Asustek EEE Keyboard Could Be Here By October

Asustek may be finally getting their EEE Keyboard PC to market. If you are not familiar with the keyboard PC it is a keyboard which houses a Atom processor, 32 SSD, plus it’s own 5″ touchscreen. The unit could be selling in the $400 to $500 range when it is released.

Here is what the EEE Keyboard PC may look like:

The tech world has been terribly excited about the new Asus Eee Keyboard PC since the first pictures of it started to leak out several months back.

The specs have been confirmed as well; a 1.6 Ghz Atom processor, 1 GB of Ram, 16/32 GB SSDs, WiFi, and a wireless HDMI dongle. If you aren’t squealing with glee right now, you don’t have the right to call yourself a gadget nerd.

It should be interesting to see how PC consumers respond to the product. I would be skeptical of using the keyboard PC since I personally prefer a laptop. My current laptop also came with a full sized keyboard and 17″ screen.

What do you think? Would you buy a keyboard PC?

Comments welcome.


PS This is not a unique idea. Cybernet has been selling keyboard PC’s for over 10 years.

Cybernet web site

Asustek Plans To Be Your ‘PC’ Company – Better Than Apple?

Asustek is better known for their quality built motherboards [Asus], which I have personally used for years. But Asustek has been trying to venture out to new territory by offering new laptop and netbook models. Asustek is best known for their Eee PC Netbook which has won raved reviews. But Asustek is like Rodney Dangerfield. They can’t get no respect.

According to one recent article, Asustek has spent so much money on research for their products, that they have failed to use any money for increased advertising. They now have plans to correct the situation. They want to be the ‘Apple’ of the ‘PC’ crowd.

Asustek states the following:

“Our goal is to provide products that are better than Apple’s,” Mr. Tsang said.

Well, at least the company aims high.

Like fellow Taiwanese PC maker Acer, Asustek has spent the last couple of years separating from its manufacturing arm in a bid to create a more independent brand. Its manufacturing subsidiary, Pegatron, sells close 60 million motherboards per year, making it the world’s largest motherboard supplier.

Asustek, formed by a group of ex-Acer employees, plans to create more distance between itself and Pegatron in the coming years by inviting investors to take larger stakes in Pegatron, Mr. Tsang said.

I must say the Asustek is aiming very high by trying to build computers using Apple as their guide. But can Asustek build quality built PC’s that will rival Apple? You decide.

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Asustek May Use Google’s Android To Run Netbook

Asustek, know for their Asus motherboards and also for their sub $500 netbooks, may start using Google’s Android as their main operating system. The company is looking into an Android powered netbook which is currently under developed and is expected to arrive by years end. If Asus does proceed with their plans, this could further expand the rivalry between Microsoft and Google.

But will this really happen? The Bloomberg article also states that:

An Android-powered notebook would extend Google’s rivalry with Microsoft into the market for software that runs personal computers, where Windows controls more than 90 percent of the market. Netbooks, scaled-down laptops that offer basic e-mail and Internet functions, are the fastest-growing segment of the PC industry, with shipments projected to almost double this year as the overall market slows.

“With the strength of Google behind it, Android could really challenge Microsoft and steal some market share,” said Calvin Huang, a computer-industry analyst at Daiwa Securities Group Inc. in Taipei. “The benefit is the free license and you can use a lower-power, cheaper processor.”

Asustek shares have lost 9 percent this year to close at NT$33.50 today in Taipei trading. Microsoft has lost 7.9 percent to $17.91, while Google has gained 11 percent to $342.64 as of yesterday’s close in Nasdaq Stock Market trading.

Free Software

Google introduced Android in 2007 as a software system for phones. Android is based on Linux, an “open-source” operating system that’s free and developed by hundreds of engineers worldwide. Microsoft offers an operating system for handsets called Windows Mobile.

It should be interesting to see if Asustek does in fact introduce an Android powered netbook. This should help to keep Microsoft on their toes.

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Asus Eee PC To Offer 3.75G Internet Access

The folks over at Asus aka AsusTek Computer Inc., state that their Eee PC models will feature 3.75G Intenet Access capabilities to further enhance their netbook PC’s. Asus is taking the lead in netbooks, since first introducing the new models this year. Netbooks are light weight mini-laptops designed for the frequent traveler who wants a lighter laptop to lug around to bsuiness meetings or through airports.

In addition, the Eee PC’s also offer solid state hard disks and in addtion, Asus provides additional free online storage space. Asus in their press release states that:

Taipei, Taiwan, September 24, 2008 – ASUS today announced that it will be adding 3.75G connectivity* to its hugely-popular series of Eee PC™ netbooks, enabling convenient and high-speed access to the Internet anytime, anywhere. The inclusion of 3.75G is a perfect addition to the Eee PC’s™ existing set of travel-friendly features such as its high portability, shockproof data storage and all-day battery life—strengthening its reputation as the ultimate solution for computing on the go.

