May 31, 2010, 11:24 pm

Never will understand why apple put the dock connector on the short side (apart from it being the same as the iphone). What do you guys think of having an apple dock that is similar to the the asus notebook dock except the notebook part houses a CULV processor with full OSX and battery, HDD etc. The ipad then docks in the same why as the eee pad. BTW you guys need to have a look at the eee tablet (kindle with a pen digitiser!)


May 31, 2010, 11:49 pm

Errr....WOW that looks good! More information asap please!


June 1, 2010, 12:08 am

If the Embedded version can run the Zune software, then that'll be fabulous! Bung in a version of Office (mobile or otherwise) for the productivity side and it could be a winner.

I'm very interested to see how this develops and other makers versions too.

Perhaps Android won't have it all its way after all. (The iPad is taken as read)


June 1, 2010, 12:08 am


TN, IPS, LED, OLED, Do we know which screen tech is in use? These could be just what the world needs if you don't want a rip off iPad...

(Though I'll be calling it an Eeepa - thanks to the Simpsons Movie!!


June 1, 2010, 12:10 am

"It will also run Windows 7 and support Adobe Flash so immediately trumps the iPad in the productivity stakes."

Ah yes, Windows 7 - so well known for its large collection of touchscreen-interface-ready applications.

Shoehorning a desktop OS into a tablet form factor is entirely pointless IMO. If and when Asus produces a version with Android, I may be interested.


June 1, 2010, 1:03 am


Indeed. I wonder how many more times that particular point will have to be made (to tech journalists no less, in this case) before everyone will just finally understand it...

It's been nine years since tablets were invented, with Windows bolted on them. Newsflash: nobody seems to have been impressed. Windows 7 is a great desktop OS, just like OS X. They're both *not* proper tablet OS'es.


June 1, 2010, 1:16 am

@Soliber - don't be so glib. Yes a dedicated mobile OS will suit many, but so will a more desktop-like experience. There are many approaches, both with pros and cons.


June 1, 2010, 1:17 am

Do tablets get more or less the bigger they get?


June 1, 2010, 1:52 am

Got to say this tickles my fancy. They get the price right for the "eee pad" and desktop or laptop dock and it could do very well. Certainly has me interested anyway.


June 1, 2010, 2:06 am

Gordon, like I said, we have had the "true desktop experience" for nine years on tablets, but almost nobody seems to have bought them. It's like buying a laptop purely for gaming, but much worse. Sure it'll "work", there are just far better solutions out there.

I really do not understand this obsession that people have with shoehorning stuff on stuff. Face it, if tablets with Windows would be the shizznit, we would all have one by now, instead of the laptops we currently sport.

It may be time for all the tech people out there, to try and take a step away from specs and features, and start to look at it from a usability standpoint. If you're trying to shoehorn a desktop OS onto a touchtablet, you cannot possibly hope to get an allround pleasant computing experience out of it. Them's the breaks.


June 1, 2010, 2:26 am

@ Gordon - on the money. I use windows 7 on my tm2 - in slate mode its great even when not using touch apps. Granted is it not faultless but its far from useless and for many its perfect for when wanting to actually do some work. Media centre handles the pics / videos etc great as that has been designed for touch.

basic furball

June 1, 2010, 4:24 am

"It will also run Windows 7 and support Adobe Flash so immediately trumps the iPad in the productivity stakes."

I find this really strange. I'm writing this on my iPad, so clearly I don't agree it, but I would be the first to admit this tablet from Asus trumps the iPad on certain things. The OS however is not one of them. As Gordon said, both approaches to tables operating systems have their pros and cons and I think it ultimately comes down to personal taste/choice and what the end user needs the machine for. To say that this trumps the iPad, even if just on productivity just because

I completely agree with Gordon in terms of all approaches (re the operating system being used) having both pros and cons. The problem is that Edward (Chester), from the quote above clearly doesn't agree. Apparently the simple fact that this machine runs Windows 7 means it trumps the iPad on productivity! Surely that will still depend on what extra finger friendly software Asus put on top of Windows 7.

basic furball

June 1, 2010, 4:27 am

Well that's embarrassing, maybe the iPad does suck on the productivity stakes after all!


June 1, 2010, 5:04 am

I wouldn't read quite so much into it, guys. If you take the statement at face value it is a clear and simple fact that a full desktop operating system is able to do more things than iPad OS. There's no accounting for ease of use or any of factors in that statement but being as the unit was a mock-up I obviously couldn't say anything on that front. Of course a dedcated OS is likely to be easier to use but as I said in our first podcast, if a decent touch-interface program can be written for quickly accessing most of the pad's functions without needing to enter the whole OS (much like that of the EP101TC) then a tablet runnign windows 7 is still a viable option.

I will hopefully be taking another look at these later today so can firm up some more details about the screen tech etc.


June 2, 2010, 12:22 am

I saw the bugs on this demo, why do they rush this stuff out, get the product right and release it without a fanfare. Much more interested in this than the Ipad.

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