New netbooks, an ebook reader and the ultra-portable combination PC and keyboard – the Eee Keyboard – were among the new Asus computing portfolio unveiled this week at high-tech trade show CeBIT 2010.
The new Asus Eee keyboard takes PC portability to a whole new level by building a small PC screen into the keyboard itself.
As well as having it’s own small PC touch-screen for computing on the go, you can also connect the Eee keyboard to any compatible external display – including LCD and plasma TVs and computer monitors.
Find out which new TVs let you hook up your PC for a fully interactive experience in the Which? review of LCD and plasma TVs.
Other new products revealed by Asus at CeBIT 2010 include the DR-900 ebook reader and three new Asus netbooks, but the manufacturer has not yet revealed UK launch dates or recommended prices for any of its new products .
DR-900 ebook reader
Asus says its new ebook reader features a slim 9-inch touch-screen display, a profile no thicker than a pencil, and Wi-Fi or optional 3G connectivity so you can download content when out and about.
The screen is greyscale rather than colour, and has an auto-rotate function so it can be used in portrait or landscape mode. Asus claims its battery life is so good that users can read around 10,000 pages or twenty 400-page novels on a single charge.
You can find out more about ebook rivals to the Asus DR-900 – including the Amazon Kindle – in the Which? guide to ebook readers.
New Eee PC netbooks
The new Asus PC range includes three new netbooks which Asus says are ‘tailored to individual users and cloud computing on the move’.
- The Eee PC Seashell 1015 is a new update to the Asus Seashell series of netbooks and is claimed to combine new colours, finishes and textures with deliver up to 14 hours of battery life — with a removable battery. It comes with 1GB or RAM and a 160GB hard drive.
- The Eee PC Diary 1016P is a ‘a premium netbook crafted from highly stylish aluminium’ which Asus says has been designed specifically for mobile professionals looking for a reliable and long-lasting ultraportable computer. Options include 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive.
- The Eee PC 1018P is the thinnest Eee PC ASUS has ever produced at just 18mm thick, but Asus says that despite its size its still crammed with features. These include a a frameless 10.1” LED-backlit display, USB 3.0 for ultra-fast data transfers and a fingerprint reader for the security conscious.
You can see how other Asus laptops and netbooks measure up to rivals such as Apple and Sony in the Which? laptops and netbooks reviews.
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