Gearing up for the release of Windows 7, ASUS is prepping to release new all-in-one systems that take advantage of one of the most talked about features in the new operating system: touch capability. It’s true that PCs dating back to before XP have been modified to work with touchscreen and tablet input devices, but only lately has the trend taken off for consumer devices. When Microsoft starting showing off the first screens from their next-gen operating system as early as more than a year ago, they focused on the fact that touch interoperability would be one of the system’s strong points.
Three different models will be released, two, 20-inch units and one larger, more powerful 22-inch unit. All three feature higher-end graphics of one sort or another, with the two lower-end units cashing in on the buzz surrounding NVIDIA’s ION platform, which marries more powerful graphics with Intel’s low-power Atom chips. The more powerful ET2203T uses AMD’s ATI Radeon HD4570.
- Processor: Intel Atom 330 or Core 2 Duos T4300 or T6500
- Memory: Up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM
- Optrical drive: DVD+/-RW or Blu-ray ROM
- Hard drive: up to 500GB SATA @ 5400RPM
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
- Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n
- Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium (upgradable to Windows 7)
- Audio: Integrated HD audio with built-in 3W stereo speakers and microphone
- Built-in webcam
- 6 USB2.0 ports (2 side, 4 rear), multi-card reader, analog audio in/out (ET22 has SPDIF)
- HDMI in for use as a television
- Wireless keyboard and mouse
- Power supply: Either 65 or 90 watts, external
The lowest end ET20 will be sold without a touch screen, while a higher version and the ET22 present it as standard. There’s no word yet on price and general availability.