Microsoft was on-hand to not only pledge support for ASUS, but also demonstrate Windows 7 running on an Eee PC with 1GB of memory.

The demo ran quickly, it was a simple Windows Live Messenger test, but the OS seemed quick at least. The Microsoft rep also demonstrated Windows 7’s fast sleep and resume times. Putting the Eee PC to sleep happened instantaneously, but waking it up took noticeably longer. Without a side by side comparison to Vista I couldn’t tell if Windows 7 was any faster in resume time, but it’s nice to see Microsoft taking memory and CPU power constrained systems into account when looking at Windows 7 performance.

This demo took a while to complete, tapping on My Photos was more complicated than it sounds (or should be). It was running Windows 7 at least.

Besides the above devices that were in prototype or near final form (depending on the device), ASUS also had a few presentations showing computing concepts.  One of these was for an ultrathin "origami inspired" laptop of sorts, which might even be able to give the MacBook Air a run for the money when it comes to "thin" computing.


The Coolest Thing at CES Thus Far? The Eee Keyboard An ASUS Notebook with NVIDIA's Tegra APX


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  • yyrkoon - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    Heya Jarred,

    Their forum pages still load atrociously slow. They're also very unorganized, meaning instead of having several categories under motherboards such as how ABIT's site used to be laid out, you have to wade through tons of garbage to find what you're looking for. Yes, we all know of the search function (at least it should have one ), but sometimes people like to read about varying products so they know what to expect.

    You're not Asus, I understand that, but maybe you could mention it to someone who could remedy that. I am personally not very big on Asus products, but fixing this one issue for me could change my mind a good deal since I am a small business systems integrator who likes to keep on top of known issues.
  • KeypoX - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    And more importantly Andriod!!! I hope it can do some damage, because win 7 is not that great... not much of a upgrade to vista.

    Netbooks are looking more and more attractive.
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  • 7Enigma - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    Love the new products, but I'm worried the article for builder's is going to get pushed because of CES.

    Mr. Fink, you're not at CES are you? :)
  • Icewind31 - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    however I'm sorta still hyped up about that EEE Box w/ the HD3400 graphics... they made the announcement.. but since then... no release date or anything! Have definitely been waiting for them to release it. Reply
  • Spivonious - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    It reminds me of the old Apple IIC; just connect a display and you're good to go.

    I'm curious how much the wireless HDMI recievers cost. It would be neat if they were built into TVs, so I could just pull the keyboard out from under the coffee table and start using the computer.
  • acejj26 - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    The saying goes, "You innovate your way out of a recession," and this is exactly what Asus is doing. The new products look amazing. Reply
  • R3MF - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    that is what i want to see. Reply
  • Roland00 - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - link

    You are going to have to wait, for several reasons

    1) Ion was just announced a few weeks ago and is still in the prototype stage, thus any possible laptop would still be in the idea stage and unless Asus or similar brands were working extremely closely with nvidia they probably don't even have the blueprints for the motherboards.
    2) The dual core atoms have double to triple (depending on which atotm to atom you are comparing it to) the watts required to run the laptop thus draining battery faster. Thus you may have to wait for the new 32nm atoms.
    3) Finally it is in the netbook companies best interest to release a netbook with a windows os (due to more marketshare, for better or worse people are less likely to buy a netbook with a non windows os). Microsoft in its rules for XP on netbooks says no dualcore atoms or more ram than 1 gig. Thus unless a company puts windows vista basic on the nettop you are probably waiting for windows 7.

    Thus we probably won't see atom/ion notebooks until at least q3 09 and maybe not until q4 09/q1 10

    here are microsoft's rules in short on what a netbook has to have to have xp home on it.">;task=v...

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