The Asus Eee PC 701 may be the mini-laptop that helped spark the netbook revolution, but with its 7 inch display, smally keyboard, and tiny amount of storage space, the netbook might not be as attractive as newer clamshell devies with 9 and 10 inch screens. But you know what the Eee PC 701 still is? Cheap. You can pick one up for just over $200 if you shop around. And that makes the Eee PC 701 a great toy for hackers looking to build interesting things like cheap carputers or tablets.
We’ve already seen one attempt to not only build a tablet PC out of Eee PC 701 parts, but to market a retail netbook-to-tablet conversion kit. Now it looks like there may be a new kid in town. A member of the Mobile01forums has posted some pictures of a homemade tablet. And it looks pretty slick.It apears to have decent ventilation, spare for the speakers to hang out, and a series of buttons on the side of the device for launching applications or controlling a cursor, two things that can come in handy when you remove the keyboard.
The finished product is also a bit lighter than the original netbook. Right now this is just a prototype, but the developer is thinking about selling kits.
via Portable Monkey