CES 2009: ASUS – Innovation Inspired by ConsumersTue, Jan 06, 2009 - 10:00 PM
New Notebook/Netbook Lineup
Back to the slightly more traditional products, ASUS has brought some the new and innovative features to their line of netbooks. Going off the thin and light theme, ASUS’ S121 Ultra Thin and Light notebook features the first 512GB solid-state drive, 8 hours of battery life, a 12.2″ slim chassis, Intel Atom Z520 processor, and weighs only 3 pounds! This notebooks is set to be the replacement for the S101.
The next innovation delivered by ASUS is the M50 netbook that features a 4.3″ touchscreen that functions as a completely separate PC from the rest of the notebook and can be powered on independently of the notebook. This screen was running NVIDIA’s Tegra APX computer-on-a-chip technology that features ultra-low power operation. The touch screen on the M50 can play video on the primary notebook LCD without needing the laptop computer to be powered on as well! Instant-On, web access, and media playback are just the main benefits of the M50’s touchscreen. ASUS is estimating 12+ hours of battery life when using the touchscreen only.
Last but not least, ASUS demonstrated their new Eee PC T91 convertible notebook that has a rotating screen. The screen is also a multi-touch display that seems to be a big theme ASUS is pushing in the touch-based computing program. At 1″ thick, 2 pounds, and a 8.9″ touch panel that is LED backlit the T91 Eee PC should prove to be a strong product.
We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of ASUS’ latest, greatest, and futuristic concept products. ASUS’ take-home message was mobile, touch-based, and shared computing in today’s digital home and office. It seems that all of their new products this year take these points into consideration. Of course stay tuned to LR for our constant coverage throughout the rest of CES 2009!