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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  • MamiyaOtaru - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - link

    I hate glossy bodied laptops bad enough, but glossy screened too == auto avoid Reply
  • mathew7 - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - link

    I like the N10Jc very much and I intend(ed) to buy one, but if they bring it in a 12" package, that is a "must buy" for me. So N10 will have to wait. Reply
  • Jynx980 - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - link

    I don't know about you, but when I saw the pics of the origami inspired notebook, first thing I thought was: "You sunk my battleship!" Reply
  • zshift - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - link

    wow, that's quite the assortment of new products there. I have to say, I definitely love the laptop with an LCD touch pad, being able to watch videos and such for 12hrs. and the Eee keyboard is amazing, so long as battery life would be ok.

    All in all, Asus is about to make a crap load more money in the coming years, especially if they can keep the prices down on their products. Also, did anyone else notice their huge focus on "touch" technology? with this and the new BFG phobos desktop, seems like ever since the iPhone came out people are raving about touch technology. w00t for new tech!
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  • Devo2007 - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    I see ASUS still hasn't figured out where the right SHIFT key goes on the T91 - that one is a deal-breaker for me sadly. Reply
  • chrnochime - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    Being a left-handed person their odd location of right shift key does not bother me at all. I just use the left shift key most of the time anyway.

    I guess that's one plus for being a lefty, amongst the tons of negatives(e.g., virtually no lefty desk in college lecture halls)
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  • ssj4Gogeta - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    I like the concept of that "origami inspired" laptop. Reply
  • Zak - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    So... maybe now Asus can afford better web hosting? Or maybe even have a server in USA??? So it would be actually possible to download drivers in some reasonable time. I might consider then buying their products again.

    Z.
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  • Penti - Sunday, January 11, 2009 - link

    You just end up downloading the drivers directly from the manufacturer of each respective device or chip any way. Since they can't offer any support maybe they should just pay the manufacturers to directly support their hardware and link to them instead. That way at least one would get the latest drivers. Most OEMs (or system builders) are extremely bad too, I don't get it why they just don't package and auto-update the drivers properly instead. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - link

    I've had issues with ASUS' web pages in the past, but not recently. For at least a couple years, the pages generally load fast and without issue. I'm pretty sure http://usa.asus.com/index.aspx">http://usa.asus.com/index.aspx is located in the US, although the download pages (http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLa...">http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLa... might still be on a Taiwan server. Anyway, give it a shot and see if it's better that last you checked before making too many assumptions. Reply

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