Asus To Release 22-inch EEE Top Touchscreen PCs in 2009

Asus has finally released its EEE Top all-in-one computer in the UK and has already announced bigger 22-inch touchscreen monitors for next year as the Taiwanese company outsources production to rival Quanta.

According to Digitimes, Asus will be releasing 20-inch and 22-inch EEE Top before July 2009 with an estimated five millions being shipped by 2010.

The release of these new models, which will almost certainly bring multi-touch navigation, will coincide with the build up to the launch of Microsoft Windows 7 towards the end of 2009.

The current EEE Top, the ETP1602, however will still run on Windows XP, will use an Atom N270 processor, 1GB memory and a 160GB hard disk drive. Other notable features include a 1.3-megapixel camera and two 4w speakers.

The only weak spot is the fact that the screen is tiny at 15.6-inch, which means that you sometimes need to use the supplied stylus; it is available for around £400 at Play.com

Asus is outsourcing the monitor-less EEE Box to Pegatron technology while Acer, Lenovo and MSI will almost certainly join Asus and outsource their production to Quanta, Winstron, Pegatron (or even Foxconn) in a bid to cut down on price and streamline their manufacturing lines.

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