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One week on and cyberspace is still awash with CeBIT coverage as tech journalists and editors rub their hands at the prospect of testing the latest gizmos coming out of major tech players’ R&D labs.

Today, we take a look at the reactions toward ASUS’ latest iteration of its classic Eee PC — the Eee PC 1018P.

At just 18mm thick, or just slightly less than an inch, the 1018P is the slimmest Eee PC ever developed by the company, and weighs in at just a little over a kilo.

It has lost the curves of the previous generation Eee PCs; the 1018P is all about flat surfaces and is also the first Eee PC to have an aluminum chassis.

Seen as the Eee PC for the stylish and jet-set crowd, the 1018P is full of features that you would expect to find on a full-fledged notebook. It has a built-in webcam with a lens cover, an ergonomically designed chiclet keyboard and a large multi-touch pad. I’m a big fan of the latter as it makes scrolling through webpages a breeze, and it lets me pinch zoom images as well.

There’s also a biometric log-in option for added security, with a built-in fingerprint scanner.

The 1018P features the new Intel Pine Trail platform, running on the Intel® Atom™ N455 or N475 processors. And together with ASUS’ energy-efficient Super Hybrid Engine, it delivers up to 10 hours of juice on a single charge. There’s also USB 3.0 support to deliver 10 times the file transfer speeds of USB 2.0 standards.

The latter feature seems to be the 1018P’s party piece, with the team from iTech and Gadget Diary seemingly very impressed with its USB 3.0 file transfer capabilities.

The Eee PC 1018P has received similar plaudits from other sites.

Our friend Kat Hannaford from Gizmodo has taken a look at all three Eee PC offerings at CeBIT (the Eee PC 1015, 1016, and 1018) and was immediately drawn to the 18mm profile and bells and whistles of the 1018P.

While Engadget’s Joanna Stern says, “The overall build quality feels great, and with the flush battery they (the Eee PC 1018P and 1016P) are both seriously slim and light.”

Expect to see more such reviews once they get their hands on demo models. In the meantime, watch this space for a hands-on video review of the Eee PC 1018P in the coming days.

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