ASUS Eee Tablet – your graphics tablet mated with your eReader

ASUS Eee Tablet - half eReader, half graphics tablet

The ASUS Eee Tablet is one of those tablet products that you never quite thought of, but now that you know about it you really, really want it. Half graphics tablet — with an amazing 2450 dpi input sensitivity which puts it on par with a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch graphics tablet — and half monochromatic eReader, the ASUS Eee Tablet features a 8-inch screen with a 1024 x 768 resistive touchscreen panel and 64 levels of gray.

The ASUS Eee Tablet sports a fairly amazing refresh rate of one tenth of a second plus a 2MP camera for snapping shots. Couple that with a 10 hour battery life and a price between $199 to $299 when it launches in September and you have a very interesting tablet product. The main focus of the ASUS Eee Tablet is the notepad ability. Similar in concept to the super-affordable Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet, the Eee Tablet provides a far better execution and allows you to save drawings, notes and doodles to the included MicroSD card slot. You can then import that information to your computer over USB.

Certainly the applications for the Eee Tablet are plentiful but we can really see this being used in the business world. It’d be perfect for note taking, snapping pictures of important presentation data and jotting down meeting notes or tasks. The eReader functionality would also lend itself to viewing work documents and PDFs (that is if it supports PDFs — information on the Eee Tablet’s eReading capabilities are lacking). Still, this certainly has the potential to be everything the Plastic Logic QUE ProReader was supposed to — at possibly under 1/3rd of the cost.

View the Engadget hands-on of the device below and get your money ready in hand for September.

Source: Engadget

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4 Responses to “ASUS Eee Tablet – your graphics tablet mated with your eReader”

  1. ButCanItBeUsedAsATablet 9:17 PM, Jun 7th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    The question is, can it be used as a drawing tablet? Ideally, it would also display a mirror of the main display (or a portion of it, but that might require dedicated software support). It would be like the Wacom Cintiq (sp?) drawing tablet LCDs, but a lot less expensive and you would still use the main display (whereas Cintiq is intended as your display, but fails miserably in that regard because they cheaped-out and used TN LCDs that color shift horribly instead of IPS LCDs so it is useless for pro graphics).

    • The intention for the Asus Eee Tablet is to be a stand alone device. It’s like the Cintiq in that you can draw on it and it displays what you draw. However a Cintiq needs a computer as it’s a peripheral, whereas the Eee Reader is self contained. Being able to use the Eee Tablet as a graphics tablet would be a nifty ability though.

  2. Well, I don’t like the idea. The tech is there to really improve the thought behind this thing. They should make a capacitive screen device with standalone ARM hardware most importantly, a built in digitizer. Might make the device a bit thicker but IMO only this combination allows for both finger friendly controls and, when deactivating the capacitive (like when the pen comes close to the screen), for great sketching while resting your hand on the screen.

    Wouldn’t be that cheap of course.

  3. well I’ve wanted a tablet like this for years now :D
    thought i would have settled for 8 levels of gray, but 64 is all the better
    If i can also read ebooks and listen to audiobooks with some kinda bookmark functionality this would be perfect