While the ASUS Eee Pad is situating itself as an iPad competitor, its cousin the Eee Tablet isn’t exactly an e-reader competitor to the Kindle. ASUS is doing something different here, offering a monochrome, 8-inch 1024 x 768 resolution touchscreen display that’s not e-ink and a stylus intended for note taking with 2,451 dpi input sensitivity. The passive TFT-LCD is perfectly situated for e-books, though, and offers similar page load times to the Kindle at 0.1 seconds. Its also packing a 2MP camera, WiFi, and USB/microSD support for loading the device up with e-books. If they price this thing right, it might make a big splash in a crowded market.

The Eee Tablet is expected to land sometime this September for between $199 & $299.


Chris Gullo