The Asus Eee PC T91 convertible tablet won’t be available for a little while yet, but the company has been showing off prototypes of its first tablet-style netbook every chance it gets. Earlier this week, Sascha from Netbook News.de posted a video demonstrating the new touchscreen user interface Asus has designed for the Eee PC T91 and T101H. Now Mobile Computer Magazine has put together a detailed video showing off the laptops’ hardware.
You can find the video after the break. But here are a few of the highlights:
- The 8.9 inch netbook is thinner, lighter, and smaller than many Eee PC models, measuring just about 1 inch thick.
- The battery is not user replaceable. This probably something to do with the placement of the hinge, but it’s kind of a shame.
- There are only 2 USB ports instead of the 3 you find on most Eee PC netbooks.
- Asus has included a DVB-T tuner and SIM card slot on the prototype. It’s likely that one or both of these items will be available only as options, and not as standard features.
- There’s 1GB of RAM in a single memory slot, but it looks like this should be user upgradeable.
- The hinge is sturdy enough to hold the screen up, but the display is a bit wobbly, at least on the prototype.
- By the time the Eee PC T91 ships, it will have the new “chiclet” style keyboard with flatter keys and a repositioned right shift key.
For more details, check out the video after the break.
via Netbook News.de
I have a similar computer, the intel classmate 3 (CTL 2go) tablet. I can say touch screen is incredibly useful, especially in a computer this tiny and portable.
The classmate 3 is amazing, and there is not much that could improve. However, I am very interested in this upcoming tablet by Asus. All the goodies they are throwing in there (chiclet keyboard, gps, tv tuner, possible 3g) would be too good to pass up.
I do not like the shinyness around the inside of the screen or the cover, I have an aversion to fingerprints. Also, it appears that the lid does not stay fixed when in tablet mode, something that I think would reduce how solid it feels. One thing that is absolutely flawless on the classmate 3 is their sturdy hinge. It is tiny but it still manages to inspire great confidence no matter whether it is in tablet mode or laptop mode. Finally, the lack of an accelerometer is disheartening, that is one of the great features of the classmate 3.
Of course, it being a pre-production model, there is still hope that these factors will improve. I can’t seem to help but buy a new netbook every 6 months whether I really need it or not, and it looks like this will be the next in the series.
Looks good though it is shame that they are following two design errors from the Apple computers. The non user replaceable battery and retro calculator/commodore PET keyboard. I like the concept and if it is well executed in the final model I may be very interested as it would be great for plane journeys but those two negatives will make me think twice.
for me it´s perfect until now, the t91 have gps, tvtuner, 3g, a really impressive touchscreen, i wait for buy this litlle one, this is beautifull, congratulation asus but dont make us cry because the price, this netbook have everything for is a new bestseller of this year.
That looks hot. I swear if one of these netbooks gets the correct touch interface that is quick, fast, and resposnive they will blow people away.
Without a doubt my next Netbook/Mini will have a touch screen and some sort of better user interface that allows you to get the most out of that touch screen.
Well, there’s still the matter of the additional cost. I’ve got a Classmate convertible, and I love being able to paint onscreen with Art Rage, and turning it into a portrait mode tablet for reading digital comicbooks. But a lot of people won’t feel like there’s enough of a point to a touchscreen to pay an extra $100.
The T91 does look really cool though. I’m very curious how much of a splash it’ll make if it sells for $500 as rumored.
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