Feeds

Asus Eee PC 900 flips one at MacBook Air with multi-touch input

Two fingers to Apple

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Asus' next-gen 8.9in Eee PC 900 will come complete with a MacBook Air-style multi-touch touchpad, documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have revealed.

Among them, the 900's manual, which explains that in addition to all the usual tap and scroll actions, the tiny touchpad has "multi-finger gesture input... to allow easy web and document navigation".

Further details are revealed on another page:

Asus Eee PC 900 Manual

Asus' Eee PC 900 manual: multi-touch revealed

Apple made a big deal of the Air's multi-touch touchpad when it launched the skinny laptop in January. It's since re-released the MacBook Pro with a similiar, large, gesture-friendly touchpad. Among these machines' repertory of gestures are pinching two fingers to zoom out of a page or image, and the reverse to zoom in.

The 900's manual shows it offers the same gestures, although they won't work in all the computer's bundled applications. It also adds two-finger scrolling.

The FCC filings also show a version of the sub-notebook with integrated Bluetooth, suggesting that this wireless technology may join Wi-Fi in the final, shipping version of the 900. That's not a feature Asus has mentioned up to this point, but it's worth remembering that it makes more sense for the company to have the machine tested with Bluetooth than Wi-Fi only in case it wants to add a Bluetooth option in the future. It doesn't mean the technology will be on-board from the start.

Asus Eee PC 900 Bluetooth module

Tested with Bluetooth

The manual shows how much more screen real estate the 900's 8.9in, 1024 x 768 display delivers. The laptop's Linux-based front end now has more room to breathe, and the task bar becomes less intrusive. That's certain to appeal to buyers who've found the current Eee's 7in, 800 x 480 screen too cramped.

But if the pictures of the test kit provided to the FCC are anything to go by, 900 owners will get a laptop-type power brick - albeit a small one - rather than the phone-style AC adaptor that comes with the current Eee.

Visually, there's no difference between the two machines beyond the 900's slightly larger size. The sub-notebook's array of software seems largely unchanged from the previous release.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.