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ASUS Eee PC T101MT on sale in US

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The wait is over in the US on ASUS’s tablet PC, the Eee PC T101MT.  If you cast your eyes in the direction of  Amazon, 10.1-inch multitouch convertible netbook is available for purchase for the low price of $499.  What does $499 get you? The netbook includes a Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard-drive.  The big selling feature is the multitouch-capable 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen.

The only other deterrent, other than the price tag, is that the version of Windows loaded onto the T101MT is Windows 7 Starter Edition.  As we all know, that edition doesnt do much of what users want now a days, so if you are going to buy this netbook, be ready to tack on a operating system upgrade to the $499 price.

Is the ASUS Eee PC T101MT a good buy?  Well, for $499, there are other netbook options, as well as the all mighty iPad, so stop and consider what you really need before buying a netbook.  ASUS creates solid hard working machines, but this time, I think the price may be this netbook’s downfall.

A 15-year veteran of the tech wars, Amy is a gadgetgrrl from way back. Amy is started with the her first PDA, a Palm Pilot III all the way through her current sidearm, a T-Mobile G1. She suffers technolust like any good gadgetgrrl, but its always tempers with whether it will match her shoes and handbag. She bounces from one device to another. She is an OS agnostic-- liking them all for different reasons. She has seen it all and wants to see more.

7 Comments

  1. C.

    04/07/2010 at 7:17 am

    Amy,

    There is a higher end version of this being sold in Europe with Win 7 Home Premium and 2 GB of RAM. Is it being sold anywhere in the US?

    Thanks,
    C.

    • Serge Vasilyev

      04/07/2010 at 10:58 am

      I also want to know this.

  2. SAM

    04/07/2010 at 11:44 am

    I wonder how difficult it would be to downgrade it back to Windows XP Tablet?

    I would bet it would run alot faster/better

    • soopagroove

      04/07/2010 at 1:15 pm

      Probably not. First of all, the multi-touch touch screen drivers for this hardware don’t exist for XP, AFAIK. Second, why? Windows 7 is on par w/ XP for performance. Just search for “windows 7 vs. xp performance” and you’ll find a few sites that have done this testing. XP starts faster by a few seconds, but most of the system benchmarks run faster in 7 – and that’s with Aero turned on. Turn off Aero and I think all of the performance benchmarks are better in 7. I’m currently running 7 on my Eee PC 1005HA. It’s great! Especially since I’m using hibernate. Just shut the lid and it hibernates in a few seconds. Open the lid and press the power button and it’s in Windows in about 10 seconds.

      • SAM

        04/07/2010 at 10:02 pm

        Will Windows 7 run older XP programs?

        Vista will not run half of our XP programs nor our color laser printer/plotter

  3. John in Norway

    04/07/2010 at 12:13 pm

    I’m waiting for someone to review this who actually understands what inking and palm rejection is. The only people to review this so far, and the T91MT, have been teenagers that wouldn’t know how to write even if you shoved a pen in their eye.

    • SAM

      04/07/2010 at 10:00 pm

      John said:
      >> …have been teenagers that wouldn’t know how to write >>even if you shoved a pen in their eye….

      Once the pen is shoved on the eye, will they still be able to see to text? LOL

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