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Asus Starts Shipping the Eee PC Tablet for $499

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The EeePC keyboard might be shipping at the end of this month but the EeePC tablet is shipping now.

We've been talking about the EeePC T101MT for a while now. With a choice of Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium, the device features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display that swivels around to convert the netbook into a tablet.

The device packs Intel's Atom N450 CPU (1.66GHz) and and GMA 3150 graphics. There's the option for up to 2GB of DDR2, as well as a 320GB HDD, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3 x USB 2.0 and an SDHC card reader.

Priced at $499, the device is in a similar price range as the Windows 7 version of the HP Slate PC and Apple's iPad.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 12, 2010 2:21 PM
    beats an iPad... by a multiple infinite.
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    kelemvor4 , April 12, 2010 1:53 PM
    Looks like the best tablet offer I've seen so far. I still say there's not much point in tablets period, though.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 12, 2010 2:21 PM
    beats an iPad... by a multiple infinite.
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    apoq , April 12, 2010 2:44 PM
    Whoa, if they could deliver a nice interface for the tablet mode then it would be one of the most interesting options out there. Also, it is going interesting to see how accurate the touchscreen really is.
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    Dkz , April 12, 2010 2:53 PM
    Hum.. so let me check this idea..
    To make a good tablet.. you need to make a cool rotating screen netbook?
    No one see the fun in this?


    Charlie bit my finga! again!
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    back_by_demand , April 12, 2010 2:54 PM
    Nice, but the exact reason I didn't want a traditional tablet
    ie
    A swivel hinge that is the first thing to break
    is on this

    I almost expected Asus to whip off the keyboard and stick the screen in its place, but hey ho, I can see millions of former netbook users buying this instead of the iPad
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    theholylancer , April 12, 2010 2:59 PM
    shiittttttt

    and i got a acer aspire with touchscreen because the T91 didn't pan out at all and now they go and release a 10.1 tablet.....

    wtf.... now i feel cheated since I don't game that much with that 4570 aside from pissing off ppl during MW2's launch in class...
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    theubersmurf , April 12, 2010 3:01 PM
    There were some reviews for this netbook that make the touch interface sound a little shaky on that tablet. It is pretty cheap though, and those reviews were a while ago. If they've polished/fixed the touch interface since then I may be interested. Though more than likely, I'll just buy a regular netbook if and when I do so.
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    tayb , April 12, 2010 3:04 PM
    It ships with Windows 7 Starter. How are you supposed to take advantage of the multi-touch display when Windows 7 Starter does not support multi-touch.

    Also, I'm entirely not interested in trying to run Windows 7 on a single core CPU with crappy Intel integrated graphics and only 1 GB of ram.
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    triculious , April 12, 2010 3:14 PM
    taybAlso, I'm entirely not interested in trying to run Windows 7 on a single core CPU with crappy Intel integrated graphics and only 1 GB of ram.

    That's usually what defines a netbook... you can take the thing anywhere, but don't expect to do a lot more than reading email, surf the web, watch a video or listen to music.

    And basically you don't need much more power than what is offered by these things to do that.

    If you want/need to do more the netbook market is not what you are looking for. Move along (but don't expect the prices to remain the same).
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    chess , April 12, 2010 3:17 PM
    doesn't anyone else think $499 is a bit too expensive? I have a hard time spending that much money on something that lacks CPU power.
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    tayb , April 12, 2010 3:20 PM
    triculiousThat's usually what defines a netbook... you can take the thing anywhere, but don't expect to do a lot more than reading email, surf the web, watch a video or listen to music. And basically you don't need much more power than what is offered by these things to do that.If you want/need to do more the netbook market is not what you are looking for. Move along (but don't expect the prices to remain the same).


    You couldn't do half of those things simultaneously without massive slowdowns. At $500 we aren't in the netbook market anymore.
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    nevertell , April 12, 2010 3:38 PM
    taybIt ships with Windows 7 Starter. How are you supposed to take advantage of the multi-touch display when Windows 7 Starter does not support multi-touch. Also, I'm entirely not interested in trying to run Windows 7 on a single core CPU with crappy Intel integrated graphics and only 1 GB of ram.


    That's why I'll use linux.
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    Zenthar , April 12, 2010 3:51 PM
    Instead of the hinge, couldn't have they developed some kind of easily connectable/deconnectable connector to instead of pivoting the screen you would just, clip it of, turn it and clip it back on?
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    lukeeu , April 12, 2010 4:18 PM
    ZentharInstead of the hinge, couldn't have they developed some kind of easily connectable/deconnectable connector to instead of pivoting the screen you would just, clip it of, turn it and clip it back on?

    Rotating connectors for digital information aren't a good idea. Passing a cable through the hinge should be more reliable if they make it right.
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    accolite , April 12, 2010 4:23 PM
    I wonder if this tablet has pressure sensitive stylus? if so I'm on board.
    Having this for drawing especially on the go would be awesome for the price.
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    Zenthar , April 12, 2010 4:24 PM
    lukeeuRotating connectors for digital information aren't a good idea. Passing a cable through the hinge should be more reliable if they make it right.
    Not even rotating ... unplug + plug again, a bit like the Sidewinder X6 keyboard (if you know it).
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    bounty , April 12, 2010 4:34 PM
    What's funny is that a normal netbook is 300$ So add 200$ to make it into a swivel tablet-netbook.

    Then a normal laptop is about 450$ these days, now add 800$ to that to get the equivilant swivel tablet-laptop.

    Wake me up when you see a 2.2+ Ghz dual core, swivel 14" tablet with keyboard for 700$. Or 900$ if you throw an ATI 5650/real video card on it.
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    christop , April 12, 2010 4:39 PM
    Yeah it's cool but I do wonder how long it would take to snap the swivel screen.
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    lukeeu , April 12, 2010 5:01 PM
    christopYeah it's cool but I do wonder how long it would take to snap the swivel screen.

    Oh come on guys... It's Asus. It's not like these burst into flames on contact with water... I'm sure they had 10 engineers asking this very same question. Also Zenthar: you've had to integrate a hinge somehow with this connector and however I think it would be cool it would create more problems than it would solve.
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    techtre2003 , April 12, 2010 5:33 PM
    I've had a T91MT (the 8.9" version) for a couple of weeks now.
    So far, I've found the touch interface very accurate and have no problems navigating within Windows even on the small screen. It does feel a little sluggish when I'm coming from a Core 2 desktop, but really it performs better than I'd expected. I'm hoping adding the extra gig of RAM will help that. The swivel hinge seems really sturdy and I don't expect to have any problems with it breaking anytime soon.
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