Asus is trying to do what others so far haven't been able to, which is to knock the iPad off its perch as the most popular tablet PC. Samsung's Galaxy Tab wasn't able to do it, and neither could Motorola's Xoom. RIM's PlayBook held promise, but the lack of email and contacts support for non BlackBerry owners are major omissions. Will the Eee Pad Transformer present the first real challenge to the iPad?
If you've always wanted to own a Lamborghini but could never quite afford one, here's your chance to get one without having to sell that cottage in the Hamptons. It's the new Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7 gaming laptop available in orange, black, and carbon fiber colors. Pop open the hood and you'll find one of Intel's second generation quad-core Core i7 processors ready to rev, along with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460M graphics.
For a short while on Thursday, Best Buy listed Asus' upcoming Eee Pad Transformer on its website, saying that the tablet was "coming soon." Even better, Best Buy listed the price at a penny shy of $400, which many would consider a steal. Could this be the reason Best Buy pulled the listing, or will the Eee Pad Transformer really sell for less than a fist full of Benjamins?
Asus is calling its new Eee Pad Transformer "an innovative tablet with an expandable keyboard dock," but could this also be the netbook evolved? A physical keyboard isn't something that comes with any other major tablet, however it sits front and center on the Eee Pad Transformer, when you want it to. When you don't, simply detach the head and you're rocking a portable tablet PC with up to 9.5 hours of battery life (up to 16 hours with the dock).
Hot on the heels of AMD’s Radeon HD 6990 dual-GPU monster, Nvidia is putting the pedal to the metal with its own dual GPU video card. The GTX 590 implements a pair of full GF110 CPUs, each with its own 1.5GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory, all 1,024 shader units and a custom cooler.
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Asus is aiming to be an even more aggressive player in the LCD market and expects to increase monitor shipments by double digits in 2011. Overall, Asus plans to ship 4.5 million LCD monitors around the world, with a particular focus in North America and Europe. Not all of these will be entry-level units either, which is where Asus has focused most of its attention up to this point.
We've always held that netbooks and tablets can coexist, though if netbooks are to stay relevant, PC makers may have to experiment with lower priced models. Word on the Web is that Asus is planning exactly that and will launch a new non-Windows netbook in June for around $200 to $250. At that price, it would be hard to ignore, especially with today's worthwhile tablets running $500 and up.
The iPad-spawned media tablet category might be cannibalizing netbook sales, but Taiwan’s Asus, which launched the netbook category in 2007 with the Eee PC 701 and is one of the companies worst affected by this sales cannibalization, isn’t ready to abandon the category just yet. If a new Digitimes report is to be believed, Asustek will soon launch a sub-$250 netbook in cooperation with Intel in a bid to resurrect what has to be its favorite category of PCs. Hit the jump to know more.
Asus is being anything but timid with Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 550 Ti videocard. Nvidia's reference design specifies a 900MHz graphics clock, but as third-party manufactures are prone to ask, why stop there? Asus didn't and instead chose to overclock the GPU to 975MHz on its new GTX550 Ti DirecCU TOP Edition card, and 1015MHz on its Extreme edition model.
The fallout from Intel's Sandy Bridge snafu is almost a thing of the past. Most OEMs have already begun shipping new systems built around revised Sandy Bridge boards, and you can add both Asus and Gigabyte to that list as well. Both companies, along with MSI, have B3 revision 6-series motherboards shipping in retail channels, and later this month, the first two will start shipping new systems unaffected by the earlier bug.