The Perfect Netbook — Just A Dream, or Will WePC Make It A Reality?

WePC SwapBookFor the past couple of weeks I’ve been going through all the netbooks in the office, looking to see which I like best. I have to agree with Joanna that the Samsung NC10 is mighty fine, but I still love the Acer Aspire One — perhaps because I just love Acers. My first love was the Eee PC, of course, and the S101 did impress me. But I haven’t yet come across the perfect netbook yet. There probably is no perfect netbook, but ASUS wants to see if they can come close. They’ve set up a Web site in conjunction with Intel called WePC, where they invite people to design their dream netbook, notebook, or gaming PC, then submit it to the community. Users can vote on their favorite ideas and innovations (even if they’re just fantasy) and ASUS claims that ideas, designs, and feedback could influence the design of future notebooks. It’s a little like the concept behind the Best Buy Blue Label project, except here anyone can see the ideas and suggestions. I can see this sparking a lot of discussion, creative thinking, and even the occasional flame war (ex: Touchscreen haters are ygly and fat!). It is important to note, though, that ASUS only says that these ideas could influence future notebooks, not will. Take a look at my dream netbook. It’s not as innovative as the ideas with a lot of votes, like the SwapBook. I have simple, but essential needs. Still, that SwapBook idea is pretty awesome. You can create a Dream PC without signing up, but to save your creation and get votes, you’ll have to register.

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