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Asus Launches Touchscreen Eee Desktop

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the smearing-the-peanut-butter-and-jelly dept.

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Barence writes "Asus has launched an Eee-branded 15.6" touchscreen desktop PC as a budget rival to HP's TouchSmart. Available for pre-order now on Play.com for £399.99 ($749), it shares much of the same specification as the Eee PC, but with a larger 160GB hard disk. Interestingly, it's listed as coming with XP installed, so we'd guess Asus will be using some sort of proprietary touchscreen interface — yet the image on the site clearly shows Linux on the screen, which may be a better bet for an easy-to-use touch system."

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157 comments

HP wha? (0, Offtopic)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 5 years ago | (#25373757)

Looks more like they're trying to compete with the iMac from that picture.

Re:HP wha? (1)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#25373931)

They're touch screens. Quit looking at the picture and imagine what is a more direct competitor.

Re:HP wha? (1)

exley (221867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374057)

In other words, Ant P, think different.

tablet (1)

ihatethetv (935399) | more than 5 years ago | (#25373791)

So its a sort of giant, non-mobile tablet? -g

Touchscreen?? (4, Funny)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#25373793)

Why oh why would anyone want a touchscreen? It's hard enough to make out stuff on my flat screen, through the greasy fingerprints, as it is. (Have to hot-desk)

It would be even worse after Marmite on toast :-)

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 5 years ago | (#25373807)

Why are you touching your screen if you don't have a touchscreen?

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25373871)

People come to my cube all the time and poke my screen to point things out. Quite annoying.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#25373961)

My point exactly, and it's even worse when you have to sit at the desk previously occupied by someone with a predilection for jammy doughnuts and a nasty habit of running their fingers over the screen. :-(

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374271)

I would just slap their fingers.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

stupkid (16083) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375169)

I would just slap their fingers.

I keep a riding crop and beret just for such occassions! ;p

Re:Touchscreen?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25374317)

And you allow this? Grow some balls.

Re:Touchscreen?? (3, Funny)

aplusjimages (939458) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375421)

no because then there would be ball smears all over the screen.

Re:Touchscreen?? (2, Funny)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375029)

maybe Asus should sell a Don't-Touchscreen Eee Desktop.

just design the monitor so that any direct physical contact with the LCD display area produces a mild (or not so mild) electric shock--the greasier the finger, the higher the current.

perhaps they can even license the technology which Honda has apparently built into my car door. every time i get out of the car and grab the metal frame of the door to shut it, i get a nice jolt of static electricity. it's gotten to the point where i'll only put my hand on the glass window pane, or i'll just shut the door with my butt.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Tongsy (1188257) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376941)

Try touching your car with the flat of your hand instead of your finger tips.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25377059)

actually, that's what i do usually. i still get a shock, but it's fairly mild compared to when i get shocked on my fingertips. it's still rather annoying, though.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

tmalone (534172) | more than 5 years ago | (#25377233)

think about how terrible it would be if the screen were touch sensitive. People would constantly be moving your cursor around and hitting buttons you don't want hit. This again brings up the question, 'why would you want a touchscreen?'

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

exley (221867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374133)

Why are you touching your screen if you don't have a touchscreen?

The same reason people touch themselves: because s/he can.

Re:Touchscreen?? (3, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376475)

"Why are you touching your screen if you don't have a touchscreen?"

I'm trying to wipe off the collateral damage from my...surfing habits.

Re:Touchscreen?? (3, Insightful)

ziggy00001 (1250832) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374077)

"Why oh why would anyone want a touchscreen?" 3 words "Point of Sale"

Re:Touchscreen?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25375541)

3 more words. Piece of Shit.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

itomato (91092) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375883)

Ex-act-ly.

@ $749, it would be a serious mainstream option in a world of segregated niche hardware.

The POS world is sorely missing cheap hardware of this class. There are a few vendors that will happily sell you a PC equipped for POS duty, but those systems are frequently bundled with service plans, value-add POS software, or the like.

