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Eee Monitor shots reveal Linux's iMac rival

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Tue July 1, 2008

Eee Monitor Official Shots

ASUS' Eee Monitor today has been captured in official photos that confirm the system to be the company's direct answer to the iMac, according to LAPTOP. The all-in-one computer confirms earlier teaser photos and reveals a design that appears influenced by Apple's Cinema Displays and aluminum iMac computers, with an easel-like stand and backmounted ports; unlike either device, however, it should have side-mounted USB ports, a card reader, and a Denon-made stereo speaker system on the front.

The system is also known to have dual Ethernet jacks as well as six total USB ports, and both audio inputs and outputs for outside sources; like the iMac, a webcam is built into the lid. An integrated TV tuner is reported to be part of the design, which is thought to have either a 19- or 20-inch widescreen LCD.

Previous reports have confirmed that the Eee Monitor will aim at a largely different price and audience than the iMac thanks to its belonging to the Eee PC line: the system is believed to center on Linux rather than Windows and use a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor that will both drop the system's total price to just $500 and help pitch the Monitor as an eco-friendly PC thanks to an extremely low power draw.

ASUS is currently believed to be readying the system for launch in September and may debut the all-in-one alongside the Eee PC 904 HD.







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  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -27

    What?

    USB ports on the front? Who the h*** wants that? Form over function, people!

  1. Grrr

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    ?

    ^ Says side mounted, not front mounted USB ports.

    Anyway, I do wonder if folks will put OS X on these too, like they already have with the Asus Eee range of laptops. Not that i would buy one.. It may help drive down the prices of iMacs though, which I do like and buy.

  1. Grrr

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    +2

    As well as..

    Thats as well as rear mounted USB ports btw..

  1. JeffHarris

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    not bad looking…

    … except for the hideous "Eee" logo on the front..
    EEEEK, I say.

    I really don't get the built-in card reader fixation Pee Sea box-stuffers seem to have. With so many card formats, it seems impractical to limit the chices, or jam a do everything reader into the thing.

  1. Mixotic

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    it's only a matter of

    time before ASUS releases a product line in the 42" - 50" range....and I'm looking forward to that day.

    No one is giving this company credit for making cute machines that people really want and are CHEAP. They will lead the charge of Linux into the home.

    Apple better stay sharp, because these guys are coming after them. I think right now there's a big division in the market, but Apple customers could start jumping ship soon.

  1. Mixotic

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    it's only a matter of

    time before ASUS releases a product line in the 42" - 50" range....and I'm looking forward to that day.

    No one is giving this company credit for making cute machines that people really want and are CHEAP. They will lead the charge of Linux into the home.

    Apple better stay sharp, because these guys are coming after them. I think right now there's a big division in the market, but Apple customers could start jumping ship soon.

  1. Monde

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    Price & Power

    I like the price and power draw with the use of the atom chip. It is no iMac though. Not as fast, good looking or large. Now if I were confining my work to web surfing, e-mail, word processing and other light duties, I'd look into it. At 500 dollars, you couldn't go far wrong for the basics, which is what this configuration of computer tech aims at.

  1. gitcypher

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    Denon speakers?

    Not bad!

  1. ViktorCode

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    Looks underpowered

    Will this PC have the power to draw graphics interface on that screen at acceptable speed? If they will use integrated graphics then it won't.

    As a TV set with additional functions like browsing and family photo storage Eee monitor will have future. As a computer though.... I have my doubts. But personally I would buy one if it has wireless connection.

  1. juanoffhue

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    Needs Firewire

    And it would be nice to see photos of it actually doing something....

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