Asus Eee PC T101MT unboxed: photos

The Asus Eee PC T101MT twisting, multitouch netbook cum tablet has just rocked up at our door. Compared to the smaller Eee PC T91, it’s shipping more than a little late, but has the inclusion of a multitouch screen been worth the wait? Read on for all the Asus Eee PC T101MT photos and first impressions.

If you’ll recall, the Asus Eee PC T101MT actually debuted way back at CES 2009, more than a year ago, though then the 10.1inch netbook’s screen only supported one prod at a time. Our time with the smaller Eee PC T91 showed the form factor had some promise, but was let down by a an unresponsive screen and Windows XP’s ropey touchscreen support.

Asus has tried to solve both those problems with the Asus Eee PC T101MT, which now runs Windows 7, and sports Intel’s latest N450 Atom processor for slightly improved performance. And, by and large, it’s succeeded. After a quick calibration, the touchscreen works impressively.

When the Asus Eee PC T101MT is folded down, you can bring out an onscreen keyboard from the side of the screen for text input, which you can tap URLs into at surprising speed, and the pinch zooming in Internet Explorer 8 to swoop in and out of pages really works, albeit with a slight delay you don’t see in Safari on the similarly sized iPad.

You can still use a stylus, which slots into the screen bezel on the bottom right hand side, and there’s handwriting recognition built in too, but typing on screen is much quicker in tablet mode.

Asus Eee PC T91 first impressions

Our brief play with the Asus Eee PC T101MT so far has only confirmed our belief that touchscreen displays should become the norm for netbooks. It feels perfectly intuitive poking your way around the web on something so small: we just look forward to when Asus and its rivals can slim down the size. Having held an iPad, it’s a slight disappointment to use something that’s more than an inch thick in the same way, even if it is armed with a physical keyboard, replaceable battery and SD card slot as well.

That aside, the Asus Eee PC T101MT is also one of our favourite built Eee PCs yet too. We much prefer Asus’ logo embossed on the back lid rather than the trashy Eee PC branding, and the lid is surprisingly fingerprint resistant too. The keyboard is a solid, chiclet effort that’ll have you tapping out emails on the double, and the trackpad is clearly defined, unlike the invisible, bobbly areas on the Eee PC Seashell range until now.

The Asus Eee PC T101MT is out now, priced at £449.99, but get a good look at it up close before you buy in our gallery.

Out Now | £449.99 | Asus

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