1. Buy one of these
2. Get a cash drawer, a receipt printer, magstripe reader, keyboard, barcode scanner, and free POS platform [openlpos.org]
3. Eliminate two (three?) weak, costly links in the chain between your customer's hand and your bank
4. ???
5. Profit!

Re:Touchscreen?? (5, Funny)

physicsphairy (720718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374173)

It would be even worse after Marmite on toast :-)

Incorrect.

After you've been forced to eat Marmite on toast, nothing is worse.

I was in the UK last week (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374351)

...now I've got three jars of Marmite!

Re:I was in the UK last week (1)

mcclure (617150) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376971)

And what are you going to do with them?

Use them as Australian repellent? :)

Re:Touchscreen?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25374877)

Hey I love that stuff I even have sent Ãt over to me from the UK.
If you love Guiness you might like marmite, the taste is very close.
My girlfriend of course hates it.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

cheater512 (783349) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375841)

Yeah I'll be sticking to Vegemite.

Hi guys, from down under. :)

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

mcclure (617150) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376981)

*waves back*

You're welcome :)

Re:Touchscreen?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25374217)

If you're eating marmite on toast, the greasy fingerprints on your screen are the least of your issues.

Re:Touchscreen?? (2, Insightful)

KermodeBear (738243) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374855)

I agree 100%. I do not see the point of a touch screen for home or business use. The screen will quickly get smudged up and look gross and nasty and require constant cleaning. Of course, I suppose you could wear gloves, but how silly would it be to have to put on The Computer Gloves every time you wanted to look at something? More chances to scratch the display as well, and don't get too excited - you may push your computer right over.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

DrWho520 (655973) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374949)

EVE Online through a touchscreen interface, FTW!

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Phybertekie (975815) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375031)

I was thinking pokescreen laptop since thats what it looks like what most folks to do touchscreens. I realized I was just having Commodore 64 flashbacks - Poke 49152

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375119)

It would be even worse after Marmite on toast :-)

What the heck is Marmite? Is it some kind of industrial orange jam used to weld railroad ties together?

*googles*

Oh, it's some British soy sauce equivalent. I think I'd rather eat my version.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375233)

Soy sauce equivalent?

No soy I'm afraid, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmite [wikipedia.org]

I recommend it :-)

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375273)

Uh, yeah, it was the wiki article that said it was comparable to soy sauce in flavor.

Except it's British, which means it's probably an even nastier thing to spread on toast than soy sauce would be.

But I kid the British and their terrible, terrible food. ;)

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375381)

Heh.

Comparable to soy sauce as Orange marmelade is to Strawberry jam :-)

Marmite spread over Spam makes Spam almost palatable..

Disclaimer: I said "almost" :-)

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375437)

Comparable to soy sauce as Orange marmelade is to Strawberry jam :-)

Ah, so it is a nasty British version of soy sauce. ;)

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375657)

You got me :^D,

how about:

Colman's English Mustard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colmans [wikipedia.org] to that vinegary gloop, French's, you cover a hot-dog with ;-)

In a strange twist of fate, French's is now owned by the company that used to own Colman's.

Re:Touchscreen?? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375867)

Well I'm not about to defend French's, even against the British, so I'll give you that one. Not that I prefer yellow mustard to begin with, so I doubt I'd find Colman's to be a jewel in the rough that is the Kingdom. ;)

vote barack obama! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25373817)

say no to old people!!

First thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25373907)

This will be great in the bathroom/toilet.

One thing I've always wondered... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25373919)

How the hell do you pronounce the durn thing? I've always been calling it the "Triple-E", but saying "an Triple-E" isn't proper English. So what is it? E e e? A drawn-out e? Something else?

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374025)

Tertiary-E?

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25374533)

Tertiareee

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (4, Informative)

Drooling Iguana (61479) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374085)

According to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] , it's pronounced like the letter "e", but that's stupid so I just call it the Triple-E.

