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Asus Eee Note digital notepad and reader official

A high-tech ebook reader and notepad for students

Eee Note EA800

Asus, the company behind the original Eee PC netbook, has announced a new ebook reader and digital notepad: the Asus Eee Note EA800.

Though it looks like a tablet, the Eee Note is in fact an ebook reader and digital notepad designed with students in mind. It features an 8-inch touchscreen powered by Wacom, a specialist in graphic design tablets, which can be used with a stylus for writing notes and drawing diagrams.

Unusually, Asus has opted for a greyscale LCD display – as opposed to the black and white E-ink display on the Amazon Kindle, or the colour LCD of the Apple iPad. It will also run a custom operating system based on Linux.

Highly sensitive

One of the advantages of using Wacom touch technology is sensitivity. The Eee Note will detect up to 256 levels of pressure, so you can express the weight of words and create detailed diagrams easily.

Also included is 4GB of on-board storage, wi-fi and a microSD slot for expanding the integrated storage. Asus reckons the device will last 10 hours with wi-fi enabled (13.5 hours turned off), and last 10 days on standby.

We expect to see the Eee Note at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, where Which? will be covering all the latest news.

Read more ebook readers reviews, and read our Tablet Buyers’ Guide.

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