ASUS Eee Note EA800 Note-Taking Tablet Unboxed, Handled

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ASUS hasn't released their long-touted Eee Note EA800 in the U.S. yet, but lucky Taiwanese consumers have been able to purchase the 8-inch grayscale tablet for a couple of weeks now. Our friends at Netbook News have gotten ahold of the slate, which combines pen-based input and special software to provide a unique environment for note-taking.

In the video below, you'll see Sascha from Netbook News take the Eee Note out of its packaging and give it a try. The unique 8-inch 768 x 1024 screen supports over 256 types of pen pressure to provide a really accurate drawing and handwriting experience. Combine that with a price under $250 and 10 hours of battery life with Wi-Fi on / 14 with Wi-Fi off and you have the potential for the ultimate student tablet.

Check out the hands-on video below to see more of this drool-worthy device and stay tuned, because we expect to get one of these in to review very soon.

via Netbook News

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  • imposter Says:

    Oh my god. someone else has a brain. Why does everything with a screen have to be an ipod wannabe. I have those devices. They are good to play with. But when I want to find an easier way to get my work done, then I look for something like this. something that may not only serve as a pen input for my very expensive laptop in which I (and this is important) can see what I am writing just like paper. And in addition be even more portable and actually take notes when not connected to the mother ship for later download. On such a device I can write math, and physics formulas and many diagrams. Not easy to type and usually a pain. and have them all seemlessly integrate into the programs I already use. It would be a Megatron device. Asus is so close to blowing the bank open on this one yet they are so far. The bussiness and educational community would by them up like well "ipads" but for different reasons. The first to come out with such a device will reap untold fortune.

  • Julon Says:

    Just adding yet another time the same questions:
    * How does it handle big PDFs?
    * How about A4 technical PDFs, with equations?
    * How about annotations? How are they exported?

    It's quite amazing that no ebook manufacturer got the clue that those things are what is expected by academics - worldwide!

  • Autumn Corvus Says:

    I agree with all the other academics and students here. This device may be the PERFECT research/study companion IF it can annotate PDFs and EPUBs correctly, i.e. natively, so that the annotations are included within the document and can be transferred to computer and read with any other device. I'm a bit worried that the interface looks a lot like a Linux program called Xournal, which turns all documents into to pictures and then writes on top of them. Linux, which I think this device is based around, doesn't have proper native PDF annotation yet, so I'm worried. But if it does do those things properly, this is could be the most awesome research tool for academics since the personal computer.

  • Lorenzo Says:

    To Sam, Academic and Doc.
    Looking around in youtube I found this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsVEpoLzqa4

    It just answers our questions about how small you can write efficiently...
    Not amazing, in my opinion, but nevertheless pretty good for my needs as a student.

    All other questions remain uncovered so far..?

    Bye bye

  • M Says:

    Ditto--I am waiting for a real PDF-centric device for academic use (humanities for me). Key issues are highlighting, drawing/writing right on the page, and compatibility of these marks with desktop PDF software and printing. Please keep on it.

  • Doc Says:

    I agree with Sam and Academic. These people doing these videos are completely out of touch with what consumers interested in buying this device need to know. We don't care about color screens, taking kiddy pictures, or the stupid warranty books; we read books, teach, and study for a living. What does a book look like on here? How does it handle pdf files? Multiple column pdf files? Can I do pdf annotations with it? Does the notes application link with the ereader? How small can I write? No ereader can do any of these things. If this ASUS can do it, it's gonna break the market wide open. This thing's been out for almost a month now. Why haven't these topics been covered?

  • K. T. Bradford Says:

    Okay, we will keep these questions in mind when we do the full review. Anything else you want to know? Any other scenarios we should consider?

  • academic_user Says:

    Sam, I totaly agree,
    all reviews so fare getting it totaly wrong. Laptopmag, endgadet, .....
    HELLO... did some of you for the single fraction of a second thought about the typical user scenario before testing this device? Or where you all busy playing around with your iStuff.

    Most people interested in this device need to know.

    Is there PDF/Document annotation?
    If so, how accurate you can make annotations, how easy is it to read and make annotations on the fly resp. how good is annotation integrated in the reader, which format will be the annotad version, can it be exporteded, is there a printer support over wifi.

    Scencario is simple... everyone who has to read and remark a lot would appreciate a device which would allow him to annnotate and correct A4 pages of texts like he is used to do it on paper.
    All exisiting devices fails to perform this, resp. it is a pain to do it on these devices.

    Academic publications are often printed double column. People would like to know can we read a single page on this device without stressing our eyes?

    Really, students, staff and faculty member simply want to have a device to keep notes together and to annotate resp. correct documents send to him. Class materials, courseworks, thesises, academic publications, drafts, proposal, that is what people want to annotate....

    I really get soooo annoyed by the videos I saw... who in the entiere world is interested to see that you can scripple HELLO WORLD in 5cm big letters on a screen....

    You said you follow up this preview with a complete review... then PLEASE do it right and answer Sams and my quesion.
    Thanks

  • Hans Says:

    I want this thing sooo bad ever since they announced it. Please ship 'em to Indonesia soon.

  • sam Says:

    I think who was making the video totally missed the point on the device. focused on note-taking on the 7th minute of a 10 minute video ? oh boy ! :-/

    The most important points of this device are:
    -How does it handle Big PDF files like technical books.
    -How is the readability of A4 technical PDF files in portrait mode
    -How is the PDF annotating features?
    -How does it handle writing at regular speed in SMALL script (no one writes letters the size of 1/4 of page)

    This can be the Kindle killer for education/business, it's not an iPad, or any Android Tab competitor, it's a totally different device, one for actual work in business or education setting.

  • Bee Says:

    Is there anyway I can get one of these for Christmas in the US flashed with English version? Any help would be appreciated. Willing to pay something extra to get one of these for a gift for my son for X-Mas.

    Thanks,

    Bee Yang

  • Pete Says:

    I really can't wait till Q1 2011. It totally sucks

  • Avram Piltch Says:

    @Jesse,

    IMHO, whether it is a great eReader or not is beside the point. I think of this device as a much better alternative for the Livescribe, the ultimate in note-taking for professionals and students.

  • worstwebsiteever Says:

    Note taking tablet? This website is a JOKE. That's like calling something a "four sided square". It's not our fault that you've been calling triangles "squares" the whole time, and adding "four sided" when referring to actual squares doesn't change the fact that you're wrong about those triangles. It's not a note taking tablet. It's a tablet. If you want to call it a "note taking something" then call it a note taking slate. It doesn't make much sense to use a usage scenario like "note taking" to modify a usage scenario like "tablet" when it's already implied. For that matter, drop the whole "pen based" stunt too, since tablet computing implies that some sort of non-finger tool is being used. And, oh yeah, stop calling touch screen slates tablets. Some people may be so dumb when it comes to technology that they'll believe you.

  • Jesse B Andersen Says:

    One thing that has driven me nuts about these ereaders is that they are slow as hell. The Kindle seems to be a bit faster and the contrast is really good. When it comes to touch input the Sony touch ereaders are slow, and their bezel around the screen are terrible. The stylus input on the EA800 seems to be a heck of a lot faster.

    I have to wonder if there's going to be support from any of the big book stores (Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Borders) or Google Books. If there's no support from any of the big book stores we'll just have to rely on PDFs and not be able to have the newest books.

    I'm waiting for it to be up on Amazon!

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