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375465)

Tee ?

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 5 years ago | (#25377079)

Teee.

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (1)

escay (923320) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376229)

Like how mini-me would say, 'eee!' i always thought it was kind of an Asus' in-joke, to name their mini PC after a popular mini character.

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (1)

Skuldo (849919) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376767)

I've heard it being called the E-PC a fair bit.

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (1)

elysiana (1152995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374559)

I've just been calling it "an E-PC" but have no idea what the proper title is. I assumed when Wiki says it's "pronounced as the letter e" they just meant the "Eee" part, not the entire name. I'd also love some enlightenment on this!

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (3, Informative)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374731)

That's a surprisingly common mistake. its "a Triple-E" not "an Triple-E". You always alter the article (a or an) based on the sound of what you are actually saying.

  a Liquid Crystal Display
  an LCD ("ell-see-dee")

  an AAA member (pronouncing each letter: ay-ay-ay)
  a Triple "A" member

As for the eee, its pronounced as a regular long 'e',
or 'eee' is to 'eee PC' what 'i' is to 'iPod'

Re:One thing I've always wondered... (1)

Facegarden (967477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374891)

How the hell do you pronounce the durn thing? I've always been calling it the "Triple-E", but saying "an Triple-E" isn't proper English. So what is it? E e e? A drawn-out e? Something else?

Actually, i never really noticed how many E's were in it, i just call it the E-E-PC. Kind of wrong, but if you look at it like E-ee-PC, it works, and it sounds good.
-Taylor

Hampster Ball! (4, Funny)

Atheose (932144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25373939)

Well how are you supposed to mount that inside a hampster ball? [xkcd.com]

Re:Hampster Ball! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25374639)

What the hell is a "Hampster"?

Re:Hampster Ball! (1)

supernova_hq (1014429) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374703)

And why is his ball empty?!?

Touch Screen interface (5, Interesting)

Widowwolf (779548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374031)

"Interestingly, it's listed as coming with XP installed, so we'd guess Asus will be using some sort of proprietary touchscreen interface -- yet the image on the site clearly shows Linux on the screen, which may be a better bet for an easy-to-use touch system" Honest question, not flaming: Ok, so if its a proprietary touchscreen interface, why would it be so much easier on Linux then XP

Re:Touch Screen interface (5, Informative)

exley (221867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374107)

Honest question, not flaming: Ok, so if its a proprietary touchscreen interface, why would it be so much easier on Linux then XP

I had the exact same thought. I have a convertible tablet laptop, and sorry, but the tablet support and applications under XP and Vista are much better than what I've seen for Linux. In fact, I have Linux installed on this laptop (as well as tablet/stylus support and apps) but never use it. Unless if things have changed or I've missed out on something with Linux, I don't see why things would be much different for touchscreens as well.

Re:Touch Screen interface (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25375307)

I wonder if what the summary was getting at was that the INTERFACE (presumably the same IceWM based interface the Eee PC used) would be nicer to use with a tablet PC then with windows XP?

Re:Touch Screen interface (2, Informative)

Repossessed (1117929) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375669)

X recently integrated a touch screen interface, so yes, things are a bit different. I can't say how well it works though.

Re:Touch Screen interface (4, Informative)

TheNetAvenger (624455) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374313)

Interestingly, it's listed as coming with XP installed, so we'd guess Asus will be using some sort of proprietary touchscreen interface

I think this statement is also pulling straws.

A) An XP interface would NOT be any harder than a freaking mouse driver.

B) TabletPC XP already has multi-touch driver interfaces, that go back to 2003 from several vendors. Yes Apple Fans, WindowsXP TabeltPC devices existed back in 2003/2004 with multi-touch, far before any iPhone or multi-touch trackpads from Apple.

Crap like this is why Apple's marketing works so well, it gets repeated no matter what the truth is.

