days, weeks or months away. In the netbook realm, that hasn't applied as much. Netbooks haven't evolved nearly as quickly as desktop and standard notebooks are evolving these days, largely because of just how difficult it is to create chips that have low power consumption and reasonable thermal characteristics, coupled with improved performance.  There's also the issue of cost: netbooks are priced at rock-bottom, leaving little room for chip makers to innovate or integrate,... Read more...
Android tablets are all the rage right now. Earlier, we told you about Lenovo's plan to launch an Android Tablet dubbed LePad later this year. It appears Asus is also eying Google's mobile OS for its first tablet device. The upcoming Asus Eee Pad will be an extension of the company's already popular Eee netbook line. However, the Eee Pad will look and feel more like the iPad than a traditional computer. The Eee Pad has been in the works for a little while and Asus had reportedly been using a slimmed-down version of Windows as the operating system. Now, Netbooknews is reporting that Asus has scrapped Microsoft's OS in favor of Android. By switching to Android, Asus will avoid any licensing fees... Read more...
For a company that was once producing a new Eee PC netbook about every month, Asus has yet to introduce a new one in awhile. Of course, that's a relative term, but even going a few months without hearing of new Eee PC seems odd. Now, Asus has given us yet another machine to look at, the Eee PC 1201K. What's most unique about this machine isn't the typical Seashell design, but the AMD chip inside. Rather than relying on Intel's familiar Atom family, Asus has chosen the AMD Geode NX 1750 processor with a SiS 741GX/966L chipset. These parts are joined by a 320GB hard drive, a 0.3MP webcam, a built-in card reader, and 1GB of RAM. Another odd choice is the inclusion of Windows XP Home as the operating... Read more...
We're trying not to really get our hopes up this time, but it sounds like Asus may actually pull the trigger on the EeeKeyboard once and for all. This might just be the most hyped and long-awaited product from Asus in the company's entire history, and given that they have managed to put a PC into a keyboard, we understand why. The device has missed numerous ship dates already, and it has seen the specifications list change once or twice along the way. It's been a wild, wild journey for the EeeKeyboard, but a new press release from Asus makes it all but certain that we'll finally see it shipping soon to end-users. Seen as far back in the public eye as CeBIT 2009, this EeeKeyboard PC is equipped... Read more...
Asus had confirmed in the past that they would also play their cards in the Tablet PC game, acknowledging that they'd issue a Tegra 2-based Eee Pad at some point in the future to rival Apple's iPad and the spate of other rival machines sure to hit the market during 2010. But few details beyond the general plans to launch were announced. Now, it looks like Asus has begun to firm things up somewhat, with a new report stemming from a Q1 investors conference in Taipei casting new light on a launch time frame. Computex is scheduled to begin in early June in Taiwan, and given the home crowd advantage, Asus will use this trade show to officially unveil the Eee Pad, or the series of Eee Pad Tablets,... Read more...
Just when you think you've got your head around Asus' Eee PC netbook family, another one is born. As the siblings continue to increase in number, it's getting harder and harder to keep track of which machine is which, but one thing is for sure: this new one is one of the most promising Eee PCs yet. The Eee PC 1005PR ships with Windows 7 Starter, a 10.1" HD display (1366x768), a battery that can last up to 11 hours and up to 750GB of storage space (250GB onboard + 500GB of Asus WebStorage). This one also features the Seashell design, Bluetooth v2.1, a multi-touch trackpad, Intel's Atom N450, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, Wi-Fi, a 0.3MP web camera, a VGA output, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, a 6-cel... Read more...
Asus has already confirmed that it will be entering the booming e-reader market later this year, but one device we haven't heard much about is the purported Eee Pad. In fact, we've only heard the Eee Pad referred to in rumor form, but all of that changes today. Asus' Corporate Vice President, Eric Chen, recently confirmed to members of the press that it's planning to release an Eee Pad in the future, and with the new revolution of tablets upon us, we could see Asus' play getting a lot of attention in the very short future.He stated that an affordable touchscreen, 3G-equipped device in the form of a tablet would be unveiled later this year, and it will be equipped with NVIDIA's Tegra 2. That's... Read more...
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