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Asus Eee Monitor to take on Apple iMac

Computex 2008: All-in-one PC planned

Asus's next effort to build on the success of its low-cost Eee PC laptop is the Eee Monitor, a PC built into a monitor that's designed to rival Apple's iMac.

The new device, which will become available in September, joins Asus's popular Eee family of products, which started with the low-cost mini-laptop, the Eee PC. Asustek has expanded its laptop line to include different OSs, Linux and Windows XP, as well as configurations and sizes.

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The company will launch two new Eee PCs at Computex Taipei 2008 today, the Eee PC 901, which boasts nearly eight hours of battery life, and the Eee PC 1000, which has a 10in screen and regular-sized keyboard.

But the company is already looking ahead to new products to keep the Eee family fresh, said Jerry Shen, CEO of Asustek.

The Eee Monitor will be a stand-alone monitor and PC similar to the iMac. But the Eee line is designed to be low-cost, so Asustek's Eee Monitor will likely beat the iMac on price. Shen declined to comment further on the Eee Monitor's price or configuration.

Asustek is also launching Eee Box soon, a white mini-desktop PC about the size of a hardback book that will come with either a Linux or Windows XP OS. Shen said it will cost between $200 and $300 (£100 to £150) per unit.

Eee Box uses an Intel Atom microprocessor and will come in a range of configurations, including a choice of hard drives from 80GB to 250GB in size, and allow users to surf the internet wirelessly via 802.11n Wi-Fi. It also carries four USB ports, two each in front and back, and a slot for MMCs (Multimedia Cards), SD (Secure Digital) cards and Memory Sticks.

"In the future, we'll expand the features," Shen said.

Asustek also plans to bring Nintendo Wii-like wireless gaming to PCs with the Eee Stick, gaming controllers that use motion sensors so people can bowl, slash swords and play other games on a PC. Eee Stick is designed for PC gamers, not game console users. They work with PC game pads, mice and keyboards and connect to the PC via USB ports.

For first looks at all the latest products that debut at Computex 2008, visit PC Advisor's dedicated Computex 2008 video blog


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