Asus CES 2011 keynote transforms and slides with Eee tablets

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Going into this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we were absolutely certain that there would be more than a few tablets on display. During the Asus press conference a couple days before CES officially opened its doors, the Taiwanese juggernaut unleashed several such devices. Want a beefier processor? Slide-out keyboard? The best of both worlds? Asus might have you covered.

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ASUS unveils new Eee family of tablets at CES

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Surprising no one with a technology pulse, tablets are big at this year’s CES. So with damn near everyone and their grandmother showing off what they’ve been working on over the last year, it’s advisable that your product better be among the sleekest if you want to get noticed.

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Asus Eee Note EA-800 tablet targets handwriting enthusiasts

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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.

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Asus to launch first Eee Pad tablets with Windows 7 this year, Android to follow

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Is it a mistake that Asus plans to launch their first Eee Pad tablet on the Windows 7 platform? Asus is a company that likes to cover as many bases as possible, so it’s a natural move for them to release for the platform they can go to market quickest with, then fine tune things in other areas for other markets.

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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to launch for the ‘holidays’ with plenty of hardware choices

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Microsoft has revealed additional hardware partners for their Windows Phone 7 OS, announcing that Dell and HTC are now on the list of manufactuers who will be making Windows Phone 7 phones. This is good news for the company, who have already got Asus, Samsung and LG to pony up a few devices. You can expect something from each of the companies before the year is out; while no set date on the official launch day of Windows Phone 7 is keeping us in suspense.

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Asus drops Windows for Android-based EeePad

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It’s clear that the Apple iPad is currently dominating the tablet market, but a number of new competitors will soon be entering that realm. I think one of the major keys to success is a properly designed mobile OS, so it’s good to see that Asus is making the switch from Windows to Android for its EeePad.

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Asus Waveface tablet and phone concepts head for the clouds

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One of the more prominent themes at this year’s Computex is the push toward cloud-based computing. No matter how much storage you have on your own device, you are inherently limited by some type of capacity. By accessing the clouds, you can have virtually unlimited space to stash your stuff. And therein lies the Waveface concepts from the good people at Asus. Yes, they’re well ensconced in the PC market with their motherboards, notebooks, netbooks, and so on, but they also recognize the importance of looking to the future.

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Asus Eee Tablet not really a Kindle, but not quite an iPad either

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I’m not entirely sure what Asus is trying to accomplish with the Eee Tablet, but it seems to have found itself in the middle ground between a Kindle and iPad. On display at Computex Taipei 2010, the Eee Tablet is marketed as “the single device to reinvent reading and writing.” It doesn’t use the regular e-ink (slow refresh) display of the Kindle, but it’s not a full color “real” screen like the iPad either; it’s somewhere in between.

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Kindle getting the pre-load on some Asus notebooks

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Due in part to the success and pure programming genius of the people at Amazon, Asus has decided to pre-load their notebooks with the Kindle Application for you to easily access all sorts of books, newspapers, and magazines right off the bat. When you open up the box to your newly acquired Asus laptop, just log into your Kindle account to start buying all sorts of content. Yes, I know, you can download the software for free on your own, but at least this kind of “bloatware” is useful for a good number of people.

The pre-loading of the Amazon Kindle application expands beyond full-size laptops too, getting pre-loaded on the Eee PC line of netbooks as well. Thanks to the Whispersync technology, you can start reading a book on your Kindle-equipped laptop and pick up where you left off on your Kindle e-reader handheld.

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Asus claims sustainable 100% recyclable bamboo laptops

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We make a lot of electronic waste these days; upgrading our TVs, cell phones, and notebooks every couple of years. That can’t be good for the environment; to help alleviate some of these concerns Asus has announced a new line of laptops that are 100% recyclable.

How did they do this? Well, it seems that the new Asus Ux3 series notebooks (which are based on the Ux5) have been outfitted with a chassis that is completely made of bamboo. The much more sustainable wood is easily sourced and easily recycled.

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Garmin-Asus A10 touchscreen smartphone runs Android

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The standalone GPS market isn’t nearly as hot as it has been in years past, so many people are moving toward “convergence” devices that can do GPS and more. Garmin is aggressively expanding its smartphone line with the new Garmin-Asus A10 in response to this new trend. This follows up on the nuvifone from AT&T and the Garminfone with T-Mobile. A good move on Garmin’s part, I’d say, since they can continue to sell hardware to the growing navigation-centric smartphone market.

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ASUS Eee PC 1005PR netbook gets a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator

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It’s remarkable to see how far Asus has come in terms of hardware manufacturing. There was a time when Intel would supply its latest processors to larger and better reputed companies such as IBM, all the while Asus played second fiddle to the larger companies, but that was the 90’s. Now in 2010 Asus’s new Eee 1005PR Netbook is truly a winged horse of ancient Greek mythology.

The Asus Eee 1005PR Netbook packs quite a punch with its Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator chip, this means HD playback for video streams is a go. You won’t have to worry about jittering freezing pictures, just a smooth cinematic experience.

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