The Asus Eee Tablet Looks So Infuriatingly Dated

The Asus Eee Tablet Looks So Infuriatingly Dated

Asus’ Eee Tablet sounds incredible at first – from the company that invented the netbook, a tablet with a specially designed LCD that rivals the convenience of e-ink tech without the lag. But are you still impressed after this clip?

What we didn't see in the initial announcement and product render was what a train wreck this whole product is, despite its $US200 in September price tag.

Even when you realise that the device is more an ebook reader than a fully functional tablet, the still-laggy monochrome LCD doesn't breathe new life into the platform, as from what we can tell, handwriting still isn't captured in real time. And the pitiful integrated camera does little to futurise the device. (Besides, without serious bundled software, handwritten notes are little more than MS Paint projects.)

At least the nook and Kindle are tiny, comfortable devices. And while the iPad and upcoming Dell Streak are chunky in their own right, at least they're full colour and loaded with functionality.

The Eee Tablet looks like the worst of both worlds: the bulk of a real tablet with many of the screen and application restrictions of an ebook reader. It looks like how some TI engineer probably imagined the future of graphing calculators in 1980, but not in the retro-hip kind of way.

C'mon Asus. You're a huge powerhouse company that's not afraid to take a risk in the name of innovation. You must have better tricks up your sleeve than this. [HotHardware via CrunchGear]