With 3.75G, the Eee PC™ will be able to deliver on its promise of borderless one-day computing better than ever before. No longer bound to Internet hotspots, 3.75G-equipped Eee PC™ users will be able to enjoy low latency mobile broadband Internet access at high downlink and uplink speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and 2 Mbps** respectively, regardless of where they are—ensuring a seamless connected experience on the go. The Eee PC’s™ 7.5-hour battery life*** provides more than ample power to keep it up and running during extended outdoor excursions.

Frequent travelers will particularly welcome the timely addition of 3.75G support, which comes as service providers around the globe are ramping up their adoption of 3.75G High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA). This means that they will be assured of a reliable, high-speed mode of Internet access in many destinations around the world.

Asus also states that this new feature will be added in October, 2008 and beyond.

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Asustek To Offer Ultimate and Pro Fashion Eee PCs

Asustek, makers of the very popular Eee PC’s, has announced that they will be offering additional models during 2008. The new computers will be versions of the Eee PC called Ultimate and Pro models and will be in the $700 range. According to this article which states:

Asustek Computer plans to launch more Eee PCs designed to address different market segments, according to company president Jerry Shen.

Shen said he anticipates the netbook and Mobile Internet Device (MID) markets will offer substantial business potential in the future generating demand as high as one billion units based on forecasts by Intel. He also noted that Intel is expected to keep shipping Atom N270 CPUs through late second quarter 2009 implying notebook vendors will have consistent processor support.

Asustek currently has a total of 11 Eee PC models on the market differentiated in terms of size, CPU type and design. Shen added that two new categories, Ultimate and Pro Fashion, are planned for 2008. These models will feature dual-core Atom processors and larger storage (either 120GB HDD or 32GB SSD). Shen said he anticipates total Eee PC shipments will exceed 1.5-1.6 million units in the third quarter, putting the company on track to achieve its targeted annual shipments of five million units.

Regarding the launch schedule of these upcoming Eee PCs, Shen detailed that an Eee PC with 32GB SSD (S series) will be introduced in late September. The model will feature a 10.1-inch 16:9 ratio LED backlit panel and battery life of 4-5 hours. The new Eee PC will be priced in the range of US$700-900 and will be the first Eee PC designed for the high-end market, Shen detailed.

In related news, industry watchers have pointed out that among major panel makers in Taiwan, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and Innolux Display are the only two capable of producing the 10.1-inch panels Asustek is planning to use in upcoming Eee PC devices. Since 10.1-inch panels are relatively weak due to limits in their possible thickness, a stronger chassis lid design is required.

What is going to be interesting is to see how this will effect the other OEM’s, some of who are just getting into the mini-notebook market. It is hoped that this competition could lower pricing on all models, which would be a benefit to consumers. 2008 should be a great year for the introduction of new laptop, mini-laptop and netbooks computers.

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Intel + Asustek Join Forces – Compete Against OLPC

Well the OLPC [One Laptop Per Child] foundation will be going up against corporate America now that Intel has announced a new agreement with Asustek better known as the makers of Asus products. The joint venture is to produce a laptop computer for sale to  countries  that are  on the lower economic scale in the world. However, this new joint venture will target consumers and not governments as is the case with the OLPC computers.

In previous articles I have criticized Intel for appearing to try and side step what the OLPC was trying to accomplish. I personally believe that the OLPC foundation is a worthy cause and I hated to see any large corporation trying to compete against this project. But now that Intel has announced a different plan for sale to consumers only, it would appear that they have changed directions from their original plans.

Since the OLPC foundation main goal is to bring inexpensive computer systems to the world masses by having governments purchase the units, and not consumers who most likely could not afford them, this project hopefully will be able to start distributing systems in October of this year.

I personally believe that Intel is making a wise decision to target consumers and I personally applaud their decision to sell their systems to consumers and leave OLPC to sell their systems to world governments. I also hope that this will allow those who can not afford a computer the opportunity to have one free of charge.

So what do you think? Do you believe that Intel has made the right decision or will the sale of their inexpensive laptops still interfer with the goals of OLPC?

Comments welcome.

[tags]intel, asustek, laptop, computers, OLPC[/tags]

It's an AMD Athlon 64 FX-60

I’m testing a 2.60 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 FX Dual Core system right now, and while I’m sure everybody would be wowed with benchmarks – you’ve probably already seen ’em elsewhere. I’m here to report my personal findings and feelings. Yes, I “feel” that personal computers should be more personal. It’s not just about the bits these days!

  • Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. A8N32-SLI-Deluxe Rev 1.xx
  • BIOS: AMI 1303 (07/13/2006)
  • HDS724040KLSA80 (400.09 GB) [Hard drive]
  • WDC WD1500ADFD-00NLR1 ATA Device (150.04 GB) [Hard drive]
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX
  • Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Realtek AC’97 Audio

I wound up getting quite a few true blue screens in Windows Vista when the system arrived (pre-configured). I tried to do a non-destructive upgrade to the latest RC1 build of Windows Vista, but that process didn’t take. I decided to, at that point, wipe the drive(s), install Windows XP, and then Windows Vista after that. Now I can easily dual-boot between both OSes.

I flashed the BIOS to the latest version from ASUS, and I believe every Windows driver is functioning properly (in both XP and Vista). Everything seems to be working fine – to the point where I’d be confident to dual-boot between XP and Vista on other capable machines in my household.
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