We’re starting to see netbook makers including Asus and Gigabyte produce mini-laptops with touchscreen displays. But one thing we haven’t really seen yet is netbooks with multitouch displays. But Johannes from Eee did spot something unusual at CeBIT: an Asus Eee PC 701 with a multitouch screen.

There are at least two reasons this is unusual. First, touchscreens are a lot more common on laptops with screens that can be swiveled and folded down over the keyboard for use in tablet mode. The Eee PC 701 doesn’t do that. And second, Asus is expected to phase out the Eee PC 701 with its tiny keyboard and 7 inch display soon to focus on netbooks with larger screens.

So it’s safe to say the touchscreen netbook in the video is just a prototype that someone hacked together to demonstrate the possibilities. It’s still fun to look at. The netbook is running Windows 7, which will feature wider support for multitouch gestures and other features. But for now all we’ve got is a video of a guy painting on the screen with two fingers. 

Check out the full video after the break.

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3 replies on “Eee PC 701 with a multitouch display – Video”

  1. Of the handful of multitouch netbook demos I’ve seen, they all seem to use 2 fingers. Is that a hard limit, or just the limit on what is being demo’ed? I’ve seen multitouch demos on other hardware, such as MS Surface, that can handle all 10 fingers.

  2. Odd choice for Asus to demonstrate multitouch. You’d think they’d use one of their latest machines for the demo.

    Anyway, or my way of thinking this is the first genuine reason I have seen to prefer 7 over XP. Everything else you could already do with XP. Of course that is assuming that it is not just an API but used effectively in the bundled apps, and MS provides support so that 3rd parties can easily multi touch enable their apps.

    It could even differentiate netbook generations. Mouse-only and single touch netbooks with XP, that will is said to stay for a while. Multitouch with 7 will then be the high end ones if the user experience is good enough (Apple fans, feel free to gloat here 🙂

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