High-tech product releases announced the week ending May 5 include an all-in-one touchscreen PC with a minimal design, a keyboard that is actually a computer, a cheap mobile phone for music lovers, an Android-powered phone for people that like to stay in touch, eco-friendly covers for your laptop or hard drive, and a keyboard designed for surfing from the sofa.
All-in-one touchscreen PC boasts minimalist design and slim profile
ASUS's vision of a next-generation desktop computer is an all-in-one multi-touch PC called the ASUS Eee Top PC ET2010. The desktop machine has been engineered for family use and is described as an "affordable contender as a home entertainment system." The computer has a profile that is just 1 inch thick and can be wall-mounted in case you run out of room on your desk. It has a 20" high definition plus wide-screen display with a resolution of 1200 x 600, HDMI compatibility, SRS virtual 5.1 surround sound, and is scratch- and damage-resistant. The ASUS Eee Top PC ET2010 is priced at £619.99 (€720) and is available now.
A keyboard that is actually a touchscreen PC in disguise
ASUS has been teasing consumers with images and rumors about its futuristic Eee Keyboard PC for a while now. The specifications are finally out and this keyboard-cum-fully-functional-PC is an interesting piece of technology. The keyboard weighs around one kg and will work with any HDTV, monitor or projector making this a very convenient on-the-go option. It can be hooked up to these displays using its Ultra-wideband Wireless Display connectivity and will stream HD 720p videos to screens up to five meters away (with a maximum of 10m for any non-video transfers). To the side of the keys you will find a 5 inch multi-touch panel that can be used to navigate, launch programs, send instant messages and control the on-board media player. The device runs on Windows XP Home, has an Intel Atom N270 processor, and comes with 1GB of on-board memory which can be boosted up to 32GB with an SSD card. The battery will keep you going for about four hours on one charge. The Eee Keyboard PC will be priced at $599 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now.
Music-happy mobile phone for the Indian market
The Nokia X2 is a candybar-styled handset destined for the Indian market. Taking styling cues from its bigger siblings, the Nokia X3 and X6, the X2 packs in handy features for consumers who like to keep their music on their mobile. The X2 comes with a 2.2 inch QVGA screen, has dual speakers, dedicated music keys, FM stereo and up to 16GB of storage via microSD card. Measuring 13mm thick and 81g, the handset also comes with Bluetooth 2.1 support, full speed USB 2.0 for fast music transfers and music management via the Ovi Player PC client. There is also Facebook on the home screen, Nokia messaging for email and IM, full access to apps from the Ovi Store and a 5 MP camera that can also record videos. The X2 will be available in June and is priced at €85 before taxes and subsidies.
Android-powered slider smartphone for those that like to stay in touch
T-Mobile's latest Android-powered smartphone is called the myTouch 3G Slide. The smartphone runs on Android 2.1 software and offers users a rich mobile web experience. The device comes with a 3.4 inch HBGA touchscreen display, a 5 MP camera that will also shoot videos, an on-board music player, and a pre-installed 8GB microSD memory card. There is a virtual, on-screen keyboard in addition to the slide-out physical QWERTY one. The myTouch 3G Slide will be available in June through T-Mobile. No official pricing information is available.
A new range of environmentally friendly covers for your laptops and portable hard drives
LaCie has designed a collection of environmentally friendly protective covers for laptops and portable hard drives. The covers are made with natural materials and help to protect both your laptop and the environment. They are made in France using linen and bamboo-jersey for the exterior and come lined with a layer of protective soja-based memory foam that protects the device against day-to-day shocks. The covers can be machine washed at 30°C and come packaged in 100% recycled materials. The covers can be purchased in 10”, 13”, 15” and 17” laptop sizes and in two different sizes for hard drives. The range is available in Europe now from the LaCie Online Store with prices starting from €29.99.
A keyboard to wirelessly control your internet-connected TV or PS3
If you have ever tried browsing the internet on your connected TV from the comfort of your couch you will know that trying to juggle a mouse and a keyboard on your lap while clicking on the right icon on your screen can almost be enough to send you back to your desktop computer. That's where the Air Keyboard comes in. This Wii-like device is a keyboard, mouse and TV remote rolled into one. The device feels a little like an over-sized PSP or gaming control and comes with various hot keys, gaming-style shoulder buttons and a built-in accelerometer that helps you use it as a mouse. You can use it with Mac and Windows PCs, and two AA batteries will provide you with enough charge to power the device for more than 50 hours of constant use. The Air Keyboard is available now on the www.firebox.com website for €81.