Re:Touch Screen interface (2, Funny)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374431)

Interestingly, it's listed as coming with XP installed, so we'd guess Asus will be using some sort of proprietary touchscreen interface

I think this statement is also pulling straws.

A) An XP interface would NOT be any harder than a freaking mouse driver.

B) TabletPC XP already has multi-touch driver interfaces, that go back to 2003 from several vendors. Yes Apple Fans, WindowsXP TabeltPC devices existed back in 2003/2004 with multi-touch, far before any iPhone or multi-touch trackpads from Apple.

Crap like this is why Apple's marketing works so well, it gets repeated no matter what the truth is.

Thanks. I was insisting to a friend a couple months ago that another friend of mine had a multitouch Windows tablet of some sort long, long before Apple had anything of the sort. Now I can easily find the wiki pages to send to him to prove it.

Re:Touch Screen interface (1)

Widowwolf (779548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374777)

Yeah i figured it was more anti windows/pro Linux fud posted here as usual. As long as they build the proprietary touchscreen interface for that system, i don't see any problems

Re:Touch Screen interface (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#25377219)

Um hello?

I have a WFW 3.11 for touchscreens on a Dauphin DTR1 back in the day.

Tablets are not new at ALL in any way shape or form. Microsoft touts this stuff every 5 years as "revolutionary" Bah.

It sucked then, it sucks now. In fact the Handwriting recognition was better back then. Somehow it got worse as XP and Vista came along.

Everything old... (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374061)

So it took 8 years to get a follow-up to 3Com's Audrey. At least it is a $100 bucks cheaper this time.

Re:Everything old... (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374157)

Woops, $749, so it is $250 more.

Everything old... (1)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375211)

...ends up being re-released as a knockoff with cut-rate hardware.

Why would you want it? (1)

rotide (1015173) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374127)

I can't see the touchscreen being anything more than a gimmick. But that tends to go against what the box is made for in the first place? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this a simple computer to be able to do web/email/office work? Non-graphics intensive, etc?

Adding a touchscreen would allow you to do what exactly? I can't see it adding ease to surfing/word processing.... However, the HDD space could be useful, so kudos there...

Re:Why would you want it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25374303)

put it in the kitchen, mounted on a wall, and surf the internet while cooking. Scratch a quick message to the wife on it. It doesn't need a keyboard.

Re:Why would you want it? (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374375)

Adding a touchscreen would allow you to do what exactly?

It would allow you to touch the screen to interact with your computer... kinda though that was obvious...

Kidding aside, the DS showed that at least with games, the touchscreen could be used well, just takes a little imagination. It wouldn't improve programs or current interfaces much, but that's to be expected as current interfaces were not specifically designed for touchscreen input, they were designed for a mouse. I didn't own a computer at the time, but I would guess that when the computer mouse was first marketed, there were a lot of people without imaginations who thought it would never amount to beans.

Re:Why would you want it? (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375653)

It's a video phone that can surf the web.

um (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25374171)

Linux... easy-to-use

head asplode

Re:um (1)

KasperMeerts (1305097) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374327)

If you've ever used an EEE before, you would understand that Linux can be easy-to-use.
This is because it was set up like that by a company and in contrast to Windows, companies can set up Linux;

Re:um (2, Interesting)

entgod (998805) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374861)

Companies actually can an do customize their windows setups. Too bad they usually abuse that ability and just load them up with crapware.

This is pretty close. (4, Interesting)

dbc001 (541033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374251)

This is pretty close to the one thing that my home network is missing.

I'd love to have a little wall-mountable computer that could play videos, mp3s, and interact with my network.

No need for a fast cpu - i'm not going to do any work standing there; or play any games. But with a webcam and Skype or IM, it would make a great phone replacement. Maybe a photo screensaver that pulls from a network folder or flickr account.

Basically what I'm looking for is a larger (and faster) version of the Nokia n800. I'll definitely buy one when they get the size and price right.

