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Eee PC 1000H Updated with New Multi-Touch

July 29th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

ASUS has touted the multi-touch trackpads of its Eee PCs, but every time I have gone to test the multi-touch controls on the pad I can’t do much more than zoom in on a picture by pinching the pad. I are happy to report that finally Eee PC users are able to do more with their fingers.

Its nothing like the N-Trig multi-touch drivers for the Dell XT, but ElanTech, the company responsible for the smartpad on the Eee PCs, has updated the drivers for the touchpad to enable more multi-touch gestures (you can find the drivers here). Thanks to JKKMobile for tipping us off on the new drivers.

I downloaded the drivers to the Eee PC 1000H running Windows Vista and they worked right away (they should work for XP as well; there is no Linux driver version). In the mouse properties window, an extra ElanTech tab allows for tweaking the different multi-touch gestures.

I was then able to create commands that go along with different gestures. For instance, I configured a  two finger tap on the trackpad to launch Firefox. Swiping three fingers down will bring up an ALT+Tab command that allows for moving through windows. Swiping three fingers up will launch My Computer.

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Finally, Belkin Delivers Eee PC Cases and Accessories

July 10th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

We have been waiting for a company to release some decent cases for our mini-notebooks so we didn’t have to keep using portable DVD player cases (which work pretty well) or the included sleeves. Belkin finally gave us what we needed this morning.

The company announced a line of “laptop cases and travel mice for ASUS Eee PC mini laptops.” Of course, these cases and mice can be used with any of the mini-notebooks of which we are so fond. Available at Target stores starting in September, Belkin offers a slew of nice-looking cases. Each of the cases will come in assorted colors, including Jetset Red (red), Plum Berry (magenta), Techno Blue (blue), and black. Here is the lowdown:

Mini Laptop Quilted Case ($19.99)
This case fits 7-inch mini-notebooks and is made of a quilted texture and durable polyester. I guess those that have held onto their Eee PC 701s will be loving this one.

Mini Laptop Carrying Case ($24.99)
This neoprene case looks a bit bigger and includes a detachable shoulder strap, and exterior pockets give extra storage room for accessories. We are still waiting to hear from Belkin if this will fit 8.9-inch mini-notebooks, but we assume the stretchy neoprene will be able to fit a 8.9er. We doubt that it will nicely fit a 10-inch Wind or Eee PC 1000.

Update: Our contact at Belkin tells us the maxium dimensions that the cases will support is 8.86 x 6.30 x 1.2-inches. According to our calculations, that isn’t going to fit an 8.9-inch system like the Aspire One, HP Mini-Note or the Eee PC 901.

Neoprene Sleeve ($12.99)
If you ask me, this is the perfect mini-notebook case. This sleeve protects the notebook from scratches while inside your bag.

Belkin also released a wireless travel mouse ($19.99) which will sure beat using the uncomfortable trackbar on the Eee PC 901 and 1000H. It features a micro switch, mechanical scrolling wheel with depressing function. The retractable mouse ($14.99) plugs right into your mini-note but sports a retractable cable so the cords stay untangled when it’s not plugged in.

MSI Wind Delayed Again, New Eee PCs Get Ship Date

June 27th, 2008 by Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director

According to Engadget, today MSI let customers who had pre-ordered a Wind NB know that the highly-anticipated mini-notebook’s ship date has been pushed back again, this time to July 7th. Meanwhile, our friend Brad Linder is reporting that ASUS sales reps told him the Eee PC 1000, 1000H, and 901 will ship in the U.S. on July 8th.

So, if both of these dates hold up, it looks like the first mini-notebooks with 10-inch screens and Atom CPUs will be shipping on almost the same day. Since the Eee PC 1000H and the MSI Wind NB are so similar to each other, we took both this week and put them through a four round face-off. The results were close, but decisive, so it just seems fitting that the two systems launch within 24 hours of each other.

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Is the Wind as Hot as Other Mini-Notebooks?

June 3rd, 2008 by Meghan J. McDonough, LAPTOP Web Producer/Writer

As we mentioned before, the mini-notebook craze could be even hotter than the proverbial egg on a summer sidewalk. Face it: hot notebooks hurt—especially during shorts season. No one wants a burn on their legs from a laptop, a keyboard that heats up your fingers, or a mini-notebook that might cause a hot tub–like effect. So, does the MSI Wind keep its cool compared to other mini-notebooks? Let’s find out.

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Taipei Here I Come: What to Expect at Computex

May 30th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

I will be one of the 135,000 people descending on Taipei next week for the second largest IT show in the world: Computex. I am beyond excited to see the CES of the East and am expecting to be beyond inundated with mobile tech. Here are my predictions for Computex 2008.

A Slew of Mini-Notebooks: I am sure a handful of mini-notebooks will be announced next week. Coinciding with the release of Intel’s Atom processor, the top notebook vendors are anticipated to join the  the competition. ASUS has confirmed that it will announce its Eee PC 901 and 1000 series. We will be in attendance at all of the ASUS events, starting with an Eee PC–centric one on June 3 at 11:30 a.m. Taiwan time (11:30 p.m. EST the night before).

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Mini-Notebook Typing Madness Part III: 2go PC

May 1st, 2008 by Meghan J. McDonough, LAPTOP Web Producer/Writer

Welcome to the third day of LAPTOP’s Mini-Notebook Type Off! To quickly recap, our four typing gladiators are pounding out the famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Hamlet on the Eee PC, the HP Mini-Note, the 2Go PC and our control laptop, a ThinkPad with a full-sized keyboard. We are filming and posting their results throughout the challenge for your viewing pleasure.

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Mini-Notebook Typing Madness Part II: HP Mini-Note

April 29th, 2008 by Meghan J. McDonough, LAPTOP Web Producer/Writer

Welcome back to the Mini-Dome! In case you’re just joining us, LAPTOP searched all over our office for four typists who were brave enough to take on the ASUS Eee PC, the HP Mini-Note and the CTL 2Go PC in the ultimate type-off challenge.

Yesterday, our typing gladiators took on the ASUS Eee PC with varying results. Emily “Key Crusher” Kizer came in first with 57 words per minute (wpm); Avram “The ESC Artist” Piltch and TJ “Furious Fingers” Fink tied for second with 42 wpm and Jeffrey “Hands of Steel” Wilson took third place with 38 wpm.

Today, our typists enter the conference room with their fingers stretched and ready to conquer the HP 2133 Mini-Note. With a wear-resistant keyboard that’s only 8% smaller than a full size keyboard , the Mini-Note looks like it’ll be a walk in the park compared to the Eee PC.

Check out how our contestants fared and how they scored in the video below and come back tomorrow as our keyboard warriors risk hand cramps to take on the 2Go PC.

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