Asus was showing off its next generation My Pal Pocket PC. Building on the success of the original My Pal, the new model looks to be even better. The new My Pal looks like a cross between a Palm and an iPAQ, which is no bad thing.

The new My Pal is looking sleek and sexy. Shame about the name.

Final specification has yet to be confirmed and the unit won’t be ready to hit the market for quite a few months yet. I was told however that it will have support for both CompactFlash and SD cards and that the screen will support 640 x 480 VGA resolution. Asus also assured me that unlike Toshiba’s e800 PDA, this one will be able to upscale Pocket PC applications to the higher resolution without the need for third party software.

My Pal will feature a 640 x 480 VGA resolution colour screen.

Asus was also showing off its new T2 small form factor tower system. This is already looking like it will be a popular unit and the silver finish fits the name pretty well. I’m not sure whether it’s really a small form factor system, but it’s fairly compact by normal tower case standards.

The T2 looks pretty futuristic like its namesake.

However what did surprise me was a T2 system finished in powder blue. I’m not sure that Arnie would condone such a style statement and it’s hard to tell who Asus is aiming the product at. It definitely stands out, but I can’t see too many people rushing out to buy a PC case in this colour.

The T2’s feminine rears its head.

But as if the powder blue system wasn’t enough, Asus managed to complement it with a matching keyboard and mouse, not to mention a set of speakers complete with large powder blue subwoofer.

'Sometimes colour coordination can be a step too far.

If you’re into a more understated small form factor design, then Asus may still have something to interest you. The S-Presso is a pretty sleek looking SFF with the fascia finished in either gloss black or mirror effect.

The gloss black fascia looks stylish and highlights the display.

Asus is obviously aware that this little box looks good and has made it easy for you to show it off to people by placing a carrying handle on the top of the chassis. There’s a built-in FM tuner and the ability to play music without the need to boot into the operating system. You also get a 7-in-1 card reader, six USB 2.0 ports and two FireWire ports. With SFF systems become more and more popular, it’s clear that Asus is going after the market aggressively by offering minimal size with maximum features.

The mirros finish will need lots of polishing to get rid of all those greasy finger marks.'

I'm a big fan of small form factor PCs and see this market exploding in the coming months. So I'm looking forward to getting my hands on an S-Presso and seeing if it's more than just a very pretty face.


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