Re:This is pretty close. (1)

walshy007 (906710) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375755)

a friend of mine does large boat electrics and control systems, the interface they have to the engines and statistics monitors/dead man alarms etc is in fact a touch screen core 2 duo, while I'm fairly sure the ones he chose were more cost effective, there are lots of things like these [nexus404.com] about.

it only really lacks in the video card, more than enough power for any kind of video or audio you could want

Re:This is pretty close. (1)

Jorophose (1062218) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375901)

YES! I especially love the video and mp3 part! Maybe for security cams, too? Or door bells? Or something like checking if your mail box is full, if the cat/dog/fish needs to be fed!

Being wall-mounted would be great. And the fact that this is likely only going to be ~500$ (UK/Europe often gets screwed, and I'm hoping that 700$+ figure was guestimated) it's going to be great.

Not only that, but I know of plenty of places this would go... If I could get it without HDD, or with an SSD, I would so buy it and run something like a dual-opteron server or even just Core 2/ Athlon X2/Phenom X4 (or X3 would be nice for cheap) and up the strenght of all the computers in one shot.

(But if I connected to that one server directly, any chance I could play games? That would be the deciding factor...)

Re:This is pretty close. (1)

oakgrove (845019) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376337)

Maybe try this. [openpandora.org]

Everything the owners of N8xx's wish they were but aren't. Particularly the USB host support in addition to the half-assed USB on-the-go crap. 600MHz ARM overclockable to 900, 3D graphics hardware that you can actually use. You can easily install a real version of Linux and not be stuck with the Maemo cut-rate stuff like on the N-series. I know that's fixable but it isn't easy. Support for up to 64 GB worth of SDHC cards. S-video out, the list goes on and on. They have a video on the site of it running Xubuntu and Firefox 3 quite snappily. The only reason I'm sticking with my N770 for now is the Pandora looks a little bit bigger than pocketable.

Re:This is pretty close. (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#25377265)

Crestron has had that stuff for decades. I install 6" and 8" web enabled touchscreens weekly in people's homes.

Granted this is not toy crap that the poor ($350,000 a year and under income levels, you poor schmucks get as advanced as X10 before you freak out about price) but those that dont even bat an eye at installing a $5000.00 15" touchscreen above his urinal in the mens bathe outside the home theater. Or the 32" Plasma in the shower behind glass imbedded in the tile showing his stocks. They have all the cool stuff you want.

Damn it! (1)

motang (1266566) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374267)

Damn it Asus, I just bought an Eee box like couple of months ago...should have waited! Oh well, I am happy with my setup, took off XP Home and installed Xubuntu with Compiz and AWN...awesome!

4.3 kg (1)

Snefru2 (663397) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374371)

On the play.com site it says the weight of this device is 4.3 kg. While it looks really nice, I cannot believe it weighs so much. If it is true, I don't want to take such a thing with me while underway. I'm a happy eee 901 owner.

Re:4.3 kg (1)

Chaos Incarnate (772793) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374507)

I would hope that's actually 4.3 pounds, and Play forgot to convert...

Re:4.3 kg (2, Informative)

SaDan (81097) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374735)

It's not a portable, it's a desktop.

A Better Idea (1)

CSMatt (1175471) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374463)

Release a touchscreen/tablet Eee PC laptop.

Touch Screen: Single Touch Panel (1)

gozu (541069) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374465)

That means no multitouch or Tablet functionality. Handy to read ebooks perhaps and operate non-existing toy-like software.

What is desired is a TabletPC + multitouch hybrid. This one has neither and thus is a niche product using obsolete technology.

Re:Touch Screen: Single Touch Panel (1)

Sark666 (756464) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375203)

Yes I agree. And I've never looked but it's disappointing to read linux doesn't have great support for touch displays, well according to other posts listed here.

