Monday, June 4, 2012
Asus Takes On The iMac And MacBook Air With Its Transformer AIO And Taichi Ultrabook
TheVerge's video above of the new Asus Transformer AIO is unique for several reasons. One: it boots both Windows 8 or Android, and secondly: it just may be the world's largest tablet with a whopping 18.4 inches or more of screen real estate!
The multitouch display can also handle 10-finger input and the bloody thing even has its own discreet graphic card with an Intel Ivy Bridge cpu to boot. The transformer part, of course, refers to the fact that the screen can be lifted completely out from the base of the machine, thus giving you one enormous sized tablet that is probably a tad bit too big for most normal sized hands, but something that, nonetheless, I find to be rather intriguing to say the least.
TheVerge noted that they would be ".... curious to know what sort of battery life.." that one could expect to get with the screen in tablet mode. Apparently, you can switch between Windows 8 or Android at the mere touch of a button, and that while in tablet mode, the Transformer AiO will use a remote desktop interface to communicate with the dock, and thus function as a 100% Windows 8 PC. TheVerge also noted that "... details are scarce: there's no word on the specs, the display size, or a price."
They also noted that the Transformer AIO wasn't the only unique 'dual' product coming from Asus either, as they recently also demoed a new dual-screen MacBook Air like ultrabook, the Asus Taichi. This little bugger comes with a touch screen both on the inside and outside, as demoed below in two video's below:
Asus calls the Taichi as being an "incredible fusion of notebook and tablet" while featuring another Apple innovation... a backlit keyboard and will come in screen sizes of 11.6 and 13.3 inch's respectfully.
In conclusion, the new Asus Transformer AIO and its Taichi line of ultrabooks look rather interesting and original to say the least, however, I can still see Apple's influence in both. How Apple responds to all of the cool stuff now coming out of Computex, like Ausus's latests gizmos, still remains to be seen, however, AppleInsider is reporting that "Apple is gearing up for what is expected to be an "exciting" September.....", which could see its competition inspired to copy and bring out even more cool products.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this cloudy Monday, June 04, 2012