Computex, Taiwan – The evolution of the Asus Eee PC moved into it's next phase at this year's Computex with the introduction of the 901 and 1000(H) versions, as well as various add-ons.
It's no secret that almost every vendor worth its salt is about to launch a competitive product to the Eee – rumours had it that about 122 "low-cost PCs" were announced at Computex, and there is certainly no shortage of demo models on vendor stands.
But it's equally obvious that Asus plans to stay ahead of the game with the product that launched a whole new genre in IT.
Initially launched to make it easier for children and families to learn, work and play, Donald Liang, product manager for Eee PC at Asus, says that it has become clear that other users are finding the low-cost, lightweight and Internet-ready PC ideal for their needs.
"It turns out that young adults, travellers and business travellers have picked up on the Eee PC because it is so mobile," Liang says. "So we have designed the next generation of the Eee PC to meet the needs of these users."
Liang says that additional features such as a bigger screen, 7,8 hours of battery life, anti-shock systems and 20Gb of online storage have been added to the Eee's "trendy" design to meet the demands of these new users.
And, hinting at the future market that is likely to be generated by low-cost PCs in terms of add-on devices, Liang announced the Eee-Stick, a Wii-like device that can act as a mouse, or which can similarly be used to play games in the Wii style.
"The Eee-Stick can be used as an air mouse – you don't need a solid surface – or as a gaming device," Liang says.
And, judging from the number of peripheral products on display at this year's Computex seemingly designed around the low-cost PC lifestyle, Asus is definitely heading in the right direction.