And I've always pictured a multitouch being able to bring up a virtual keyboard so one can type a quick email/message. I know virtual keyboards have existed for ages, but I mean a nice, maybe semi-transparent overlay keyboard that can be quickly brought up/discarded.

Does the Mac or some other windows variant have something like this?

Re:Touch Screen: Single Touch Panel (1)

kisrael (134664) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375255)

Oddly enough that's kind of the trick the iPhone uses...

Re:Touch Screen: Single Touch Panel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25375903)

I don't know about the keyboard overlay, but I know that the Dell Latitude XT tablet notebook supports multitouch gestures.
http://www.dell.com/tablet

Re:Touch Screen: Single Touch Panel (2, Interesting)

oakgrove (845019) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376449)

I'm not sure what problem anyone else on here is having with their touch screens and Linux but the 7" touch screen Xenarc LCD attached to the PC in my car works perfectly with Ubuntu 8.04. The drivers and calibration software is an easy download from their site and a shell script away to install. I can't imagine it being easier or working better on Windows.

Of course, I am a bit selective in the hardware I buy. I love using Linux on my computers and wouldn't use anything else so I am willing to do the little bit of research necessary to purchase hardware that works with it as opposed to getting whatever is the cheapest on newegg and hoping that I won't have any problems.

Touchscreen laptop (1)

wonkavader (605434) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374519)

This is neat and keen, but what I really need for my sales force is a CHEAP touchscreen laptop.

If they did this to their current laptop model, I'd be screaming for a passle of these.

Unit Conversion (4, Funny)

onkelonkel (560274) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374843)

For us SI/metric users, a quick question: how many passles in a shitload?

Re:Unit Conversion (4, Funny)

wonkavader (605434) | more than 5 years ago | (#25374961)

Six.

Re:Unit Conversion (1)

onkelonkel (560274) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375621)

Good to know.

Really? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25374805)

[Linux] may be a better bet for an easy-to-use touch system.

care to back this up or is it just more fanboi fud?

Re:Really? (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376659)

Windows is rather dependent on their GUI, and that GUI sucks for touchscreen. Linux, on the other hand, can use anything that runs under X.

Re:Really? (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 5 years ago | (#25377003)

Windows has excellent tablet features IMO. At least it does handwriting recognition, which Ubuntu didn't even attempt on it tablet. I need a pretty big citation that Linux/X11 is better at touchscreen-ness.

Re:Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25377143)

thanks for not answering the question fanboi.

Do they even know about quality around there? (0, Troll)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 5 years ago | (#25375151)

One consistent thing with Asus seems that they don't seem to do quality (EEE or not, a lot of their stuff looks cheaply constructed/designed). I'm not talking about quality that the Far East may be used to, but the quality that this side of the world had.

Is too much to ask to attempt a model without those knockoff/cut-rate components(and not use an ODM)?

Re:Do they even know about quality around there? (1)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376017)

Quality that this side of the world had... when? In the 60's? PCs are built in the far east for god knows how long already. You just never thought about it. As for Asus, the construction of the eee is pretty sturdy. Had mine fall down several times already, and it just keeps working. The thing is also pretty serviceable, easy to replace batteries with ones from a different model even, or from a generic brand. Some high profile brands from around Cupertino could learn a thing or two from Asus.

Re:Do they even know about quality around there? (1)

DanJ_UK (980165) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376487)

I'm assuming the OP is referring to the likes of IBM-era Think quality, which, I've yet to see matched since Lenovo took over.

Linux or no Linux? (1)

markdavis (642305) | more than 5 years ago | (#25376349)

The summary is right- the screen on the sample image of the computer is most definitely Linux. In fact, it is the same Linux that is used on the EEE's. Why would they load Linux on the machine take marketing images of it, then have a press release saying it will use MS-Windows? Perhaps there will be more than one model/offering?

And why would anyone get excited about a low-powered computer with a 15" monitor that is $750??? That hardly seems like a very interesting price point, even for a touchscreen.

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