ASUS Eee Keyboard now rumored to launch in October at the earliest

By on August 21, 2009 at 2:47 PM.

ASUS Eee Keyboard now rumored to launch in October at the earliest

ASUS, we still love you and your snazzy Eee Keyboard but we have to level with you — our patience is wearing thin. We first saw this badass little PC back in January and at that point in time, we wanted it post haste. Don’t get us wrong, we’re still excited to see the Eee Keys hit the market but with each passing day seemingly comes a new and later launch time frame. First it was June, then August, and now DigiTimes is reporting it will drop in October or later with a price point in the $400-$500 range. Price: fair. October or later: lame. The Chinese paper is also reporting that ASUS will launch its Eee Top All-in-one PC in September for around $670 and the Eee Box will land in the same month for $300. Great. We want the Keyboard and we want it now.

[Via Giz]

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Lenovo announces all-in-one IdeaCentre A600

By on January 5, 2009 at 12:44 PM.

Lenovo announces all-in-one IdeaCentre A600

As part of the CES onslaught from Lenovo this week, the company took the wraps off of its brand new all-in-one desktop PC dubbed IdeaCentre A600. First, let us state the obvious: gorgeous. As far as the design is concerned, Lenovo did a remarkable job putting this all-in-one together. Lenovo claims that the A600 will be the thinnest all-in-one on the market once it is released and while that may be true it’s of little consequence considering it sits on a desk. The wireless remote is also a huge highlight, boasting functionality such as an air mouse, VoIP handset capabilities and accelerometer-driven gaming control a la Wiimote. The A600′s form and execution are what draw us in and thankfully the guts don’t disappoint, provided you’re willing to shell out some cash however. The base price of $999 is more than attractive but if you’re looking to get all you can out of this sexy box, additions like 4GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage and a Blu-ray drive are going to push the price point up considerably. Lowlights include a comparably tiny 21.5-inch display, lack of an HDMI port and the fact that just about everything is an option. An all-in-one focused on media should at least include a TV tuner in the base price but no such luck here. Regardless, we’ll be looking forward to seeing this puppy on display at CES, and to finding out what a fully loaded box will go for.

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ASUS launches the Eee Top All-in-one PC

By on November 20, 2008 at 10:07 AM.

ASUS launches the Eee Top All-in-one PC

Asus has finally released the first version of its much-awaiting all-in-one offering, the Eee Top. For the time being, one version is available to the public, the ET1602, though a slightly beefier version is expected to become available shortly. Of course it’s only available in Taiwan for the time being but the roll out in other markets shouldn’t take long. As for seeing this puppy here in the US any time soon? That remains to be seen but we’re definitely not holding our breath. A recap of the specs:

  • Intel Atom processor (1.6GHz/533MHz FSB/512K Cache)
  • 1 GB DDR2 667 RAM
  • 160 GB SATA II 5400rpm hard drive
  • Graphics Card: Shared Graphics (128MB)
  • Windows XP Home (SP3)
  • 15.6″ (16:10 Wide Panel) touchscreen
  • Graphics: Shared Graphics (128MB)
  • Webcam: 1.3 Megapixel
  • Mirophone: Digital Array Microphone
  • Audio Chips: 2 x 4W Hifi Speaker + SRS
  • Communication: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • WLAN: WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • IO Side Ports: Memory card slot (SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro) / USB ports x 2
  • IO Rear Ports: Audio Ports x 3 (Microphone, Line in & Line Out) / USB ports x 4 / Gigabit LAN port
  • Ships with: StarOffice, Adobe Reader 8.0, Norton Internet Security (90 day trial version), Express Gate, Skype, Eee Memo, SoftStyles, Eee Cam and Eee Cinema

Asus’s more timid ET1602 will run about $580, not bad at all. Our favortie thing about the Eee Top by the way, is the fact that it runs XP SP3 and yet the product page begins with a huge banner reading, “ASUS recommends Windows Vista Business for Business Computing / ASUS recommends Windows Vista Home Premium for Personal Computing”. Excellent.

[Via Engadget]

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Silicon Mountain announces a new pair of All-in-one LCD TVs

By on November 11, 2008 at 9:19 AM.

Silicon Mountain announces a new pair of All-in-one LCD TVs

How’s this for a slice of fried gold? A 42″ LCD TV with a full 1080p HD picture and an integrated PC featuring an Intel Core2Duo E8400 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 1 TB hard drive, Blu-ray / DVD combo drive, integrated PVR and a 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium. No, Dr. Frankenstein isn’t doing more crazy experiments – it’s Silicon Mountain this time. The TV / PC combo manufacturer has just announced a pair of additions to its line of all-in-one LCDs that finally packs some specs worth lusting over. Seriously, this thing is a beast. The new sets start at a very reasonable $1,600 and climb to $2,800 when specced out as described above. We also have word that Silicon Mountain may be working on another version that includes a hair drier, back massager and a kitchen sink, but that model isn’t due until next holiday season.

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Asus CEO sheds light on future; Eee Top next month, Win 7 next year and more

By on October 21, 2008 at 10:30 AM.

