The market of mobile readers, or tablets if you like, is getting hotter every day. Asus entered the game with a slightly different approach with its Eee Note: the emphasize is on the digital notepad functions. And it did a very good job.
Taking Eee notes on the goDale Davies ▼ Thursday December 2, 2010 5:01PM ET
Introducing the new Eee Note is a combined digital notepad and ebook reader with an ultra-sensitive touch-screen that's readable even in broad daylight. It is a slim and lightweight handheld device that combines stylus-based handwriting capture with Microsoft Office document, PDF and multi-format ebook support. Yes, these days no mobile device is without some sort of e-reading functions.
The Eee Note's 8-inch glass screen has a matte finish for smooth writing with the supplied stylus, while the ultra-sensitive digitiser captures handwritten notes and sketches in the finest detail. Images are displayed in crisp monochrome to mimic a printed page, and the non-backlit display remains clear even in bright daylight unlike that of other similar handheld devices.
Up to 20,000 handwritten notes or 10,000 ebooks can be stored in the Eee Note's 4GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded using the external Micro SD Card slot. There are also an integrated digital camera and voice recorder. The Eee Note also provides access to online resources like Wikipedia and ebook retailers via integral Wi-Fi. PC connectivity comes courtesy of USB, but built-in EverNote support also makes two-way synchronisation with other computers in the cloud a snap. The long 13.5-hour battery life also means the Eee Note can last through even the longest days between recharges.
OK, you ask, when I can buy it? Well, Asus did release the date but not it the clearest way possible: Eee Note will be in Taiwan by the end of this week and Hong Kong will see the device very soon. Germany, Italy and Russia by the end of the year or early next year, and the US and China sometime in the first quarter of 2011. It can be assumed that it will be sold at 228 dollars. ■