Eee Pad at Computex?

May 31st, 2010 in .Blogs .News .Products .Style .Tech
Bobby O’Reilly

Today is the day that Apple’s iPad is launched in the UK, but having survived the hype from its initial announcement I can honestly say that I’m not all that interested. Sure, it’s a beautiful little device which can do wonderful things, but Computex is next week, and I reckon that in a few days we’ll have seen something that makes it worth holding onto that cash you have earmarked for a tablet just a bit longer.

Now, I realise that most readers of this blog aren’t all that interested in technology trade shows. I also understand that the minority who do know the difference between CES and CeBit will consider Computex to be more about internal components than home computing and therefore holds little appeal for the general public. But this is no time to take your eye off the ball when it comes to tech developments, and the Computex headlines are likely to be a lot more consumer oriented than usual. Tablets are the talk of the tech crowd, and I don’t think you’ll be able to move at Computex for fear of standing on one.

The biggest buzz for us at Tech In Style, of course, is around the likely appearance of ASUS’ Eee Pad. There’s no guarantee it will be at the show, but we’ve got our fingers crossed. It’s looking like a serious rival for the iPad in the home tablet stakes, and ASUS has a lot of experience with devices like the EeePC T91 to help it figure out exactly how to make a tablet work.

Elsewhere at Computex, we’re also looking forward to ASUS’ much-rumoured ebook machine and there’s been hints that dual core netbooks may be announced by at least one manufacturer too. There’s also likely to be a lot of new ultra-thin laptops powered by Intel’s latest low voltage processor, which the chip company reckons can help make a machine that’s a third again as narrow as the slimmest available today.

Will we also see ASUS devices powered by Google’s up-and-coming ChromeOS? Let’s hope so…

Computex takes place in Taipei from the 1st to the 5th of June. Check in again to see how many of these predictions come true.

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