Grrr! Image: ASUSTeK.
Tablet computers are sexy. We want one. Actually, given our attraction to the iPad and Galaxy Tab, we want at least two. However, while such tablets are undeniably gorgeous touch-screen playthings, they’re not yet as versatile as conventional portable computers where functionality is concerned and they are not yet genuinely affordable (cheapo feature-lite wannabes notwithstanding).
Which brings us to the ASUS Eee PC VX6, which, at first glance, looks not unlike any other capable but uninspiring Netbook you might happen to wander past while perusing the busy aisles of your local electronics retailer. But with a price tag of 499 GBP—slap bang in iPad territory—the latest offering from ASUS might just succeed in drawing you (and us) back from the tablet precipice.
Also known as the Lamborghini Eee PC, the new VX6 distinguishes itself from other Netbooks thanks to basic specifications that include Intel’s 1.8GHz dual-core Atom D525 processor, the Intel NM10 chipset, 2GBs of DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, 500GBs of ASUS WebStorage, and NVIDIA’s ION 2 graphics set with Optimus Technology and 512MBs of VRAM.
If that isn’t enough to smite the multi-touch temptation of Apple’s iPad or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, then consider the inclusion of a 12.1-inch LED backlit display (1366 x 768), along with Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0, 10/100 Ethernet, a 1.3 mega-pixel webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium, up to six hours of single-charge operation via a six-cell lithium ion battery, and a modest shoulder weight of 1.5kg (3.3lbs).
Still not blowing up your skirt? Then throw in sexy Lamborghini branding on the hood, chassis accents inspired by the growling Murcielago LP640 Roadster, Bang & Olufsen Icepower stereo speakers, a single USB 2.0 and a pair of USB 3.0 ports, support for VGA and HDMI, an MMC and SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headset jack.
Come on, surely the pragmatist within must now be winning the internal battle betwixt head and heart? No? Ah, who are we kidding? We’d probably still get a tablet too—gadget whores that we are.