I go offline for a day or two, and look what happens? Here’s a brief roundup of news that broke while I was in the process of moving and getting my broadband connection up and running:Asus Eee PC News

  • Elantech, the maker of the Eee PC 901 touchpad have issued a software update that enables additional multi-touch features like task switching, rotating, scrolling, and zooming. Jkkmobile has more, plus a video which you can find below.
  • Jkkmobile also added an internal 3G card to his Eee PC 900. You can check out a ton of pictures and some video on his site.
  • But wait, there’s more. Jkkmobile also decided to slap a touchscreen display in his Eee PC 900. This isn’t jkkmobile’s first foray into touchscreen Eee PCs. He was also one of the first folks to add a touchscreen to an Eee PC 701. You can check out a video of the touchscreen Eee PC 900 below.

    PC Retail Magazine says it has received confirmation from Asus that the company will indeed be releasing a laptop bearing the Eee PC 904 moniker. The Eee PC 904 HD will be available in the UK within the next few weeks, and will be the same size as an Eee PC 1000, but while that means it will have a larger keyboard than the Eee PC 901, it will have the 901’s smaller 8.9 inch display (and a big bezel around the screen). The price hasn’t been set, but PC Retail Magazine reports it will be around £250, or about $500 US.

  • A whole slew of Eee Monitor photos leaked out this week. The Eee Monitor is basically an all-in-one PC that bears a vague resemblance to the Apple iMac. In other words, it basically packs all your usual PC components into a case that’s not much bigger than an LCD monitor. Oh yeah, and it includes an LCD monitor, plus 6 USB ports, a webcam, ethernet, and audio ports. Word on the street is that this puppy will start at around $500 and will run Linux or Windows XP.

MSI Wind News

  • While it should be a few more days before the Wind notebook lands in the US, it looks like the company has managed to push a handful of units out the door in Europe. Scan Computers in the UK had a few units in stock briefly. And reviews and hands-on videos are starting to pop up. [via Mobility Site]
  • The Medion Akoya Mini, which is basically identical to the MSI Wind in all but name is also on sale in Europe. And you can find unboxing photos and reviews for that as well. Sascha Pallenberg promises to post an English language video later today.

Acer Aspire One NewsIt looks like the Acer Aspire One will come in several flavors. Acer has announced a new 150 series to compliment the 110 series. The 150 will have a higher price tag and a larger hard drive. Oh yeah, and Acer appears to have bumped the price up a notch. According to the product pages at Netbooksbillinger.de, here’s a rundown of the prices and specs:

  • Acer Aspire One A110L – 329 EUR (or $522 US), 512MB RAM, 8GB SSD, Linux OS
  • Acer Aspire One A150L – 359 EUR (or $570 US), 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD, Linux OS
  • Acer Aspire One A150X – 399 EUR (or $633 US), 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD, Windows XP Home OS

It’s not clear yet whether those prices will be reflective of the US price. Acer had originally promised to release a $379 laptop, and generally computers do cost less in the US. But $140 less? We’ll just have to wait and see.[via Eee PC News.de]

Eee PC multi-touch:

Eee PC 900 with a touch screen display:

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2 replies on “Liliputing news roundup”

  1. Good to see you back. As an avid Engadget reader, I saw most of these but I like getting it from you. You’ve got a good thing going here.

    I can’t believe they pumped the price of the Acer up so high! That was really the only thing it had going for it, now I don’t see any reason someone would prefer that one. It is interesting to see the price difference between the windows and linux version. With Asus using their varying SSD size to hide the cost of XP, it’s interesting to see a company flat out charge more for Windows.

    Like the Eee Monitor, not so much on the 904.

    Has there been any word of what the multitouch functions like on Linux?

    JKKmobile made me want to throw a touchscreen in my 901 when I get it, since they have the same screen. Good to know the option is there.

    1. Thanks Dean. It’s good to be back in the world of broadband. It’d be even
      nicer to have my home office up and running, but that’s what coffee shops
      with WiFi are for.

      I’m with you on the 904/monitor. I think Asus is starting to stretch the
      brand a bit thin. If they’d announced all of these products over a two or
      three year period, that would be one thing. But this is all a bit too much a
      bit too quickly. I mean seriously, they’re putting out an HDTV with built in
      PC features soon too. Who thought that was a good idea?

      But who knows? Maybe the Eee Box and the Eee Monitor will sell well and give
      the company the resources it needs to continue pumping out products that are
      both cheap and innovative.

      I’m not sure about the multi-touch functions on Linux yet. I’ll let you know
      if I find out any more.

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