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Asus Eee Note EA-800 tablet targets handwriting enthusiasts

Having a cool tablet like the iPad is one thing. Having an e-book reader like the Kindle is another. And then, there’s this third thing called the Asus Eee Note EA-800. You see, it doesn’t really cater to the full color multimedia fans of the iPad or the simple e-book reading of the Kindle; instead, this tablet focuses on handwriting.

Sexy, right? Well, that all depends on how you intend on using a device like this. The whole point of the Eee Note is that it works like a digital notepad. Asus claims that the EA-800 has “ultra-sensitive handwriting input,” allowing you to take notes at business meetings, in college lectures, and whatever other situations that require taking notes. Looking at some of the promotional shots, it looks like it could be a useful digital sketchpad for designers and artists too.

Some people will say that there is no way this monochrome wonder can compete against the likes of the Galaxy Tab and iPad, but I don’t think that’s what it’s supposed to do. Asus has the Eee Pad for that purpose. With the Eee Note, you get a 2450 dpi 8-inch touchscreen with a matte finish, meant to mimic the look and feel of actual paper… like the Kindle, you could say.

I can’t imagine something like this catching on among the mainstream, but it could prove useful as an alternative to a Wacom tablet for the artists in the crowd.

[New Launches via FE Gizmos]

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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  • ernie

    This is a great idea for people like myself–writers–who are constantly taking notes. What this device offers is a filing system, something that doesn’t exist in the paper world. Plus it’s an ereader. When it comes to the US I will buy it. — ernie

  • Derek

    For years I have been looking for and trying things to solve my problem. I develop software and support clients by phone. I write as I do both tasks in paper notebooks. That’s the way I like it. I’ve tried alternatives, digital pens, scanning the paper. Nothing seems to work for me. People say why don’t you enter the notes you jot down into the computer at the end of the day. I don’t do it. I go through the notebooks pretty quickly and don’t always date the entries . Trying to find a week old note, let alone a month old, is impossible. Now, finally, I see someone creating something that, if it does what they say, I believe, will solve my problem. Jot it down on the Eee Note, press save and clear the page. Notes, doodles, sketches. the lot. Wonderful!!

  • http://www.startatruckingcompanybusiness.com Benjamin Bellville

    I could see this really catching on with students actually. No more need for several notebooks for each class for note taking purposes. Personally I always retain information better when I write it down versus recording it like many students do.

    I can also see just by the intricacy of the drawing in the example that it could produce easy to read results versus some of the older technology used for things like signing your name on credit card transactions.

    Currently I am a freelance writer and often use the mighty pen and paper to jot down ideas for articles and keyword lists. This may be a great paper saving solution for that purpose.

  • katiaa78

    very nice

  • Samuel

    I can totally see myself using that. Looks amazing! I have a Wacom tablet and adore it, but its nice to see alternatives and improvements made available for graphic designers and artists.