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More Hands On With the Asus Eee Tablets

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Projected price for the EP101TC and EP121? $399 and $499 respectively

So, let's break it down clearly. Asus plans to start selling two Eee Pad models, the 12" EP121 and 10" EP101TC—by the "first quarter of next year". The estimated price will be $399 and $499 respectively, with the EP121 running on Windows 7 Home Premium, and the EP101TC using "Windows Embedded Compact 7".

Some more comparisons between the two:

  • Storage options for the EP101TC are 16, 32, and 64 GB SSDs, while the EP121 will store data on a 32, 64, or 128 GB SSD.
  • The webcam for the EP101TC will be 0.3 megapixels, compared to the 1.3 megapixel webcam of the EP121.
  • Both tablets will support 802.11b/g/n connectivity
  • The EP101TC and EP121 will feature stereo speakers embedded on either side of their respective touch-sensitive displays.
  • While the EP121 has HDMI-out, the EP101TC will have to plug into a dock to output an HDMI signal.
  • Last but not least: The EP101TC will use 512MB DDR2 RAM, while its larger counterpart will tap on 2GB of DDR2 memory. Both tablets will use SO-DIMM slots, so does this mean end-users can add memory?

Some pictures of the EP101TC (our first series of Eee Pad pics were of the EP121):

And yes, that's an iPad in the last picture.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , June 2, 2010 6:07 PM
    Looks VERY nice. and actually like a useful tablet/pad.. what's the difference?
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    tgsa , June 2, 2010 6:09 PM
    Well, the title has it right, missed that the first time around...
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    tgsa , June 2, 2010 6:10 PM
    It would seem it should say the prices are 499 and 399 respectively since the 121 has the better specs.
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2010 6:24 PM
    Looks yummy!
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    boogalooelectric , June 2, 2010 6:29 PM
    One thing I don't understand with any of these touch screen systems, whether its an all in one like the HP with the touch screen, this device or the ipad and that is the finger prints on the screen.

    To me this is a deal breaker for any of them, it is simply something I do not like as a personal preference. Imagine watching a movie on an ipad and having to filter through the greasy smeared finger prints all over the thing.

    I know there are wipes and other implements that clean these screens but there is always a scenario that never fails when such a thing is unavailable and you have to just live with is.

    I guess it isn't so much of a concern with the portables as I "hope" the manufacturers who make them account for this (but who knows if they really do?) but in regards to the all in one home PC's that use this configuration that could be a concern.

    and lets face it people walk around with some dreadful things attached to their fingers.
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    serkol , June 2, 2010 6:32 PM
    Is that a TN screen?
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    sublifer , June 2, 2010 6:34 PM
    for only $100 less, the specs on the 101 sux. I'd never consider it for anything more than $250. The 121 is over-priced too. Seems to me it would fit better around $400. Neither of these will be on my wish list.

    I'm not an apple fan, but the ipads are closer to worth their cost (mostly due to the apple tax)
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    gekko668 , June 2, 2010 6:48 PM
    Upgradable ram,ssd and built-in hdmi output? I'm in.
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    flachet , June 2, 2010 6:54 PM
    I think I will be owning the EP121.
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    del35 , June 2, 2010 6:56 PM
    I like what I read, but again I am not sure that I need one. The specs are certainly more impressive than the iPad. Unfortunately, the pricing seems to have been influenced by Apple's pricing model. My final concern is that besides surfing while waiting for a train, or at the airport, I don't really have need for a tablet computer. Tablet computers have been in the market for years, and it is only now that people have discovered how much they need them....
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    drutort , June 2, 2010 7:09 PM
    what about battery? can you take it out and replace it? can u run it plugged in without one if so if your not far away from outlet :p 
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    ricardok , June 2, 2010 7:16 PM
    Add one IR/Bluetooth remote and now you have a fancy HTPC.

    This would look good with Boxee...
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    impaledmango , June 2, 2010 7:46 PM
    i think im gonna be picking one of these puppies up!
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    tokenz , June 2, 2010 7:55 PM
    I think its a little expensive for what you get especially for the one that costs 399. I mean no hdmi out. .3mp webcam, 512mb ram. Those are worse specs than an average netbook in the 300 range. I can buy an asus laptop with a t4400 4g of ram and a bigger screen for 450.
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    Drag0nR1der , June 2, 2010 8:12 PM
    Oh, I was fooled, looks like big bezels are still all the rage
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    technuttso , June 2, 2010 8:23 PM
    Finally something worthy for 500 bucks:
    - 32gigs SSD,2 gigs of RAM,1.3 Mp camera, 802.11b/g/n on the go,HDMI, real Os-Win7.But hey... For more 100$ u can buy the the cheapest Crapple iToy.
    The cheap version EP101TC will do the end of a promotional gadget, i don't think someone will buy it.
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    hakesterman , June 2, 2010 8:35 PM
    The camera is a Joke to say the least and useing SSD VS. Ram is silly. I assume it is still plaqued with
    short Battery life as stated in it's begining stages, i think they said a max of 4 HRS battery life. After further review this tablet should be re-named to Asus FFF Tablet.
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    tayb , June 2, 2010 9:07 PM
    So Apple releases an overly minimalistic iPad and Asus counters by developing an over the top tablet? Neither of these companies are doing it right but at least the iPad will last 8+ hours under normal use. I know the iPad sucks but from the looks of this product it will suck just the same as the iPad except for a whole different set of reasons.

    Awesome.
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    apoq , June 2, 2010 9:22 PM
    del35I like what I read, but again I am not sure that I need one. The specs are certainly more impressive than the iPad. Unfortunately, the pricing seems to have been influenced by Apple's pricing model. My final concern is that besides surfing while waiting for a train, or at the airport, I don't really have need for a tablet computer. Tablet computers have been in the market for years, and it is only now that people have discovered how much they need them.....

    Well yeah, but Apple can at least make a responsive device, if anything. The problem with tablets is that unless you get the touch input just right, it's going to end up being a pain in the ass, and it will have you reaching for your laptop in no time.
    I am no Apple fan. Far from it, but they do have some good ideas, and HP saw that too, so they scrapped their Win7 slate. These devices are far too underpowered to take a full featured OS and, in the end, they don't even need to because most users are not going to fully replace their computers with it.
    I am trully looking forward to the Android/Chrome/PalmOS powered tablets and then can we start comparing them to the iPad. [/citation]
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    joytech22 , June 2, 2010 9:44 PM
    the ipad just came out and it's already starting to look like crap
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