(Update: The below review is an older model Asus Eee netbook. Shop here for a newer version of an Asus Tablet.)
Pros: Touch Screen, Swivel Top, Great Battery Life, Ultra Portable
Cons: 32 GB Hard Drive, Small Keyboard, Fair Processor
If you love your PDA, but it just isn’t big enough, you might want to consider upgrading to a netbook, in particular the Asus Eee PC Touch T91MT. The T91 tablet PC is very similar to a PDA, in that it has a touch screen (with stylus), unlike most mini notebooks, and it is small enough to carry with you everywhere you go.
For ebook fans, you’ll appreciate the tablet’s swivel top. Turn the entire screen around and lay it down on the keyboard, then you can use it in place of both a Kindle and an eReader. Simply download the Amazon Kindle for PC program and eReader.com’s free software, and you’ll be good to go. Hold down the T91MT’s “Home” button, next to the power button, to choose your preferred screen layout (portrait or landscape).
The device includes Windows 7 Home Premium, a nice paced 1 GB of RAM, but, surprisingly, it only has a 32 GB hard drive. Asus offers 500 GB of free online storage, but this is a limited offer. The better option for additional space would be to purchase a memory card to go in the included SD slot or a jump drive for one of the two included USB ports. You could also upgrade the SSD drive to that of 64 GB, but 32 GB will cover most typical program installations.
Videos play well enough on the Asus Eee PC Touch’s Atom Z520, but if the system seems to be running slow, try disabling any Windows Aero themes by switching to Windows Basic. If you’re into serious gaming, this isn’t the netbook for you. It is perfect, however, for basic uses such as e-mail and surfing the Internet. It has an 8.9-inch screen and comes in your choice of black or white colors. WiFi and Ethernet are both included, and the battery life is great, lasting anywhere from 5 to 6 hours. The keyboard could be bigger, but if you’re upgrading from a pocket PC, it’s huge.
You might not be as familiar with the Asus name as maybe Sony or IBM, but you are certain to be hearing about it more and more. Go to CNET.com to check out their video for the Asus T91MT. Be prepared to be impressed.