EVEN THOUGH Asus is playing coy and won’t spill the beans on the upcoming EeePC-class computers, we’ve got the specs and pictures that reveal what Asus’ next toy is all about.
The kit was originally to be named Eee Monitor, but that was just silly… a bit like sticking an “i” in front of a toy and selling it at highly inflated prices, but we digress… Asus will call it the EeeTop and it’s a 15.6-inch touchscreen desktop with the Atom platform working in the background. It will include a gig of RAM while 160GB of storage are stapled to the back of the unit. You also get Asus’ Express Gate which means you’ve got an almost instant-on environment if you need.
Other features include six USB ports, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n networking, a card reader, webcam and mike – which gives it pretty much everything you need in a computer like this. Unfortunately, the device will still sport a single-core Atom, which looks like a huge disappointment, as you’d want a bit more multitasking oomph in your desktop configuration.
The EeeTop is, for lack of a better adjective, an LCD stuffed with an Atom. What it actually looks like is a slightly beefier LCD frame with a supporting stand at the back while everything else is almost invisible to the user.
You should also be able to order this under both Xandros Linux and Windows XP, according the information we have available. This is no surprise since that’s what Asus uses on Linux versions of their EeePC. The Windows XP version will come with StarOffice, Eee Memo, Eee Cinema, Eee Cam, SoftStyles, Skype and a trial Norton Internet Security Suite.
Retail pricing here in the UK is pegged at £400 making it to customers by l ate November… 2008, that is. µ
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