Asus CEO sheds light on future; Eee Top next month, Win 7 next year and more

Well hello there Mr. Shen. If anyone was wondering what Asus had up its collective sleeve in the coming months (through 2010 actually), CEO Jerry Shen just sat down with Laptop and seriously broke it down. He wasn’t shy at all in talking about where the company is now and where it’s headed. Here are some highlights from the hour-long interview:

  • First and foremost among the interesting morsels taken from the Shen interview, Asus will be skipping Vista entirely and jumping right from XP to Windows 7. Burn!
  • Asus has currently sold about 4 million Eee PCs and it’s hoping to hit the 5 million mark before 2009 rolls around. Ambitious.
  • The all-in-one Eee Top will start shipping very soon. Ok, well we already knew that.
  • The Eee Stick gaming controller will soon be released along with compatible games. It will be offered as part of a bundle and as a stand alone accessory at a price point south of $100.
  • Next year, Asus will offer an Eee PC that hits the $250 price mark – in the first half of 2009 in fact. Two new models will be announced at CES this coming January.
  • Last but most certainly not least, Shen claims that Asus will release a touchscreen Eee PC rocking Windows 7 sometime in 2H 2009! You hear that Microsoft? Time to get the lead out…

[Via Engadget]

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All-in-one touchscreen Eee PC available for preorder

By on October 13, 2008 at 1:33 PM.

All-in-one touchscreen Eee PC available for preorder

And there you have it people – the touchscreen Eee PC from Asus is finally available for pre-order from Play.com in the UK. With a scheduled release date of November 20, this discount all-in-one has some real potential. We first heard about this touchy feely Asus back in July but people were pretty unclear as to what it was. Mystery solved. Specs please:

  • Intel Atom processor (1.6GHz/533MHz FSB/512K Cache)
  • 1 GB DDR2 667 RAM
  • 160 GB SATA II 5400rpm hard drive
  • Graphics Card: Shared Graphics (128MB)
  • Windows XP Home (SP3)
  • 15.6″ (16:10 Wide Panel) touchscreen
  • Graphics: Shared Graphics (128MB)
  • Webcam: 1.3 Mega Pixel
  • Mirophone: Digital Array Microphone
  • Audio Chips: 2 x 4W Hifi Speaker + SRS
  • Communication: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • WLAN: WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • IO Side Ports: Memory card slot (SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro) / USB ports x 2
  • IO Rear Ports: Audio Ports x 3 (Microphone, Line in & Line Out) / USB ports x 4 / Gigabit LAN port
  • Ships with: StarOffice, Adobe Reader 8.0, Norton Internet Security (90 day trial version), Express Gate, Skype, Eee Memo, SoftStyles, Eee Cam and Eee Cinema

Play.com lists the all-in-one Eee PC at £399.99 which works out to $678 US at today’s exchange rate. Not bad at all.

[Via Engadget]

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Sony announces VAIO JS pricing, sets sights on iMac business

By on October 7, 2008 at 4:26 PM.

Sony announces VAIO JS pricing, sets sights on iMac business

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Sony VAiMac. Wait no, sorry – the Sony iVAIO? No no, it’s actually called the Sony VAIO JS. All joking aside, Sony has just announced the pricing on its latest creation and its price points are almost directly in line with Apple’s 20″ iMacs, the VAIO JS really is impressive on paper. The VAIO JS PC / display combo box will be available in two models as follows:

VAIO JS190 – $1499.99

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (3.0GHz, 6MB L2 Cache)
  • 20.1″ XBRITE-HiColor LCD
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 500GB hard drive
  • Integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam
  • Integrated Blu-ray player
  • Integrated Bluetooth

VAIO JS130 – $1099.99

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (2.5GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 20.1″ XBRITE-HiColor LCD
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 500GB hard drive
  • Integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam
  • Available in black, silver and pink

Ok seriously, a 20.1″ all-in-one box with a 3.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and Blu-ray for $1500? Where do we sign? The VAIO JS is already live on Sony’s site where is states that units will begin shipping in “early October”.

[Via gadget lab]

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Mysterious New Eee Monitor Could be iMac Competitor

By on July 2, 2008 at 10:16 AM.

Mysterious New Eee Monitor Could be iMac Competitor

Well what do we have here? A few upcoming Eee PCs were recently uncovered as images made the rounds earlier this week but here we have something completely new from Asus. So what is it exactly? To be completely honest, we’re not really sure. The unit is reportedly called the Eee Monitor and it had been discussed briefly at Computex earlier this year but the Taiwanese computer company made sure to sit on many key details. Well say hello to our little friend. Several shots of the Eee Monitor are now swimming around the internet and it looks like a gem. As was the case before, details are still a bit scarce but a quick look at the display, the logo in the bottom right corner on the face of the unit and the ports on the back of the unit lead to some pretty probable speculation. How about a self-contained PC with built in Denon audio hardware, a 19″ display and a rumored integrated TV tuner? We’ll take two, thanks. Word on the street is that there will be a 19″ and 21″ model and the price point will start at… Ready? $500.

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