COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Having covered the Eee PC and the motherboards and graphics cards, it's time to look at some of the gadgets that ASUS have been showing off this Computex.
As we walk in their Trade Centre booth they have by the door a couple of concept models that they hope to produce very soon. First is a dual screen notebook with a Nintendo DS feel as the bottom screen is multi-touch.
It's a thin laptop concept that touts the bottom screen as an interface. However when pressed for details about the specifications, the representative assured me that it was only a proof of concept so there was no Intel Atom or such inside.
Next to it is a model in the open with a representative on hand to demonstrate rather than let the public break it or get their greasy fingers on it.
This tablet style computer has a slot loading DVD drive and some very cute looking software that changes dynamically based on the content inserted (music, pictures, video etc...)
Wandering deeper into the booth we can find the tilt sensitive and accelerometer based ASUS remote controls (Wii-mote style!)
However these will be more useful than a Wii-mote by allowing the user to move the cursor like an air mouse with some degree of accuracy, and control games with both. A reported RF transmitter range of up to 10 meters, while more than adequate, still feels like it could be more.
Another feature stumbled upon is the CPU Level Up technology being incorporated into some of ASUS's new motherboards.
Rather than having to guess what the difference between pre-set over clocking level "turbo" and "extreme" is, ASUS have simplified it by relating it to CPU models. Drop in a Q9450 and step it through Q9550, QX9650 and QX9770 levels so you know what to expect.
Finally we have the ASUS Eee PC desktop model with the Intel Atom . Nothing you haven't heard already but it's just so damn cute I had to include it!
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